G20 is fast approaching. On Thursday 2 April 2009, world leaders from the G20 countries – representing 90% of the world’s output (GNP), 80% of world trade and 2/3 of world’s population – will meet in London to discuss the worst international financial crisis in decades.
The countries that participate in G20 are:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic (due to EU presidency), France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey and United States. Also invited to attend are: The President of the EU Commission, the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the Chair of The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Chairman of the African Union Commission.
The official website is www.g20.org and also The London Summit 2009, where there is also a section on where and how to debate about the issues. So, here are some interesting picks for anyone to take note and participate in the debate (influence is another matter alltogether):
- For Economists: Vox’s Global Crisis Debate
- YouTube at The London Summit: http://www.youtube.com/londonsummit
- Twitter at The London Summit: http://twitter.com/LondonSummit
- Yoosk! the novel and well known UK platform which lets you ask any public figure about anything, has a dedicated London Summit space [www.yoosklondonsummit.com]
- Bloggers’ Debate is dubbed G20Voice [www.whitebandaction.org/g20voice] and is the place where 50 of the world’s most interesting and influential bloggers from 22 countries, will be your eyes and ears at the G20. They are journalists who use blogging as their medium, ‘professional bloggers’, or ordinary citizens who have become well known through their blogs. The initiative is made possible by a coalition of non-governmental organisations, including Oxfam and Save the Children and the bloggers were chosen by direct invitation and “nominations from the blogosphere”.
Naturally, the usual social media suspects are deployed: Flickr, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and moblog. If you blog, tag your posts with “londonsummit2009” to allow monitoring.
Also you can get widgets, buttons and more from the site.
- A very interesting initiative is we20 [www.we20.org] which essentially allows you to create a small group of 20 people to meet, discuss and agree on a plan to solve a problem (whether local, national or global). You can then post your group’s plan to the website and vote for other plans or get your plan voted for. There are dedicated Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn pages to follow (see here).
- Regarding traditional media sources of information, the Financial Times has a dedicated section but have a look at this interactive graphic, the G20 wishlist. The Guardian is always a great resource and have a look at what protesters plan for the day including the G20 Meltdown, an alliance of anti-capitalists groups.
BBC of course features an in-depth guide to G20, with student views and business views from G20 countries and comments. CNN also follows the summit through a dedicated section.
- Don’t forget Guardian’s Open Platform project. The newspaper calls for anyone to use their data to produce interesting mashups or visualizations and if you do, share them for the world to see (google docs spreadsheet with country data numbers available).
If you have any other interesting leads, please share them here and I will also update the post with anything novel and innovative that I may come across (visualizations, conversation tracking, mashups etc).