The Economist, in partnership with InnoCentive, crowd-sourced a challenge to identify an emerging technology or global information platform that can be used to motivate transparency in governments. World events have shown how social networking platforms can help citizens coordinate large-scale action and facilitate the spread of democracy. But what is the next step? The winner of the Economist/InnoCentive challenge will be interviewed on stage.
Matthew Bishop is the U.S. business editor and New York bureau chief of The Economist. His new book, The Road from Ruin: How to Renew Capitalism and Put America Back on Top, with Michael Green, was published by Crown in February 2010. Philanthrocapitalism, his previous book (also with Mr. Green) was on the global revolution under way in philanthropy. Mr. Bishop is also the author of Essential Economics, The Economist's official layperson's guide to economics. Mr. Bishop is the author of several of The Economist's special report supplements, most recently "A Bigger World," which examines the opportunities and challenges accompanying the rise of emerging economies and firms. Before joining The Economist, Mr. Bishop was on the faculty of London Business School.
Ben is an Associate at SEI Investments, a financial services and technology company located outside of Philadelphia, PA. In his multiple roles at SEI Ben has worked on projects involving international new service development, process improvement, operations and technology business analysis, and software quality assurance. He was also selected to be a member of the GoalInvestor.com launch team. GoalInvestor.com is a new website and mobile application providing investing and management services that utilizes the philosophy of goals based investing to help users plan and invest for their future. His role on GoalInvestor.com involves user experience and market research, competitive analysis, and product strategy. Ben is the winner of the The Economist'-InnoCenitve Transparency Challenge.
Weekly magazine of news and opinion, founded in 1843 and published in London, generally regarded as one of the world's preeminent journals of its kind. It gives thorough and wide-ranging coverage of general news and particularly of international political developments that bear on the world's economy. In accord with the views promoted by its founders and conveyed by legendary Economist editor Walter Bagehot, the publication maintains the position that free markets typically provide the best method of running economies and governments. North America accounts for about half of its total readership.