A VIEW FROM THE CLOUD is a multi-year international program of art and creative technology to sharpen how we see the world and showcase innovations that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Programs take place in public spaces, cultural centers, and on digital platforms.
17 May, 2017: Interactive salon of art, education, conversation and innovation coinciding with Creative Tech Week NYC. UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 15:00 – 18:00
Featured art work on view as of 14:40 pm: EXIT, an immersive, 360-degree installation, visually correlating global human migratory trends with urgent social and economic issues, with a rotating globe that translates statistics into maps, texts, and trajectories as it orbits the space. Work commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, based on an idea by PAUL VIRILIO, created by DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO, with LAURA KURGAN, MARK HANSEN, BEN RUBIN, in collaboration with ROBERT GERARD PIETRUSKO, STEWART SMITH
Featuring insights from:
Raph Appadoo, CEO of Galileo Global Education. Raph was previously President of Laureate Education, Inc., a post-secondary education company. Prior, Raph was Executive Vice President of Aetna International Inc. and also held senior management positions at General Motors, Merrill Lynch and Raytheon. Raph has a BSc degree from London School of Economics and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Eduardo Artigas, Chief of the Mission Support Unit in the Division of Information, and Telecommunications Technology in the United Nations Department of Field Support, joined the UN in 1990. With 27 years of peacekeeping experience, including 15 in the field, his Missions spanned the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America. He was Chief of ICT in UNTSO (Jerusalem), UNLB (Italy) and MINUSTAH (Haiti). Prior to joining the UN, he was the technical Director of the Uruguayan Radio State Network (SODRE). His current focus is on new technologies in support of peacekeeping operations.
Dr. Emile Bruneau, head of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Having been based in conflict regions, including South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ireland and Israel/Palestine, Dr. Bruneau is now working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by (1) building methods to assess the ways in which we demean, dehumanize and withhold empathy from ‘the other’, and (2) critically evaluating efforts aimed at transcending these biases. He was awarded the 2015 Young Investigator Award in Peace Psychology.
Bruce Duncan, M.Ed. and Bina 48: Bruce Duncan, M.Ed., is Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation Inc. and project leader for the LifeNaut Project (lifenaut.com), which is the brainchild of Dr. Martine Rothblatt, Inventor of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Author, and Biotech CEO. Bruce is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the worlds first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person. He also curates the first cyber museum dedicated to addressing racism, bigotry and prejudice at the World Against Racism Museum, endracism.org. Bina48 (Android) is one of the world’s most advanced social robots commissioned by Dr. Martine Rothblatt and created by Hanson Robotics Inc. Using video interview transcripts, laser scanning life mask technology, face recognition, artificial intelligence and voice recognition technology, Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values, beliefs from the original Bina along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. She has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, GQ Magazine, NPR and National Geographic Magazine since she “came to life” in 2010.
Kristin Gutekunst, Executive Producer for the UN SDG Action Campaign, responsible for curating and implementing the campaign’s storytelling portfolio – including UN Virtual Reality, new media and immersive content. Kristin has extensive experience in campaigning for development, particularly with grassroots mobilization, youth engagement, innovative communications, and the creation of high-level advocacy strategies. She was also previously the MY World Assistant Project Manager. Prior to the Campaign she worked with UNICEF’s global HIV/AIDS Campaign and as a teacher in multiple countries. She has a Masters in Development, Management and Policy from Georgetown University and the University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, and a BA in English and Spanish Literature from Fordham University, Rose Hill in New York City.
Sir Charles Hill, managing director of Ecotech Visions, a business incubator focused on deepening the innovative ecosystem in South Florida by providing business resources to manufacturing and production companies. EcoTech Visions brings innovation down to the middle core of the community, while addressing environmental challenges, systemic poverty, and small business growth by capitalizing on the green collar economy. Previously provided financial and investment expertise to Mellon Capital Management, Bank of New York Mellon, and Bank of Tokyo. He is also the founder of Pivotal Lit, a financial literacy company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying student and adult learners in critical financial skills. He holds an Economic degree from Haverford College and Investment Certification from CFA institute.
Amber Nystrom, Co-Founder, Partner, Prosparity; Curator, SDG Marketplace. Amber is a pioneer in impact investing, social enterprise and global systems change with 20 years’ senior experience mobilizing market solutions to address humanity’s great challenges. She is a trusted advisor to private families, women, millennials and major institutions and has shaped impact strategies for well over $3trillion in AUM. As a Master Global Systems Change Facilitator, Ms. Nystrom has lead in excess of 1,000 multi-stakeholder, high level gatherings on every continent. She also serves as guide and coach of The Hero’s Journey for private families and select global change leaders.
Paula di Perna, strategic global environmental and philanthropic policy advisor. Special Advisor to CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). DiPerna also serves on the Board of Advisors of Global Kids, and on the Circle of Advisors of Rachel’s Network, which links women philanthropists who have environmental interests. Formerly, President of the International division of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the world’s first cap-and-trade system covering all six greenhouse gases; President of the Joyce Foundation; and Vice President for International Affairs for the Cousteau Society, and author of numerous award-winning television documentary films.
Vinícius Carvalho Pinheiro, Special Representative to the UN and Director, International Labour Organsation Office for the United Nations, was the ILO lead negotiator at UN deliberations on the post 2015 development agenda. Previously Senior social protection adviser to the ILO Director General in Geneva; Executive Secretary of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group, which led to the adoption of the ILO recommendation on nationally-defined social protection floors. Prior, National Secretary for Social Security of Brazil (1999 -2002), Vice-President of the Inter-American Social Security Conference (CISS). He holds a master degree in Political Science from the University of Brasília. He taught in the Economics Department of the University of Brasília (1994 – 1996) and authored various articles in the area of pensions and social protection.
Nicole Stott is an Artist and a retired NASA Astronaut. She is a veteran of two spaceflights, including 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. She is also a NASA Aquanaut, and currently holds the women’s world record for saturation diving following her 18-day mission with the NEEMO9 crew on the Aquarius undersea habitat. Nicole was the first astronaut to paint in space. She now uses her artwork as a platform to uniquely share the awesome beauty and impressions she was blessed to experience through the windows of her spacecraft. She believes that sharing this perspective has the power to increase everyone’s appreciation of and obligation to care for our home planet and each other.
Above / Image from Opening Event: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City. Guest Speaker, Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change, remarked: “Building support for the new Global Goals and for a climate agreement are essential, and it is extremely gratifying to see such support from the arts to educate and energize peoples understanding of what is at stake.” Opening Event video
Hundreds of people gathered at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on September 14, 2015 for a cinematic experience of art, space and the world, with Special Guest speaker, United Nations Assistant Secretary General on Climate Change, Janos Pasztor, a screening of the film PLANETARY, remarks by Special Guests, Astronaut Ron Garan, Director, Guy Reid, Cinematographer, Christoph Ferstad, and a presentation of art by international artists.