PopTech and the Rockefeller Foundation are partners on a joint Fellows program that brings together small, interdisciplinary groups of five to six hand-selected designers, economists, technologists, artists and social innovators for a two-week immersion at the Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Center on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.
The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program is designed to be a unique incubator of unconventional, cross-disciplinary collaboration around critical topics relevant to the lives of poor and vulnerable populations, and also serves as a laboratory for the study of the nature of collaboration itself as a profound tool for creative problem-solving and solution development.
Fellows receive travel, lodging and facilitated support on-site as they work together to imagine new approaches to complex challenges. A short documentary is produced to highlight their work and process.
The 2014 program will take place August 18-29, and will be followed by a joint presentation at the PopTech conference in Camden, Maine, from October 23-25, 2014.
2014 Program Focus: Reinventing and Democratizing Livelihoods
The second year of the Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program will explore the reinvention and democratizing of livelihoods, in their many forms, across geographies and cultures.
Rapid economic, social and technological changes are enabling a shift from centralized, industrial models to more distributed, micro-manufacturing and micro-entrepreneurial models. Innovations will create new possibilities for entrepreneurship, creativity, local self-reliance and resilience — particularly among vulnerable communities.
The 2014 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program will focus on how global economies are changing, the potential benefits of moving from big manufacturing to a distributed model, and how to ensure citizens are well prepared to participate in these ever-changing economies.
This effort will be creative, interdisciplinary and collaborative – providing an environment where emerging tools, approaches and solutions are viewed as an art as much as a science.
Meet the 2013 Fellows
The Bellagio/PopTech Fellows Class of 2013 includes key innovators in the fields of data and computer science, the arts, and the humanitarian and ecological spheres. The Fellows are carrying forward their explorations of the program’s 2013 theme: how big data and related technology can be used to enhance psychological, social and systemic resilience worldwide.
The 2013 Fellows also benefited from visits by several “catalysts” who helped further spur their thinking.
Nominations for the 2014 Bellagio/PopTech Fellows program are now open. Please see the call for nominations for eligibility details. Nominations will be accepted through January 30, 2014, and may be submitted via the online nomination form.