Diplomatic Courier: The World in 2050 - Our Favorite Tweets

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With more than 88 million social media impressions from the day’s themes, The World in 2050: Talent Mobility and the Future of Jobs global forum transcended traditional conversations at the National Press Club on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

By placing an expert on food technologies in the same room as a Fortune 500 companies, the debate engaged government, private sector, education, media, and more with #2050jobs, #2030now, and #WEF. The dialog centered around the future of women in the workplace, food security, technology and innovation, extreme poverty, climate fluctuations, and the balance industry needs to strike.

Viewers around the world watched the live feed, provided by social media platform and technology partner SocialGood, prompting a social media flood: more than 5200 tweets from more than 1700 contributors reached 13.7 million feeds from Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, the US, and across to Europe. #2050jobs, a unique hashtag for the forum, was linked to more than 8.5 million impressions. Facebook was a key communication tool, as well. 

Here are a few of our favorite tweets, organized around the agenda:


Morning Keynote (8:45 AM)

David Chavern, COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Ana C. Rold, Editor-in-Chief of th Diplomatic Courier, Introductory Remarks: MillionWomenMentors @MillionWMentors: At the "In the World in 2050" Global Summit. Ana Rold says "women and girls top priority in the future of jobs" #2050jobs@diplocourier
  • Laura Clise ‏@lauraclise@USChamber's David Chavern: Immigrants play a critical role re: economic prosperity. We need comprehensive immigration reform! #2050jobs


Panel 1: Changing Demographic Profiles (9:35 AM – 10:45 AM)

Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, OECD
  • Diplomatic Courier ‏@diplocourier: When you have #STEM grad, many times they arent fully utilized. Collaboration means creativity - Stephan Lancrin-Vincent of   @OECD#2050jobs
Surya Kant, President, North America, UK & Europe, Tata Consultancy Services
Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer and Market President, Sodexo Inc.
  • Meridian Intl Center ‏@MeridianIntl: "What exactly does it mean to be tech-saavy? Tech. Advancement requires constant training" - Amb Holliday #2050jobs


Panel II: Development and Productivity Increase (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

Karenann Terrell, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Wal-Mart
  • Paivi Raty ‏@Paivi_Raty: What technology does better than anything is find the place of need, and disrupt it: Karenann Terrell @Walmart#2050jobs
Larry Quinlan, Global Chief Information Officer, Deloitte
  • Julie Kantor ‏@JulieKantorSTEM: Larry Quinlan, Global CIO of @Deloitte defines innovation as wake up each day with passion to do something better, faster, cheaper #2050jobs
Steve Currall, Dean, School of Business, UC Davis
  • Lucian Tarnowski ‏@LucianT: Steve Currall, Dean UC Davis: I challenge what higher education is delivering to better meet the needs of employers.#2050jobs
John Ruff, Immediate Past President, Institute of Food Technologists
  • Cindy Moss ‏@stemboss: John Ruffs (Inst of Food Tech) says there are 2 billion people in the world get too much to eat and more are in China than the US #2050jobs
Moderator: Wayne Scholes, CEO, Red Touch Media


Luncheon Keynote (12:45 PM)

HE Manuel Sager, Ambassador of Switzerland to the USA


Panel III: Skill Gaps and Demand-Supply Mismatches (2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)

Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, Senior Vice President, PepsiCo
  • Daniella Foster ‏@deeindc: "It's the intrapreneurial spirit, more than entrepreneurship, that we need" -Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter, SVP, PepsiCo #2050jobs@diplocourier
Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-CEO, Teach For America
  • Tonie Leatherberry ‏@tberry823: Many commit to want to teach in some of the most challenging environments because this is so critical -Elisa Villanueva#2050jobs
Guillermo Fernandez de la Garza, Executive Director, FUMEC
  • BraveNewTalent ‏@BraveNewTalent: Guillermo de la Garza FUMEC - important for stem professionals to be experts in analysis of problems #2050jobs
Lucian Tarnowski, CEO, BraveNewTalent
Moderator: Gary Beach, Publisher, CIO Magazine


The buzz from “The World in 2050” inspired several conversations worldwide; some were contemporaneous live events such as Google+ Hangouts organized to mirror and amplify our summit. Managing Editor Chrisella Herzog participated in the very first Google+ Hangout immediately before the official launch of the #2050jobs Forum to kick start the day:



Conversations going viral around our summit encouraged several participants to tie in our themes to other global trends and issues:


The buzz from “The World in 2050” even motivated Sir Richard Branson to weigh in on next steps ahead of the World Economic Forum: 


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