October 19-21, 2018
Berlin, Germany

Jorge Vega Matos


I am Jorge, a strategist and researcher focused on emerging technologies and behavior, particularly as it relates to creating and accelerating alternative models of ownership, commerce, political participation, and collective infrastructure in places like São Paulo, Lyon, and Jeddah. I'm fascinated about how people envision the future and act on it - especially in the peripheries or edges where different cultures, generations, and identities meet.

Panel Presentation with Rhianna Kemi and Houssam Al Deen

A world of diasporas: transnational mobilization in times of crises

Individuals in a diaspora are often in a precarious situation, facing deep questions about their identity in the countries or societies they are in, while dealing issues from the countries they or their families come from. To cope with their translocal status, diasporas have embraced models of distributed power, decentralized organization, and hybrid identity that seem tailor-made for contemporary society. This is particularly obvious in times that require mobilization in response to political issues, natural disasters, and forced migration. In this session, we will explore experiences from the Puerto Rican, Syrian, and Caribbean/black British diaspora. What are the common challenges and themes of Diaspora communities as they mobilize around different issues? What role has technology played or might play? How might Diaspora communities inspire other types of networks?