The post presidential election mayhem in Iran in June 2009 was a preview of the a phenomena that later re-appeared in the Arab countries, and today is called "The Arab Spring". Within 72 hours after the announcement of the allegedly fraudulent results, over 3 million protestors flooded the streets - streets in a country where no organized opposition was allowed.
The presentation will posit a thesis that new media entities are substituting for the classic opposition political parties infrastructure; the processes of mobilizing, messaging and the logistics of street action no longer need to be organized through the traditional organizational paradigm.
Seond half of session will include a panel of the book What's Next?: Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy. Additional panelists include Jerome McDonnell, Lyric Hughes Hales, and David Hale.