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Sunday, July 24 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Social Media & The Uprising in Iran

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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.


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David Hale

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include asset management companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the founding chairman of David Hale Global Economics. Mr. Hale serves as the global economic advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He formerly worked as chief economist for Kemper Financial Services from 1977 to 1995 and Zurich Financial Services, which he joined as chief economist when... Read More →
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Lyric Hughes Hale

Lyric Hughes Hale is an accomplished China analyst and speaker. Her research focuses on the challenges faced by China as a result of the world economic downturn, Chinese monetary policy, and the role of China in the media. | | She studied at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Chicago, with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has traveled to more than 50 countries. Her global network... Read More →

Narimon Safavi

Narimon Safavi is a Chicago based Iranian-American entrepreneur who is also a contributor and analyst for the radio program Worldview on WBEZ (Chicago Public Media).Born in Tehran to an Azari-Iranian family, he studied Chemistry & Philosophy at the Illinois State University and is now serving on the boards of organizations such as the DC based National Iranian-American Council (NIAC,the largest grass roots advocacy organization of... Read More →

Sunday July 24, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room A

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