How can we make sense of complex problems - and identify the core issues to solve? This video describes an ecological network approach developed by Vibrant Data Labs in collaboration with Intel Labs and the World Economic Forum to gather collective expert input about the causal network structure of a problem, and boil it down to a subset of potentially catalytic problems to solve. Here we focused on addressing the negative impacts of the Personal Data Economy on individual and societal well-being. This project was conducted in 2011-2012... before Edward Snowden leaks hit the press; before we knew the US government was tracking our every phone call; and most importantly before we even considered that corporate surveillance was a problem. At that time - Facebook, Twitter, and Google were the tech heroes empowering citizens to topple dictators in the Arab Spring.
A shorter version of this video (vimeo.com/59856148) was screened at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 2013. This video helped frame early WEF working sessions on Personal Data - which eventually gave rise to the landmark European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of 2016.
According to one of the organizers of these early working groups, "...the project had an impact in shaping GDPR. ...it gave regulators and enterprises a shared-risk and outcome-based framework to discuss... and it stopped debate about defining the problem. Instead everyone could agree that, even though the problem is complex, there is a consensus on the core issues that need to be addressed." The video was also screened at one of the early National Day for Civic Hacking events and was used by the Obama Administration to help guide US policy on personal data.