August 19, 2009

O'Reilly Radar Global Issues Webcast Series --New from O'Reilly: New Series Focuses on World-Scale Challenges and Solutions

Sebastopol, CA—O'Reilly Media has announced the launch of a new webcast series focusing on issues and concerns that transcend national boundaries. The O'Reilly Radar Global Issues Webcast Series will feature scientists, technologists, and other thought leaders seeking to inform and engage O'Reilly's audience about the most pressing issues of the day, including energy, climate, the environment, and globalization. The series, offered free of charge, is designed to educate as well as involve the audience in an ongoing discussion about these topics.

"The genesis of this idea was an event called Sci Foo--Science Foo Camp--sponsored by Google, Nature, and O'Reilly," explains Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media. "Sci Foo brings together people who are passionate about science and technology, who are doing ground-breaking work in these areas. This summer, there were such important discussions taking place that we were inspired to bring them to a larger audience.

"Our world is increasingly interconnected and not just by technology," O'Reilly continues, "There are challenges facing us that can only be solved when we get enough good minds looking at and thinking about them, and the failure to solve them will adversely affect huge numbers of people. With this series, we hope to encourage people to consider these issues and motivate them to be part of the solution."

Kicking off the series is Energy Literacy presented by Dr. Saul Griffith, on Wednesday, September 23 at 10am PT. Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering, and is the co-founder of numerous companies, including WattzOn, a free online tool to quantify, track, compare and understand the total amount of energy needed to support all of the facets of your lifestyle. Registration is required in advance.

On Thursday, October 15, Prof. Per F. Peterson, chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, will present Nuclear Energy: Future Directions. Peterson's talk will cover the current status of nuclear energy, and review the potential directions the technology may go in the future. Other speakers in the series include Dr. S. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Research Center Director and Sameer Padania, Hub Manager for Witness.org.

Rather than offering a passive experience, webcasts provide the opportunity for audience participation. Attendees view the live presentations via their computers and are encouraged to share comments, questions, and resources through the event chat room while the event takes place.

"Our webcasts typically attract a global audience. It's not unusual to host participants from thirty countries or more," says Allen Noren, O'Reilly's vice president of online initiatives. "Each webcast generates an explosion of creative participation, much like our conferences. We fully expect that attendees of this series will be informed, and we fully expect to see solutions offered."

For more information about the O'Reilly Radar Global Issues Webcast Series and other O'Reilly webcasts, see: oreilly.com/webcasts

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