Diaspora Networks and Development
I've been involved for the last couple of years in a series of initiatives to leverage the Argentinian Diaspora (the Argentinians living abroad) in the development of a knowledge economy in Argentina. Last week I gave a brief presentation on a workshop organized by good friend Yevgeny Kuznetsov from the World Bank. Yevgeny has become, over the last few years, the personification of the meme "from Brain Drain to Brain Gain", having studied, worked with, inspired or flat-out coherced the creation of more or less organized Diaspora Networks in Armenia, India, South Africa, Scotland, Chile, Argentina, New Zeland (I'm probably missing some).
Once in a while it happens that you run into some crazy russian theorizing about the exact things you are concerned about. When that happens two or three times in a row, and the russian is always the same guy with a name out of a Pushkin tale, you know you are probably on to something.
Here is the presentation; I
perverted mutated a framework developed by GlobalScot, to analyze my experiences with two non-profit organizations I helped create and run, and with the Raices project of the Secretaria de Ciencia y Tecnología (SeCYT), where I sit on the advisory board.