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15-03: Land Management Ecosystems
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: MC C1-200

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ID: 1005 / 15-03: 1
MasterClass - learning day events

Land Management Ecosystems — Challenges, Enablers and the Future

Diego Molano3, Philip Auerswald1, Pranab Choudhury2, Camilo Pardo1, Sachin Garg1

1George Mason University, United States of America; 2Center for Land Governance, NR Management Consultants India Pvt. Ltd.; 3Formerly ICT Minister, Government of Colombia

This masterclass aims to explore and advance “end-to-end systems thinking” as a novel paradigm in land records management. By end-to-end systems thinking we mean a holistic integration of the front end of land management systems (including community engagement, formal and informal land rights, public policy, and culture) with the backend (including databases, data systems, and administrative processes). In the masterclass, a group of experienced professionals will discuss

* Key current challenges in land records management;

* The present state of the art in the field; and

* How novel combinations of public policies, community engagement strategies, and applications of Information and Communication Technologies may link the front- and back-ends of land records management.

Our intention is that the class contributes to an ongoing paradigm shift in the land records management by applying end-to-end systems thinking.


Mr. Diego Vega, former Minister of ICT, Colombia

Professor Philip Auerswald, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, USA (GMU)

Mr. Pranab Ranjan Choudhury, Center for Land Governance, NRMC India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Camilo Pardo, Doctoral Student, Schar School of Policy and Government, GMU, formerly with the government of Columbia

Mr. Sachin Garg, Doctoral Candidate, Schar School of Policy and Government, GMU

Philip Auerswald is an Associate Professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government; the cofounder of Zilla LLC (, a startup focused on enabling opportunity around digital land records; the cochair and executive director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation; and the the cofounder and coeditor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press. His most recent book is The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in February 2017. In June 2013 he led the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, an organization dedicated to using the National Mall in Washington DC as a platform to celebrate and support entrepreneurship and innovation. He has blogged and written op-eds for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The International Herald Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle; has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Slate; and has interviewed on CBS News Sunday, NPR, and Fox, among other outlets.