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#GlobalDiasporaDay – looking back at EMM4Dublin and JNDA2016

Today 23rd of June is #GlobalDiasporaDay.

If you follow the link above, you will reach a collection of 14 diaspora conversations, featuring our contribution at EMM4Dublin – the conference organized by ICMPD which took place in Dublin in May, in collaboration with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiasporaMatters. This is a short summary of our contribution (in English).

Just before, in Bordeaux, took place the Journées Nationales des Diasporas Africaines. This is a short video of our contribution at JNDA2016 (in French).

Both conferences were amazing events offering opportunities to share best practices on Diaspora engagement. In Bordeaux, as well as in Dublin, we could hear practical stories on the benefits of Diasporas for economic development of the home and host countries.

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

About FDI Magnet

FDI Magnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services.
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Diasporas, a region’s best ambassadors for FDI, Innovation, Tourism

Richard Bruton, Ireland ‎Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, is in Paris today to meet with Emmanuel Macron, France Minister for Economy, Industry and Digital to discuss the jobs market.

In today’s French Newspaper LeMonde.fr, you’ll find two articles discussing Ireland’s restored growth, the first one co-written by NamSor inventor Elian Carsenat,

No doubt, Mr Macron will be curious of Ireland’s success in attracting so many US corporates and startups to Dublin, as well as so many talents (including from France). It’s not just the fundamentals : networking with the Irish Diaspora abroad and with foreigners in Ireland play a critical part. Digital networking (using LinkedIn, Twitter and the likes) is also taken seriously. You’ll find Ireland’s freshly released Diaspora strategy document below.

Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy is available online in English and Irish. Global Irish is the first clear statement of Government policy on the diaspora.  It defines the Government’s role to both drive and foster diaspora engagement and sets out a number of actions to achieve our vision of a vibrant, diverse global Irish community, connected to Ireland and to each other. You may also wish to have a look at the new Global Irish website

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The #FrenchTech is at its best at #SXSW

StartupBRICS, the blog tank of innovation in the emerging market, gave a talk in Austin on their amazing experience #TECHAfrique, Innovation & Startup Tour in Africa and announced live on SXSW Interactive stage the launch of diasruption.co

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. NamSor is committed to promote diversity and equal opportunity. NamSor launched NamSor Gender API, a free API to extract gender from personal names and NamSor Origin API. We believe NamSor API Key can help unlock the value of diversity worldwide. http://www.namsor.com

About FDIMagnet,

FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)

–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM

–   FDI Targeted Communication

Follow @FDIMagnet, join the LinkedIn group or email us at contact@fdimagnet.com

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Place Marketing Forum 2014 – what role for a Diaspora in attracting FDI, Tourism?

Organized by the “Regional Attractiveness and Place Marketing Chair” of Sciences Po Aix, for its second edition, Place Marketing Forum 2014 gathered more than 400 thought leaders, experts and professionals, from the public and private sector, all involved in territorial marketing and regional attractiveness. Katherine Loflin, Head of Loflin Consulting Solutions and international Expert in Place Making (USA), was guest of honour of this year edition.

The remarkable case of Connect Ireland / Succeed in Ireland was presented by ConnectIreland CEO Michael McLoughlin. Elian Carsenat, NamSor / @FDIMagnet had an opportunity to discuss the role of a Diaspora for FDI and Tourism during the ensuing rountable with digital tourism expert Ludovic Dublanchet, Michael McLoughlin and Caroline Isautier (San Francisco Consult).

How your country, your region, your city can use a Diaspora for its ambassadors strategy?

Firstly, you need to acknowledge your Diaspora and answer this perenial question: who are they, where are they and what are they doing. Below our key points on this topic.

To download the full presentation (PDF) 20141016_PMF2014_NamSor_FDIMagnet_Pitch_vFf.pdf

Secondly, you need to create communication channels and the appropriate conditions to activate and engage your Diaspora. Kingsley Aikins (DiasporaMatters) is a renowned expert on how to engage a Diaspora, you’ll find his pitch at TEDxVilnius below.

Additional thoughts on PMF2014

Place Marketing Forum 2014 was a great success. I was amazed by the quality of the place branding cases presented, such as OnlyLyon, IAmsterdam,  Our Miami and the innovative CRM approach deployed at Val Thorens Ski Resort. What also made this event particularly interesting is the transversal approach taken to country branding / place marketing, covering not just tourism but also foreign direct investments (FDIs) and attraction of talents / startup ecosystems. A cool takaway was found in the conference USB key, in the form of a 282 pages comprehensive report ‘Place Marketing Trends 2014‘ by Joel Gayet.

This event is set to grow and attract even more international interest. I look forward to PMF2015.

In the meantime, we look forward to see you at the Global Diaspora and Development Forum, Dublin.

Further reading

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.

NamSor launched FDIMagnet,  a consulting offering to help Investment Promotion Agencies and High-Tech Clusters leverage a Diaspora to connect with business and scientific communities abroad.

Photo Credits – PMF2014

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Place Marketing Forum 2014

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Just after UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum 2014 takes place in Geneva, world leaders are invited to attend the Place Marketing Forum in Aix-en-Provence (16th and 17th of October 2014).

#PMF2014 : Register before the 15th September to benefit from early bird rate

For countries, regions, cities willing to attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs), the competition is fierce and it’s a binary win: the looser gets nothing. As in sports, just a tiny element can make the difference. Some places are natural FDI Magnets and hardly need to make efforts to get investors queuing for the opportunity to invest. For most other places in the world, identifying FDI leads is hard. Then getting the investor to choose your location is something you need to fight for: good marketing, innovative approaches inspired by the private sector give a competitive advantage.

The Place Marketing Forum is dedicated to attractiveness and new regional marketing practices throughout the world. It has a strong focus on innovation and follows an operational approach to regional marketing, addressing all attractiveness issues, whether increasing the ability of territories to develop and promote their offers or attracting new stakeholders and capital.

We will participate to the expert panel on “peer marketing” and ambassador digital strategy. Elian CARSENAT will present concrete cases.

During the event, the Irish will receive an award for their ConnectIreland initiative :

ConnectIreland is a remarkable and innovative marketing achievement of customer’s conquest focused on peer marketing, ambassadors and digital technologies. With more than 23 000 “connectors”, introducing more than 1,100 companies, allowing the setting up of over 30 businesses as well as the creation of 1000 direct jobs in Ireland within few years, “ConnectIreland” approach is a model which illustrates the new ambassadors’ strategies deployed by the Irish Government to revive the overall attractiveness of a country, severely affected by the economic crisis of 2008.

Read the full Connect Ireland Place Marketing Award – press release

@FDIMagnet is NamSor’s niche consulting to support such initiatives and help countries, regions reconnect with their Diaspora – using innovative data mining technology and differentiated approach to Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Kingsley Aikins, chief executive of Diaspora Matters and a renowned expert in the diaspora field, has advised  many governments as well as Ireland. He said ‘NamSor product could be a real game changer and could help answer the perennial question all countries ask about their diasporas – who are they, where are they and what are they doing. We now live in a networked age and the key to success of diaspora engagement is in building global networks. Namsor will help find these people and enable new diaspora networks to be developed.

Last year, inspired by Scotland’s Homecoming, the Irish have launched this other impressive and successful initiative in tourism : the Gathering, creating hundreds of cultural events and bringing several hundred thousand people of Irish heritage from the US (or other parts of the world) to Ireland. This brought ready cash in the country (€170 million in additional revenue) and it has strengthened the bonds between the Irish diaspora and Ireland. How many FDI leads -in the IT sector for example, where Ireland is already strong- will indirectly come from this huge networking potential?

#PMF2014 : Register before the 15th September to benefit from early bird rate

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NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European designer of name recognition software. Our mission is to help make sense of the Big Data and understand international flows of money, ideas and people.

FDIMagnet is NamSor offering for Investment Promotion.

Diaspora Matters is a consultancy company based in Dublin advising governments, companies, organisations and individuals on how to develop strategies and programmes to connect with their Diasporas. diasporamatters.com

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Revealing the Irish, French, Indonesian digital diasporas

An Irish Times @GenerationEmigration reblog

NamSor technology has mapped the location of Irish-owned Twitter accounts around the world.
To access the interactive map, click here: http://cdb.io/1h8kTDG

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Elian Carsenat and Michel Fortin

Before Christmas, we came to Ireland to present NamSor, a piece of name recognition software which uncovered the Irish ‘digital diaspora’ for the first time. This interactive world map of the Irish, French and Indonesian e-Diasporas was produced using Twitter account data.

Twitter is an interesting data source because about 3 per cent of Twitter accounts opt-in to show their Tweet location (using GPS from a smartphone) and can be visualised on a map. We were interested to visualise the Irish digital diaspora, not just in the US and the UK, but globally. Our assumption was that the Irish themselves are familiar with the history and sociology of the Irish diaspora in the US and the UK (and such organisations like IDA Ireland and Tourism Ireland have been successful in leveraging those), but what about Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia? It is interesting to see how large and dispersed the Irish diaspora is in the US, and how small and concentrated it is in populous Indonesia.

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The scientific jargon for this special data mining is applied onomastics. We’ve worked with many different databases before, using onomastics for a specific purpose. For example, to help the Lithuanian Investment Promotion Agency understand the sociology of its diaspora and attract foreign direct investments (FDI), we’ve data mined Factiva C&E, a large database of company directors worldwide. We’ve also analysed PubMed, a scientific database used by doctors and biotechnology researchers, to recognise where international talent flows in that competitive field.

We spent a lot of time in Dublin with Kingsley Aikins, chief executive of Diaspora Matters, who is well known internationally in the diaspora field and has worked with many other countries as well as Ireland.

He believes the product could be a real game changer in the diaspora field and could help answer the perennial question all countries ask about their diasporas – who are they, where are they and what are they doing. He believes that we now live in a networked age and the key to success of diaspora engagement is in building global networks. Namsor will help find these people and enable new diaspora networks to be developed.

He also referred to the emerging global war for talent and how diasporas are going to be critically important sources of talent. Countries who know and keep in touch with their diasporas will have a competitive advantage. This will apply not only to those wishing to return to their home country but also to those wishing to be involved and help with DDI (Diaspora Direct Investment). Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia have already introduced initiatives in these areas.

We were impressed with the success of the Gathering, bringing several hundred thousand people to Ireland. This is an innovative initiative and must have strengthened the bonds between the Irish diaspora and Ireland.

There may not be such thing as a ‘French diaspora’, but we see more and more French people going abroad, especially the young and talented seeking an international experience. We’ve seen a lot of them in Dublin! Our impression is that the French abroad don’t really know or help each other as effectively as in other cultures, such as the Irish. French diplomats, large companies, entrepreneurs established abroad, exporting SMEs, professors and students all seem to live in separate worlds. France could learn a lot from what Ireland is doing.

NamSor Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of name recognition software (NamSor sorts names), which aims to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people. namsor.com

Diaspora Matters is a consultancy company based in Dublin advising governments, companies, organisations and individuals on how to develop strategies and programmes to connect with their Diasporas. diasporamatters.com

This article was inspired by and original article published in onomastics.co.uk

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