Leveraging the Web to Harness the Energies of Love | Franz Joseph Hartl, Yale


(upbeat music) (dramatic music) – Let me introduce you to another amazing person, who also happens to be a new dad, Franz Joseph Hartl. And hello, I’m Franz.
(laughter) And this is quite a remarkable fellow. He’s in charge of web development at Yale, and believe it or not, we invited him down to a meeting in New York City, actually, Don Filer was there as well, who’s in charge of International Affairs, and he fell in love with this project. He really came to
believe that if we invest in early childhood, we could
make a more peaceful world, and he has done amazing things in helping Shemrah Fallon and others. I’m not sure if Nick
Appleby is here or not, but Shemrah Fallon, raise your hand, and Nick Appleby should be here but he’s not. But Franz is the person
who’s really made it happen in terms of activating
and making this website feel interactive and positive, and the real challenge for each of you is please go there, take
a look, and tell us all how it can be better, and how we could actually make use of that website to actually move forward the agenda that we’ve been talking
about all day today. So with that, Franz Joseph
Hartl, this floor is yours. (applause) – So I don’t want to keep
anybody longer than necessary, and I want to get to the Ambassador who I’m very exciting about hearing. Again, hello, my name
is Franz Joseph Hartl. I am the university webmaster here at Yale, and more importantly than being from Yale, I am from the internet, let’s say. So, that’s what my
role is in this organization. Shemrah came to me and said “We
have this big idea for ECPC, and there’s this idea that loving children can change the world.” And I said “Really?” And they were like, “Yes,
we have the science.” And I’m, like, “I’m on board”.
“What do you need me to do?” “How could I help you?” “How can we get things happening?” And the internet is going to change the world,
that’s what I’ve always believed, and the internet has changed the world, but the internet has changed
the world horribly, right? So we live in this world right now where the algorithm,
has hurt social cohesion and has broken trust. So I know what I want to get here and what I want to have you
walk out of this meeting today with is kind of an optimism that you are going to come and you’re going to use the internet to help love children and help build
peace through that process. So how are we going to do that? And I’m just going to give you a little bit, I’m just going to give a
little bit of a history lesson, and then we’ll talk and why we
should have confidence, okay? So, this is a stained glass art at the Beinecke (library). The
web is web publishing. We have this idea that the web is like a printing press,
and it’s publication, and one of the things that when
I first arrived at Yale I was incredibly inspired by, and visitors to New Haven and into Yale, you should definitely do this. This is Yale’s copy of
the Gutenberg Bible. I think all universities
should have a copy of it, I don’t know why they don’t,
but we have one, one of the 26, and the Gutenberg Bible
was the first example of movable type and print. And you get that history lesson and you think movable type
and print, what a great thing. It brought the books
and it brought literacy, and from this, this is
Sterling Memorial Library here at Yale, we have
these temples of learning and it’s been absolutely amazing. But we’re skipping a part of the story, getting from Gutenberg to the temples and the
university and enlightenment. The part of the story
that we’re skipping is, oh yeah, we had the religious wars that came directly as a
result of the printing press. When we had the printing press, we didn’t know how to handle it or copy it, and we had this crisis of
not knowing what to do, of legitimacy and of authority, and that’s very similar
to what’s happening right now on the internet. We don’t know where to go. We don’t know who to trust. We don’t know what information
is good and what’s out there. So, but we’ve gotten through it. So this is the mission of all
great research universities. This is the first mission statement of Yale, to create, preserve,
and disseminate knowledge. When I look at the technology and think about how the web is on creation and
preservation and dissemination, artificial intelligence is overrated. Don’t believe the hype. A lot of people are saying AI is coming. It’s going to solve everything. We’re going to have policy made by AI, nah. It’s kind of like bad algebra. It’s nothing special, it’s not creative. I believe in people. I believe in people. I believe it’s not going to
be artificial intelligence that changes the world.
I believe in people, and I believe in connecting minds. Of all that we’ve heard today, we talked about development. One of the key things is we talked about the development
of how loving children and nurturing children and
preventing toxic stress creates the synapses and
the power of the mind. Well, my goal is, if one
mind is so powerful, can you imagine what happens if we could bring
together the 700 million minds? Not through kind of, excuse me, seven billion minds on this planet. Not through kind of
algorithms in a cheap way, but really looking towards methods of bringing us all together, and that’s what
I get to do here at Yale. So, we have a couple of proof of concepts of this working, right? Wikipedia is something
that’s been really real. It’s a real thing that we have this incredible encyclopedia of knowledge that people came together altruistically and built this
new wealth of knowledge. So it is very much possible that we can all come together and work collaboratively and create this knowledge space. We’ve done it with Wikipedia. We’re doing it here at Yale, too. So Yale’s web infrastructure, the way that we
built all our web at Yale, is built on open source technologies. That means it’s people getting together in mass collaborative ways,
thousands and thousands of people working together
and putting together code, and building upon stacks
on stacks on stacks of people working and collaborating. And our web is kind of great. And what we’ve done here at Yale, is we’ve been able to create this open source code that
has created a platform that all of our websites are
on the same code base, the same system, and we’re
able to disseminate. Any improvement that we make in one area, we’re able to take that code and bring it to new systems
so we can share that. This is on the Yale code base. The ECPC website is on Yale’s code base. So what this means is that Yale University has taken the responsibility
of making sure that this site is secure.
As the web evolves and moves forward, we’re going to use all of that power of open source, we’re going to leverage all
those thousands of people who contribute code to make it safe, and they’re going to help
support and make this website. Any advantages that happen, we’re going to continue and do this. So this is the fruit. All this other collective effort that’s already happened,
we’re going to take advantage, and now it’s our turn, to be on here, to have
more information go on here. So this website, I don’t have any responsibility for the
content of the website. I was just able to get resources and handle a lot of the platform. But so many members of this committee have come together, and
they really put absolute great content on this website. So many places now on the web are done haphazardly. You’re not questioning
what is the legitimacy… Is this solid information?
Is this good science? None of those issues are
present on the ECPC website. The website is deep, it is good, and it provides information,
not to talk at you, but to connect. So that’s what this great section of the Global Programs
Directory is, an example of finding other organizations
in the world. Do you want to find out
about Early Years, for example? There’s a great section
about some of their policies. There’s a home. You could learn about that and you could get their contact information
and you could reach out. So think about this. What makes these kinds
of conferences great are the connections
that you can make here, and the people that you meet and build out from
that, and the website helps and supports that. The website also has an incredible amount of resources that you
just heard about earlier today. More and more of these resources are available, the literature, where to find everything.
So when I was in lunch, I overhead people talking,
and they said “What can we do?” “What’s the call to action?” And I need … It’s difficult in this kind of setting to take down and educate everyone, but go to the website and
do it on your own time and do a deep, deep dive,
and so you can learn what’s available and
what resources we have. It’s absolutely phenomenal,
and Shemrah, way to go. Now, the website’s launched, it’s live. But often, people are used to
thinking about a website, they look at it like a book, right? It’s like, oh yeah, we’re
published, and that’s done. That’s not actually how
a good website goes. A website is an iterative process. We’re constantly refining it, we’re
constantly building upon it. And in many ways, you take a look at this, this is the prototype,
we’re sharing it with you. And Jim, it’s like we
synced up before hand. It’s perfect. Give us feedback here. We need feedback so we
can refine it, build the next version, build it, and keep on cycling through. And if you want to reach us, go to ECDpeace.org/contacts,
and give us feedback, and tell how the website can be better. Tell us about sections that are missing. Tell us about new ideas. Just communicate. This is not a top down
thing. This is peer to peer. This is building that network. Because I believe in you, right? (laughter) The thing that inspired me when
I was at the United Nations, I was inspired by hearing stories of the people in this room, the amazing things that have
changed already in the world, and, we’re on the
precipice of even greater change. So, I know Jim very much likes to have these inspirational kind
of quotes at the end, so I’m going to do him justice
by doing one too, alright? So one of the thinkers that
I’ve been influenced by is a Jesuit by the name of
Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, and he said this. He said someday, after
mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God
the energies of love, and then, for a second time
in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. And I think this is what
science is showing us right now, that love is the key for building peace. And I think we have now
a way with the internet and why I’m so excited and
so long on the internet is because I think the
internet is going to allow us to teach other people,
to make connections, and to harness this power of love. So I’m happy that I can
support you in all your work, and I hope you support each other, and just continue to go
out and do great work. Thank you.
(applause) (dramatic music)

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