Google Ideas, or Ideas is a cross-sector, inter-disciplinary "think tank" or "think/do tank" based in New York City, dedicated to understanding global challenges and applying technological solutions. Google Ideas further positions Google to influence global cultural, political and social issues. Jared Cohen, formerly with the Policy Planning Committee at the US State Department, directs Google Ideas. The think tank is organized within Google's Business Operations and Strategy area and thus is within its business operations rather than its philanthropy part.
In 2010, Eric Schmidt approached Jared Cohen to lead the new venture at Google. The team's most recent conference was the Summit Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) held in Dublin. The core team includes Scott Carpenter, Yasmin Green, and Daniel Keyserling.
Google Ideas has come under scrutiny for its links with the US State Department and its 'regime change' activities.
- Google Ideas official site
- Seth Weintraub (15 August 2010). "Google to open 'Google Ideas' global technology think tank". CNN. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- Shawn Donnan (9 July 2011). "Google Ideas: The company's latest venture into the world of philanthropy.". Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- "State Department Innovator Goes to Google". Foreign Policy. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- Yazan al-Saadi (14 March 2012). "StratforLeaks: Google Ideas Director Involved in 'Regime Change'". Al-Akhbar. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
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