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Social Media & Cultural Diplomacy: How we build bridges through community

May 31, 2010 Comments

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s_HHvnecO4
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel regarding the role of cultural diplomacy in bridging U.S./Muslim relations. The theme for the evening was “In The Age of Global Civilization There Is No Us or Them” and the special guest was Farah Pandith, President Obama’s Special Envoy to Muslim Communities under Secretary Clinton. Alesa Weston, Associate Director of the Sundance Institute was the third speaker and and we each gave our point of view about how to use government, new media and independent film to improve understanding and relationships between the U.S. and Muslim world.

Here is a video of my section and I’ll post those from Farah and Alesa once I get the footage. A huge thanks to Jordan Elgrably from the Levantine Cultural Center for making this evening possible. The work of peace and security could not be more important. Below are some of the key points I shared and you can follow the important work that Farah is doing on twitter at @farah_pandith

1. THE REALITY OF OUR INTER-DEPENDENCE

Globalization

Global Connectivity

Global Crises

Global Consciousness

2. THE POWER OF CONNECTION

Past Disconnection

New Re-connection

Re-awakening Empathy

Leveraging Emotion

3. CONVERGING TECHNOLOGY

Social networking

Smart phones

Location-based apps

Mobile applications

Social Web

4. THE U.S. & MUSLIM WORLD

The Danger of Cultural Imperialism

G/local Focus

Regional Technology

Arabization

New Partnerships

5: WHERE TO START

Listening

Values

Connection

Look out for Part 2 of the presentation next week and please fire away with any questions or comments.

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