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U.S.-Muslim relations: How social media can help build civil society

September 17, 2012 Comments

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In the context of the violent attacks on the U.S. embassies, catalyzed in part by a hateful anti-Muslim film, I wanted to share this panel discussion around the role of media, including social media, in promoting tolerance and understanding between the U.S. and Muslim world.

I had the pleasure of joining Farah Pandith, the U.S. Dept. of State’s Special Envoy to Muslim Communities, working directly under U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, moderator Mariam Atash Nawabi, and Alesia Weston of the Sundance Institute. (Apologies for the sound quality.)

I spoke specifically about the role of social media as a force for political and social change, as well as how it can be used to create a safe space in which to foster compassion, tolerance and understanding between U.S. and Islamic cultures. Here is the full video of my comments.

I hope the insights we shared about how media can provide possible solutions to cultural conflict can be useful in today’s discussions around ending the violence surrounding the expanding U.S. embassy riots.

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Reading Time: 1 minutesSimon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world.

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