MINN Event Recap: International Social Media Panel


Attention: Missed the Panel?  It is now available for viewing free HERE.

On Wednesday, June 15, 2011, the Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN), in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, hosted a sold-out panel discussion with international and Minnesota-based activists on new media and social change.  The event, titled “Innovative Strategies for New Media in Civil Society and Human Rights Advocacy”, was held at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Panelist speakers Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad from East Jerusalem and Rosebell Kagumire from Uganda are a part of a larger group of 20 international online journalists visiting Minnesota with the U.S. State Department.  Renowned for their influential efforts, these individuals were selected to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with government officials before flying to the Twin Cities to attend the Netroots Nation Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Many topics were discussed including using known community leaders to draw interest to social media sites, connecting traditional media and new media, giving voice to unheard perspectives to effect change, teaching new media literacy as a means of empowerment, using online dialogue to share best practices, addressing issues of digital security, and measuring the impact of internet technology.   Panelist Paul Helgeson, who is developing a platform to assist in the development of scalable poultry business in rural economies, emphasized that in the end, action online must translate to something off-line.

After a question and answer period, MINN members, international guests, and others interested in human rights issues mingled during a happy hour at The Local’s outdoor patio.

Our international guests blogged about their visit to the US.  Read more from their blogs after this shot of our international group enjoying happy hour.

Moorish Wanderer (Morocco): http://moorishwanderer.wordpress.com/

Middle East Post (Palestinian Territories): http://www.middleastpost.com/

and Alleba Politics (Philippines): http://politics.alleba.com/

A great read, if you know Persian (otherwise use Google translatewww.jomhour.org

Also, be sure to check out these websites of our panelists:

Ziad Khalil  Middle East Post

Rosebell Kagumire  GlobalVoices

Kristin Antin  New Tactics in Human Rights

Paul Helgeson  Egg Module

Click HERE for a US State Department story on the 20 international on-line journalists visitors.

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