Event: U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy

image The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD), in partnership with the U.S. State Department and with the support of more than 1000 U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) conducting citizen diplomacy activities, will convene a historic U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy on November 16-19, 2010 in Washington, DC. The goal of the Summit and ten year Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy is to double the number of American volunteers of all ages involved in international activities at home or abroad, from an estimated 60 million today to 120 million by 2020.

A detailed agenda is available online.

The speaker list is impressive and includes: President Barack Obama (Invited); Vice President Joe Biden (Invited); The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State (TBC); Judith McHale, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs; Mary Flores, Former First Lady | Honduras; Amr Badr, Managing Director, Egypt & Middle East, Abercrombie & Kent; Kathryn C. Brown, Sr. VP, Public Policy Development & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon; Jon Clifton, Deputy Director, Gallup World Poll; Caroline Roan, Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy, Pfizer Inc.; Martin Davidson, CMG Chief Executive, British Council; Mary Jean Eisenhower, President & CEO, People to People International; Harriet M. Fulbright, President, J. William & Harriet, Fulbright Center; Keith Reinhardt, President & CEO, Business for Diplomatic Action; Doug Wilson, Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs, Department of Defense; The Honorable James Leach, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities; The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Vice Chairman | Hill & Knowlton; Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State, Educational & Cultural Affairs; Robert Dunn, President, Synergos Institute; The Honorable Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (TBC); Aaron S. Williams. Director, U.S. Peace Corps; and others.

The summit will include eight roundtable led by well-known and nationally recognized experts. These roundtables will discuss critical issues that impact U.S. citizen involvement in international activity and present reports with recommendations for future action. Roundtable reports and discussion recommendations will be available in a post-Summit report by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.

Roundtables include Public Policies and Funding Issues that Affect U.S. Citizen Diplomacy Programs and Services, chaired by Michael McCarry, Executive Director, Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, and hosted by Amb. Linda Jewell, Vice President, International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). Members of this roundtable include Matt Armstrong, president and founder of the MountainRunner Institute (and your blogger); Sherry Mueller, president, National Councils for International Visitors; Jane Anderson, executive director, Fulbright Association; Steve Trooboff, president & CEO, CIEE; and others. This roundtable will present 2:15p – 4:45p (including a 15 minute break) on Wednesday, November 17.

Another of the eight roundtables is Impact of Traditional and New Media Technology on Citizen Diplomacy, co-chaired by David Nassar, President, Hot Spot Digital, and Anoush Tatevossian, Director, Projects and Partnerships, MobileActive (and USC Public Diplomacy program graduate).

A briefing session with Doug Wilson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 2:15p – 3:30p on Wednesday, November 17 (same time as the Public Policies roundtable) on Citizen Diplomacy and the Role of the Military will include “special guests” from the Defense Department.

Explore the entire agenda here.


2:15pm – 3:30pm

Briefing Session: Citizen Diplomacy and the Role of the Military

Doug Wilson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Special Guests from the Department of Defense

Host: David Roe, Chair, Board of Directors, USCCD