Back from DC where I gave a presentation titled "Network at Network Speed: the Power of Now Media" at an off-site for a USG (not State or Defense) organization. The presentation combined my presentations on public diplomacy and strategic communication by USG and overseas, including insurgents and terrorists and the utility of social media while understanding technology is not a silver bullet. I challenged the client to think about their product (not widgets but ideas, “hope” as the principal put it) and the value of engaging internal and external resources, clients, constituents, supporters, etc. through social media and thinking of ways to leverage the merging of “old” and “new” media.
When a presentation turns into a breaking-the-schedule over-four hour discussion engaging everybody in the room (positively), it connected.
Regular posting will resume next week, although it will be a short week with a return trip to DC beginning Thursday (this with the family: first half is a business trip for my wife and last part is business trip for me, in the middle is family time... blossoms?). In the meantime, I'll repeat my last "while I'm away" post and again recommend the following posts if you still haven't read them:
- It is time to create a center for public diplomacy discourse and research
- RAND Report: Whither Strategic Communication?
- Comparing the Areas of Responsibility of State and Defense (Updated)
- Still Wanted (?): An Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy (Updated)
- Senate Foreign Relations Committee issues a report on American public diplomacy centers and programs
- Quotes from the Senate Hearing "Engaging Muslim Communities Around the World"
- Defining Public Diplomacy
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