Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the United States Institute of Peace are partnering on the fourth Media as Global Diplomat leadership series, this time titled Media that Moves Millions, Thursday in Washington, D.C. It's aimed at leveraging media worldwide to highlight innovative models for international conflict prevention.
Speakers include Kathy Calvin, president of the United Nations Foundation; Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Nicholas Kristof; Ben Keesey, c.e.o. of Invisible Children, the organization behind the Kony 2012 initiative; journalist Frank Sesno; Matthew Perault, manager for privacy and global policy at Facebook; and Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation to the Secretary of State. Public media representatives include CPB President Patricia Harrison and ITVS President Sally Jo Fifer.
Topics include participatory media and civic activism; using social media to raise global awareness and financial support for social issues; how professional content creators and community organizers can harness the power of the crowd; best practices and strategies for utilizing Twitter for engagement and the role of crowd-funding platforms in peace building.
PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will host a live stream broadcast here. In addition to covering the panel discussions, Sreenivasan will answer questions from bloggers and citizen journalists worldwide and provide a behind-the-scenes account of the event. Use hashtag #GlobalDiplomat on Twitter.