Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo of the Trocadero in Paris by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – Cary’s Sister Cities Commission believes you start global dialogue one person at a time. They are putting their beliefs into action by hosting Citizen Diplomacy Summit on March 15.
The concept behind the summit is that we are all “citizen diplomats”. Everyone is a diplomat for their town, their community, their organization. When you meet new people in other groups, communities, towns or countries, you are representing where you are from, and creating a lasting impression about where you are from.
From Sister Cities:
In an era of increasing globalization, more and more people develop their most lasting impressions through face-to-face, personal encounters, when people visit the United States or when Americans travel abroad. In this context, the “citizen diplomat” is a powerful force in defining the United States to the rest of the world.
With the US at war in several areas around the globe, negative sentiment about the US abounds. Maybe its time we learned how to engage our neighbors better, to discover maybe we aren’t so different afterall?
Numerous polls and studies document that anti-American sentiment around the globe is dangerously high and has grown to unprecedented levels. The U.S. is falling behind in the race for engagement with the world, international competitiveness, and global education excellence. We need to dramatically increase our capacity to reach out to the rest of the world to foster common interests and values.
One Handshake at a Time
Think you don’t or can’t make a difference? this seminar wants to change your mind. The theme is “What A Difference One Person Can Make!” We’ve been told seating is limited, please click here to register in advance.
“Our goal for the summit is to help citizens of Cary and the Triangle understand the importance of being globally engaged,” said Jennifer Jones, President of the Sister Cities Association of Cary.
What to Expect
Panel Discussion with Frank Stasio
Cary Mayor, Harold Weinbrecht, will open the evening, then listen to a distinguished panel of speakers discuss how international relationships at the grassroots level impact U.S. foreign relations. The discussion will be moderated by Frank Stasio, longtime NPR correspondent and host of WUNC’s The State of Things.
A special appearance will be made by Sacrificial Poets, Will McInerney and Kane Smego, nationally recognized spoken word poets and youth educators. They will be presenting “Poetic Portraits of a Revolution,” sharing their Egyptian and Tunisian “Arab Spring” experiences.
Guests are invited to browse expo booths and displays, and socialize with panelists and fellow guests at a reception following the summit. Refreshments will be served.
Thanks go out to the Sister Cities Association of Cary and the Town of Cary for sponsoring this event and to the Cary Chamber of Commerce and the International Affairs Council for their support.
2012 Citizen Diplomacy Summit
Thursday, March 15, 2012
5:oo – 9:00 PM
Cost for attendees: Free
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