Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Promoting Citizen Diplomacy

Talk about a natural relationship: I recently met with Ann Schodde, the executive director, and Derek Forsythe, the communications director, of the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy to discuss ways that the group and my college could work together in Simpson College’s attempts to foster greater internationalization and the Center’s push to build citizen diplomacy efforts across the globe.

The Center has been key in promoting House Resolution 569, “supporting citizen diplomacy organizations and encouraging the convening of a Presidential Summit on Citizen Diplomacy.” Given the Obama administration’s greater interest in improving U.S. relationships with the rest of the world, citizen diplomacy groups will be playing a greater role in the coming years.

Click here via Change.org to register support for the resolution and sign a letter that will be generated to your member of Congress.

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