Date: "2014"

Communities and Global Cities

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In an episode of the popular sitcom "Parks and Recreation," the citizens of Pawnee, Indiana, entertain officials from their sister city of Boraqua, Venezuela. The Pawnee officials prepare their staff for poverty stricken Latin Americans; the oil rich Venezuelans assume that their greeters are their servants. Hilarity ensues with multiple misunderstandings and missed opportunities. No knowledge-sharing occurs, no investment for Pawnee’s parks is proffered. Pawnee decides that it can go it alone without international engagement.

I thought of this episode when I attended Diplomatic Courier’s conference "Global Cities + Social Good" in early July. As Marek Gootman, Director of The Global Cities Initiative at The Brookings Institution, stated, "Becoming a global city is a goal accessible to any city. Every city can and should be one". A city of any size can align itself with and learn from others around the nation and the world with similar issues. No real city can go it alone without at least considering international engagement

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Social Knowledge Communities: Disrupting The Diplomatic Process

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While Memorial Day now lies behind us, we still have two events in June that commemorate each of the 20th century World Wars. On June 6th, American and European leaders will gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy on their way to Berlin. At the end of the month, Sarajevo will mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand by a Bosnian rebel, the unofficial start to World War I, "the war to end all wars".

I am particularly struck by these two events because of "Diplomacy + Social Good: The Future of Diplomacy",  a conference that I attended in April. The Diplomatic Courier produced this lively and informative day in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, Digital Diplomacy and the International Trade Center. The speakers and panels tackled the trends in and disruptive influence of newer technologies and social media. How have they changed the diplomatic process? And how can the diplomatic process use these tools for social good?

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Are You Ready for the Silver Tsunami?

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According to urban legend, no one in his final days states, “I wish that I had spent more time in the office.” Ah, but in the years to come, Baby Boomers may say in the decades before those final days, “I am glad that I stayed longer in the workforce.”

So, are you ready for the Silver Tsunami at your workplace? If not, you should be. As the first members of the largest cohort of Americans (i.e., the Baby Boomers) start turning the formerly magic age of 65, they are facing longer life spans than ever before. According to AARP, a US man who hits 65 has a life expectancy of 84 and a woman has one of 86. Thus, they have a 50% chance of living for the equivalent of more than half of their working lives.

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Diplomatic Courier: The World in 2050 - Our Favorite Tweets

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With more than 88 million social media impressions from the day’s themes, The World in 2050: Talent Mobility and the Future of Jobs global forum transcended traditional conversations at the National Press Club on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

By placing an expert on food technologies in the same room as a Fortune 500 companies, the debate engaged government, private sector, education, media, and more with #2050jobs, #2030now, and #WEF. More than 5200 tweets from more than 1700 contributors reached 13.7 million feeds from Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, the US, and across to Europe. #2050jobs, a unique hashtag for the forum, was linked to more than 8.5 million impressions.

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