Sponsored by USIP and ITVS, the Media as Global Diplomat series of summits has highlighted the expanding power of today's media to transform public diplomacy and promote peaceful international relations since 2009. This year's summit, Media that Moves Millions, looked at the unprecedented phenomena of user-generated media campaigns that have inspired masses of participants and rocked political systems.

panel speaking at the event

The first part of the event featured, on stage, those campaigns that have captured the world's attention by successfully using participatory media for social change, particularly in conflict settings, including the We Are All Khaled Said, Half the Sky, and Kony 2012 campaigns. The second portion of the day offered hands-on instruction by experts from Facebook, Twitter and Indiegogo to individuals and organizations alike seeking to use the ever-expanding toolkit of media for social change and peacebuilding.

Livestream: This event was livestreamed beginning at 9:00am EST on February 28, 2013. Online viewers were able to engage panelists and each other through live chat and Twitter discussions (Hashtag: #GlobalDiplomat).

Welcome Remarks and Introductions

  • Sheldon Himelfarb
    Director, Center of Innovation: Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, USIP
  • Kristin Lord
    Executive Vice President, USIP
  • Sally Fifer
    President, CEO, ITVS
  • Hari Sreenivasan
    PBS NewsHour Correspondent

Keynote Address

  • Alec Ross
    Senior Advisor for Innovation, US Department of State

PANEL I: From Screens to Streets

  • Frank Sesno (moderator)
    School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
  • Abderrahim Foukara
    Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Al Jazeera
  • Adel Iskandar
    Media Scholar, Academic
  • Matthew Perault
    Public Policy Manager, Facebook
  • Nadine Wahab
    We Are All Khaled Said
  • Oscar Morales
    One Million Voices Against The FARC

Keynote & Intro Panel II

  • Clay Shirky
    Author, Professor, NYU

PANEL II: Going Global – Building Networks of International Support

  • Frank Sesno (moderator)
    School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
  • Ben Keesey
    Executive Director, CEO, Invisible Children
  • Jenifer Snyder
    Executive Director and President, The mGive Foundation
  • Kathy Calvin
    President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
  • Maro Chermayeff
    Executive Producer, Half the Sky
  • Nicholas Kristof
    The New York Times
  • Veronica Eragu
    EDG Venture Consult, Uganda (Teleconference)

Lunchtime Keynote

  • Tamara Gould
    Sr. Vice President, National Productions and Strategic Partnerships, ITVS
  • Patricia de Stacy Harrison
    President and Chief Executive Officer, CPB
  • Nicholas Kristof
    The New York Times

Facebook for Content Creation, Curation and Movement Building

  • Brooke Oberwetter
    Associate Manager of External Affairs, Facebook

Unlocking the Power of Twitter and 10x10

  • Kate Gardner
    Founder, Dstl
  • Didi Bethurum
    Director of Marketing & Digital Strategy, 10x10


  • Danae Ringelmann
    Founder, Indiegogo

Half the Sky & Games for Social Change

  • Asi Burak
    Co-President, Games for Change