Gaming for Change: 10 Digital Games Impacting our World

Playing games can change the world.

A pretty bold statement, but that’s precisely the idea behind organizations such as Games for Change, a company that facilitates the creation and distribution of games used as tools in humanitarian and educational efforts. These aren’t just any games, they are “social impact games” designed to present social issues in a way that is uniquely engaging and easy to understand, especially for students and young people.
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From Anime to Expo Milano: Meridian Hosts a Dynamic Discussion on Cultural Diplomacy

On June 26, 2014, Meridian convened diplomats, policy makers and leaders from the arts and cultural communities for a conversation on Cultural Diplomacy at the Forefront: Views from Around the Globe.  Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian’s President and CEO, opened the event before welcoming The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, to share remarks on the importance of cultural diplomacy as a critical tool of public diplomacy. Assistant Secretary Ryan outlined how the U.S. State Department utilizes cultural diplomacy to promote dialogue and strengthen people-to-people relations around the world. She stated, “Sharing one’s culture,...

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Young Patients at Children’s National Medical Center Experience the UAE Through The Eyes of Emirati Artists

When Past Forward artists Zeinab Al Hashemi and Khalid Mezaina, and co-curator Noor al Suwaidi, were in Washington, DC to celebrate the launch of the groundbreaking exhibition, they also had the opportunity to connect with the DC community by meeting with school groups and other organizations. One of the highlights was visiting young patients at Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC), where the artists described their work and hosted an interactive workshop. “The visit to Children’s was a special experience for the Emirati artists and myself. We were excited to see the level of creativity and enthusiasm shown by the...

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IYLEP Blog Contest: Culture as an iceberg

Alumni of the 2013 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program reconnected this winter in Erbil. Alums from both the High School and Undergraduate programs gathered to reflect on their experiences and participate in workshops and panel discussions that built upon the skills students developed last summer in the U.S. Meridian invited IYLEP alumni to submit a blog post describing their personal experience and growth with the program. We selected the winning entries to post on The LEAD. Sana Aras, featured here, was the winner for the IYLEP Undergraduate group. Here I want to talk about my cross-cultural experience with the Iraqi...

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