The world if fast shrinking and nowadays, local news is global news. Humans have become a species of globetrotters and seeking to explore new horizons and visit every corner of this Earth. At the same time we are also very local and want to know first what is going on in our own backyards or in our hometowns. Newspapers around the world and in the United States in particular have had to re-learn how to become more local while at the same time learning how to adapt and survive in this highly competitive digital revolution.In May of this year, Meridian...Continue
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.
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,...Continue
Anti-trafficking experts from around the world convened in Washington last week to mark the publication of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report. On June 20th, Secretary of State John Kerry presented the report and honored ten heroes who have risked their lives to expose modern slavery. Continue
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...Continue