Perspectives on the Fourth Sector and Commercial Diplomacy

This blog post was contributed by Amanda Kabonero, Carlos M. Gutierrez Corporate Diplomacy Fellow.  As leaders around the world scramble in the search for solutions to save a declining global economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have an opportunity to choose how they will emerge from this crisis. The world we left behind in 2019 was already beginning to move towards a more inclusive and more purposeful engagement with capitalism, which considered both people and the planet as equal partners. The pandemic has only amplified this movement and underscored its necessity. We cannot just build back the global economy. We must build back a better economy.   Global collaboration is the engine of future economic growth. Leaders in business, government and civil society must deviate from the status quo, breaking down silos and sharing best practices to design a future global economy...

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Q&A Series with CEEJ Fellows Pt 2: Yordan Yochev

The following information and answers were submitted by Yordan Yochev, he has been a journalist for more than 14 years.He is an incoming Central and Eastern European Journalism Program (CEEJ) Fellow. The CEEJ program was postponed and the fellows will be arriving in the U.S. to begin their fellowship in the spring. Until then they will be participating in a webinar series and will be highlighted through a CEEJ blog post series.  I was born in a small rural town with about 20,000 citizens. I graduated from a language high school and after that, I have a Bachelor’s degree...

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National Literacy Month: Becoming a Global Citizen through Books

This year back to school looks a little different, instead of buying supplies parents are figuring our the dynamics of virtual schooling. For young adults studying or hoping to pursue a career in the area of international relations or foreign policy realm, it is important to understand how interconnected our world is, to learn more about different cultures, and be globally literate. Literacy is extremely important not only in order to succeed but also in order to be able to make decisions and analyze situations. Through our various efforts, Meridian hopes to engage with and support future global leaders...

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Q&A Series with CEEJ Fellows Pt 1: Iliyana Dimitrova

The following information and answers were submitted by Iliyana Dimitrova, she is an International News Editor at bTV, Bulgaria. She is an incoming Central and Eastern European Journalism Program (CEEJ) Fellow. The CEEJ program was postponed and the fellows will be arriving in the U.S. to begin their fellowship in the spring. Until then they will be participating in a webinar series and will be highlighted through our CEEJ blog post series.  “It will be easy when you know how to do it!” That was the first piece of advice one of my first teachers in journalism gave me....

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IVLP’s Pivot to Virtual Programming: Reinforcing Networks

The following was written by Meridian Professional Exchanges Division Program Associate Julia Koski. Normally, connecting emerging leaders and Americans in traditional IVLP style is as straightforward as riding a bike, however, in the last few months, program teams have had to find a completely new set of wheels. The tried and true practice of bridging Edward Murrow’s “last three feet” with in-person programs is a paused reality due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and online convening tools have entered as the new medium to connect with and engage our global community. In this virtual pivot, Meridian mobilized to look...

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