Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment: How to communicate effectively in today’s information overflow

IMG_7554Friday, February 2, around 9:15 am: still feeling a little sleepy, I was looking out a glass wall over Manhattan, being illuminated by the morning sun from a seventeenth floor in a building next to Times Square. An inspiring and formative day was ahead of me – Kota Day 2018. Continue reading “Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment: How to communicate effectively in today’s information overflow”

Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation

SymposiumDec-10On December 13, 2017, graduate students of International Communication at St. John’s University presented a variety of innovative projects they developed throughout a class in Design Thinking at a Graduate Symposium. The event was organized and moderated by Dr. Minna Horowitz, who led the Design Thinking class during this fall semester.  Continue reading “Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation”

Impressions of COY13 and the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Photo 07.11.17, 12 15 53Written by Julia Theilen, graduate student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

At the closing ceremony of COY13 (the thirteenth Conference of Youth) held prior to the UN climate change conference COP23 (the twenty-third Conference of Parties) in Bonn, Germany, a young woman representing the Pacific Climate Warriors, moved the audience with her metaphorical speech: Continue reading “Impressions of COY13 and the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany”

IICM engaging with UN EMG at Nexus Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland

geneva-2-e1509024738599.jpgWritten by Julia Theilen, graduate student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

On October 19th, 2017, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) held the third event of its Nexus Dialogues Series, this time taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The IICM supported UN EMG in communication activities around the event.

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Ambassador Kai Sauer Speaking to Students on: “New International Order. The United Nations and the Changing Political Thought.”

dsc_6945.jpgOn Thursday, October 12th, the Institute for International Communication hosted Ambassador Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, for an engaging guest talk and discussion with students about the United Nations and the changing political thought.

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When Disasters Strike Digital Communities Take Action: The Impact of Social Media

twitter-292994_640In today’s society, numerous times social media has emerged as the main source of information during and after natural disaster events and human-created emergencies. For example, during recent natural disasters, social media platforms were heavily used to communicate with loved ones, contact authorities, and provide updates on the disaster.

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Sustainable Innovative Collaboration

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Written by Alexis Dursunyan, Graduate Student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

A round table allows for equal, free flow of conversation and collaboration between individuals. Research shows that circular seating arrangements lead to people feeling a need to belong. ICSB Academy was a series of round tables; inspiring innovation, creativity and best of all friendship. Continue reading “Sustainable Innovative Collaboration”

Scholars Engaging in Academic Discourse at Consumer Identities & Digital Culture Symposium

symposium-13On March 28, 2017, the Institute for International Communication and the Division of Mass Communication at St. John’s University hosted an academic symposium on “Consumer Identities & Digital Culture”. The symposium gathered scholars across disciplines to examine notions of identity in consumer culture. Speakers presented a range of research from historical perspectives to industry practices, from policy questions to race, gender and global diversity, across film, television and social media. Continue reading “Scholars Engaging in Academic Discourse at Consumer Identities & Digital Culture Symposium”

2017 Corporate Accountability Index Launched to Hold Companies Accountable for Protecting Users’ Digital Rights

RDR-4Sustainable business in relation to our physical environment has become the norm. Today, companies commonly make extensive efforts to take environmental and social responsibility for their business activities. However, most companies do not pay the same respect to our digital environment. Internet and telecommunications corporations need to contribute to creating an information ecosystem in which our fundamental human rights, such as privacy and freedom of expression, are respected. The next step toward transparency about what companies are doing and how it affects our lives is to get companies held accountable for our digital environment. A powerful lever to bring this change and to get companies to do the right thing is the Ranking Digital Rights 2017 Corporate Accountability Index.

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Empowerment of Women and the Economic Impact – Guest Speaker H.E. Mrs. Teuta Sahatqija, Ambassador of Kosovo

ambassador_Teuta-6A developed and progressive country needs both genders to play an active part in economy and politics. No society can be strong if half of the population is left out. Why should one gender be underrepresented? That would be like having two hands, but only working with one.

With this metaphor at the center of her speech, H.E. Mrs. Teuta Sahatqija, Ambassador of Kosovo, illustrated her country’s efforts toward empowerment of women and the economic impact this has on the nascent Republic that declared independence in 2008. Continue reading “Empowerment of Women and the Economic Impact – Guest Speaker H.E. Mrs. Teuta Sahatqija, Ambassador of Kosovo”

Guest Lecture by Fulbright Scholar: Political Participation and Media Use

political-11For some, the Internet is a tool with great potential to bring about social change, mobilization of people and revolutionary movements. Contrasting to this, others argue that political engagement of people on social media cannot be considered activism and real participation after all. Is a new digital democracy evolving or is this idea of revolutionary change through opportunities of mass mobilization on social media just a myth and we have ‘politics as usual’ and the illusion of participation?  Dr. King-Wa Fu, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab, originally teaching and researching at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre of the University of Hong Kong, addressed this timely issue in a guest lecture at St. John’s University. Continue reading “Guest Lecture by Fulbright Scholar: Political Participation and Media Use”