The vanishing of prudence (cooler heads): is instant messaging the culprit?

media-998990_1280Hot heads among the masses are the norm, and it is not un-expected. Their actions and reactions do not reverberate any significant consequences beyond their familiar circles. History is replete with examples of hot headed rulers in autocratic and dictatorial regimes creating devastating decisions with long lasting deleterious consequences. Continue reading “The vanishing of prudence (cooler heads): is instant messaging the culprit?”

Working the Room in Buenos Aires: A Global Gathering of Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Argentina-1Written by Leah Victorino, Development coordinator at Empowered Solar and alumna of St. John’s Global Development and Social Justice Graduate Program. 

Nine St. John’s University graduate students embarked on a journey to Buenos Aires with three faculty members this June for a real exercise in international business. Dean Katia Passerini, Assistant Dean Kevin James, and Dr. Basilio Monteiro identified an opportunity for us to travel, network, and participate in an introduction to the entrepreneurship field through the International Council for Small Business Academy and World Conference. Continue reading “Working the Room in Buenos Aires: A Global Gathering of Aspiring Entrepreneurs”

“Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered” and Sustainable Development

Argentina-22Even at an exclusively dedicated conference on Sustainable Development and Small Entrepreneurs, organized by the International Academy for Small/Medium Business, this year at Buenos Aires, Argentina, (June 29-July 1), one could not escape the doctrine of “economies of scale” preached by Milton Friedman, the grand promoter of free market economic theory.   Continue reading ““Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered” and Sustainable Development”

Surrender Your Coin, Surrender Your Sovereignty: The Problematic Future of Euro Zone

7035825939_0e47694d94_zA coin of a nation is not only an instrument of financial transaction, but it represents much more, and more importantly it is a symbol of a nation’s sovereignty; that means the ability of a nation to control its destiny. Not all nations are equal – not equal in their natural resources or human resources – does not mean one is better than the other, but they are simply DIFFERENT. Continue reading “Surrender Your Coin, Surrender Your Sovereignty: The Problematic Future of Euro Zone”

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”

Climate Change Refugees: The Disregarded Category of Forced Migrants

map_climatechangeWritten by Bárbara Matias, currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. 

Global leaders recently joined efforts to combat climate change, culminating in the historic 2015 Paris Agreement which classified climate change as “an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries”1. Climate change is indeed a real global concern and, though the social, economic and political implications are heavily debated, it has unquestionably produced a barely-mediatized International Human Right Law problem: Climate Change Refugees.

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Personal Reflections – Empowerment and Implementation: The Voice of the Young Generation

dsc_8060By Chenjiazi Li and Chiang Zhu, Master’s students at St. John’s International Communication program. 

The topic of sustainable development within the frame of global development generates passionate conversations. However, in general, individuals in these conversations have their personalized understanding of sustainable development given their respective life experiences. Continue reading “Personal Reflections – Empowerment and Implementation: The Voice of the Young Generation”

Crisis Communication in a Digital Era: Dr. Kara Alaimo Holds Guest Lecture at St. John’s University

kara-2By Camilla Biscarini, Master’s student at St. John’s International Communication program. 

Fake news, hacking, and the Presidency of Donald Trump are topics of great concern for media, the public and also the corporate world.

What are the best strategies on how to respond in case a corporation becomes the target of a hacker? What are the dangers of fake news and fake followers on social media? On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 Dr. Kara Alaimo, expert on Crisis Communication and author of the book “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage On the Street” held an engaging seminar with students of St. John’s University seeking answers to the following central question: What strategies can communication professionals recommend to businesses in typical cases of crises of today’s digital “post-truth” era? Continue reading “Crisis Communication in a Digital Era: Dr. Kara Alaimo Holds Guest Lecture at St. John’s University”

Hutongs and Smart Cities: paradigmatic shifts in the way of life

beijing-2Water, the indispensable element for human existence, has been and continues to be the organizing principle of human living arrangements. Communities evolved around the source of the water. Water wells naturally drew people around them. These wells compelled communities to negotiate among themselves how they would live harmoniously and how they would responsibly consume this indispensable resource – water. Hydraulic despotism (Karl Wittfogel) is very much part of the human experience, then when societies were evolving along the rivers and now when the “powers to be” build water dams. Continue reading “Hutongs and Smart Cities: paradigmatic shifts in the way of life”