As part of her new video initiative—WhatsYour Calling.org—Erin Williams talks with Shamil Idriss about taboos, fostering cross-cultural understanding, and the power of new media. “It’s paradoxical, but people are best able to engage with difference when they have a strong sense of their own identity.” View here.
Soliya is proud to announce the launch in October of its 2011 Network Fellowship of 90 Fellows from 36 countries, including the US, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Lebanon, Germany, and Cyprus. Now in its second year, the Soliya Network Fellowship is a highly competitive program that identifies and trains the most promising emerging civil society leaders to use new media technologies to promote informed and constructive discourse with a diverse and global online community.
With the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Soliya recently conducted an intensive process review of our Connect Program and Soliya Network Fellowship, engaging leading experts in the field of conflict resolution and facilitated dialogue. Throughout the two-day retreat at the historic Rockefeller Brothers Fund Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, New York, Soliya staff and conferees analyzed Soliya’s programmatic processes and explored the possibilities for innovative new applications for facilitated online cross-cultural exchange.