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Diplomacy 2.0: Social Media, Diplomacy, and Co-Creation of Dialogue

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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

We end the first day of the GOV2.0 Summit with a conversation between John Podesta, former Chief of Staff to President Clinton and now President of the Center for American Progress, and James Fallows, esteemed author, journalist, and editor, on the changing nature of diplomacy in an information age. With the rise of networks, and the connectedness of citizens globally to each other, there are new opportunities to adopt social media to share messages and to co-create dialogues with other nations and citizens. This is the ability not just to find broader audiences for our ideas and messages but to also listen and co-create dialogue, raising the possibilities for better lives and collaboration on global problems affecting all of us. Welcome to Diplomacy 2.0, the connection of states, peoples, organizations and institutions to each other for human betterment.

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John Podesta

Center for American Progress

John Podesta is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Under his leadership, the Center has become a notable leader in the development and advocacy for progressive policy.

Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president’s cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary and a senior policy advisor on government information, privacy, telecommunications security, and regulatory policy.

Most recently, Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996); chief counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee (1987-1988); and chief minority counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform (1981-1987).

A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.

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James Fallows

The Atlantic

James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for more than 25 years, based in Washington DC, Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and now Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction. Since the creation of the New America Foundation in 1999 he has been chairman of its board. His latest book is Blind Into Baghdad (2006). ‘Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China’ is forthcoming in January, 2009. He is married and has two sons.

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