I usually communicate by drawing. This time, I will write a text. There is a saying that one picture conveys a thousand words. Sometimes I wonder if the opposite applies to me. I am part of Diplo’s Creative Lab, and Professor of Drawing and Printmaking at the Faculty of Arts in Belgrade.
Online crowd funding is deeply fashionable so we ventured into this new world with some trepidation. Just how valuable is Diplo’s work in supporting small and developing states develop capacity for effective engagement in international meetings and negotiations? Is it valuable enough for people to support a scholarship fund financing participation in Diplo’s programmes from such states? How would the Diplo message resonate with a global audience, mostly unfamiliar with the realities of diplomacy and our brand of online learning?
By its nature, diplomacy cuts across cultures, bringing people from many different backgrounds together in the same room. Creating an environment that is conducive to cooperation and knowledge sharing is important.
‘Diplo’s work on making diplomacy more inclusive and effective is a necessity of our time. We need to engage the broader society in crucial discussions on the future of our world’, explained the Hon. Dr Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca during a meeting with the Friends of Diplo at Diplo’s office in Geneva.
Links between Switzerland and the Balkans are numerous, starting with those that are easily visible. Every Christmas and Easter, thousands of cars with Swiss plates carry families to their home countries for the holidays. Swiss cuckoo clocks hang on the walls of many houses in the Balkans.
The Geneva II talks have just ended with little to show for them, or so the press claims. They started out with an undiplomatic outburst by the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem directed at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, when he was asked to respect the time allocated to his opening statements. Nobody tells me what to do the message, or rather, the double-message stated loud and clear: the Foreign Minister was not going to be dictated to with regard to his talk, nor was he going to be dictated to at these talks.
Back in 1981, people were excited about being able to get their newspaper content sent over the phone to their home computers. At a rate of $5 per hour, and taking two hours to transmit, this electronic paper didn't pose much competition for the 20c street price for a real newspaper in San Francisco.
Throughout high school, college, and even at university, a challenge we students faced when writing research papers and essays was using as many multi-syllabled words as possible; the perception was that our ideas would only then be received as 'serious and sophisticated'. The assignments themselves would fuel this thought with minimum word and page limits, making SHIFT-F7, or the Thesaurus function in MS Word, a great tool for the more desperate among us, who would resort to replacing words like 'use' with 'utilise' in a slow, agonising yet sure attempt to push the page count up
This evening, 21st November, 2013, Europe met Asia on the lush and verdant lawns of the Spanish Ambassador’s residence in New Delhi. Two of the greatest performers of Flamenco guitar music, with a singer and accompanist and a powerfully expressive female Flamenco dancer performed before a select audience of about 200, the Indian capital’s glitterati. They were joined on the stage by a group of seven Langa musicians and singers from the land of Marwar in Rajasthan.