I've come to accept the place social media has in our twenty-first-century lives and although I bemoan the fact that real-life communication is being replaced by virtual communication, that real-life friendships are losing out to virtual friendships, and that the very nature of social media seems to have instilled in us all a need to share the most mundane details of our lives, I can see the benefits. The Arab Spring is a case in point. The Occupy movement is another.
The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has as its mission to promote mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region for the benefit of its people. With its Secretariat headquartered in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, RCC was officially launched as the successor of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe in February 2008.
Despite the fact that there are thousands of applications available for PCs, diplomats (like most other people) tend to use only a very lilmited number of them (5-6?).
Stefano Baldi, Italian diplomat and one of pioneers in the field of e-diplomacy, selected a list of "Essential Tools" that he finds both simple to use and effective. We start this topic with Stefano's selection - originally posted on his diplomatic toolkit blog.
The first assumption is that once you have located useful information on the Internet, you will probably want to note the address (URL) of the information for easy future access.
One simple way to do this is with bookmarking. The second assumption is that diplomats often work on many different PC (Office PC, Home PC, Laptop, etc...) and therefore have different bookmarks on every computer. The bookmarks are generally (or should be) a very selected list of websites which are essential for the daily work of the user.
In many occasions diplomats need to organize or to be organized. Sometimes this activity refers to practical events (Conference, Meeting, Visit. etc.), sometime it refers to concepts or ideas (Reports, Speeches, Analysis, etc.).
In both cases a technique such as Mind mapping can be very helpful in order to structure (either the activities or the thoughts) and to plan.
Frequent communications are essential in the diplomatic world. International phone calls are the norm in diplomatic network. The 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) services offer interesting opportunities and can allow important savings through low cost calls.