Pete Cranston

Mr Pete Cranston is a knowledge management, communication and social media specialist, with long experience as a facilitator and trainer. For the past 14 years he has worked in the 3rd sector, mainly in international development, for a wide range of government, international NGO, research and UK civil society organisations. A significant part of his work in the past 10 years has been with telecentres and local content exchange while his most recent research has been into global social media trends, with special reference to health communications, and the impact of convergent mobile technologies in rural development. Pete has his roots in Community Education. He believes facilitation is about enabling learning, collaboration, synthesis, and perhaps the emergence of new ideas and groupings. So while he favours participative approaches to events and process he is not bound to any specific methodology. An independent consultant since 2001, Pete has been working regularly with Diplo since 2007 on communications and online collaboration projects. He teaches eDiplomacy and social media skills for diplomats at Diplo workshops and online courses.


WebDebates (new series): Discussions on the future of diplomacy

01 April 2016

We’re proud to announce a new series of WebDebates, aimed at discussing key topics related to the future of diplomacy. The era of connectivity brings about many challenges for diplomacy. How relevant is the diplomat...

Crowd Funding a Scholarship Fund for Developing States

07 May 2014

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 eng...

Why NETmundial mattered and what was achieved

25 April 2014

"After two days of intensive negotiations with more than 1300 comments and proposals, the NETmundial summit in São Paulo concluded Thursday evening with the expected Multistakeholder Statement. But the doc...

Day 1 at NETmundial: Rejecting mass surveillance, fostering net neutrality

24 April 2014

From the corridors of negotiations to the end of the night discussing principles and a roadmap for an acceptable summit declaration, Jovan Kurbalija and Vladimir Radunovic give us their insight on this promising summi...