First Monday Forum Goes "Back to the Garden"

Guests at our First Monday Forum on April 6 enjoyed perfect spring weather in the garden of the DACOR-Bacon House, a historic building in Washington, before our panel discussion on "The Untold History of U.S. Public Diplomacy."  The State Department's Office of the Historian collaborated with the Council and the University of Southern California to discuss new archival documents and scholarship about the beginning of organized U.S. efforts at mass persuasion during World War I.

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You're the Diplomat... What Do You Say?

Thursday, September 5th 2013

Now that the president, after rallying the country to the brink of war, has abruptly reined it in, let us take a moment to sympathize with the dilemma faced by our diplomats:

How do they explain the U.S. position on Syria?

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David S. Jackson

David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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President Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, and Civil Rights

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

As Americans mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Public Diplomacy professionals should also note an address by President John Kennedy -- and the influence of USIA Director Edward R. Murrow -- two months earlier.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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"I Have a Dream" in Chinese

Friday, August 23rd 2013

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Preparing to leave home for college the next week, I did not travel to Washington for the March for Jobs and Freedom. But the anniversary allows me an opportunity to write a short Public Diplomacy footnote to the history of the speech, a recollection from early in my career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Information Agency.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

#IDREAM

Thursday, August 22nd 2013

The time is right.   

On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech on the Mall in Washington, the Bureau of International Information Programs at the State Department is rolling out a commemorative video titled “A Dream Can Start With One Person.” 

High production values and smooth editing abound.  Dr. King’s stirring words and black-and-white 1963 television images are woven together with scripted comments from ordinary citizens representing America’s contemporary diversity.

See the three-minute video here.

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Brian E. Carlson

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Summary: An experienced public diplomacy officer, Ambassador Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and serves the State Department as a senior inspector. For the last three years he was the State Department liaison to the Department of Defense on strategic communication.

 

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PAOs, Don't Be Selfish

Monday, August 19th 2013

It’s Summer Transfer Season for U.S. Foreign Service Officers, and I spent the past two weeks preparing 23 of them to take up positions as Public Diplomacy Officers.  They ran simulations, learned intricate financial management processes, and also heard from some of the best PAOs in the business.  I wish I had completed such a course before I became a PAO.

But life is still not perfect.  The Foreign Service system doesn’t incentivize some of the best practices of public diplomacy.  Officers who look after their short-term career interests can act against the best interests of U.S. public diplomacy.

Here are a few examples.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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