In the last episode we discussed diplomacy and how people are taking on the role of diplomats in their everyday lives through various fields and disciplines ranging from art, culture, sports and educational initiatives to build bridges in their local community and progress societies around the world.
We’ve had a number of comments about the subjects discussed … This one in particular from Shawk (@shawkal) in Toronto, Canada – says that:
“On the question of exclusivity and access, Omar mentions that everyone has social media, but I think its important here to recognize that for the majority of people (around the world) Internet is either restricted or not accessible. Concepts like digital citizen diplomacy remain largely a privilege available to certain parts of the world. Citizen diplomacy serves us and functions at best when we focus our energy to remove the barriers and provide access for all people to engage in the conversation.”
Thank you for your input Shawk! And yes, the digital aspect of diplomacy in particularly through social media isn’t as accessible as our real life social interactions and initiatives. The concept of diplomacy starts with one’s self and how we carry our self and interact with others firstly, and therefore it is a skill that should be learnt through accessible channels as you mention.
In this episode we well will look at how this fits in to society as a whole on an important platform that many consider to be the heart and soul of nations – The civil society.
Sandwiched between the government sector and the private sector, the civil society is the associational life that brings people together and allows civic values and skills to develop -as defined by the UK’s national council of voluntary organisations (or NCVO).
I caught up with Debra Allcock-Tyler a highly influential member of British Civil society, she is the CEO of the Directory of Social Change, the UKs leading training and publications provider for the voluntary sector, to find out what exactly is the civil society and what part it actually plays in our everyday life…
When I think about the things that need to be done to make me happy, I am unhappy… When I think about the things that need to make other people happy, That makes me happy… I am happier by giving then I ever am by getting.
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