Invited to the US Embassy’s Generation Change Program in Davao

I have been invited to a social media training for the Generation Change Program. I would just like to say thank you so much to Mr. Jay DJ for this opportunity to be part of the program.

“The Embassy of the United States of America is spearheading a Generation Change Program through its Cultural Affairs Office which will be held in Davao City on April 24-25, 2012. The Embassy highlights the participation of “Change-Makers” who may be artists, bloggers and journalists, businessmen and women, student group leaders and NGO founders.”

Over on Twitter, I have been tweeting to @FlowGalindez and @jonharules who were also invited to the program. Hoping to meet these rockstars soon!

But, wait. What does the picture above have to do with the program? I believe that it represents the change-maker’s quest.

  • The boy on the potter’s wheel represents the change-maker. He is given an ample amount of clay to mold. The same with each of us in our own community and our own network. We all have that ability to change the world within our reach.
  • The other kids around him represent the on-lookers who may be loud enough to cheer you on or to criticize you for the work that you do. Can you handle the pressure?
  • The adults around the kid represent the mentors who give us the guidance to a change-maker – Are you holding it too tight? Are you molding it well enough? What else can you do to make the world better?
I would like to imagine this program where the change-makers can meet mentors and learn how to “mold” advocacies well through social media. This is what I expect to learn in then Generation Change Program in Davao.

About Generation Change

Generation Change is a youth-led global network dedicated to empowering the next generation of innovators and leaders. It provides a platform for the free exchange of ideas across borders and cultures, and a community of peers and mentors who use their collective resources to positively impact communities locally and globally.

It was launched on September 7th, 2010 by the Office of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities (S/SRMC) at a State Department event that brought together 74 of the most innovative American Muslims under the age of 30 – from prize-winning poets to filmmakers, to youth activists and founders of national charities – to discuss pressing issues that young American Muslims face today. Secretary Clinton called out the work of several of these “change-makers” and declared members of “Generation Change” “unofficial ambassadors on behalf of our country and our values.”

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