About the Authors: Suzanne Hall, Public Diplomacy Advisor for Canada and Mexico in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Tina Huang, U.S. Department of State Intern, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy.
What makes change? What can we do now? As citizens around the world tune in on live stream and Twitter, young leaders at the 2009 Alliance for Youth Movements are brainstorming the strategies of movement building against drug violence.
This second day of Summit activities focuses on movement building with panel discussions and breakout discussions among global changemakers on creating sustainable anti-violence initiatives via viral change. In a recorded video message, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton conveyed to AYM 2009 participants in Mexico City, “You come from different cultures and countries and speak different languages. But you all share a common commitment to engaging with the world, to using every tool at your disposal to bring people together to solve problems. And that makes you the kind of leaders we need as we work to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century."
This morning, a lively panel discussion on building sustainable movements featured successful movement builders Felice Gorordo and Veronica Nur Valdés of Raices de Esperanza, Janessa Goldbeck of the Genocide Intervention Network, and Oscar Morales of Un Millón de Voces Contra Las FARC. Janessa Goldbeck, in sharing her own movement building experiences, said “Do something in your community that has an impact, then you can increase the impact."
Later in the day, Summit participants had the opportunity to look at case studies of viral change and movement building with Shubham Kanodia in the project of In Memory of All Those Who Died in the 26th-27th November Mumbai Massacre. Scott Heiferman, Founder of Meetup.com reflected “a leader inspires others to be a leader on their own and enables others to be powerful. They spark people to connect with each other and to be creative. That is the magic piece of sustainability.” Other speaker highlights included Natalia Morari of ThinkMoldova who shared her experiences about building Moldova’s Twitterrevolution and Sarah Cliffe, Special Representative/Director of the World Development Report 2011 on Conflict and Fragility.
Wrapping up two days of jam-packed discussions and exchanges in ideas and success stories, Jason Liebman, CEO, Howcast and David Nassar, Blue State Digital and new Executive Director of Alliance for Youth Movements, gave the closing remarks. And the movement continues.