Saturday, April 3, 2010
On March 30, 2010, I met today with key civil society leaders at the U.S. Embassy Rosa Parks Center in Abuja to discuss their participation in a love global Internet event called Global Pulse 2010. The 3-day, online collaborative event was open to some 20,000 participants: anyone could log on from March 29-31 and take part in discussions of 10 pressing social issues that profoundly affect human existence. Initiated by the U.S. Government, Global Pulse 2010 heralds a new era in social networking and engagement that tried to meet the challenges of the 21st Century through partnership involving a wide variety of stakeholders. The live discussion program evolved in response to President Obama's speech in Cairo in summer 2009 that called on a new era to engage the world. Participants in Abuja included leaders from the Youth Action Initiative of Africa, Climate Change experts, men and women interested in addressing women empowerment issue, particularly economic empowerment. This was social networking at its best and underscores how much more we can become a global village.