Connecting Young Leaders Conference 2012

On Saturday I talked to the Connecting Young Leaders Conference run by the US Embassy in New Zealand.

The Ambassador, David Huebner, has made it a goal of the Embassy to spark an interest in politics and leadership amoung youth. Every year he selects students from NZ universities to be “advisors” and every two years he brings them together to meet, learn, and network. It is an awesome programme and engaging with youth is something that the NZ Government could learn a thing or two about.

Anyways here are some photos from the weekend via the Embassy’s Flickr and used under Creative Commons license.

These are all the advisors with some of the speakers. The Ambassador is the chipper looking gentleman on the far right and the gentleman on the far left is the Consul General, James E. Donegan.

Former Journalist and now senior lecturer in Political Studies at University of Auckland, Gavin Ellis moderated the panel on “Modern Media: where traditional and social media merger and what it means for the future of public perception of news and information”.

On the panel with me was Alison Mau — longtime journalist for TVNZ who now co-hosts Fair Go — and Ali Ikram — journalist for TV3’s Nightline. Alison made some interesting points about how Fair Go changed it’s format to incorporate Facebook feedback and Ali made an interesting point about how Twitter was good for listening and engaging.

That’s me. Talking shmack about how everyone is now a publisher and that we can’t turn away from the flow of information being social. Below is a breakout session I hosted about modern communication. Did you know that somewhere in New Zealand, Hamilton I think, there is a Vet who makes all the owners of animals bought into the clinic set up Facebook accounts for their pets. That is cray.

You can check out the rest of the photos here.

Big thanks to the Embassy, Ambassador, Sean, Jessica, and Andrew! It was an honour to be asked to speak and a privilege to make friends with such intelligent and passionate young people..


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