Global Conversations

Global Conversation Webpage Banner_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Engage in dialogue, discussion, and debate about current global topics that impact our local community.

Rico's Warehouse
545 W 700 S, SLC
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Free food served by Frida Bisto!

Seating is limited; RSVP required for each conversation. 

Global Conversation Webpage Banner_Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Engage in dialogue, discussion, and debate about current global topics that impact our local community.

Rico's Warehouse
545 W 700 S, SLC
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Free food served by Frida Bisto!

Seating is limited; RSVP required for each conversation. 

Thursday, May 11: Passing the Diplomacy Leadership Torch to the Next Generation

Citizen Diplomacy is the concept that everyone has the right, even the responsibility, to help shape foreign policy "one handshake at a time."  But how will the next generation navigate through diplomacy as they become community leaders?

The next generation is said to be electronically connected to their social networks, advocates providing honest, free, and convincing feedback, hungry for feedback, and with high expectations for rapid career development. Harnessing the talent and loyalty of the next generation will be critical in the next 10 to 15 years’ time as many of these individuals ascend to leadership positions and have an impact on non-traditional diplomacy.

Join us for a conversation that questions the concerns of the retiring leaders as they pass the torch of their legacy on to the next generation, and what does the future of leadership and diplomacy look like to this next generation.

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Thursday, June 8: Corporatocracy vs. Democracy

Throughout the world, corporations directly and indirectly finance candidates. The trends demonstrate that it is not uncommon for elected officials to appoint key decision-making roles to those friendly to corporations, including executives from these supporting firms. And it is routine for former elected officials to be given lobbying jobs who can then use their relationships with current government officials to ensure that corporate interests are cared for in the present and future.

Join us for a conversation that addresses the role corporations play in elections and what does this positioning mean for the democratic process.

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Thursday: September 14: International NGO's - Helpful or Harmful?

 

Americans have grown accustomed to the image of “coming to the rescue” when other nations are in trouble. Whenever there is a natural disaster, deadly disease spreading, children working as slave labor, etc., we see images of the U.S. pouring in aid via international NGOs to help the country in need. We celebrate Americans as brave, heroic, and virtuous for involving itself in these foreign affairs.

Join us for a conversation that questions if the actions of American-led international NGOs and American voluntourism helps or hurts another country’s sustainability? And what role should American-led international NGOs have on foreign policy?

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Thursday, October 12: Bioethics - Scientific Innovation or Challenge to Traditions

 

Scientists are questioning if under very tightly controlled conditions, is it permissible to create babies from sperm, eggs or embryos that have had their DNA edited to prevent devastating medical disorders.  The FDA is considering lowering the bar for drug approvals so people can have quicker access to possible life-saving prescription medication but without long-term side effect research. International NGOs are equipping farmers in famine-affected communities with genetically modified seeds. Scientific breakthroughs happen daily and have a tremendous impact on the success and survival of humans, but some raise ethical questions.

Join us for a conversation addressing what is the threshold for bioethics, and are these situations scientific innovations or a challenge to traditions?

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