Sister Cities International hosted a virtual panel during GDW 2015. On Thursday October 15th, 81 people particpated in Digital Diaspora +SocialGood. The hangout was moderated by Sister Cities International’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Anastasia Dellaccio, and included panelists Qais Ahmad, Participant from Afghan Youth Connect, San Diego-Jalalabad Sister Cities; Azbayar “Aza” Altangerel, Executive Board Member from Ulaanbaatar-Denver Sister Cities Committee; and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Sinn Féin Representative of South Belfast, Northern Ireland, Former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Publisher, Entrepreneur, and Civic Leader.
The discussion highlighted the leading cities whose sister city relationships formed or have been strengthened because of local diaspora.
Panelists discussed how diaspora communities leverage technology and digital media to stay connected and why these tools are important to strengthening and maintaining global relationships. The panelists are all very passionate about their work with Sister Cities. It was inspiring to hear them speak about their experiences.
A highlight of the hangout was when Qais Ahmad, a participant of the San Diego-Jalalabad Sister Cities Afghan Youth Connect program, stated that after years in the darkness due to living under the Taliban, access to computers via this program opened a window to the world for him and let him and his classmates in Jalalabad connect with others in the US and see them for the first time for their similarities rather than their differences.
If you were unable to join us (or missed something the first time), you can view the recording of our hangout by clicking below: