An initiative of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization funded by the
Youth Solidarity Fund of the UN Alliance of Civilizations
April 18, 2010 | The Palestinian Disabled Union
April 06, 2010 | Arabic to Arabic Translation
March 28, 2010 | Balata refugee camp: fieldnotes and reflections
March 22, 2010 | Hiking the Abraham’s Path
March 21, 2010 | Meet Haya!
March 4, 2010 | Kalimatna’s Social Media Platform
March 2, 2010 | Thrilled to be in Nablus
March 1, 2010 | Introductions: New Interns!
February 16, 2010 | Social Media Training
January 24, 2010 | Intercultural Training in Strasbourg, France
December 22, 2009 | UNAoC grant funds new Youth project
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TYO’s new Do-plomacy initiative has been launched with a six‐month project (Spring 2010 and Fall 2010) in which several young Palestinians and Americans will create a by‐youth, for‐youth multimedia kit to introduce the culture of Nablus to the world and provide concrete outlets for engagement. The project will also generate two other important outcomes:
- deep person‐to‐person connections across divides within and between Nablus and the US,
- a model for youth driven cultural diplomacy that can be replicated anywhere in the world.
The Do-plomacy Manual will be designed by youth to teach other youth about their culture in a way that is relevant, authentic and dissolves prejudice. The importance of youth-led, cross cultural connections is also reflected in the project’s name Kalimatna, which means “Our Word” in Arabic. This tool will address our challenge in Nablus of being isolated from the rest of the world and the growing divides between the Middle East and North America and Europe. Because of our innovative, modern and scalable approach, the project also represents major potential for advancement in intercultural dialogue: a topic that is now indispensable for global security and well‐being.
Once the Manual is complete, American TYO interns will lead Do-plomacy sessions, directly reaching at least 360 youth in the US. However, our target is truly the world – we will commit great energy to spreading the concept and our Manual as far and wide as possible. Our partnership with the UN Alliance of Civilizations and other global organizations, as well as outreach to relevant student groups in the US and Europe will provide a large and diverse audience for the kit. Social media outlets like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter will be important platforms for Doplomacy, to facilitate resource‐sharing, ongoing revision of the kit and active engagement.
US Interns: Samee, Adrienne, Ashwini, Julie
Palestinian Interns: Hassan, Haya, Khamees
TYO Coordinators: Chelsey
Former Participants: Mary, Kara, Bieta, Imad