Kalimatna Initiative

Youth-led Do-plomacy
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

Social Media Links

Kalimatna Twitter | Kalimatna Flickr | Facebook Event

Project overview
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.

The Team

US Interns: Samee, Adrienne, Ashwini, Julie

Palestinian Interns: Hassan, Haya, Khamees

TYO Coordinators: Chelsey

Former Participants: Mary, Kara, Bieta, Imad

15 Responses

  1. Go Mary!

  2. […] my interviews for the Kalimatna Initiative these past few weeks, I’ve tried to keep in mind this “most important attribute.”  It helps […]

  3. تحية طيبة وبعد
    نود الاستفسار هل توجد فرصة عمل لديكم
    لاننا قد قرانا اعلان بانكم تحتاجون مدير لهذه المنظمة في نابلس
    ارجو اعلامنا لغرض نشر الاعلان
    ولكم منا فائق الاحترام

  4. […] After demonstrating my capacity for program management and leadership through my direction of an intercultural dialogue project [ https://tomorrowsyouth.wordpress.com/kalimatna/], I took over developing and directing our […]

  5. […] Palestinian college students on a project about youth life in Nablus. The project was called the Kalimatna Initiative. We interviewed young Nabulsis about a range of topics, and one point came up repeatedly: their […]

  6. […] Madrid or Barcelona?” an interior design major at an An-Najah National University asked my Kalimatna Initiative partners and me after we finished filming an interview with him.  I have overheard a few other […]

  7. […] Kalimatna Initiative, meaning “our words” in Arabic, is a youth-led cultural diplomacy project whose goal is to introduce the culture of Nablus, Palestine, to the world. CATEGORIES: Kalimatna […]

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