Wed Feb 25th, 2009 at 09:50:54 AM EST
We get mail:
NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Strategy, Dr. Stefanie Babst, argues that public diplomacy needs to respond to the challenges of the Web 2.0 world and is encouraging NATO to be "more courageous in using digital tools to directly interact with the public":
NATO's New Public Diplomacy: The Art of Engaging and Influencing
"Why not widen the debate about NATO's new Strategic Concept beyond the 'usual suspects' and try to obtain new thinking through, for instance, online discussions with citizens on specific aspects of NATO's future role?"
I would appreciate your thoughts on this issue. Perhaps your readers would like to weigh in as well. I believe this is a real chance for us to demonstrate to NATO's leadership that the public is interested in a direct and transparent dialogue with policy makers.
- Do you think NATO would benefit from engaging the blogosphere?
- Do you think bloggers have constructive advice for NATO's specific challenges?
- How could NATO identify and listen to the discerning bloggers and their readers? What form should such an exchange of ideas take?
This comes to us from The Atlantic Community, which tells us (e-mail footer):
Atlantic-community.org is a project of Atlantic Initiative e.V., a Berlin based non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering transatlantic cooperation.
Let's lay aside for the moment the question of how this org is financed, and join in trying to understand what this might mean and how we might contribute.
I run into trouble as soon as I scan it.
- They want to "directly interact with the public" with the aim of "influencing".
- But they also hope to garner "new thinking" and "advice".
- Only if it's "constructive" and comes from bloggers that have been "identified" as "discerning".
Why is it I get the feeling that the "direct and transparent dialogue" is most unlikely to happen?
But don't listen to me, I'm known to be undiscerning. What would you say to the NATO-blog initiative?