3:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 38 Embassy Road, G-6/3
Social media, in recent years, has proved to be a driving force in connecting people, sharing knowledge and empowering communities. At first, sustainability practitioners were slow to realize its real potential, but now it is being considered as one of the new discourse for sustainable development.
Social media carries a tremendous potential to bring change and transform societies. This was amply exhibited by examples ranging from the Arab spring to political activism in Pakistan; from protesting human rights violations to the condemnation of various social evils in society, and particularly maintaining the people’s watch on governance and corruption.
Hence in the form of social media, development community got a great opportunity to reach out to global audience, educate people, share ideas, get feedback, promote social innovation and collaborate and engage with others to make a positive difference in the world. But all these prospects are subject to technology and literacy as well.
So how to build a social media momentum for a sustainable development discourse? How to bring all development stakeholders together? How can social media change the way activists and NGOs campaign? What are the strategic dimensions essential for a change through social media? Successful social media interventions/practices for empowerment, knowledge sharing and innovation ? Is uncontrolled nature of social media creating any chaos or instability in the society? And if NGOs themselves are institutional structures, how do they stand to be influenced by social media and online networks?
The event can also be watched live at http://www.sdpi.tv/live.php
Chair: Ms Sadia Sharif, Policy Advocacy and Outreach Unit, SDPI
- Mr Raza Rumi, Senior Media Analysit
- Ms Shirin Gul, Digital anthropologist & social behavior analyst, Mindmap Communications
- Ms Amena Aly Kamaal, Founding Director Strategic Communications, Integrated Marketing and Public Relations, Mindmap Communications
- Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, SDPI