Whither Canadian Public Diplomacy?

Wikipedia defines cultural diplomacy as a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes the “exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster mutual understanding.” The purpose of cultural diplomacy is for the people of a foreign nation to understand Canada’s ideals and institutions in an effort […]

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Pulling Out of a PR Tailspin

On April 20, 2010, the largest oil spill in history occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded, claiming eleven lives and affecting the environment and the livelihoods of tens of thousands in the region. The environmental and economic impacts last until the present day, as do the public […]

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Mexican Public Diplomacy — REDES

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing”. Rollo May Creating a community between two nations and their societies is the fundamental goal of public diplomacy. I have always argued that a state must engage foreign audiences using the language of the arts if they are to touch the hearts and […]

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The Commonwealth of Identities

In my last blog I quoted Nelson Mandela saying that if you speak to someone in their language, it goes to their heart. There seem to be two views of the dynamics of global society. The first is Samuel Huntingdon’s concept of the “Clash of Civilizations”, and the second is that proposed in The Commonwealth’s […]

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The Mayans Live

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. Nelson Mandela   Touching the audiences’ heart – the very essence of good communications. The Gran Museo del Mundo Maya in Merida, Mexico, curated by José […]

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