The Gov 2.0 Summit ends the first day with a conversation between John Podesta, former Chief of Staff to President Clinton and now President of the Center for American Progress, and James Fallows, author, journalist, and editor, on the changing nature of diplomacy in an information age.
With the rise of networks, and the connectedness of citizens globally to each other, there are new opportunities to adopt social media to share messages and to co-create dialogues with other nations and citizens. This is the ability not just to find broader audiences for our ideas and messages but to also listen and co-create dialogue, raising the possibilities for better lives and collaboration on global problems affecting all of us.
Welcome to Diplomacy 2.0, the connection of states, peoples, organizations and institutions to each other for human betterment.
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
John D. Podesta
John Podesta is Chair of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Under his leadership American Progress has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy.
Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president’s cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary.
Podesta served as co-chair of President Barack Obama’s transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.
Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).
He is currently serving on the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.