MENASA, a newly formed non-profit consultancy based in Arlington, Virginia, has called for nominations for the first of its kind online “Global visioning summit” meant for young leaders across Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the U.S. Syracuse University, New York, is the partner institution in the U.S. and MENASA is looking to partner with institutions in India and the Middle East to participate in this unique exercise.
“We are witnessing transformational change in the way people are thinking about the role of civil society and transparency, accountability in India.
It is a great time for young people from across the world to be talking to each other and learning from their experiences. The visioning summit aims to bring together 30-40 young people from different countries and debate about issues that are facing their country (and the world). It would be a technology-enabled live broadcast among all the participating countries, in real time, moderated by MENASA and a partner university in the U.S.,” said Sabith Khan, Founder of MENASA.
The summit is also meant to help young people formulate their visions for the country/ city they are in, and to clarify their ideas through informed discussion, debate and exchange of ideas. The sessions will be recorded for posterity, and serve as a knowledge bank.
The summit is on a videoconferencing platform or Skype, based on the technical capabilities of the host university. The long-term objectives include developing leadership and communication skills among youngsters and fostering collaboration and the spirit of participation.
The ideal candidates for this summit are Master's degree students in Political Science/ Public Administration/ Law or those with an interest in foreign policy and (or) domestic politics and related issues. The possible issues for the first exercise are ‘Civil society – how to get rid of corruption – India' and ‘Forming a new democracy in the Middle East – lessons in transparency and governance.'
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