The second day of our New Media Forum was packed with guests and questions.  Joe Rospars and David Silver opened the day with a discussion on new media in the U.S. and how it’s changing American democracy.  We had a lively discussion.  I’d also like to remind people of the resources on the site I mentioned during Q&A – the howcast.com resources pulled together during the Alliance of Youth Movements summit.

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Joe Rospars and David Silver take questions about civic activism in the U.S.

Joe Rospars and David Silver take questions about civic activism in the U.S.

This panel was followed by an engaging discussion with experts on the media scene in Poland today.  Tomas Pludowski of Collegium Civitas discussed broad trends in media, Dr. Krzystof Krejtz and Dr. Jaroslaw Milewski from the Higher School of Social Psychology offered insights from their research on Polish internet usage, and Gregorz Piechota from Gazeta Wyborcza talked about “news as a conversation” and some very innovative reporting ideas, particularly in the context of the “Save the Rospuda!” series.  I’m having some technical difficulties uploading photos from our government computers, but I hope to have some photos to show you soon.

Finally, a panel of Polish youth activists discussed their experiences using new media.

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For more information on the projects these guys are involved in, you can visit their web pages:

Polska Mlodych

– Cafe Babel (Polish version)

Projekt Polska

Solidarni z Bialorusia
We closed the day with the video and photo awards ceremony.  The Embassy is grateful to Mr. Andrzej Wajda and Ms. Alicja Pacewicz of the Center for Citizenship Education for their participation in the ceremony and their inspiring speeches.

There are more pictures and content on guest David Silver’s blog and on the Gazeta Wyborcza blog, live from the conference.