Confessions of a social media consultant

Anne Kjaer Riechert, a 2010-12 Rotary Peace Fellow, is founder of “We Have a Dream,” an organization that helps children visualize their dreams through drawing or painting. She is a social media consultant.

By Anne Kjaer Riechert, a 2010-12 Rotary Peace Fellow, International Christian University, for social media week

A while back, during my applied field experience in Silicon Valley as a Rotary Peace Fellow, I was having coffee with a computer scientist friend at Stanford. I had to rather embarrassingly confess to him; “I just don´t get Twitter!” Why would anyone want to follow my life and reflections 140 characters at a time?

My friend explained to me that while Facebook is for friends that are now strangers, Twitter is for strangers that should be your friends. And I finally realized the power of social media is not just in ‘who you know already,’ but in the connection between people who share an interest. Continue reading

Rotary Scholar to Denmark builds peace

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar Gregory Rockson (right) talks with Israeli President Shimon Peres in January at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Photo courtesy of Gregory Rockson

By Gregory Rockson, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar from District 6080, studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Receiving a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

Just two months after I arrived in Denmark, I founded the Copenhagen Union, the first English-speaking debate society in Denmark. I was also able to arrange for top Israeli and Palestinian diplomats to speak with University of Copenhagen students at the same time in the same room. Continue reading