Working for Germany's leading media development organization, the DW Akademie, together with my friend and Stanford JSK Journalism Fellow, Mariam Semaan we used the design thinking process to consult a project in the Shatila refugee camp. This article was originally posted on the Stanford D.school's Whiteboard blog. Read here the full article.
How can we foster freedom of expression and access to information in the West Bank - that was the broad challenge participants of the Idealab organized by the DW Akademie in Ramallah were trying to solve. During a highly interactive 2-day workshop we used design thinking to come up with potential solutions to the challenge.
"Taking Hungary out of the EU altogether would almost certainly prove hugely unpopular among voters. What Orban does seem to want is more space between Budapest and Brussels. He is clearly keen to resist greater political and economic integration among the EU’s current members. Judging by his actions to date, he would appear to envision a future for Hungary on the edges of the EU, as a sort of bridge between East and West, still enjoying some benefits of EU membership even as it seeks to grow closer to Russia. Of course, whether he can square this circle remains to be seen." An article I wrote on Hungary for the Foreign Policy's Democracy Lab. Read the full article here.
Here is the short description of how we used design thinking in the Shatila refugee camp working as consultants for Germany's leading media development organization, the DW Akademie. The article was originally posted on the DW Akademie's website. Read the full article here.
Al Jazeera's prestigious Listening Post show examined the similarities between Poland's evolving media freedom problems with Hungary's similar issues. I gave an expert comment on the show which is available here.
I was happy to give a longform interview to the Sampsonia Way, an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh celebrating literary free expression and supporting persecuted writers worldwide. The topic was Hungary's media situation. Here is the full text.
I was invited to speak about press freedom issues in Hungary and Eastern Europe at the Göteborg Book Fair (September 25th-27th) which had two focus topics: freedom of expression and Hungary. I do not know how the organizers realized that these two topics will create an inner dymanic to the festival which would necessarily result in some kind of scandal but what happened even exceeded my expectations: the Hungarian delegation left the opening ceremony when Russian author Masha Gessen criticized the country's policies towards refugees and - as the Budapest Beacon put it - the whole event "will very well go down as one of the Hungarian government’s most notable public relations blunders in recent history." Here is the summary, my interview on the Swedish Public TV and the radio. The photo shows my intervention at the Amnesty International stand.
It was great to go back to Stanford University and meet John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships crowd: a 3-day workshop focusing on journalism innovation and design thinking helped everyone rethink our approach towards the challenges we are facing in our daily professional life: how to improve our crowdfunding techniques, how to convince colleagues on the benefits of innovation and how to integrate the design thinking approach into a huge news organization. Thanks everyone for sharing your challenges and work on mine. (I am on the picture, yes, last row). Photo (as usual): Samaruddin Stewart