Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation


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SymposiumDec-10On December 13, 2017, graduate students of International Communication at St. John’s University presented a variety of innovative projects they developed throughout a class in Design Thinking at a Graduate Symposium. The event was organized and moderated by Dr. Minna Horowitz, who led the Design Thinking class during this fall semester. 

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Data, Part 2: Data for Global Goals


Data Part 2 – My summary of the #Data4SDGs event, 19 Sept 2017.

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2017-09-19 12.17.13This is the second of the two-part blog series on current discussions about data and its social, economic, and cultural implications.

The first part was based on the MyData 2017 conference; you can read it here.

This post, by Minna Horowitz, discusses data as a tool in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, sometime called Global Goals), based on a related workshop at the UN Headquarters (19 September 2017).

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Lessons from GESCI-AKE: 7 Theses about Youth Entrepreneurship


My 7 lessons for #youthentrepreneurship from GESCI-AKE Creative Media Venture training and incubation program, Nairobi, Kenya:

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Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 10.19.30 AM GESCI-AKE participants: Word cloud on their thoughts on entrepreneurship and development.

GESCI is pioneering an innovative training and enterprise program model combining culture and digital media technology dubbed ‘African Knowledge Exchange (AKE) – Creative Media Venture’.


The program addresses the changing global jobs and employment environment driven by new technologies in the context of growing youth unemployment.

  • Jerome Morrissey, GESCI CEO

This post is based on the GESCI-AKE projects: The Sound of the City (2014-2015), and GESCI-AKE Creative Media Venture (2016-2017). Both have been rooted in the ongoing, urgent, and increasingly global, concern of sustainable future of work for the world’s youth.

GESCI-AKE’s training and enterprise model is in line with the trend that believes in local entrepreneurship as one of the most empowering, and cost-effective, solutions local systemic problems of youth employment. Compared to 14 major, established innovation and training labs/hubs in Eastern and Southern Africa,

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Personal Reflections – Empowerment and Implementation: The Voice of the Young Generation


So proud of my students and our presentation at the UNIDO – IAAI-GloCha workshop on #youthentrepreneurship in Vienna, Austria, 16 January 2017.

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dsc_8060By Chenjiazi Li and Chiang Zhu, Master’s students at St. John’s International Communication program. 

The topic of sustainable development within the frame of global development generates passionate conversations. However, in general, individuals in these conversations have their personalized understanding of sustainable development given their respective life experiences.

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Crisis Communication in a Digital Era: Dr. Kara Alaimo Holds Guest Lecture at St. John’s University


About Kara Alaimo’s great lecture on PR in the Post-Truth Era – for my Crisis Comm class.

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kara-2By Camilla Biscarini, Master’s students at St. John’s International Communication program. 

Fake news, hacking, and the Presidency of Donald Trump are topics of great concern for media, the public and also the corporate world.

What are the best strategies on how to respond in case a corporation becomes the target of a hacker? What are the dangers of fake news and fake followers on social media? On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 Dr. Kara Alaimo, expert on Crisis Communication and author of the book “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage On the Street” held an engaging seminar with students of St. John’s University seeking answers to the following central question: What strategies can communication professionals recommend to businesses in typical cases of crises of today’s digital “post-truth” era?

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