Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

After spending a couple relaxing days exploring and walking around New York City (post-Parents' Weekend), we find ourselves in the last leg of our journey...Washington, DC!

If you're in the area, stop by this weekend at a conference put on by Americans for Informed Democracy ( Karelle, Julia, & Arden, Tom, and Michele (TBB West) & I are each leading breakout sessions -- our proposals were all accepted! :)

Here are the details:

2012 Challenge Accepted! (Americans For Informed Democracy)


Join us at 2012: Challenge Accepted, April 14-15 on the campus of George Washington University.


Millennials are coming together to discuss key foreign policy challenges impacting our generation, including security, jobs, climate change, justice and hunger. We're defining a new vision of US global engagement, and the role of youth in building a better future. And we're bringing our ideas right to the presidential campaigns. Join us for 2012: Challenge Accepted.

Speakers and Panels Include: A Conversation with the Presidential Campaigns: US Foreign Policy Priorities and the Power of Youth

Kerry Healey, Special Advisor, Romney for President, and former Massachusetts Lt. Governor

Michèle Flournoy, National Security Advisor to President Obama’s re-election campaign

Millennial Voice, Action and Power: Snapshots from 2012

Daniel Maree, Organizer of the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin

Lacy MacAuley, Occupy DC

Neil Watkins, Action Aid (Moderator) >

From Me to We: Harnessing the Power of the Millennial Generation

Karen Richardson, White House Office of Public Engagement

Nick Martin, TechChange

Matt Zellar, Captain, US Army, and Author, Watches Without Time

Saul Garlick, ThinkImpact

Christopher Malagisi, The American Conservative Union

Alison McReynolds, US Peace Corps

Frank Fredericks, WorldFaith

Jordan Wolf, PolicyMic

Karen Showalter, Americans for Informed Democracy (Moderator)


The Real Hunger Games: The Fight for Our Food, Our Climate and Our Future

Roger Thurow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Author, Enough

Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute

Tonya Rawe, Care

Katie Campbell, ActionAid USA (Moderator)

Drones, Rogues and Hackers: Rethinking US Security

Colonel Jen Buckner, US Army and National Security Agency

Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Gary Barnabo, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Frank Femia, Center for Climate and Security

Khalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate

Patrick McDermott, Americans for Informed Democracy (Moderator) >

Superpower in Decline or America Resurgent? Prospects for the US in the Global Economy

Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Budget, New America Foundation

Noel Ortega, Institute for Policy Studies

Bradley Bosserman, NDN

Patrick Doherty, Smart Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

Philippe Nassif, Americans for Informed Democracy and US Global Leadership Coalition (Moderator) >

Millennial Priorities for Global Justice: Indigenous Peoples, LBGT Rights, Disabilities and Genocide

Emily White Hat, National Congress of American Indians

Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality

Esme Grant, US International Council on Disabilities

Daniel Solomon, STAND

Emira Woods, Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies (Moderator)


Investing in Millenials Worldwide: Preparing Youth for the 21st Century Workplace

Jim Riker, Beyond the Classroom Program, University of Maryland

Noor Shoufani, Education for Employment Foundation

Nicole Goldin, US Agency for International Development

Taekia Blackwell, Harry Potter Alliance

Paul Kruchoski, US Department of State

Naima Ramos-Chapman, Campus Progress (Moderator)

> Arab Summer: Emerging Democracies, Political Islam and the Power of Youth in the Middle East and North Africa

Lazar Berman, American Enterprise Institute

Vanessa Zuabi, Partners for a New Beginning, The Aspen Institute

Ahmad Soliman, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

Dillon Tatum, PhD Candidate, George Washington University Loretta Solon Greene, Greene Strategy (Moderator)

> Voices of a Global Generation: Why We Care about US Global Engagement

Folabi Olagbaju, DireAmnesty International USA

Taylor Jo Isenberg, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

Daniel Solomon, STAND

Lacey MacAuley, Institute for Policy Studies and Occupy DC

Charlie Harris, Americans for Informed Democracy

Breakouts Include: Small group discussions following the panels

* Nuclear Proliferation and Security: Iran and North Korea. Dr. Andrew K. Semmel, Partnership for a Secure America
* U.S. Foreign Policy and Africa: What Path Forward? Tim Damon, Dickinson College
* Engaging Your Campus in the Fight Against Climate Change. Tim Damon, Dickinson College
* Justice, Peace, or Prosperity in Post-Conflict Zones. Frank Fredericks, WorldFaith
* Peace Corps and the Gap Year. Alison McReynolds, US Peace Corps
* Role of Arab Diaspora in Development. Hazami Barmada, Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative.
* Being2021: How AIDPitt got their school talking about how far we've come since 9/11 and where we want to be in 2021. AIDPitt
* Human Security Impacts of Climate Change. Alice Thomas, Refugees International
* Understanding the Global Movement for Zero Nuclear Weapons. Anna Azarjew, Global Zero
* Raising Awareness through Storytelling. Myra Dahgaypaw, US Campaign for Burma
_* Rethinking the US in the Global Economy: How efficiency and economic development are not enough.
   _ Thomas Crandall, Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Program_
_* What Does it Mean To Be a Global Citizen? 
   _ Karelle Fonteneau, Arden Haselmann and Julia Jones, Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Program_
_* When Education Isn’t Just School: Changing the Education Paradigm. 
   _ Katie Ho and Michele Lis, Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Program_
* Office Hours with Noel Ortega, New Economy Working Group, Institute for Policy Studies
* Office Hours with Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Co-author, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty
* Office Hours with Anuradha Mittal, Founder and Executive Director, Oakland Institute
* Office Hours with Nicole Goldin, Special Advisor, USAID
* Office Hours with Daniel Maree, Organizer of the Million Hoodie March


Workshops Include: Opportunities to build essential skills!

* Zombie Crisis Mapping Simulation. Nick Martin, TechChange
* Fan Activism 101 – From Popular Culture to Real Change. Taekia Blackwell, Harry Potter Alliance
* All Together Now… Youth Advocates Inspiring Collaboration. Meg Boyle, Connect U.S. Fund
* Building Your Brand and Fundraising for Your Cause. James Figetakis, JMF Group
* Communications for Advocacy. Truman National Security Project
* Secrets to Making Effective Videos and Podcasts. Alex Turnacliff, the Stanley Foundation
* Are You Making A Difference? An Introduction to Advocacy Planning and Evaluation. David Devlin-Foltz, Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program, The Aspen Institute
* Using Advocacy and Building Political Will to Make Education a Development Priority. Brian Callahan, Global Campaign for Education
* Applying Network Theory to Advocacy and Campaigns. Karen Showalter, Americans for Informed Democracy and Oil Change International


This won’t be the typical conference. We’re prioritizing student voices and work on these issues, and structuring in lots of open-space and networking time. Watch out for:

* Breakout sessions for student leaders, organizations and campaigns to discuss key issues and share their work.
* Workshops to build essential communications, advocacy and leadership skills (including a simulation of a zombie invasion!).
* A conference journal, highlighting student perspectives on these topics and providing participants with essential foundational knowledge.
* An opportunities fair, where organizations and campaigns will discuss ways to get involved with their work.
* Opportunities to meet and network with other participants, including a career panel mixer!
* Amazing pre- and post-conference online debates, hosted by PolicyMic!
2012: Challenge Accepted

April 14-15, 2012, on the campus of George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Conference partners and sponsors include: Americans for Informed Democracy, ActionAid USA, the Semester in Washington Politics Program at GW, Diplomatic Courier magazine, The Stanley Foundation, PolicyMic, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, STAND and many more!


Obama and Romney campaigns talking US foreign policy & youth this wknd @2012: Challenge Accepted. #2012CA

Students: come hear Obama and Romney camps debate US foreign policy this wknd @2012:Challenge Accepted. #2012CA

changed April 13, 2012