After returning to Brussels earlier this week, I’m back at work now and already finding plenty of opportunities to apply things I learned during my fellowship at the University of Washington.
E!Sharp magazine published an article I wrote about EU governance and policy-making, based on the research I did during the fellowship: Will digital media transform the European Union?
My time is almost up at the University of Washington. We are packing our bags and getting ready to return to Brussels in a couple of weeks.
The Fellowship has been a fantastic experience, and I have enjoyed sharing some of my adventures with you on this blog. A big thanks to everyone who has taken an interest in my ramblings, as well as providing useful comments and feedback! I have learned a lot and made some great new contacts – more evidence of the power of social media!
I haven’t quite decided what to do with this blog now that the Fellowship is finished. I may continue to post occasionally if I come across interesting examples of digital media and policy-making from the EU, USA and elsewhere. But I don’t think that I will be updating the blog as regularly as I have been over the last 6-9 months.
Microsoft’s Chief Storyteller
I met this week with Steve Clayton, “chief storyteller” at Microsoft.
A few years ago, Steve was working at the company’s offices in Reading. His job involved talking with startups and small tech companies based in London. Many of the people he met viewed Microsoft as dull and conservative. This clashed with Steve’s sense from within the company that a lot of his colleagues were actually doing some pretty cool and innovative things.
One of the things I love about digital media is their capacity to bridge geographical divides, establishing new connections between people who would be unlikely to cross paths in the offline world.
So I was delighted to be able to offer my students here at the University of Washington in Seattle an opportunity to put questions directly to Members of the European Parliament.
Europe Day has been marked with a series of events this week at the University of Washington in Seattle. Colleagues from the EU Center at the University organized a European quiz that attracted morning crowds crossing the central “Red Square” on campus, lured by the promise of free coffee and EU giveaways! And I was honoured to be invited to deliver this year’s Europe Day lecture to a group of students, faculty and representatives of the local community.
Employees cycle past Nike Lake and Ronaldo Field on cruiser bikes. Executives emerge in jeans and trainers from buildings named after sports stars. In many ways, Nike’s picturesque campus on the outskirts of Portland seems about as far from the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels as you can imagine. And yet, when it comes to digital media, companies like Nike face similar challenges to many other big organizations.
The Spring Quarter started this week at the University of Washington. I will be teaching a class on the European Union where we will be looking, in particular, at how digital media are changing the EU. One of the issues we will be grappling with is something that often comes up at conferences and discussions in Brussels – the elusive “European public sphere”.
1 million tweets mention Cyprus
As I have been finalizing the preparations for my class over the last couple of weeks, it has been fascinating to observe the online interactions around the economic adjustment programmes for Cyprus that were discussed by Eurozone Finance Ministers on 15 and 25 March. According to topsy.com (see graphic) there have been over 1 million tweets mentioning Cyprus during the last month. The peaks in traffic on Twitter clearly correspond to the two meetings of Eurozone Finance Ministers.
This is the last week of the Winter Quarter at the University of Washington, and I can’t believe that I have completed almost half of my fellowship here already!
Jackson School of International Studies EU Task Force 2013