1. What happens when India and Pakistan eat dinner together... and then agree to make a movie?

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    This video combines both films from our collaborative project between students in Islamabad, Pakistan and Bangalore, India. The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is based upon a simple premise: It's harder to ignore, vilify, or harm those we have broken bread with. Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirtualDinner Twitter: @VirtualDinner and learn more about us at our official site: http://www.virtualdinnerguest.com/ Who we are and what we do: We connect communities from around the world at their dinner tables... and then challenge them to make collaborative films that dig for answers you won't find in the headlines. Each Virtual Dinner Guest Project programming cycle connects groups from two countries for a videoconference call, and a shared meal. Our initial encounters are moderated discussions that focus on the collaborative deconstruction of the dominant media narratives that our respective countries have about the other. At the end of the meal, each group poses a question to their fellow Virtual Dinner Guests, at the other end of the virtually contiguous dinner table. These questions then become the basis for parallel media projects, and the content is then shared online. We are building a grassroots 'news network', a repository of collaborative media projects that offer unfiltered street-level perspectives, from around the world. We seek to provide the most representative cross section of our communities possible. That said, it should be noted that The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and the many (and often conflicting) views that you will hear, do not necessarily represent our own, or those of our collaborative partners. We are a grass roots movement, in need of support. Our ultimate goal? Take this concept to a global scale, integrating it into university classes, civil society programming, and media outlets around the world, with a special emphasis on connecting communities in conflict. Our mission? We intend to promote a global cultural shift in the way individuals and communities view their relationships to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, across borders, and political and cultural divisions. We are a media literacy training module, a mechanism for transforming conflict, a citizen journalism crash course... and aim to be a stand alone media outlet, where people can come to glean street level perspectives from people around the world. Learn more about how you can support us at: http://www.virtualdinnerguest.com/

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    • The Virtual Dinner Guest Project: Cairo - American University, Washington, D.C.

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      Many thanks to our Cairo participants for all of your hard work in putting together this half of our parallel filmmaking initiative with American University in Washington, DC! To see what the people of Washington, D.C. had to say to the question posed to them by our Cairo team, be sure to watch the accompanying half of this parallel film project on our website: http://www.virtualdinnerguest.com/videos/ Each Virtual Dinner Guest Project programming cycle connects groups from two countries for a videoconference call, and a shared meal. Our initial encounters are moderated discussions that focus on the collaborative deconstruction of the dominant media narratives that our respective countries have about the other. At the end of the meal, each group poses a question to their fellow Virtual Dinner Guests, at the other end of the virtually contiguous dinner table. These questions then become the basis for parallel media projects, where participants on both sides film street interviews in an effort to find answers to the questions given to them by their international partners. The people of Cairo answer the dinner guests in Washington, D.C., in their own words, and the Washington, D.C. team at AU did the same for our Virtual Dinner Guests in the Egyptian side. The content is then shared online for everyone. We seek to provide the most representative cross section of our communities possible. That said, it should be noted that The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and the many (and often conflicting) views that you will hear, do not necessarily represent our own, or those of our collaborative partners. We are a grass roots movement, in need of support. Our ultimate goal? Take this concept to a global scale, integrating it into university classes, civil society programming, and media outlets around the world, with a special emphasis on connecting communities in conflict. Our mission? We intend to promote a global cultural shift in the way individuals and communities view their relationships to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, across borders, and political and cultural divisions. We are a media literacy training module, a mechanism for transforming conflict, a citizen journalism crash course... and we intend to be a stand alone media outlet, where people can come to glean street level perspectives from people around the world.

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      • What happens when India & Brazil share dinner... and make a film together?

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        This video combines both films from our collaborative project between students in Bangalore, India and Recife, Brazil. The Virtual DInner Guest Project is based upon a simple premise: It's harder to ignore, vilify, or harm those we have broken bread with. Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/VirtualDinner Twitter: @VirtualDinner and learn more about us at our official site: virtualdinnerguest.com/ Who we are and what we do: We connect communities from around the world at their dinner tables... and then challenge them to make collaborative films that dig for answers you won't find in the headlines. Each Virtual Dinner Guest Project programming cycle connects groups from two countries for a videoconference call, and a shared meal. Our initial encounters are moderated discussions that focus on the collaborative deconstruction of the dominant media narratives that our respective countries have about the other. At the end of the meal, each group poses a question to their fellow Virtual Dinner Guests, at the other end of the virtually contiguous dinner table. These questions then become the basis for parallel media projects, and the content is then shared online. We are building a grassroots 'news network', a repository of collaborative media projects that offer unfiltered street-level perspectives, from around the world. We seek to provide the most representative cross section of our communities possible. That said, it should be noted that The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and the many (and often conflicting) views that you will hear, do not necessarily represent our own, or those of our collaborative partners. We are a grass roots movement, in need of support. Our ultimate goal? Take this concept to a global scale, integrating it into university classes, civil society programming, and media outlets around the world, with a special emphasis on connecting communities in conflict. Our mission? We intend to promote a global cultural shift in the way individuals and communities view their relationships to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, across borders, and political and cultural divisions. We are a media literacy training module, a mechanism for transforming conflict, a citizen journalism crash course... and aim to be a stand alone media outlet, where people can come to glean street level perspectives from people around the world. Learn more about how you can support us at: virtualdinnerguest.com/

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        • The Virtual Dinner Guest Project: Pakistan-India

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          Film from the Pakistan side of our recent projected between India & Pakistan.

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          • The Virtual Dinner Guest Project: India-Pakistan

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            Film from the India side of our recent projected between India & Pakistan.

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            • Beirut and The Hague have dinner together... and then make a movie

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              This video combines both films from our collaborative project between students in Beirut, Lebanon and students in The Hague, in The Netherlands. The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is based upon a simple premise: It's harder to ignore, vilify, or harm those we have broken bread with. Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/VirtualDinner Twitter: @VirtualDinner and learn more about us at our official site: virtualdinnerguest.com/ Who we are and what we do: We are the future of news... unfiltered content sourced through grassroots collaborations, on a global scale. We connect communities from around the world at their dinner tables... and then challenge them to make collaborative films that dig for answers and a range of perspectives that you won't find in the sound-bite media. Each Virtual Dinner Guest Project programming cycle connects groups from two countries for a videoconference call, and a shared meal. Our initial encounters are moderated discussions that focus on the collaborative deconstruction of the dominant media narratives that each country has about the other. At the end of the first meal, each group poses a question to their fellow Virtual Dinner Guests, at the other end of the virtually contiguous dinner table. These questions then become the basis for parallel media projects, and the content is then shared online. We are building a grassroots 'news network', a repository of collaborative media projects that offer unfiltered street-level perspectives, from around the world. We seek to provide the most representative cross section of our communities possible. That said, it should be noted that The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and the many (and often conflicting) views that you will hear, do not necessarily represent our own, or those of our collaborative partners. We are a grass roots movement, in need of support. Our ultimate goal? Take this concept to a global scale, integrating it into university classes, civil society programming, and media outlets around the world, with a special emphasis on connecting communities in conflict. Our mission? To promote a global cultural shift in the way individuals and communities view their relationships to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, across borders, and political and cultural divisions. We are a media literacy training module, a mechanism for transforming conflict, a citizen journalism crash course... and aim to be a stand alone media outlet, where people can come to glean street level perspectives from people around the world. This production was sponsored by the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation, and connected the Unite Lebanon Youth Project with Leiden University College. Learn more about how you can support us at: virtualdinnerguest.com/

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              • Virtual Dinner Guest Project

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                The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is an international dialogue and multimedia initiative founded upon a very simple notion: It is harder to ignore, vilify or harm those with whom we have broken bread. The Virtual Dinner Guest Project combines intercultural exchange with localized citizen journalism. Much more than a forum for dialogue, we represent a movement to create a global cultural shift in the way people view their relationship to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, at the local level, and on a global scale.

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                • The Virtual Dinner Guest Project: Cairo - City University New York

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                  Many thanks to City University of new York's Graduate School of Journalism, faculty and students, for all of your hard work in putting together this half of our parallel filmmaking initiative! To see what the people of Cairo had to say to the question posed to them by the students at CUNY, be sure to watch the accompanying half of this parallel film project on our website: http://www.virtualdinnerguest.com/videos/ Each Virtual Dinner Guest Project programming cycle connects groups from two countries for a videoconference call, and a shared meal. Our initial encounters are moderated discussions that focus on the collaborative deconstruction of the dominant media narratives that our respective countries have about the other. At the end of the meal, each group poses a question to their fellow Virtual Dinner Guests, at the other end of the virtually contiguous dinner table. These questions then become the basis for parallel media projects, where participants on both sides film street interviews in an effort to find answers to the questions given to them by their international partners. The people of Cairo answer the dinner guests in New York, in their own words, and the people of New York do the same for the Virtual DInner Guests in the Egyptian side. The content is then shared online for everyone. We seek to provide the most representative cross section of our communities possible. That said, it should be noted that The Virtual Dinner Guest Project is non-partisan and non-sectarian, and the many (and often conflicting) views that you will hear, do not necessarily represent our own, or those of our collaborative partners. We are a grass roots movement, in need of support. Our ultimate goal? Take this concept to a global scale, integrating it into university classes, civil society programming, and media outlets around the world, with a special emphasis on connecting communities in conflict. Our mission? We intend to promote a global cultural shift in the way individuals and communities view their relationships to news media, from one of passive consumption, to one of collaborative production, across borders, and political and cultural divisions. We are a media literacy training module, a mechanism for transforming conflict, a citizen journalism crash course... and we intend to be a stand alone media outlet, where people can come to glean street level perspectives from people around the world.

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                  • World Transformation through Citizen Diplomacy with Extraterrestrial Civilizations

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                    Dr Michael Salla reviews the development of citizen diplomacy in international relations and conflict resolution theory, and applies it to the extraterrestrial presence. He explains how, since its emergence in the 1970’s, citizen diplomacy was resisted by official diplomats, but over the last decade has been increasingly accepted by the diplomatic corps of many countries. The U.S. State Department, for example, now actively seeks ways to complement official or ‘Track One’ diplomacy with ‘Track two’ or ‘citizen diplomacy’ initiatives. Dr Salla reveals how galactic diplomacy with extraterrestrial civilizations has been secretly occurring at an ‘official’ level without the awareness of the general public or elected political representatives. He discusses that citizen diplomacy initiative needs to be undertaken in order to redress the conflicts arising from covert ‘agreements’ between government agencies and some extraterrestrial groups. As a former university professor who received significant government grants for his ‘citizen diplomacy’ initiatives, Dr Salla provides valuable insights and conceptual tools for those contemplating citizen diplomacy initiatives with extraterrestrial civilizations.

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