The United States and China are in position to influence notions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, environmental priorities & natural resource use, serving as the media generators and health care providers for billions of consumers worldwide for the foreseeable future. We believe the fate of the 21st century hinges on the success or failure of the U.S.-China relationship or, as one co-founder put it, “We’re dancing on a knife’s edge.”
If we want peace, then strategies founded on reciprocity, mutual respect, & trust-building are critical. Global Forum’s concurrent strategies address how we learn, provide possibilities to innovate communication and offer media consumers ways to transform their civic affairs participation.
Mobile Minds is an innovative educational partnership where GFCA, working with China Education TV (CETV)— one of the world’s largest media providers—will write, produce, and distribute both legacy and social media designed to improve inclusivity, mitigate misinformation, and promote equitable collaboration and deep partnerships.
Our overarching goal is to use educational new media to improve equity, ensure information through convenient programming, provide reliable access to government information, and strengthen citizen engagement skills by advancing the tools of intercultural literacy and understanding across national borders.
During our first decade, GFCA has organized and hosted several groundbreaking conferences in China. Our comprehensive workshop series, Age of Globalization: Communication, Media, & Governance, provides international spaces to unpack civil society's challenges, address capacity building, outcome scaling, and consider global citizen resiliency needs.
Understood as collaboration workshops, our events have convened 1,000+ thought-leaders, academics, researchers, practitioners of new media, civic leaders, private sector contributors, and students from China (including Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet), Israel, Russia, South Korea, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Belgium, France, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, Singapore, Nigeria, Turkey, the Netherlands, Brazil, Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and the United States.
The international relationship between the U.S., China, and International Allies has been poisoned for generations by acrimony and misunderstanding. Nonetheless, GFCA has forged a partnership with the prestigious Michigan State University Press (MSUP) to launch a book series, “U.S.-China Relations in the Age of Globalization.”
GFCA sees the development of accessible texts as a critical part of a globalized strategy to emphasize commitments to decency, fairness, inclusion, and transparency. Those iterative ideas focusing on learning and process can then be fertilized, tilled, grown, and when ready, harvested, and disseminated at low-to-no costs.
The NCA’s annual convention brings together 4,000+ scholars of communication; sessions further our understanding of U.S.-China relations and deepen interpersonal bonds among scholars from China, the U.S., and beyond. Since 2016, we have hosted workshops, conferences, conference panels, and celebratory banquets at these NCA conventions.
Whether held in America, China, these conferences serve as an understood academic model to share ideas, in turn, create opportunities for the Global Forum to influence change while building bridges of trust and friendship.
Creating authentic opportunities for Americans and Chinese to directly learn from and with each other is key to international cooperation. In partnership with the University of Pacific, the University of Denver, and the World Trade Center of Northern California, GFCA coordinates two international professional exchanges between representatives from the United States and China each year. These 2-week immersive exchanges will bring together government officials, community leaders, emerging entrepreneurs, and representatives from the private sector, and educational experts from both countries to learn from each other, share best practices, and improve the cultural fluency needed for civil society engagement and social policy stability.
Creating long-lasting relationships built on learning, building friendships, and a sustainable network for future international collaborations. Providing Americans with the opportunity to learn from leaders in China, MENA, other allies, and vice versa.
Engagement and Research are learned best by doing. So, GFCA is in the process of building and co-hosting a “Visiting Student Fellows Program” in collaboration with NCA, Communication Univerity of China, International College of Beijing, and U.S. Higher Education Institutions to reimagine higher education in the age of globalization. A comprehensive cohort-based program including scholars-in-residence, tracking initiatives, mentoring students, assessments, peer-track groups, new media & audio conferences, and a fellow’s website working together on a shared theme.
The college experience will henceforward be international and justice-driven while enabling students to appreciate different cultures, share their unique aspirations, and opportunities to take risks as they use education to work toward intercultural and interconnected understanding.
To rebuild the highly dynamic relationship between the U.S., China, MENA, and other international allies, we are collaboratively building a new communication paradigm for open and fair discourse, cutting-edge research, inter-culturally sensitive media, and meaningful partnerships. If you are doing work in the areas of misinformation and propaganda, please reach out!
Global Forum uses trust-based philanthropy to guide our collaborations with a wide variety of partners. We are fortunate to have individuals and organizations that offer support that bolsters leadership, funds capacity, and encourages creativity. Our partners provide expertise for our strategies of change, wisdom as we produce adaptive communication media and provide communities with the resources to respond to misinformation and propaganda's persistent challenges.
International conferences offer opportunities to model the best communication practices and share them in a factory of ideas. International exchange programs & delegation travel offer thought-leaders immersive opportunities to build bridges of understanding and friendship in next-generation leaders.