Myth: Anybody with a real job is too old and too busy for social networking.
Reality: Average age of a participant in the social media universe is 37 according to Pingdom. A third of all social network site users are over age 45. Pew Internet & American Life Project Nine Tribes of the Internet explains the personality and behavioural features of new media adapters.
How does this impact eDiplomacy? Diplomats span demographics and job titles. There are citizen exchange programs and competitions for student diplomats and Diplomats in Residence at universities. Ideascale wants your opinion on a proposed program for school age diplomats. The American Diplomacy Foreign Affairs Oral History Program archives interviews of senior diplomats.
Great Britain maintains a tradition of grooming young diplomats through the Foreign Service Programme at Oxford as described in this article by Jimmy Burns of the Financial Times. Will they explore the skills and tools required for 21st Century eDiplomacy — when a modulated voice and firm handshake translate to streaming video convocations and Twitter text?
The United States is still debating the creation of a U.S. Public Service Academy . Many prospective American diplomats study their trade at private schools — Georgetown, George Washington, Tufts and other universities. Yet any U.S. citizen can apply for the Foreign Service Exam, a step in the application process for career positions with the U.S. Department of State. U.S. diplomats receive specific training at the Foreign Affairs Training Center .
Affaires étrangères et Commerce international Canada (Foriegn Affairs and International Trade Canada) presents their Foreign Service Exam with a practice test. Find out whether you have the proficiency to represent Canada to the world.
German diplomats embrace diplomacy by networking. Germany’s Federal Foreign Office sponsors international training programs for diplomats with networking opportunities for seminar alumni. “German foreign policy is peace policy” is a vision statement we can all learn from.