Takeaway group 3- October 3, 2013

 

Lessons for a multidisciplinary approach to public service: 

- Migration is related with remittances and democracy through social, electoral and financial ways. Taking this seriously into account and acknowledging that influence will provide a solid basis for planning and executing migration-related policies.

 

-There seems to be a direct relation between international remittances and their economical impacts with the influence migrants have on the politics of their former countries. It is important to consider these aspects when thinking whether elections should be held abroad, as a right for every legal migrant to vote.

 

- Only  a few international cases have made it possible for migrants to vote from abroad and, in general, their impact hasn’t been so huge in national frameworks and polls. However, it can be relevant and we are not able to evaluate through the current studies how migrants influent the vote of their families who haven’t immigrated and currently receive their remittances.

 

- Social, personal and professional life must not be mixed when it comes to use the social media in order to mantain an adequate exercise of public function.

- Social media is a whole new pathway which shall be studied not just as a new movement, but also as a way to make pressure on traditional media to develop itself and evolve.

 

- The financial implications of social media and alternative media (such as backpack journalists) is still quite young, but has been demonstrating a potential of changing how people deal with information.

 

- Facebook and Twitter seems to be new core tools of communicating throughout Latin America therefore, it influences on politics and economics as well.

 

- Being a public official means not only to engage with the community, but to assure the adequate and timely administration of public goods, through a human rights approach.