About Us

The Global Conversation

The Global Conversation is an online media platform for Brown University students, student groups, faculty, and alums to share their international ideas and initiatives.

Anyone with an @brown.edu or @alumni.brown.edu email address can start a conversation about a global issue on the Global Conversation. Video and other media is easily uploadable once an account has been created on the site. Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds also facilitate following the site and its individual conversations, which can include comments from anyone, anywhere in the world.

To date, over 200 members of the Brown community use the Global Conversation to document global ideas and activism and build communities of interest around global problems and solutions – posting video, audio, and writings on subjects ranging from the plight of refugees to sports for development.  Contributors write from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

For Global Conversation contributors: answers to frequently asked questions, as well as blogging tips and ideas on how to make your posts more effective and reach a wider audience can be found at our FAQ page .

AT&T New Media Fellows

In association with the Global Conversation, 35 AT&T New Media Fellows have been selected since the summer of 2010 to pursue a range of issues – from health, education, and poverty to politics and culture – in various world regions. The Fellows blog on the site and contribute audio and video from the field. As the New Media Fellows share their ideas and discoveries, other Brown fellows, faculty members, and alums have joined in.

2010 Fellows:
Winter 2011 Fellows:
Summer 2011 Fellows:
Winter 2012 Fellows:


  • John Mazza, Web Developer
  • Cornel Ban, Faculty Advisor
  • Harpo Jaeger ‘14, Associate New Media Producer
  • Dominic Mhiripiri ‘13, Associate New Media Producer


The Global Conversation was developed by Brown’s Watson Institute for International Studies under a grant from the AT&T Foundation and AT&T Corp.  The Global Conversation in part grew out of the work of a campus-wide task force that was assigned by the Office of the Provost in 2008 to explore how Brown University could maximize its global footprint through the use of online new media.  Geoffrey S. Kirkman '91 was the founding project director, Karen Lynch founding editor, and John Mazza web developer.

We are grateful for the support and input of numerous groups on campus in that process and afterward, including the Office of the Provost, the Brown University Library, the Office of Continuing Education, the Office of Public Affairs and University Relations, Brown Computing and Information Services, Brown Student Radio, the Office of Alumni Relations, the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Brown Social Innovation Initiative, the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Office of International Programs, the Office of International Affairs, the Choices Program, and Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brown University.

We are especially thankful for the help and support from the faculty, staff, and students at the Watson Institute for International Studies and enjoy our close collaboration with other media-oriented projects at the Watson Institute like the Global Media Project and Open Source.

Numerous members of the Brown alumni community were instrumental in brainstorming and providing feedback on the Global Conversation concept.

Of course, we thank AT&T and the AT&T Foundation for their financial support in launching and sustaining the Global Conversation.

The design of the Global Conversation was crafted by Pinpoint Studio , of Providence, RI.

Thanks go, above all, to the people who are using this site. The Global Conversation would not be possible without its authors – new and old – who have invested in posting their writings, videos, and audio from around the world, getting the Conversation started and building a growing community of interest.