Prepping for Russia!

Hello to all,

I just got this blog set up in prep for the trip to Russia thanks to the SEE logo with text (English)US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) and the Eurasia
Foundation.

Thanks to Dan, Brady and Cheryl at Higher Power SEO for helping me put this page up. (well actually, they did it all.) http://www.higherpowerseo.com

SEE’s mission is to create collaborative cross-cultural dialogue about big issues facing both countries. Dialogue is the operative word here; people talking to people. That’s really how we create relationships. By talking to one another, face to face, sharing food, drinks and conversation about the things we love and care about.

I’ll be asking teens and educators in three Russian cities – St. Petersburg, Petrozavodsk and Moscow how the use technology to communicate self, culture and environment.

I’ll be posting thoughts, reflections, photos and videos of this trip, set to begin next Wednesday, March 11. First stop is St. Petersburg. My friend Olga K. introduced me to a few of her friends online, who have promised to show me around this western port city founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as his summer home. The art and architecture are sumptuous from what I hear.

I’ll visit Petrozavodsk next, looking at how students at Youth Union Droga produce their weekly show. Who knows what else I might see.

And then it’s off to Moscow. Programming is yet to be determined. But I hope to work with a filmmaker there , also named Philip, who I met in DC.

I don’t have a flight yet or places to stay, but they swear I’m going.

But I do have a plan, a few packed bags, a passport and a visa!

Phil

Philip K.Ireland

Fellow, 2015 US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange

http://www.usrussiasocialexpertise.org/

phil@emotionwebvideo.com

“The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SEE or Eurasia Foundation.”

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