” Building Online Communities For Civic Engagement ” 


New Delhi,

The School of Policy and Governance announced the opening of registrations for its first series of executive programmes that will be held in Delhi (6 & 7 Oct 2017) and Chennai ( 8 & 9 Oct 2017) respectively next month. The mega-exclusive event will see the stalwarts of the community, political experts, communications strategy specialists, and digital communications experts come together for the first time to share, discuss and explore ideas on building online communities for civic engagements, on the same platform.The two-day executive education programme which will take place consecutively in Delhi and Chennai,has been launched in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. The School of Policy and Governance aims to create and prepare leaders in the developing world to solve public problems. This executive education programme is the first in a series of such programmes the School of Policy and Governance will offer in India.It is suitable for professionals and postgraduate students alike in the political field, not-for-profit sector and digitalindustry, along with the CSR divisions of corporations. Applications will close at 11:59pm (IST) on 25 September 2017.

The two-day series will see highly acclaimed practitioners from India and around the world. Some of the names include Matthew Ipcar,Former Design Director for Obama-Biden Presidential Team and presently Executive Creative Director at Blue State Digital; Preethi Herman, Head, Change.org Foundation, India; Richard Mills, Former Head of Corporate Communications, World Bank and presently Director of Communications and Advocacy at the George Institute for Global Health, Australia; Arvind Gupta, National Technology Head, BJP; Deepa Bachu, CEO of Pensaar, BarkhaDutt, Journalist and Author;Anurag Batra, Founder of Exchange4Media Group; DivyaSpandana, Chairperson of Social Media and Digital Communications, Congress (INC) to name a few.

Commenting on the program, Laurie Pearcey, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – International, UNSWsaid,“It is great that this series is being launched in India. The power of digital media can be harnessed to build communities that can aid progress and development. As India moves rapidly towards being a leader in the digital space not only in terms of ideas but also consumption, these sessions could have a huge impact on the community if leaders are trained to leverage it. I am sure this will see active participation across genresand the UNSW is delighted to be SPG’s partner for the series.”

Adding to the above,Ruchir Punjabi, Founder & Chair – Langoor and creator of the Australia India Youth Dialogue, said, “We are empowering the brightest in the civil society to build a better world. Recent decrease in data costs in India has resulted in a data consumption increase of over 9 times and today communities are built with people, and data. We’re creating India’s leading graduate institution to prepare leaders to solve public problems. In this event series, one will have the opportunity to learn ways through which to build sustainable online communities for civic engagement from world experts across the US and India leveraging data and real world examples.”

The two-day event series in both cities will explore a range of channels, emotions, issues and data with global professionals. Packed with discussions and sessions it will make you relook at live political and corporate campaigns.



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