visitors from ukraine

Visitors from the Ukraine

Today I’m going to get a rare opportunity. I’m going to get to present to a group of government officials from another country. Ukraine to be exact.

Due to the security of this event I can’t really talk at length about what I’m doing till it’s over, but I was given this little blurb that I can give you:

“Five International Visitors from Ukraine participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), administered locally by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD), are traveling to Utah August 22-25, 2010, to examine “Government Practices in Public Diplomacy.” As part of their professional program, I will be meeting with them to demonstrate new technologies in public diplomacy, including the use of social media outlets, such as Facebook. Despite the Global Financial Crisis, Ukraine has the potential of becoming a major European economy, closely integrated with its neighbors, because of one major industry: IT Outsourcing.”

I can also say that I will be talking about the use of social media in government and how it’s being done here in the U.S. of A. I’m pretty stoked about it and it’s one of those opportunities that don’t come along very often and I just hope I don’t blow it!

Thanks for reading,
Josh “Shua” Peters

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  • Matt Blank

    That's pretty cool. I love these sorts of things. The thing that strikes me about social media use by the US government is that it's almost as fractured as the government itself is. Every single entity has a twitter account and they often RT each other. Perhaps there needs to be a GAO for social media?

  • Ari Herzog

    There already is, and it's called the Federal Web Managers Council. See

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  • Rob

    That's really cool you got to speak to that group. I lived in Ukraine for 2.5 years and hope they succeed in every way to make the government better for everyone over there.

  • Josh Peters

    That's a pretty awesome, thanks for the link Ari

  • Josh Peters

    It's a vastly different government than ours to be sure. The discussion was very lively with comparisons between the two governments. I hope they succeed as well, they are a very intelligent group that wants to see some change. I wish them the best of luck, and thanks for the comment.