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Theme: The New Diplomacy

This event occurred on
January 16, 2014
6:30pm - 9:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)

We live in a time of change, where we see nations closing themselves off and nationalism growing stronger. And this despite the lesson from history that, in times like these, what we really need is more initiatives with the prefix pan-, inter- or uni-.
But there is hope. Come and hear some leading diplomats and others share their stories of changemaking and initiatives taken - across national, cultural or religious borders - to unite people in an ever changing digital world.

Floragatan 13
Stockholm, 114 75
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Carl Bildt

Carl Bildt has been Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2006. He was Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994 and has also undertaken a number of international assignments, including roles as a mediator in the Balkans in the 1990s. He has a keen interest in new communication technologies. As Prime Minister, in 1994 his email to US President Clinton was the first known electronic message between two heads of government. His Twitter feed has just passed 250 000 followers. Carl Bildt will do a TEDx Talk on the TEDxStockholmSalon #1 2014 - the New Diplomacy ( with the headline "How internet makes it easier to save the world"

Moira Whelan

Moira Whelan has been in national security communications in the United States for over a decade. Currently she serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Digital Strategy at the U.S. Department of State where she oversees the Department’s flagship social media accounts, website and broadcast platforms. She has previously served in government communications positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and at the Select Committee on Homeland Security in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also worked at think tanks and academic institutions including the National Security Network, Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Moira will do a TEDx Talk on the TEDxStockholmSalon #1 2014 - the New Diplomacy ( with the headline "Is Diplomacy Really Going Digital?"

Andreas Sandre

Andreas Sandre is a Press and Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC. He is the author of "Twitter for Diplomats” (February 2013) and he has contributed articles on foreign policy, innovation, and digital diplomacy to numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, the Global Policy Journal, and BigThink. Andreas will do a TEDx Talk on the TEDxStockholmSalon #1 2014 - the New Diplomacy ( with the headline "The Power of Ideas vs the Limits of Innovation"

Organizing team


Stockholm , Sweden
  • Carl Bärstad
    Creative Director
  • Jenny Boberg
    Head of Communication
  • Jörgen Dyssvold
  • Sanna Leino
    Speaker Curator
  • Daniel Lill
    Technician and Organizer