It has been an exhausting day - I moderated two panels, one on the evolving media landscape in China/East Asia, the next on media trends in India/SouthAsia. I couldn't take notes because I was moderating but fortunately Jeff Jarvis has blogged the whole day in detail, and there's a long writeup here on the WeMedia blog. Neha and Kamla did fabulously on the South Asia panel. Rachel's Africa panel was brilliant, showing a vibrant and growing African media scene, with a growing community of bloggers. Ory Okolloh via satellite from Kenya charmed the room. People from all over the world joined the live chat and watched the webcast, adding ideas and insights that we wouldn't have benefitted from otherwise.
As the Media Center's Bill Weiss said, "it's not about new media or old media, it's just media." How do we get beyond the arguments about who is more trustworthy than whom, and start working together to create a better, more inclusive, more informed public discourse? And what are the business models to sustain and support these efforts?
The Media Center has issued a call to action: "we propose a worldwide We Media Global Initiative to invest in bottom-up media." They say they're open to suggestions from everybody on how this kind of initiative should work.