May 25, 2011
Honorable Tom Perriello message to E-Mediat Jordan
Today, the E-Mediat Jordan team was hosted at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Jordan and met with the Honorable Tom Perriello who was a member of the United States Congress, elected to represent Central and Southern Virginia. He served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Committee on Veterans Affairs, and was named one of the 40 most influential people in Washington under the age of 40. Before serving in Congress, Tom co-founded Avaaz.org, the world’s largest on-line advocacy group that operates in 16 languages with 8 million active members worldwide. He also helped to launch on-line organizations addressing global poverty and genocide, and won awards for his use of social networking in politics. Tom Perriello has served as an international advisor on justice and democracy in Africa, Latin American, and Asia, and has been working since January in the Middle East and North Africa. He has taught courses at the University of Virginia School of Law and the University of Sierra Leone, and holds degrees from Yale University and the Yale Law School.
Mr. Perriello spoke of his experience with social media, strategies and tactics of engagement and campaigning and discussed with the team of the E-Mediat Jordan ways and means to engage civil society organizations in the program and utilize online/offline activities to promote their missions and achievements. Ms. Monika Le Roy, Deputy Chief of Party of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Jordan attended the meeting.