Social media for advocacy (keynote speech for PWS Yūgen 2.0)

Last month, I attended the PWS Yūgen 2.0 media literacy conference and was invited to present as a keynote speaker. It was a weekend of important messages and powerful conversations, and I was truly honoured to be a part of it.

Organised by staff and students at Pathways World School Aravali, the conference brought together Round Square schools from across South Asia and the Gulf countries to discuss media literacy and a range of sub-topics including advocacy, cancel culture, bias and misinformation. These are critical conversations to have with young people and I applaud the Round Square association for leading the way.

Between presentations, students met in collaborative groups to discuss the content and key takeaways. It was a pleasure to jump in on those meetings. I was genuinely blown away by these incredible young people and how they discussed difficult and sometimes divisive topics with maturity and open-mindedness. I enjoyed speaking to the students during my keynote but I enjoyed speaking with them even more.

For my presentation, I focused on the advocacy branch of the conference. How might we leverage social media to create a meaningful impact? They might not make sense without context, but you can review my slides here.

“Mr Adam Hill’s keynote speech left the audience mesmerised as to how social media is a platform where one can do good and create a meaningful impact.”

Student Press Team, Pathways World School Aravali

As a somewhat nervous speaker, I never thought that I’d ever call myself a keynote speaker! The fact that the organisers thought of me still feels amazing. I am so thankful for the opportunity and I very much look forward to working with the Round Square community again sometime soon.

Check out the conference website for more information and highlights.

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