Exchange 2.0: Creating Connected Learners Through Virtual Exchange with The Exchange 2.0 Coalition

About this Series

The next generation will have to address major global challenges, virtually all of which require multi-lateral and cross-cultural cooperation, while trying to secure jobs in an increasingly diverse and globalized workforce. This webinar series will explore virtual exchange--defined as technology-enabled, sustained, people-to-people education programs--as a means for vastly equipping young people with the skills and attitudes required for success in an interconnected world. Join the weekly chats as we explore how these technologies are already being used to build a better world, how virtual exchange can come to life in various learning environments, the underlying pedagogy of cross-cultural learning, and how to measure the impact of virtual exchange.

Monthly Webinar Series


Webinar & Realtime Chat #1
11:00 AM PST
An introduction to Virtual Exchange as a 21st-century learning model
11:00 AM PST
Webinar & Realtime Chat #2
How institution partnerships can sustain your virtual exchange program
9:00 AM PST
Webinar & Realtime Chat #3
The values and pedagogy behind connecting youth to their global peers
11:00 AM PST
Webinar & Realtime Chat #4
How to measure the impact of virtual exchange, and why metrics matter


The Exchange 2.0 Coalition--founded in 2011 by iEARN, Global Nomads Group & Soliya--is a collaborative effort to make it the norm for students to have a profound cross-cultural experience as part of their education.
Soliya is empowering young adults to establish more cooperative & compassionate relations between their societies by combining the power of dialogue with the reach of new media.
The mission of iEARN-USA is to enable young people worldwide, working in collaboration and dialogue, to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people.
Global Nomads Group (GNG) is an international NGO whose mission is to foster dialogue and understanding among the world’s youth.


Shamil Idriss served as Executive Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, which merged with Soliya in 2009. In 2005 he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the Alliance of Civilizations. He served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and as COO of Search for Common Ground, a global conflict resolution organization. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and of the ASMA Society’s Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.

Chris has more than a decade of experience in media development and conflict resolution management. Prior to rejoining GNG in 2010, Chris opened and directed all of Search for Common Ground’s programs in Rwanda and cross border initiatives in the Great Lakes Region. He frequently speaks on media, youth and conflict and his work with GNG has been featured in outlets such as The Today Show, CNN, NPR, Education Week and Chronicles of Philanthropy.

A former journalist with broad international experience, Daniel assumed his role as Executive Director of iEARN-USA in May 2013. Previously, he was Vice President, External Relations of Japan Society, a cultural nonprofit in New York focused on U.S.-Japan relations. Prior to that, Rosenblum worked as a journalist for 16 years, including 13 years as a financial correspondent and television producer with Reuters in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Washington and New York.

Charlotte is the founder and executive director of Blue Butterfly Collective, a nonprofit organization that uses the appeal, power, and impact of children’s media to advance international development aims. Prior to founding Blue Butterfly Collaborative, Dr. Cole was senior vice president of global education at Sesame Workshop in New York City. She received her doctorate in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Hannah is the Program Manager at Global Nomads Group, responsible for implementation and expansion of GNG’s programs and partnerships in Central and South Asia, specifically Afghanistan and Pakistan. She manages GNG’s flagship program in the region, Global Citizens in Action, an Afghan-Pakistani-US virtual youth exchange program, which fosters cultural exchange, media literacy and civic engagement among participants.

Prior to her work as Director of Programs with Soliya, Salma has engaged in several regional initiatives across the Middle East and North Africa, including Safar Youth Mobility Fund and Naseej, a Community Youth Development Initiative. Salma is deeply committed to youth empowerment. Salma did her undergraduate studies at the American University in Cairo and received an MPH from Boston University.