Digital Diplomacy to put Kosovo on the Global Map

Written by Yuliya Hudoshnyk

kosovo

“Facebook has recognized Kosovo.” You must have seen these viral headlines about a year ago. Now we get behind the scenes at CSW Europe in Copenhagen and get to know who has driven this change. The project of Digital Kosovo has existed for a little over one year. In the past 400 days, nearly 4 thousand contributors have joined the cause. As a result there are almost 80 recognitions worldwide.

 

“I was frustrated with unfairness and inequality online. This is how idea for Digital Kosovo came up,” tells founder of the platform Kushtrim Xhakli. Technology empowers people, makes a shift in international relations and raises profound issues. In case of Kosovo it is not political, but rather a logistical requirement. Tired of constant day-to-day troubles, residents of Kosovo want their state to be visible. “If UN does not recognize us, companies do not as well,” explains Kushtrim Xhakli, “But when they find out that it’s not about nationalism, but logistics, they calm down and modify their systems.”

 

A team of 8 social activists of digital diplomacy has grown into a big network. Now it is not a matter of who is the founder and who is the follower. Everybody is in the leading position. Crowd was driven to the project through workcamps and digital academies, where participants learnt how to create their own apps. Digital Kosovo app itself was also made by the community and did not require any funding.

 

The next goal is to make public services digital as well. Digital Kosovo is the ground for digitalizing data that will inevitably lead to further community involvement and access to digital resources. “Everything you start has to be in the hands of people,” assures founder of Digital Kosovo.Then domino effect occurs – one change stimulates a second one and so on. This is how Kosovo appears in the Ljubljana Airport system, on company websites and social media pages. And this is how digital diplomacy can unleash limitless opportunities to shape new identities for countries.

 

Crowd Sessions Corporate Crowdfunding

BOLD SERIES

The World of Freelancing
and Remote Working

Don't forget to share this post!
About Author

About Author

Yuliya Hudoshnyk

Yuliya is a journalist currently pursuing her Master degree in Global Studies in Denmark. She is interested in local initiatives that turn into global trends and the role of media in supporting the process. As a communications manager she has been cooperating with various NGOs and contributed to international trainings in creativity and entrepreneurship.

You may also like

How to Use Crowdsourcing in Advertising

How to Use Crowdsourcing in Advertising

Advertising is one of many business disciplines being disrupted by the ease of crowdsourcing input from a range of remote though specialist advisers and expert freelancers. This is largely, though not exclusively, in the areas of creative design and production. Ease...

Speak Your Mind

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

Design Your Next Successful Prize Challenge

Design Your Next Successful Prize Challenge

E-BOOK Includes:

- 7 key Step Framework Guide

We have broken the process down to a template of seven key steps to ensure results.

- 7 key step Workbook

We created a workbook template to get actionable steps and a clear overview of your next prize challenge.

Get your Rewards ready! E-BOOK on it's way to your inbox!