Film and television play a critical role in shaping America's soft power abroad. The COVID-19 crisis has brought Hollywood to a standstill as productions are put on hold. What does a post-pandemic future look like for Hollywood, and what are the implications for America's soft power?
As the world’s fifth largest economy, California plays a consequential role in global economy, culture and society. On June 2nd Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis joined us for a conversation on California’s response to the COVID-19 challenges, its subnational leadership in international affairs, and vision for a re-imagined global dynamic where cities and states aren’t just coming to the table—they’re starting to fill it. This event was moderated by Christina Bellantoni, Director of the Annenberg Media Center and Professor of Professional Practice.
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How Governor Newsom can help to create a truly global California.
In his piece for the Soft Power 30 report, Joel Day looks at how the City of San Diego is working to create a global brand.
Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, countries around the world are scrambling to adapt as the White House has struggled to fill key government positions, scaled back the State Department and upended old alliances. Now some nations are finding that even if they are frustrated by President Trump's Washington, they can still prosper from robust relations with the California Republic and a constellation of like-minded U.S. cities, some of which are bigger than European countries.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Pasadena-based Tetra Tech Inc. a $23 million single-award contract to improve economic growth and food security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Under the five-year Feed the Future Strengthening Value Chains Activity Contract, Tetra Tech will foster relationships between market exporters and local farmers in the Congo in order to increase sales and the profitability of their key, nutrient-rich crops.
Young amputees in some of the poorest parts of the world will be able to navigate rough terrain to access jobs and opportunities with the help of new, specially developed prosthetic knees, after a non-profit company received a grant from the UK government to develop its design. [...] D-Rev, a development company based in San Francisco, California, has been awarded around $100,000 (£76,280) in UK aid money to develop a polycentric, four-bar knee, which wearers will be able to use over uneven ground.