GDL and the Fulbright Program - Being Global Citizens
The German-American Fulbright Commission, based in Berlin, hosted 90 German university and technical college students preparing for a summer exchange in the US. One part of their weekend program included an introduction to the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL).
After a short introduction by former GDL’s Senior Project Manager, Juliana Figale, David Patrician talked about his experiences as both: a Fulbrighte alumnus and a GDL member. David came to Germany on a Fulbright Journalist Exchange and has been working in German media for the past ten years.
The Fulbright Student Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, reason, and compassion into world affairs and thereby increase the likelihood that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship. It gives thousands of young students, scholars, and teachers the chance to study and work in other countries. GDL takes this philosophy one step further, bringing together creative professionals from various fields with the goal of exploring new methods of communication, building mutual trust and implementing an agenda for collective action.
David Patrician is a freelance journalist and moderator.
In 2006, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and came to Germany on a journalist exchange. Some of his assignments included being embedded with the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan, as well as producing and hosting some special reports for WDR, Radio Bremen, RTL Nord, Deutsche Welle, Newsweek and Delta Radio (a weekly radio show entirely in German).
Prior to this, he was a radio and news producer for the Voice of America in Washington, DC. David graduated from the University of Maryland with a double degree in government and politics, and did some of his master’s degree at Georgetown University.
In addition, he has also moderated dozens of international conferences, including for example the Water Act Summit in Paris prior to COP 21.