“Fear not, for I am with you.” (Is 43:5)
“I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on “bad news” (wars, terrorism, scandals and all sorts of human failure). This has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering, nor is it about a naive optimism blind to the scandal of evil. Rather, I propose that all of us work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent and resignation that can at times generate apathy, fear or the idea that evil has no limits.
Moreover, in a communications industry which thinks that good news does not sell, and where the tragedy of human suffering and the mystery of evil easily turn into entertainment, there is always the temptation that our consciences can be dulled or slip into pessimism.
I would like, then, to contribute to the search for an open and creative style of communication that never seeks to glamourize evil but instead to concentrate on solutions and to inspire a positive and responsible approach on the part of its recipients. I ask everyone to offer the people of our time storylines that are at heart ‘good news’.”
– Pope Francis (51st World Communications Day)
THIS YEAR’S THEME:
Dispelling the Darkness in Social Media & The Rise of the Catholic Newsmakers
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
The Social Media Summit is attended mostly by young professionals, social media managers, communicators and religious from dioceses, congregations and communities throughout the country. This year’s summit will be held at Siena College, Quezon City on November 18, 2017, with the end in view of keeping Church workers updated with the latest trends & predictions in social media as a most potent platform for advancing religious and social advocacies.
MOST REV. PABLO VIRGILIO DAVID
Diocese of Kalookan
Co-Author, Growing Up Wired: Raising Pinoy Kids in the Digital Age
Family Life Specialist
MSGR. PEDRO C. QUITORIO
Director, CBCP Media Office
REV FR. AMADO PICARDAL, CSsR
Executive Secretary, CBCP Episcopal Committee on Basic Ecclesial Commuties
Blogger, The Pinay Millennial (www.thepinaymillennial.com)
Blogger, Truly Rich and Blessed (www.trulyrichandblessed.com)
Author of “So Far Could Be so Near: Using Social Media to Connect Meaningfully with Our Loved Ones” and healing books, DZMM Teleradyo Host, Inner Healing Facilitator.
FR. JADE LICUANAN
Commissioner, Archdiocesan Commission on Youth
Archdiocese of Manila
ATTY. ELIJO SHARON HERRERA-BELLONES
Professor, College of Law University of San Agustin
Teaching Legal Ethics
Co-Founder, The Parenting Emporium
FR. JEFFREY SEGOVIA
Founder, The Top Knotters
Social Media: A Brand New Form for Empathy and Truth
- Social Media: Why you should care and How to do “caring” right.
- Identifying your voice and your audience in Social Media
- Correlation of Virtual empathy and Real-world empathy
- Acceptance that Social Media is changing how we see the world
- Perspective taking and perspective changing
- changes in behavior, structural defect or advantage
2017 Trends and 2018 Predictions in Social Media
- Fake News
- Strategies done right
- Content that reflect values
- Trolls and Bots: who are they?
Life is not simply a bare succession of events, but a history, a story waiting to be told through the choice of an interpretative lens that can select and gather the most relevant data. In and of itself, reality has no one clear meaning. Everything depends on the way we look at things, on the lens we use to view them. If we change that lens, reality itself appears different. So how can we begin to “read” reality through the right lens? – Pope Francis (51st World Communications Day)
Relevant Data & Bringing out the Truth
- What is our current reality?
- Are we united for a common cause or can this unity/ cause break us?
- Media Biases: are we reporting to present evil or are we posting to present the facts?
- Revolution in public opinion, Relationships between nation and Influence in cultures between cultures.
- Changes in how we communicate and as well how we understand the way we live.
- How do we inspire people?
Those who, in faith, entrust themselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit come to realize how God is present and at work in every moment of our lives and history, patiently bringing to pass a history of salvation. Hope is the thread with which this sacred history is woven, and its weaver is none other than the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. Hope is the humblest of virtues, for it remains hidden in the recesses of life; yet it is like the yeast that leavens all the dough. We nurture it by reading ever anew the Gospel, “reprinted” in so many editions in the lives of the saints who became icons of God’s love in this world. Today too, the Spirit continues to sow in us a desire for the Kingdom, thanks to all those who, drawing inspiration from the Good News amid the dramatic events of our time, shine like beacons in the darkness of this world, shedding light along the way and opening ever new paths of confidence and hope. – Pope Francis (51st World Communications Day)
- Breaking the Trends to bring hope and inspire people
- Reaching the Millennials
- Integrating the New Message to this New Culture
For more details, you may contact the Secretariat Team:
Sarah Borja – 09286858076