This week’s selection is His Highness the Aga Khan’s 1996 Commonwealth Press Union Conference Keynote Address, ‘The Spirit of Creative Encounter’ (Cape Town, South Africa).

In this seminal speech, the Aga Khan introduces the notion of the “Creative Encounter” and asks: “How can the rapid acceleration of contact among … cultures be turned into co-operation rather than conflict? Or to put it another way: How can the growing demand for cultural integrity be reconciled with the dazzling rise of ‘the global village?’“. Reminding us of the media’s role as an “influential social leader“, he suggests that “spirit of the Creative Encounter will never become a dominant force in our world without the strong and effective leadership of the information media” and notes that “if the media have sometimes been part of the problem — amplifying the threatening aspects of globalisation — then the media can also be part of the solution“. To this end the Aga Khan offers his suggestions in respect of three challenges which he believes the media must address if they are to establish themselves facilitators of understanding between cultures.

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Commonwealth Press Union Conference Keynote Address, ‘The Spirit of Creative Encounter’, 1996 (Cape Town, South Africa)

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