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What an Incredible Journey

posted Apr 14, 2011, 8:14 AM by Len Duong   [ updated Apr 20, 2011, 9:42 PM ]
~ Lilly Nguyen ~
DH6-PR Coordinator
Hello all and welcome to DH6 official blog!  I want to bring DH6 planning closer to you and hope that you will join me in Manila this summer :-)

This year, I have the honor of working with my closest friends on another exciting adventure, DH6 in MANILA!!!  That’s right, MANILA - as in the capitol of Philippines!  For those of you who don’t know what DH6 is, it’s an abbreviation for Đại Hội Thanh Niên Sinh Viên Việt Nam Thế Giới Kỳ 6 (the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference).

What an incredible journey this has been!  I met my friends at DH5 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the premise of how to contribute our intellectual wealth for a better Vietnam.  Since DH5, we have worked together, watched each other become leaders and change the world in our own small ways.  It leads us to this moment, we are gearing up for DH6!  I am not going to lie, IT IS A LOT OF WORK!  You can bet that while you are having fun on the weekend or chilling after work on a weeknight, our international team is working around the clock to present to you the conference trailer, the website, the promotional emails, Facebook updates, the program, entertainment, logistics, the list goes on and on.

DH6 promises to be another amazing chapter for people who have an aspiration for change.  For me, I know that I must continue to find venues to use my voice the way I believe it was meant to be used.  I want to see Vietnam a more compassionate place, a place where people are valued and respected.

I am simply fascinated by the power of social media and how news travel so fast! The web is increasingly becoming the preferred source for news and information.  By now, the world has witnessed the power of social media in revolutionizing how our society communicates.  The use of citizen-generated content on personal blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have fundamentally changed the way people digest current events.  We are no longer restrained by editorial choices made by the big news organization or State bosses.  Guess this is bad news for repressive regimes as they must have wished they could close down social media and the restrict Internet access, but the system exists in such a way that it is very hard to censor.

Many thanks to our Dai Hoi alumni for their commitment, wisdom and monetary support for an international project such as DH6.  As we countdown to DH6, I hope that you will continue to visit our wonderful site - rich with updates, personal stories, videos, special features on topics of digital activism for social change, and behind-the-scenes video & photos.                   
There's much more to come but I want to leave you and my fellow organizers with one of my favorite quotes to serve as a source of inspiration to overcome those late nights and giving up on fun weekends the next couple of months for a successful DH6.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." 
                                                                                                                                                       — Margaret Mead —

….Don’t be a bystander, register TODAY for DH6!