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November 16, 2016

Ushering a New Era of Social Impact – Fringe Diplomacy

Mickey Bergman, Founder, Fringe Diplomacy & Executive Director, Global Alliances Program, The Aspen Institute

Wednesday November 16, 2016 @ 7:30pm

ArtCenter Hillside Campus, Los Angeles Times Media Center

Focused on smart, strategic and meaningful human interaction and engagement, Fringe Diplomacy brings together some of the most curious, creative and innovative individuals to engage in exchange, conversation and build opportunities for partnership and investment in emerging and frontier markets around the world. Mickey Bergman will speak about his work in Cuba, North Korea, Myanmar, and other places where Fringe Diplomacy can expand what is possible between communities and nations. Learn how Fringe Diplomacy connects entrepreneurs, businesses, universities, designers, artists and NGOs to occupy the space where governments cannot go.


Michael “Mickey” Bergman works in Fringe Diplomacy, a discipline exploring the space just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority in international relations. He is Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; Senior Advisor to Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative; co-founder and President of Capsoole Inc.; and Founder and President of Solel Strategic Group. Mickey also teaches at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. At the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, Mickey manages private diplomacy efforts in N. Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, Africa, and efforts to negotiate release of political prisoners. At Aspen, Mickey directs partnerships engaging both public and private sectors in the Middle East, Latin America and South East Asia. Mickey has published numerous articles and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post.