Building meaningful cross-sector partnerships for children and media initiatives: a conversation café with scholars and activists from around the world
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In this essay, we bring together academics and activists from around the world in a “conversation café” to share their perspectives on the past, present, and future of children and media with specific emphasis on building meaningful cross-sector partnerships. Key change-agents from academe, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations committed to youth and media literacy from the USA, U.K, Singapore, Netherlands, Australia, and India participated in this discussion. A unique online conversation café was set up to facilitate discussions over a three week period. The conversation provides a flavor of the changing media landscape, local-global tensions, industry-academe-nonprofit initiatives, and unique challenges and opportunities relating to building cross-sector partnerships in various cultural contexts. Future directions for scholarship and activism relating to youth media, technology, and arts are discussed.