OUR RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC: OUR WORK CONTINUES ONLINE
COVID-19
April 9, 2020

In an era of uncertainty and economic and personal strain, we want you to know that the Pacific Council on International Policy is here for our members and the broader community.

While we cannot host in-person events in the same way we have for the past 25 years, we are scheduling new program formats so you can stay connected to vital information about global affairs. This guide aims to describe the different activities we are offering and how you can stay connected during this time. All virtual events will be posted to our activities page, and members can register as usual through our website for information about how to join.

Staying Connected Series* 

We launched this teleconference and webcast series a few weeks ago, which covers a range of important international affairs topics including the coronavirus. In an effort to make this crucial content available to the public, we are opening this series to the broader community, so please feel free to share this link which contains upcoming Staying Connected Series call dates with your extended network.

*Please note that only items that fall under the “Staying Connected Series” are open to the public. All items below are exclusive to Pacific Council members.  

Keynote Video Calls

As we have done in person for the past 25 years, we will continue to bring you high-level conversations with experts across fields relevant to international policy discourse, except these conversations will be held through our Zoom video conference platform. Members will still have the opportunity to pose questions to our speakers during these Zoom calls, and speakers and moderators will be featured on video. We have added security measures to our Zoom service to ensure a safe, private conversation.

Virtual Campfire Chats

Just like you have seen us do at our signature conferences, we will convene small groups of members to learn from fellow member experts about urgent issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom video conference. We will limit these conversations to 15 members to encourage engaged dialogue, and some speakers have volunteered their time for several dates. You can view all the speakers and dates and times when they will present at this link.  

Virtual Sustaining Member Roundtables

The Pacific Council continues to organize exclusive conversations with some of the biggest names in international policy for our sustaining member community. These intimate virtual discussions allow for sustaining members to meet experts and decision makers on the most pressing issues of the day.

Rapid Response Dialogues for the Corporate Community

These brief dialogues on Zoom are opportunities for our corporate members to come together virtually with peers in the corporate community, gain access to policy resources, and have your questions answered by our experts and representatives from partner organizations throughout the city and state. Please contact Director of Strategy Nastasha Everheart at neverheart@pacificcouncil.org to sign up for upcoming dialogues.  

Virtual Book Club

Our virtual book club returns in May and will read a book selected by members. Members can vote on the book they would like to read here by April 17.

Virtual Happy Hours

Small, social gatherings on Zoom video for members to interact in an informal setting.

Newsroom Commentary and Analysis

You can continue to read original content about the coronavirus on our Newsroom. We post new content almost daily, and will continue to share commentary and analysis about topics beyond the pandemic, as well.

Whether you are already a supporter, member, or learning about the Pacific Council for the first time, please consider supporting our work to promote global engagement in Los Angeles and California. Like many nonprofits, the Pacific Council relies on the support of our generous donors, and the pandemic is already having an adverse effect on our revenue. Any support you can provide at this time would be greatly appreciated.

More than ever, community is essential, even if we are congregating through screens and telephones, where we cannot exchange germs but can always and will always exchange ideas and sound, factual information about the world. For possibly the first time in history, we are able to understand what our global neighbors are experiencing in real time, as we experience the same circumstances the world over. Our hope is that we can become more empathetic to one another during this time.

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