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New ‘hyperglobal’ blog, Seattle Globalist, to launch April 28th

By Jessica Partnow, Seattle Globalist

April 28th is the official launch (and launch party) of the Seattle Globalist, a “hyperglobal” blog celebrating the region’s international community and many connections to the rest of the world.

The Seattle Globalist offers a fun, interesting and unexpected take on international travel, culture, development, Seattle’s global-local connection and our region’s diverse communities.

Seattle has been named a hyperdiverse city by the Migration Policy Institute—we have more than 250,000 foreign-born residents, representing every region in the world, and no one country of origin makes up more than a quarter of that group.

The Globalist is a hub for the many people in our region who identify internationally in some way: immigrants, international NGO workers, foodies, travelers—anyone who feels a strong connection to the world outside our borders.

Where Humanosphere focuses on global health, aid and the fight against poverty, the Globalist covers everything from international foods (like Japanese Fusion Hot Dogs and the best Pakistani food on the east side) to Seattleites’ reflections on traveling in the Middle East as an Iranian Jew or in Las Vegas as a Jordanian-American.

Editor’s note from Tom: “Yeah, it can be kind of  a bummer focusing too much on poverty and disease. The Globalist’s more eclectic, light-hearted focus — and emphasis on making local-global connections — adds to the broadening global dialogue we here at Humanosphere hope to serve through a collaborative initiative we’re calling the DNN – Development News Network.”

The Globalist, already operating as a beta site, has done stories about St. Patrick’s Dayfolk music, and human rights in Burma. The site features a community calendar with international events from cooking classes to film screenings, and writers are drawn from Seattle’s tech, nonprofit and journalism communities.

The Globalist is published by The Common Language Project, a nonprofit journalism organization dedicated to covering underreported international news through multimedia.

“We have been covering underreported international issues through in-depth multimedia since we got started in 2006,” said Alex Stonehill, editor of the Seattle Globalist and co-founder of the Common Language Project, “but there’s a very high entry point for that kind of reporting. You don’t always have time to curl up with a 10-minute video about Iraqi refugees in Syria or 2,000 words about climate change in East Africa. The Globalist is more accessible. It’s the kind of stuff you want to read when you’re sneaking a minute away from work.”

 The blog is co-sponsored by the University of Washington’s Department of Communication, and by Brown Paper Tickets.

On Saturday April 28th, a free party at Washington Hall will mark the Seattle Globalist’s official launch.

The party will feature a community dance workshop with the Seattle Fandango Project from 6:30-7:30pm, and a brief talk by Naomi Ishisaka, former editor of Colors Northwest Magazine and member of the Seattle Globalist Advisory Group introducing the Globalist. The DJ group Last Night’s Mix Tape will play dance music from 8-10pm. Emcees for the evening are Hidmo founder and OneAmerica Organizer Rahwa Habte, and MCDM student, journalistDJ and youth media educator Jonathan Cunningham.

Event details

Seattle Globalist Launch Party

Saturday April 28th, 6-10pm

Free entry, donations accepted

Light snacks, Cash beer & wine with ID

RSVP: Brown Paper Tickets


About Author

Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.