Announcing the Launch of the Digital Centership Conservatory

Announcing the Launch of the Digital Centership Conservatory

It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that I am announcing the launch of a new program for training and supporting individuals who lead public conversations online. The Digital Centership Conservatory is preparing to launch our first cohort in January 2018, and we are seeking participants from among the American Jewish and American Muslim communities.

This program is for those who have looked at the state of public discourse in America and despaired. It’s for those of us who want to build community online that can affect our society offline, too. This is for people who recognize that assertive leadership is needed in the important public conversations we have on social media, and who have the courage to take it on.

This program is NOT for people who want to ‘build a brand,’ ‘gain influence online,’ or contribute in any way to the cacophony of dead-end rhetoric and propaganda that is currently dominating our shared spaces.

If you are an American Muslim or an American Jew between the ages of 30-50, we invite you to apply here by  November 26, 2017.


What is Digital Centership?

Digital Centership is a form of leadership that exists in online spaces (sometimes exclusively, sometimes in relation to offline leadership) and positions a leader at the center of the diverse community of people to whom they are related. Digital Centership is a conscious effort by dedicated individuals to reshape public discourse, and to set high standards for digital communications across a broad range of subjects and issues.

What Digital Centership does:

  • Builds and curates a healthy digital community in which they are centrally located.
  • Leads by example.
  • Acts as a gracious host for community engagement.
  • Facilitates healthy discussions and productive disagreements.
  • Sets a clear standard for engagement in their community.

What Digital Centership does NOT do:

  • Builds consensus.
  • Acts or speaks duplicitously.
  • Tries to please everyone.
  • Ignores or shuts down disagreements.
  • Marketing.

What will I get out of being part of a DCC cohort?

Our program offers an intensive online educational experience, along with ongoing support and networking opportunities with fellow cohort members and a broader network of program alumni. You’ll come away with a new perspective on digital communications; practical tools for navigating public conversations; a network of smart people who you can rely on for support and encouragement; and education through lectures and exchanges with some truly brilliant folks.

Who is eligible to participate?

DCC is for those who is interested in helping reshape online environments and using digital tools to elevate public discourse in American society.

Our initial cohort is for American Muslims & American Jews, but future cohorts will be open to a broader audience.

Sixteen program participants will be selected to participate in our pilot program.  We welcome all applicants who fulfill the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 30-50 (flexible).
  • Self-identifies as an American Jew or American Muslim.
  • Existing body of work or experience that positions them as a thought-leader in their field.
  • Able to commit to the dates/times and participation requirements outlined above.

What is the deadline to apply?

Applications for the first cohort are due by November 26, 2017.

What is the cost & time commitment for the program?

Our pilot will run between January 15-February 25, 2017.

There is no application fee or tuition required for the pilot program; however, participants are asked to commit in writing to:

  • Pre-and-post program surveys (1-2 hours, total)
  • Pre-program reading (1-2 hours, total)
  • A minimum of 5 hours each week during the program:
    • 3 hours of on social media (approximately 30 minutes a day using social media, participating in exchanges with the cohort’s Facebook group).
    • 1 hour webinar each week.
    • 1 hour of reading/watching recommended videos that support the curriculum.

Why Muslims & Jews?

Muslims & Jews in America are approximately the same size in population (between 2-3% of the total population), and as religious minorities they face similar challenges in our society. They also face unique challenges in relating to one another and building relationships across their communities. Our choice to make Muslims & Jews the focus of our first cohort is essentially to fully test the program content & medium by ensuring that our pool of participants will have to navigate substantial differences of opinion in an online cohort-building and learning environment.