Qatar Foundation’s Doha Debates has been nominated for a 2021 Webby Award – the leading international award honouring excellence on the internet – with winners set to be announced on 18 May.

As a nominee in the 25th Annual Webby Awards, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences recognised Doha Debates’ Better Conversations video series as one of the world’s top five best in the Webby’s ‘Video: How-to, explainer and do-it-yourself’ category.

Better Conversations

The Better Conversations series offers insights and tips from conflict resolution expert Dr Govinda Clayton on how to transform conflict and disagreement into productive, solutions-focused conversations.

With its nomination, Doha Debates is eligible for two Webby honours: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans from around the world. From now until 8 May, fans can cast their votes at vote.webbyawards.com.

Webby Awards Executive Director Claire Graves said that nominees like Doha Debates are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the internet. She said that it was an incredible achievement to be selected among the 13,500 entries they received this year.

Doha Debates Executive Producer of Digital Katrine Dermody welcomed the news of the Webby Award nomination.

At Doha Debates we try to carve out a space for people to engage with one another — even if it might be challenging. Our hope is that this series gives people the practical tools they need to have productive and powerful conversations.

Dr Clayton, meanwhile, is delighted and honoured that they have been nominated for the award. According to him, we live in a time where most people are finding it tough to engage in constructive conversations over issues that matter. He said that the Better Conversations series was developed to provide everyone with tips and techniques to help everyone better connect and overcome differences.

Other Webby nominees include Amazon, Apple, Disney, Google, Netflix, ABC, Al Jazeera, the BBC, CBS, CNN, HBO, NBC, PBS, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Buzzfeed, National Geographic, Reuters, the Washington Post, Global Citizen, and the International Olympic Committee.

Since 2019, the programmes and digital content of Doha Debates have garnered more than four million social media followers from 233 nations and territories, 320 million video views, and 30 million social media engagements.

For updates and more information about Doha Debates, visit dohadebates.com


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