Barry Joseph and I had a remarkable first day running around the city of The Hague in the Netherlands, spreading the Global Kids love to groups around here. The Hague has an incredibly rich history as a center for diplomatic, international law, and peace activities, with over 150 international organisations based here, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. So it’s a great place for Global Kids to make connections with groups doing work on global issues that we care about.
Barry and I met with a couple of NGOs based in the Hague to talk specifically about the International Justice Center we are launching on March 20 in Second Life. We were impressed by their enthusiasm for the medium of Second Life, and creativity in thinking of ways to leverage the technology for education and awareness raising in different communities around the world.
The Hague is a modern and beautiful city, full of parks and monuments. After Barry’s and my meetings this afternoon, we retired to the Centrum district, a lively shopping and dining neighborhood. I introduced Barry to "broodje hering," a traditional sandwich of raw herring with onions on some dark bread. Really delicious, but perhaps the worst thing you could eat before a date.
It was an exhausting and fulfilling first day in The Netherlands. Tomorrow: the International Criminal Court!