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Center Fellows

B.J. Bullert

B. J. Bullert, Ph.D. is a communication scholar, a documentary filmmaker and an oral historian. She is currently a senior research fellow at the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement at the University of Washington and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Washington's Masters in Digital Media program.

She received her doctorate in communication from the University of Washington in 1995 and completed her M. Litt. degree in politics at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, in 1981.

A working paper by B.J. on public relations strategies and Nike:
Strategic Public Relations, Sweatshops and the making of a Global Movement

Interviews by B.J.:
Sweatshops on Fire (8 min.) features an interview with Naomi Klein, author of NO LOGO: TAKING AIM AT THE BRAND BULLIES. Klein compares New York's infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 with "the worst industrial fire in history" at Thai toy factory in 1993.

History Lesson (4 min.) is a visual essay about the mass media and
globalization featuring Andrew Ross, Director of the American Studies
program at NYU.

Both works explore the selective prism of the news media and the struggle for safe working condition in the global economy.

Phone: 206 932-8973
E-Mail: b.bullert@comcast.net

Diana Pallais

Diana Pallais is a Geopolitical Strategist with the Advanced Strategies and Policy division at Microsoft Corporation. Diana's charter at Microsoft is to help align the company's business interests with the public interest of its host markets worldwide. The ultimate goal is to bolster Microsoft's commitment to exemplary corporate citizenship. In particular, Diana has concentrated on studying the necessary conditions for information technology (IT) to be an engine of citizen empowerment and economic development. In this process, she has specialized on the implications of various IT business models and software development processes for wide and direct adoption of IT. Diana is also a political and economic advisor on different corporate initiatives, most notably the Trustworthy Computing initiative which encompasses Microsoft's commitment to digital privacy, security, reliability, and business integrity.

Diana holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington.


Greg Shaw

Greg Shaw is director of the Pacific Northwest Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also leads Foundation, Libraries and Pacific Northwest Advocacy.

Shaw was previously a partner with the communications firm of Shepardson Stern and Kaminsky (SS+K), where he was an advisor to the foundation and to numerous leading corporations in the Pacific Northwest. Before joining SS+K, Shaw spent six years as a leader at Microsoft, where he helped to create the company's giving program for public libraries. Prior to Microsoft, Shaw was an executive with Ketchum Communications in Washington, D.C., and served in the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He began his career as an editor of the Cherokee Advocate, the newspaper for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Shaw has a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He serves as a Senior Fellow within the University of Washington's Center for Communications and Civic Engagement, and on the Episcopal Relief and Development's AIDS Advisory Council.

Articles by Greg:
The Powers that Were? - Published in the San Jose Mercury News on November 6, 2000

Putting Entertainment Value Back into Politics - Accepted by The Los Angeles Times (12/07/00)

Not Voting in Your Pajamas - Posted on Slate.com

Bush's Tech Czar Should Examine Profound Shift to Information Society - Published by the San Jose Mercury News on 1/31/01

Greg delivered a speech at Nike's Global Communications Summit on October 11, 2002 titled Integrated Brand Communications: New Equations for a Fractured Media World.

A PowerPoint presentation on Internet Voting is linked below.
Internet Voting: Inevitable, Ineffectual or Both?