Qatar Foundation’s Doha Debates has been nominated for 2021 Webby Award – the leading international award honouring excellence on the internet – with winners set to be announced on May 18.
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.
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 around the world. From now until May 8, fans can cast their votes at vote.webbyawards.com.
“Nominees like Doha Debates are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the internet,” said Claire Graves, executive director of the Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the 13,500 entries we received this year.”
Katrine Dermody, Doha Debates’ executive producer of Digital, welcomed 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 said, "We live in a time where most people are finding it tough to engage in constructive conversations over the issues that matter. We developed the Better Conversations series to provide everyone with a series of tips and techniques to help everyone better connect and overcome differences. I'm delighted and honored that we have been nominated for this award.”
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, Doha Debates’ programmes and digital content have garnered more than four million social media followers in 233 nations and territories, 320 million video views, and 30 million social media engagements.