Odessa Primus - chairman
Odessa studied at the English College in Prague completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma and went on to study Global Politics and International Relations at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Odessa’s passion for international relations started in participating in Model United Nations and attending conferences on international relations. In 2015 she organised the IAPSS World Congress in London opening debate on topics such as European Policy, Russia and the Balkans, Political Islam, and the Middle East after the Arab Spring.
Odessa spent many months between 2015 to 2017 as a volunteer aid worker during the refugee crisis in Greece and Lebanon. Upon returning to Prague and London, there was a vast amount of misinformation about the refugee situation and about the war in Syria in the mainstream media, which fostered misrepresentation and negativity.
The exposure Odessa provided on her blog and social media pages of her humanitarian work and what was happening on the ground gained vast viewership and generated discussion and a responsibility to really find out what the facts are, rather than listen to mainstream media.
Odessa was chosen as the only European Young Leader on Migration by the European Commission for the 2017 European Development Days in Brussels, as well as a Youth Scholarship holder for 2017 Europe Forum Alpbach in Austria.
She started this project to improve dialogue, promote openness, encourage unbiased information and raise enquiry.
Emilio Bellu - Vice chairman
Emilio Bellu has worked as a journalist since the early 00’s, covering media, technology, and the relationship between the two, for a range of Italian mainstream magazines and newspapers including L’Unità, La Nuova Sardegna, Sardinews and Players Magazine. He main focus is the way technology affects the way we communicate with each other, a topic he explored with interviews with authors and thinkers such as Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow and Yoshinori Ono. His work has also been published in two nationally published books.
After moving to Prague, Czech Republic to pursue his passion for cinema, he has kept writing while also working as a filmmaker and photographer. His latest short film, Born of Stone, a documentary about the late Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola, is making the rounds in the international festival circuit, winning “Best Short Documentary” at the Berlin Short Film Festival.
His passion for connecting cultures is one of the reasons he chose storytelling as a career, and has involved him in being one of the organisers of Ichnusa Festival, an annual event that for 10 years connected the centre of Sardinia with the United States through seminars, concerts, lectures and classes.
His goal is to marry his career as a storyteller with projects like Go Think, where the understanding of how media narratives shape the world can lead to be more effective in civic pursuits and in politics at large.
michal kořan - board member
Michal Kořan is Deputy Executive Director of Aspen Institute Central Europe. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations based in Prague (Czech Republic) where he also acted as Deputy Director (2013 – 2016) and Head of Research (2009 – 2013). He is also an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brno, where he received his Ph.D. in 2008.
He has devoted an important part of his professional life to building an open space for wide dialogue with the aim of bringing individuals, opinions and views closer. He is the lead-author of an annual book analyzing Czech foreign policy and founder and program chair of annual International Symposium - Czech Foreign Policy. He is the national co-coordinator of the Think Visegrad platform and Country Project Director of NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division Project: Resilience Capacity Building, as well as responsible for the Summer School of European Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He has delivered speeches at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Wilson Centre, Washington D. C., University of Pennsylvania, Polish Institute of International Affairs or the Diplomatic Academy, Wien. Michal regularly appears in national and international media. His academic texts has been published, among others, in journals European Security, Osteuropa, Perspectives, Journal of International Relations and Development and in publishing houses Palgrave, Routledge, as well as contributing to the book Does Democracy Matter, authoring a chapter.
Fabio Parola - Blog Editor in chief
A Master’s degree student in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Trento (Italy), Fabio Parola is now finishing his studies at Metropolitan University Prague within a double degree program. During his bachelor in Sociology, he interned at the Trento bureau of Corriere della Sera, one of the most prestigious and widely read Italian newspapers, and started contributing right after.
His interest in media and political communication traces back to his high school studies on Greek and Roman literature and philosophy: there he understood how good and bad words often make the difference not only between good and bad politics, but also between good and bad life. Thus, he felt an immediate appeal for the projects carried on by Go Think Initiative, whose blog he is now trying to manage at his best as editor-in-chief.
He is an editor of Neun, a rather outspoken and desecrating webzine on culture, art and politics run by Italian university students. He is vice president of Club Alpbach Trentino, a non-profit organization providing scholarships to attend the European Forum Alpbach.
As the end of university gets closer, his ideas get hazier. All he knows is that he got from his grandfather, a WWII partisan, the dream of a federal Europe, and that striving for a better journalism means creating better citizens.
Go Think Interns
TAYLOR WHITEHEAD - INTERN
Taylor is currently pursuing a BA in Applied Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing at New York University. She is spending the fall studying at NYU’s satellite campus in Prague and interning with Go Think Initiative. She will be continuing her work with Go Think Initiative in the spring through a remote work placement in New York.
She is interested in equity in education, and has spent free time volunteering with Peer Health Exchange, an organisation that coordinates public health education workshops for high school students in cities across America.
She is also passionate about writing and hopes to make a career out of it in the future.
CASEY MILLER - INTERN
Casey is a University of Oregon journalism student, studying at Charles University in Prague for her fall semester. She has worked for numerous other publications while in college, such as writing for The Daily Emerald, blogging for Huffington Post, and designing for OR Magazine.
She hopes to expand her work further into the world of media literacy and education while interning at the Go Think Initiative, after exploring the topic previously while working at Stanford University for Global Student Square and speaking at the National Association of Media Literacy and Education conference in 2015.
Casey’s long term goals are less clear, as she wants to continue to write, travel, and tell stories.
CALEB BANNISTER - INTERN
Caleb currently works as a Go Think Initiative intern from Berea College where his focus is in strategic communication. He comes to us as he attends Charles University and FAMU.
He has experience as a media specialist responsible for technical support and event coordination on his college campus.
He became involved in political activism after his involvement with Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. One of his main projects was educating the general public on a ballot initiative regarding public accommodations. He was responsible for recruiting volunteers in order to build a larger campaign and to reach more voters through many outlets including traditional and new media.
After his time with us, he will serve as an education abroad advisor to assist other students interested in studying abroad. He spends most of his free time writing and skateboarding.