Two years ago, we convened a group of journalists and commentators from around the world and asked them to join a conversation about issues that mattered to us and to them. It was an experiment, and we were ready to close it down if nobody came to the party.
Happily, many, many people have visited and posted on the site. We would love to see the number grow larger, and we will soon launch more new features and blogs -- and, especially, new ways for readers to join in the discussion. But we're delighted to have created a virtual water cooler, at which people from all parts of the world can weigh in on the issues of the day.
A year from now, we hope this will be a site that realizes the Internet's opportunity to create a new kind of bottom-up journalism--gathering reports from many thousands of individuals around the world who can explain to us what's really happening--the surprising, exhilarating, heartbreaking experiences that stand behind the reports we call "the news." That's still a work in progress, but we're hoping....
For now, our thanks to the panelists who shaped this debate with their thoughtful commentaries each week from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Our special thanks to Chuck McLean and his team, who shaped each day's Global Power Barometer; to Amar Bakshi and Jack Fairweather, who experimented with new ways to tell the world's story; and to our new Washington Post bloggers, John Pomfret and Steve Mufson, whose posts help us see China and the energy market in new ways. To all the PostGlobal team, and to the many, many voices who've joined them each week, our thanks and Happy Birthday wishes.
--David Ignatius and Fareed Zakaria