What is citizen diplomacy?
Citizen diplomacy is the concept that every global citizen has the right, even the responsibility, to engage across cultural differences and create shared understanding through person-to-person interactions.
Why is citizen diplomacy important?
Citizen diplomacy builds individual and collective global fluency, which in turn creates economic opportunity, contributes to peace and stability, and develops leadership skills through global problem solving.
In an era of unprecedented interconnectivity, individuals from around the world have the ability to share information and ideas instantaneously and work together to resolve common challenges. As contributors to a global community, every individual should understand the positive impact they can have as citizen diplomats and be empowered to act with meaning and purpose.
What is global fluency?
Global fluency is the level of global understanding, competence, and openness to experiences and cultures that people and communities exhibit while engaging in activities that make the world more secure, economically sound, and socially interconnected.
Who are citizen diplomats?
Citizen diplomats are teachers, students, young professionals, business executives, retirees, athletes, artists, humanitarians, adventurers, and any other individuals committed to being purposefully engaged global citizens.
Citizen diplomacy is about more than just being a citizen of the world. The best citizen diplomats represent themselves, their culture, and their country in a positive way while reaching out to engage with other individuals beyond cultural and physical borders. Citizen diplomats are motivated by a responsibility to engage with the rest of the world in a meaningful, mutually beneficial dialogue.
How do citizen diplomats actively engage?
Citizen diplomats come from diverse backgrounds and have unique personalities, but there are some important skills they share in common:
- Listen to others with compassion and an open mind;
- Learn about history, culture, and ways of life and thinking different from their own;
- Respect people’s rights to views and approaches other than their own;
- Explore other cultures and places with curiosity and openness;
- Act to understand, engage, and work with people from around the world;
- Embrace opportunities to connect and make positive differences in the global community.