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Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: National Versus Ethnic Loyalty in Diplomacy

Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: National Versus Ethnic Loyalty in Diplomacy

EPISODE #5

Synopsis

How are you meant to represent your country when you already feel like an outsider? Is nationality skin deep or just a matter of what you look like on the surface? Are you treated differently because on the surface, you don’t look like you typically comes from your represented country based on historical stereotypes and misconceptions? In this podcast, Sandra Francius and Talyn Rahman-Figueroa dive deep into the dicey issue of nationality versus ethnic loyalty, discussing how one can effectively represent one’s country against a myriad of issues of ‘belonging’.   

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

 

Show Notes

  • Be inclusive and open to all the people that live in your country, irrespective of nationalities and race
  • Ex-pats, immigrants and visitors choose to come to your country for a reason and their choice will attach to a part of their memory identity
  • You can feel loyalty towards a country you have no racial or family history in which shouldn’t be undermined or brushed off
  • You may feel loyal to many different countries and cultures that may cause a dilemma in your personal representation
  • Never feel compelled to pick who or what to represent into choices you are not comfortable with
  • We are global citizens and need to broaden our understanding and expectance of people belonging in cultures and countries they feel most attached to

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Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Alternative Routes to Diplomacy

Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Alternative Routes to Diplomacy

EPISODE #4

Synopsis

Diplomacy is one of the most misunderstood professions. Today’s international landscape is far more crowded and having purpose in the choice you make for yourself will better ground you in tough situations. We cannot afford to forget where we come from, whom we serve, and whom we represent. You can be a diplomat without officially joining the Foreign Service, a route that some governments have started to embrace. This podcast is hosted by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

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Show Notes

  • Go after a role in diplomacy for the cause it represents and not the potential power it could bring
  • C-level diplomatic functions varies from administration, public relations, communications, political analysis, and stakeholder engagement
  • Citizen diplomats engage with local people and share culture abroad
  • Your purpose should drive your ambition and your passion should shine through the work you do
  • Be honest with yourself and ask why does the work of diplomacy appeal to you?
  • Try living abroad in a foreign country for a year and experiment how you deal with culture shock and how quickly you adapt to society

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Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Diplomats in the Private Sector

Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Diplomacy in the Private Sector

EPISODE #3

Synopsis

An interview with Sandra Francius, Managing Director of Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the freedom to innovate more fluidly as a diplomat working outside of the government in the private sector.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

Show Notes

  • Diplomacy is open to everyone and not just reserved for the elite dealing with just state-to-state matters
  • A private diplomat is able to focus their attention to the grassroots and social impact to and alongside the government
  • The private sector offers so many opportunities for someone interested in becoming a diplomat for an alternate mission
  • Private sector uses out-of-the-box technologies to change how diplomacy operates

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Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Self-Development in Diplomacy and International Relations

Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Self-Development in Diplomacy and International Relations

EPISODE #2

Synopsis

The lives of other people are in your hands, but higher education has failed to equip international relations practitioners with world skills that make them fit for leading in international relations. Talyn Rahman-Figueroa and Jeannette Viens discuss the challenges of self-development in the field of international relations and how to prepare onself in this career.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

Show Notes

  • Everyone takes on a different persona when engaged with various people so be aware of who you become with them and why
  • Build up skills in your personal life first before applying it in your professional endeavours
  • Learning is forever and it is never too late to pick up new skills to enhance leadership qualities to strengthen networks and relationships
  • Think of your long-term career goals against your personal goals to consider what lifestyle is a sustainable match for you

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Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Limitations to Joining the Diplomatic Foreign Service

Grassroot Diplomat Talks Podcast: Limitations to Joining the Diplomatic Foreign Service

EPISODE #1

Synopsis

What if you consciously steered yourself for a career in diplomacy, only to decide that it was better to influence from the outside? Find out why our Founder of Grassroot Diplomat found the walls of diplomacy to be limiting when it came to engaging in international relations.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org

Show Notes

  • Find a career that fits your passion and outlook on life, even if that means creating a position of yourself
  • Go to as many international networking events as possible
  • Find the answers to questions that deeply trouble you
  • Take a risk to learn even if that means going on that road alone

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