In this new podcast we discuss 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?
Albert Poggio OBE, the Director of Gibraltar House and UK Honorary Representative of Gibraltar, was a Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award Honouree in 2015 for his longstanding commitment to Gibraltar relations. Mr Poggio has spent almost three decades strengthening both political and business ties for Gibraltarians and British citizens alike.
In my last post, I talked about how a civil servant commented that I was going rogue by creating new grounds for diplomacy from the outside. How about if your Head of State went rogue and started to do whatever they wanted to do, completely acting beyond national, party AND the people’s interest?
Frank Field is something of an oddity around Westminster; a social conservative member of the Parliamentary Labour Party, representing Birkenhead since 1979. He is well respected and liked on both sides of the House, at times a vociferous critic of both Conservatives and Labour. In short: there is only one Frank Field.
Baroness Kidron, Director of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, has ventured to the “edge of madness” (so to speak) in attempting to widen the horizons of today’s youth, showing them that ‘film’ means more than the Harry Potter series and that Disney are not the only filmmakers from whom lessons can be learned.
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.
One of the best comments I ever got when telling people why I never became a diplomat was the statement: “Girl, you’re going rogue!” There are a very high number of people in the corporate world who dream of becoming an Ambassador. In movie-like fashion, they lust after the power of leading negotiations and be given a grand title that is otherwise absent in the world of business.