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Diplomacy starts with you

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Non-profit consultancy

 

Established in 2013, Grassroot Diplomat is a diplomatic non-profit consultancy with a mission to make diplomacy inclusive for everyone.

The name ‘Grassroot Diplomat’ comes from the concept of bridging the gap between governments and civil society. Pioneered by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Grassroot Diplomat strives to modernise how diplomats operate with various stakeholders, and helps embassies improve their national image by breaking stereotypes and misconceptions.

Our focus is to make diplomacy more visible in the public eye through enhanced public and digital diplomacy activities. Value-driven, we believe that the focus for national interest should be on the people, their needs, and recognising their strengths and values. This means recognising countries as a body of real people, not just statistics and resources for the sake of strengthening trade and bilateral relations.

As an independent diplomatic agency, we have no allegiance to any particular government in order to remain apolitical and work with all diplomatic missions, anywhere in the world

Our values

As a non-profit consultancy, we are inspired by our deeply rooted values that drives innovative results. We are passionate to strive forward as a connected world. We enhance leadership so that efficiency and compassion shapes the future. We have integrity where we build trust and reinforce positive engagement through all of our work. We are progressive, where we are committed to and driven by our ideas. Lastly, we are dynamic, energised and effective in our action.

As part of our values, we are unable to take on clients who fall outside the remit of our vision and programmes, and all large projects are funnelled through a strict due diligence process. We believe that sticking to a precise list of clientele makes the work we do special and provides reassurance that we are working to the highest standard of integrity.

Who we work with

We work exclusively with diplomatic missions and citizen diplomats who play a role in the wider scope of international relations.

Primarily as a consultancy, Grassroot Diplomat enhances how embassies communicate both online and offline, including developing strategic communications for mission-driven embassies, as well as creating brands for Head of Missions so that they are better represented and recognised by members of civil society.

We also empower citizen diplomats to involve themselves in international relations with confidence. As part of our innovation, we have created a range of unique diplomatic toolkits to train citizen diplomats to operate fluidly in a multicultural, modern society alongside governments.

What our clients say

 
 
 

STRATEGIC GOAL: Make Diplomacy Inclusive For Everyone

Recognise that, with the right training, everyone has an opportunity to become an effective diplomat to represent their country at both grassroots and global level.

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Self development toolkit for international relations practitioners

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The “Diplomatic Planner” is a 12-month self-development career planner designed for citizen diplomats to make an informed decision about options in the field of international relations. The Ultimate Edition is packed with practical exercises that includes a monthly calendar, weekly scheduling and quarterly evaluations.

Click below to check out what is in store for you.

 
 
 

 Brexit Handbook

Preparing diplomats and embassies

STRATEGIC GOAL: Create Positive Role Models at Government Level

Recognise and encourage the effort of official representatives working for the people’s interests and inspire others in government to follow suit.

 
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Brexit Handbook

Click to download a free briefing to prepare diplomats and embassies for Brexit 

The Brexit Handbook was written for diplomats with specific portfolios using Brexit as a backdrop as an example on how embassies can improve their operations in the host country. The following briefing packs provide a robust summary of what diplomats can expect from the full version of the Brexit Handbook which can be pre-ordered using the link below. To download a free briefing pack, please click on the images below.


 

STRATEGIC GOAL: Make Diplomacy Inclusive For Everyone

Recognise that, with the right training, everyone has an opportunity to become an effective diplomat to represent their country at both grassroots and global level.

Grassroot Diplomat Online Academy

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Diplomacy
accessible for all

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Grassroot Diplomat trains citizen diplomats and international relations practitioners to gain practical skills on the implementation of diplomacy in a wide range of fields, making diplomacy accessible to all.

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STRATEGIC GOAL: Create Positive Role Models at Government Level

Recognise and encourage the effort of official representatives working for the people’s interests and inspire others in government to follow suit.

 Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award

Check out our exclusive list of role models

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Representing citizen interests at the highest level

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The Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award recognises the achievements of outstanding politicians and diplomats who represent civilian interests at the highest level. The award creates positive role models at government level and encourages representatives to lead effectively for their people. Every year, we identify a range of politicians, diplomats and international business representatives who exemplify the very essence of what it means to be a grassroot diplomat.

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STRATEGIC GOAL: Develop the Practices of Diplomacy to Look Beyond National and Political Interest

Move away from stereotypical and traditional views of how diplomacy should be practiced to develop a global interest that affects all people.

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Talking diplomacy, without talking diplomacy

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Free podcast series discussing innovative practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's world. Topics include leadership and self-development, networking, public diplomacy, personal branding, brand marketing, and digital diplomacy.

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STRATEGIC GOAL: Break Negative Stereotypes and Misconceptions of People and Country

Involve people of any nationality, race, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, and religious belief to build a positive narrative for their country.

 Public Diplomacy Consultancy

Event management with an inspiring twist

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Widening community engagement beyond the diaspora

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Our public diplomacy service enhances community and diaspora engagements through events management and delegation roundtables. We focus on widening community relations that extend beyond typical diaspora engagements to ensure that all relevant communities are included in the mission. To break stereotypes, we offer business, press, and family-friendly engagement activities that build a personal connection between the embassy and its community.

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STRATEGIC GOAL: Build Trust and Strengthen Governments and Civil Society

Help, assist and support people to help achieve their goals in a united effort.

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National storytelling for a local audience

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Our digital communications service improves social media, general digital communications, and website development to strengthen stakeholder engagements. Grassroot Diplomat offers modern solutions to your country representation using engaging and effective modes of visual storytelling. Our aim is to help you break negative misconceptions and re-introduce embassies as a serious and much needed institution for the wider community.

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Meet Our People

A look at the people who are innovating the practices and operations of diplomacy at official and grassroots level.

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Diplomatic
Pioneers

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Grassroot Diplomat is made up of a network of specialists and consultants with a collective 450 years' worth of experience. We work across all continents with the flexibility to provide a highly bespoke service that meets various sensitivities and challenges of our clients. Our consultants include award-winning web strategists, business diplomacy experts, international development advisers, corporate lawyers and economic journalists to name a few.

Our relationship with our clients and networks are built on trust and confidentiality led under the leadership of the CEO, the Board of Directors, and guidance from the Advisory Council.

See who they are by clicking on the biographies below.


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