Oxford Forum for International Development

Grassroot Diplomat's CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa was invited to present a workshop at the Oxford Forum for International Development, the UK's largest profile student-led conference, on the latest innovation in diplomacy.

On Saturday 25th February, Talyn presented a 75-minute workshop as part of the morning series on ‘New Approaches to Development’. The workshop was followed by a highly anticipated keynote speech presented by journalist and author Ms Linda Polman. Talyn gave a 25-minute presentation about the innovation of grassroots diplomacy before moving on to the Q&A session.

Once the students were provided with the context of Talyn’s ideas, students were put into small groups who then presented their ideas on other methods on bridging the gap to the rest of the audience. This had allowed students to think more deeply and clearly about why it is so important that governments actively listen to civil society and how using diplomatic strategies can achieve this.