Happy New Year from the Board of Directors

2015 was the year when Grassroot Diplomat found its feet. One of our key goals was to professionalise and strengthen the Grassroot Diplomat team. Our Chief Executive, Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, has taken the plunge to devote herself full-time to driving the transition from fledgling organisation to established brand. 

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One Hour to Change your Future

Brand yourself. Spin your experience to suit the world of foreign affairs. Let us show you how with career coaching sessions that is completely personalised to you. 

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Felix Finkbeiner: Eco Super Hero

Citizen of the month, Felix Finkbeiner from Germany, leading the way in climate change justice. As a child, Felix Finkbeiner was inspired by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to plant one million trees in his native country. 

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Award Alumnus at the House of Commons

Grassroot Diplomat held its first business networking event at the House of Commons in the presence of diplomats, politicians, and social entrepreneurs.  The Alumni Networking Club was created for government officials who were previously nominated for the prestigious Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.

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How Nature Saved My Life

I looked down the cliff face at the rocks below, having just finished work on a big budget film in Hawaii. Life had self-destructed in a whirlwind of chaos that left me with no place of my own and no funds to start anywhere else. After being given what most would view as a “blessing”, nothing about how I felt had changed, and my abysmal perspective on life only worsened. 

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Councillor Karen Bellamy Raises the Bar above Poverty

Councillor Karen Bellamy is one of the hardest working Councillor in the borough, who had set up food banks and other centres for people to donate to just to save families from starvation. She has spent much of her time bringing education into families whose language may not be English and creating a community where people look out for each other. 

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Why we are investing in Albanian Youths

The Balkans region currently faces a lot of challenges in youth policy within the civil society sector. An example of this Albania, a country making a transition from the communist ideology. Young people are facing huge barriers in looking for ways to collaborate with the government, particularly in receiving support for their vision and work.

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Cutting through Climate Change Complacency

Forty thousand diplomats, journalists, campaigners and policy makers will descend on COP21 in Paris. This conference is one of the most important to date and aims to create a cross national agreement, mobilise vast sums of money and allow developing nations to undergo sustainable development.

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Myths and Media Perception of Muslims

“All Muslims should be wiped out,” a friend of mine says while we discuss the recent events unfolding around ISIS. 

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Getting our CEO

Chairman Peter Botting re-caps the progresses made by Grassroot Diplomat between July - September, 2015.

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Autumn Magazine Peeks at Climate Change

From more extreme weather to increasing food prices, evidence of climate change is everywhere. Yet, the debate for change rises and falls, depending on the political circumstances people find themselves in. In this issue, we highlight role models including Bear Grylls and Seychelles High Commissioner and other environmental experts in the great debate.

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11 Tips to Dine with an Ambassador

Perhaps are you are looking for support for your international trade venture, or maybe the key chapter in that new book of yours takes place in a foreign country you have not visited before and you need the inside scoop from a local. Maybe it’s simply that you’re concerned about an international issue affecting our world and you want to have a serious discussion about it. 

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It Takes a lot to Impress Us

Executive Director Talyn Rahman-Figueroa re-caps the progresses made by Grassroot Diplomat between March - July, 2015, looking into the calibre of nominees for the Annual Awards, and the need for philanthropic giving. 

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Grassroot Diplomat Honouree Jeremy Corbyn becomes Labour Party Leader

Grassroot Diplomat is pleased to welcome Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader. As one of the first Honouree of the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, Mr Corbyn was recognised for his outstanding and numerous support to non-government organisations and civil society across the United Kingdom, both during his political, and non-political career. 

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Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott Award Nomination for Tomorrow's People

Baroness Stedman-Scott is nominated for her inspiring work with national employment charity, Tomorrow’s People. Baroness Stedman-Scott has a strong passion for improving the lives of individuals living on the margins.  She joined Tomorrow’s People in 1984 from the Salvation Army. In the thirty years since the charity was founded, 470,000 people have been helped on their journey back to work. 

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Successes and Frustrations

Chairman Peter Botting re-caps the progresses made by Grassroot Diplomat between March - July, 2015.

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UN Youth Representative Sara Rahim Joins Advisory Council

UN Youth Representative Sara Rahim becomes the latest addition to joining the Grassroot Diplomat Advisory Council.

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7 Alternative Ways of Becoming a Diplomat

So, you want to become a diplomat? Are you sure you know what that means? If you are still sure, you will be glad to know that there are many different ways of joining the diplomatic elite without taking the traditional route. Here are a few cheating alternatives to climbing the ladder. 

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Zuriel Oduwale: 12-year-old Super Journalist

This month, we feature Nigeria-born Zuriel Oduwale as "Model Citizen of the Month". Zuriel is the youngest person in the world to be featured in Forbes Magazine and is one of Africa’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013. Zuriel wants to understand why girls in developing countries have little access to education.  

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Summer Magazine Looks into Muslim World

From their successes at the most recent Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, the second edition of the Quarterly Magazine celebrates Arab Ambassadors who have paved the way for their people in the face of adversity; from the challenges of revolution, to patriarchy, terrorism, and even occupation.

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