Phase 2 of Family Diplomacy Initiative Begins

Learning Life is pleased to announce the launch today of Phase 2 of our Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI).  

On Sunday, July 10, a total of twenty-eight people from 17 countries — Burundi, China, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, India, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, USA and Zimbabwe — participated in the first day of Learning Life’s new FDI Family Diplomat (FD) Training.  In this first day, Learning Life founder, Paul Lachelier, explained FDI and the training, then participants introduced themselves then filled out the pre-survey that will help Learning Life evaluate the impact of our FD Training.  You can watch a video of this first meeting here.  

Launched in 2016, FDI is an ambitious, long-term effort to connect, train and empower families to participate in decision-making at local to global levels.  We envision a world more connected and caring because every family has one or more family diplomats, and those citizen diplomats advocate effectively via nonprofits, businesses, media and governments for the needs, concerns and aspirations of families worldwide.  In Phase 1 of FDI, from 2016 to 2021, Learning Life engaged families in different nations in live dialogues via Zoom, and asynchronous dialogues via our FDI Facebook Group to learn about each other.  In Phase 2, starting this July, motivated volunteers across the world are getting training as family diplomats (FDs).  Phase 3, the final phase of FDI’s development, will connect trained FDs with nonprofits, businesses, governments and media in order to advocate for the needs, concerns and aspirations of different families across the world. 

The training in 2022 will occur in two parts.  Part 1, every Sunday, 12:00-1:30pm New York time from July 10 to August 21, will focus on developing FDs’ knowledge about citizen diplomacy plus trends, patterns and issues in family life worldwide.  Part 2, every Sunday, 12:00-1:30pm New York time from August 28 to October 23, will focus on developing their storytelling skills as FDs create, practice then ultimately perform a family story live online in front of an international audience.   

To learn more about the training, click here.  To learn more about FDI’s three phases and the thinking behind family diplomacy, click here.  To participate in the FD training, do these three things: (1) fill out this FD application survey, (2) complete this training pre-survey, and (3) stay tuned to our FDI Facebook Group for the Zoom link for the FD Training meetings.