Seeking 24 Families Worldwide for 2020 Facebook Learning Exchanges

Learning Life is now recruiting twenty-four families worldwide to participate in inaugural learning exchanges via Facebook this year.  These exchanges are part of the next phase in the development of Learning Life’s Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI).

Family Diplomacy InitiativeLearning Life launched FDI in 2016 to advance a family form of citizen diplomacy given families are (a) widely valued across cultures, (b) deeply impacted by world events, from climate change to immigration to disease transmission, yet (c) have little voice, as families, in international affairs (click here for five reasons why families should be involved in diplomacy).  FDI began in summer 2016 with test live internet dialogues between lower-income families in Washington DC, Dakar, Senegal, and Porto de la Libertad, El Salvador.  From 2017 to 2019, we completed a community photo project then a food culture and nutrition project engaging lower-income families in the USA, El Salvador, Senegal and Jordan.  In so doing, FDI leveraged the internet to engage families that don’t have the luxury to travel abroad in world learning.  Since summer 2019, we have more than doubled the number of families connected to our FDI Facebook Group in preparation for a new, scaled-up phase of the Family Diplomacy Initiative.

In this new phase, starting this year, families worldwide will have the opportunity to share and learn from each other about the world.  Learning Life will periodically pose questions — initially, one question every two months — like “what does breakfast look like in your family?” and “what is a pressing issue in your community?”  A selected panel of twenty-four families living in different countries across the world will be asked to answer each of these questions to ensure we get a variety of answers reflecting some of the world’s diversity.  In addition, Learning Life has and will soon be posting other content to the FDI Facebook Group:

  1. Since July 2019: weekly “eye on the world” posts with content of interest to families
  2. Starting in February: monthly posts about free or low-cost educational and work opportunities relevant to families worldwide
  3. Starting in February or March: monthly profiles of some of the 2020 Panel Families

“How do we build a more caring and connected world?  We at Learning Life believe that connecting and highlighting the perspectives and experiences of families worldwide is one underdeveloped yet potentially powerful pathway to building that world.  Our Family Diplomacy Initiative Facebook Group is an important next step on that path,” says Learning Life’s Director, Paul Lachelier.

Families interested in being one of the twenty-four 2020 Panel Families that will share their answers to at least six questions in 2020 should contact Learning Life at email@learninglife.info by February 15, 2020.   In your email, please indicate what city and country your family lives in, how many family members currently live in your household, and who will represent your family — whether a parent, grandparent, child, or else — in answering the questions we pose this year.  These family representatives are not obliged to speak, read or write English since Facebook gives people the ability to translate Facebook posts in many world languages.

Note: Emailing your interest in being one of our 2020 Panel Families does not ensure inclusion on the Panel.  However, anyone can join Learning Life’s FDI Facebook group, and anyone can post their own family’s answer to the questions if and when they wish.  We moderate all posts (though not comments on posts), and reserve the right to decline inappropriate posts, and to promptly remove anyone who submits inappropriate posts or comments.

Questions?  Contact us at email@learninglife.info.  Thank you for your interest!