In cooperation with:

The Cultural Diplomacy in the Global Economy Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEC)
"Intercultural Relations, Youth Development Advancement, Environmental Responsibility & Ecotourism: Opportunities for Successful Nation Branding in the 21st Century"

The next CDEC Weeklong Seminar will take place in Berlin, from March 4th - 10th, 2013

Perspectives on Cultural Diplomacy & International Economics from Previous Events

Why International Trade Rules matter: The Role of WTO in fostering Sustainable Development

Rufus Yerxa, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO) (The International Symposium on CD 2012)

“Building Economic Bridges in the Horn of Africa and Economic Development of Ethiopia”

A Lecture by Minister Tadelech Dalecho, Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia (The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012)

“International Practices & Local Conditions”

A Lecture by: Amb. Richard Boucher, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD (The Berlin International Economics Congress 2012)

About CDEC Weeklong Seminars

Every 6 months the ICD will organize a Weeklong Seminar, which offers individuals the opportunity to join CDEC by participating in a 6 day program:

The CDEC Weeklong Seminar is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of young professionals and students from across the world. The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for young people to expand their knowledge of current and future developments in these fields, meet with current and former key political, academic and cultural players, build sustainable networks, and experience the rich and diverse cultural life of the host city.

Certificate of Attendance - All weeklong seminar participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board (The ICD Advisory Board list can be found (here).

Seminar Methodology

CDEC Weeklong Seminars are weeklong inter-disciplinary programs that including the following components:

Lectures & Discussions - A range of lectures will be held by experts from the fields of politics, economics, diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. These components will inform the participants about key perspectives related to the themes of the Weeklong Seminar, raise their awareness of other salient issues and introduce them to the field of cultural diplomacy. Each lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with the speaker.

Workshops & Role play - The timetable of each Weeklong Seminar will include interactive workshops that offer participants the opportunity to take part in structured discussions on subjects related to the Seminar themes. Workshops provide a valuable counterbalance to lectures by providing an opportunity for participants to express their own opinions and learn from each other.

Round Table Discussions and Debates - These discussions offer a more intimate setting for speakers and participants to converse and debate openly. They also allow the participants to interact more directly with the speakers and their fellow participants in a more neutral, equal, and interactive manner. Not only are participants able to pose questions to the speakers and experts in these discussions, but the speakers also pose questions to the participants, all while enjoying a more comfortable, informal, and interactive setting.

Group Visits - During the events, participants are able to see the cities from a different perspective.
They will be able to experience all that the host city has to offer, as well as partake in visits to top organizations, such as: Foreign Offices, European House, City Hall, Parliament, the Philharmonic, and various embassies throughout the city.

Leadership Initiatives - Leadership initiatives are cultural exchange initiatives organized by members of ICD Forums with the support of the ICD. These initiatives are the foundation of the ICDís work, because they allow the principles of cultural diplomacy to be spread beyond the members of the Forum. At the beginning of the Weeklong Seminar participants will be given guidance on how to plan, develop, and execute leadership initiatives that have a constructive, sustainable influence on intercultural relations. The participants will then have the opportunity to present their projects to the group at the end of the weeklong seminar. In addition, the ICD will outline how it can help to support the realization of these initiatives through its network and resources.

Networking, Social and Cultural Activities

Each Weeklong Seminar will include social and cultural activities for the participants. These components give participants the opportunity to see a different side to the cities, help to provide a more informal environment for the participants to get to know each other, and allow the participants to see cultural exchange initiatives that are already being organized. The ICD offers an expansive social agenda including: interactive panel discussions, roundtable discussions, workshops, debates, parties, film nights, conference concerts, embassy receptions, group dinners, and visits to cultural and historical sites:

Interactive Panel Discussions - Interactive Panel Discussions allow the participants to directly interact with the speakers, while simultaneously benefiting from the direct interactions between the speakers and participants themselves, thus enhancing an overall academic atmosphere.

Embassy Receptions - The ICD partners with embassies for every conference in order to offer evening receptions as well as lectures and events during the day. These receptions are held at various embassies, and offer the opportunity to network with foreign diplomats. Participants are able to fully immerse themselves in the culture of the host embassy through the traditional song and dance performances, traditional cuisine, and a uniquely international atmosphere.

Film Nights - In addition to running a weekly Film Night the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy often invites representatives of the film industry to participate in events. These individuals are then able to share their expertise and productions with the audience. It is through these Film Nights which the participants are able to visually and acoustically experience the cultures of others.

Conference Concerts - Conference Concerts are a way for participants to experience the culture and art of foreign countries. In the past, the ICD has sponsored world-renowned performers who have shared their artistic mediums and talents with the audience. These concerts vary in nature and include: traditional dance, interpretive dance, violin concerts, choir performances, piano concertos, symphonies, hip-hop and jazz performances, and more.

Group Dinners - Conference participants are able to dine with fellow participants and speakers at a wide assortment of restaurants, where they are exposed to new and exotic cuisines, including: German, British, Greek, French, Russian, Italian, Oriental, Baltic, African, Indian, Turkish, Latin American, Spanish, Mediterranean, Caribbean, and more.

Parties - The ICD hosts a large number of parties in different indoor and outdoor locations each year, to which all the conference participants are invited. These parties include themed evenings, embassy receptions, cultural celebrations, language exchanges, historical commemorations, film nights, conference concerts, boat parties and more. Each of these events allows the ICD participants to casually interact with fellow participants and speakers in a more relaxed and informal manner, as well as meet others from the international community.