PresentationOne of the aims of the ICD Young Leader’s Forum is to promote the importance of cultural diplomacy throughout society, thus creating a network of individuals and groups actively involved in the field and willing to change and improve the dialogue between people; Leadership Initiatives are a cornerstone of this philosophy. By facilitating and supporting Participants’ Initiatives, the ICD enables the principles of Cultural Diplomacy to spread beyond the parameters of the Weeklong Seminar to civil society, individuals, and groups around the world.
The first goal of the leadership Initiatives is to educate and bring people together, therefore sustain the ICD network. A Leadership Initiative is typically a project which encourages and assists any form of cultural exchange while simultaneously initiating a dialogue between people.
The initiatives promote the ICD philosophy and goals:
“The ICD believes that inter- and intra-cultural relations can be strengthened and maintained through dialogue. This, in turn, leads to better understanding and greater trust between cultures, prevents misunderstanding, improves communication and cooperation and helps to reduce the likelihood of socio-cultural conflict. The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is committed to the ongoing struggle to ensure basic human rights standards throughout the world. It is the ICD´s belief that the implementation of such universal standards is a necessary step on the path towards global peace and stability.”
As a participant of one of our Weeklong Seminars, you will have the opportunity to construct and develop your own Initiative in the field of cultural exchange with the support of the ICD. This element of the Young Leaders Weeklong Seminar gives you the opportunity to shape ideas and initiate a project, which will positively affect the particular areas and regions of your interest.
MethodologyDuring the Weeklong Seminar, participants will have the opportunity to develop and discuss Leadership Initiatives with each other and with the ICD Team.
At the beginning of the Weeklong Seminar, participants will be given guidance on how to plan, develop, and implement their Leadership Initiative, so that it will have a constructive and sustainable influence on intercultural relations.
At end of the week, participants will then have the opportunity to present their project to the other members of the group and ICD Team for feedback. The ICD will then outline how it can help to support the realization of these Initiatives through its network, partners, and resources.
The ICD has found an efficient way to reach civil society around the world by engaging the multipliers and entrepreneurs directly related to the field in which your Initiative is based.
ExampleBefore coming to one of the ICD Young Leaders' Forums, focused either on bilateral or international relations, you will ideally already have a project in mind. If not, you will surely be inspired after speaking to the other participants and ICD Team members during the Weeklong Seminar.
After the initial development of a project idea, you will then have the opportunity to present your concept to other members of the forum. During this discussion, the ICD Team will discuss the feasibility of your Initiative.
After leaving the ICD, we ask you to keep in touch with the other participants, as well as the members of the ICD Team, so that you will have a supportive network in the final development and implementation of your Leadership Initiative.
The ICD has been proactive in working with participants to conceive and execute Leadership Initiatives, with the majority of these projects still thriving. It is important to remember that an Initiative can take many different forms, and creativity is always welcomed.
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy aims to foster intercultural exchange and dialogue, and is fully committed to working with those who share a common goal. We therefore look forward to hearing back from you regarding your own Leadership Initiative soon, and hope to help you in your mission.