Learning with the Global Diplomacy Lab

Learning with the Global Diplomacy Lab

After 5 years of creating a laboratory to explore a new and more inclusive diplomacy as well as a space to try innovative approaches, it is the perfect moment to reflect on how the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) has actually stimulated change. The GDL is a member-driven platform that considers cross-sector collaborations as crucial to explore new tools of communication on the basis of mutual trust and to re-formulate an agenda for collective action. Its foundation is a public-private partnership between the German Federal Foreign Office, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, the Global Leadership Academy, the Stiftung Mercator and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

In 2019, PrC joint the GDL as knowledge partner and will support the future strategy development of the GDL. In a joint action research project we will collect experiences of the leading partners, previous challenge holders that work(ed) with GDL and the GDL members to distill the power of GDL and identify what ‘impacts’ have been achieved by the GDL. These insights will support the development of a theory of change that underlies the GDL. The aim is to formulate lessons learned regarding cross-sector structure and co-creation methodologies that support informed decision-making about the future vision of the GDL. We envision developing a joint publication that captures the insights.