Learning with the Global Diplomacy Lab

Learning with the Global Diplomacy Lab

In 2019, PrC joint the Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) as knowledge partner to support the future strategy development of the GDL. In a joint action research project, we collected 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 impact have been achieved. 

Together with GDL’s Strategy Group, PrC’s Marieke de Wal and Stella Pfisterer, worked on developing the new strategy. It was an intense and fascinating process with GDL members who had different ideas, backgrounds, ways of working, favorite approaches, with a lot of commitment and high level of engagement. The process of strategy development was member driven.

Member driven is about members’ ownership. That is quite unique about GDL: members create, steer and implement. And it is about allowing members to find their own way and pace in working together towards innovative diplomacy. That is quite unique as well. It is about having trust in each other that the process is worthwhile and will deliver good results in the end.

GDL’s strategy document includes a vision on a new, innovative Diplomacy – Diplomacy 4.0 –, an impact statement, and a call to action. It also contains two stories. We told the story of how the strategy came about (see Annex B, from page 15 onwards) and we reflected on the collaboration between PrC and GDL (see Annex B, from page 18 onwards). These are stories about doing things differently, dealing with uncertainty and the balancing act it takes to create a community, to create a movement to change diplomacy.

*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.