Since its founding, the GDL has established a global ecosystem characterised by mutual accountability, respect and inclusiveness and has delivered positive transformational change. In the true spirit of the GDL, members came together in 2020 to develop a pathway they could use to to reach inclusive and global dilomacy, accompanied by the GDL Knowledge Partner, the Partnerships Resource Centre of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
The Diplomacy 4.0 strategy is the GDL’s North Star and utilises the GDL’s unique methodologies as well as a collaborative and inclusive approach to maneuver the with the profound political, economic, social and technological challenges of today’s world.It encompasses a multi-stakeholder approach which brings all actors together; and embraces a wide variety of ideas that represent the diversity of GDL members and partners.
The GDL catalyses inclusive diplomacy and drives global as well as local change through a member-driven approach. Harnessing its diversity of thought and methodologies. the Global Diplomacy Lab strives for impact at the level of individuals, institutions and on policy.
The strategy towards Diplomacy 4.0 is currently being implemented with – true to the GDL’s core beliefs – members in the driver’s seat. Two dedicated task teams are working on the strategy to improve the GDL’s impact on the one and its financial sustainability on the other hand. They shared their vision in some episodes of the GDL Coffee Break Podcast – listen to them here! Identifying and developing this approach – building the boat while sailing – was challenging from time to time , but a valuable learning experience for all involved.
“It is like building the boat while sailing.”