United Diaspora will bring together young and emerging diaspora leaders across the many different diaspora of the world.
Common Purpose has worked with individual diaspora for many years. This has shown us that diaspora leaders – because they have feet in multiple places – are natural interpreters. We see how diaspora add value where they are and in their places of heritage. We believe they are uniquely placed to be bridge builders across the world at a time when there are so many forces of fragmentation.
Now we are bringing many diaspora together. Because we have found that they have much in common. They can learn from and support each other’s work and sometimes combine their efforts to achieve even more.
We first convened 60 different diaspora in Armenia – home to one of the oldest and most inspiring diaspora – in 2017. We plan to run United Diaspora in cities around the world over coming years.
"United Diaspora is a rare opportunity for young diaspora leaders to learn together, challenge each other and share their knowledge, skills and experiences."
Through a dynamic and well-tested process, participants will learn from one another and from established diaspora leaders from around the world.
There will be two guiding themes:
By developing the leadership skills and growing a multi diaspora community of bridge builders, participants will:
• Learn how to lead across boundaries
• Help each other to find their own identity and purpose
• Share experiences and strategies for diaspora action
• Develop ideas for collaboration across diaspora.
As a result, they will have an ever-greater impact, sooner, as bridge builders across the world.
Young and emerging leaders who have spent their lives with multiple geographical or cultural identities and become natural interpreters and bridge builders; who are interested in more than themselves.
As they contribute to multiple societies, they will have made things happen for the benefit of others.
"I was sceptical when arrived; when I left, I was inspired by the hard work and dedication of diaspora leaders to change the world for the better."