The Center for Citizen Diplomacy to Drive Purposeful Global Engagement

The Center for Citizen Diplomacy to Drive Purposeful Global Engagement

Introducing New Website, Services, and the Citizen Diplomacy Network

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 3:35pm

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DES MOINES, IOWA, May 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ — The Center for Citizen Diplomacy, a signature initiative of PYXERA Global, will no longer focus solely on Americans, but rather on driving purposeful global engagement around the world. Formally known as the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, this new name reflects the Center’s focus on shared understanding, inclusivity, and respectful and responsible relations among people of different countries and cultures.

The Center seeks to unite the growing movement of citizen diplomacy by providing a collective voice and a platform through which to share, participate, and learn. Recently launching an extensive new website, the Center provides new resources for citizen diplomacy organizations and the higher education community. Among these include in-person workshops and webinars such as “Bridging Public and Citizen Diplomacy,” the first in a series for 2014. 

The Center is also introducing the Citizen Diplomacy Network, a membership program for organizations dedicated to citizen diplomacy. The Network provides the community with a cohesive voice and serves as a hub of best practices, recognition, and visibility. 

“These new services reflect the kind of offerings that will be available to universities and citizen diplomacy organizations as we adjust our initiatives to meet their needs as our key audience,” says Diane Rasmussen, Director of the Center. “As businesses, cultures, and individuals become more globally connected, there is one thing we know for sure—a higher level of global fluency will only become more necessary to the ability of governments, companies, NGOs, and social enterprises to work together for social impact and mutual gain.”

Today, although “citizen diplomacy” may go by other names, such as “global citizenship” or “cultural diplomacy,” there is no mistaking the common goal of this work—to increase respectful and responsible relationships between people of different cultures and countries, as the foundation for true and effective partnership.

“In the end, corporations, governments, and countries don’t interact, people do,” says Deirdre White, CEO of PYXERA Global, whose core work is to create impactful partnerships between the public, private, and social sectors. “Without individuals who have the willingness and skills to form strong relationships regardless of their differences, none of this works. The Center’s approach will serve the needs of organizations that are committed to the advancement of purposeful global engagement at a person-to-person level.” 

About The Center for Citizen Diplomacy

The Center is a meeting place for organizations and individuals interested in meaningful global engagement across cultures at the person-to-person level. The Center is uniting a movement toward purposeful global engagement by providing a collective voice, platform, and tools for organizations that offer opportunities for individuals to be exemplary citizen diplomats. It works to advance global fluency through mutually beneficial dialogues, problem solving, and trust—the foundation of all true partnerships at the individual, organizational, or governmental level.

About PYXERA Global

PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. With a quarter century of experience in more than 90 countries, the PYXERA Global team is passionate and dedicated to navigating challenges and pinpointing purposeful global engagement opportunities for its clients and partners. 


Katie Levey