DIPLOMATIC PLANNER: Career Development Toolkit for Diplomacy and International Relations

Created by Grassroot Diplomat, the “Diplomatic Planner” is a 12-month self-development career planner designed for citizen diplomats to make an informed decision about options in the field of international relations.

Effective modern diplomacy is not reserved for seasoned professionals and should also enable citizens to exercise diplomacy while living abroad.

From the beginning to the advanced stages of your career, the “Diplomatic Planner” will offer you a practical template for evolving the most empathetic version of yourself in a complex and multi-faceted environment.

The toolkit is 100% practical with actionable plans and exercises that can be put into practice almost immediately. The Planner includes a monthly calendar, weekly scheduling and actions, monthly and quarterly evaluations, as well as space to mind map and explore your choices for a diplomatic career as part of a productive lifestyle.

WOMEN IN DIPLOMACY: An assessment of British female ambassadors in overcoming gender hierarchy, 1990-2010

As a traditionally male domain, existing power structures within the diplomatic infrastructure remain to reinforce gender inequalities and overt discriminatory practices, making it difficult for women to enter diplomacy at the highest position. Using the United Kingdom as a case study, Talyn Rahman-Figueroa—diplomatic consultant and CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, critically examines gender hierarchy as a key problem to the advancement of women in diplomacy, and explores a variety of practical solutions to breaking centuries of patriarchal tradition.

  • Paperback: 134 pages

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1548898449

  • ISBN-13: 978-1548898441

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Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 08

2017 seems uncertain with democratic processes creating an unsettling trend of alternative-right sentiments. Civil liberties are at risk, diplomats fear for safety, blood is unforgivingly shed in the name of national security. This issue looks into eye-witness accounts of bigotry, xenophobia, and government shackles, with top tips on how to deal with government indiscretions and uplifting stories of award-winning government officials creating hope on the ground.

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Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 07

As the world stands to watch at the US presidential debates and the unfolding drama of Brexit, we take a look at the treatment of African entrepreneurs in the continent and how international aid is keeping African governments in shackles. Governments need a reason to work effectively but sometimes, the needs of the people simply aren’t enough when handouts are available. As said by Peter Drucker: “In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.”

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Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 06

With the rise in social tension, xenophobia, discrimination and changing governments, sometimes it feels as though our society is taking two steps back instead of a giant leap forward. We have lost yet another great diplomatic icon, witnessed Britian’s historic decision to leave the European Union, and say goodbye to great diplomatic friends. In spite of this, we are lucky to be alive and to be given another chance to see through the day. As John Milton once said: “Luck is the residue of design.

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Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 05

A new year with sad stories of death taking over our screens. Whether famous or personal, choosing to be happy is an important feature of leadership we forget to value in ourselves. In his wake, we look into how influential David Bowie was in giving the LGBT community a voice, an icon that embraced differences, and an innovator of soft diplomacy in bringing world’s together.


Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 04

Another year ends. A new day will begin. A time of reflection and renewal from what had come and will become. What will your 2016 be? In this Winter issue, we look at role models and superheroes, both real and fictional, who inspire and motivate us to being the best version of what we can become. There is a superhero in us all. You just need to believe. As Barry Bonds once said: “Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others”.

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Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 03

From more extreme weather to increasing food prices, evidence of climate change is everywhere. Yet, the debate for change rises and falls, depending on the political circumstances people find themselves in. In this issue, we highlight role models including Bear Grylls and Seychelles High Commissioner to the UK who don't stop after the campaigns end. As Franklin Roosevelt said: "A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself".


Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 02

From their successes at the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, this issue celebrates Arab Ambassadors who have paved the way for their people in the face of adversity; from the challenges of revolution, to patriarchy, terrorism, and even occupation. Other features include an interview with Bridget Jones director Baroness Kidron, tips on how to invite an Ambassador to dinner, plus thoughts from American actor Zero Kazama on dispelling the media’s stereotypes of the Muslim community.

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Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly: Issue 01

The inaugural issue of Grassroot Diplomat Quarterly with a close look at diplomatic psychology, top tips on how to work a room, and profiles of government role models. Features include an interview with TV psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, thoughts from American actor Zero Kazama, and a look into the work of award-winner Robert Buckland MP.