Established in 2013, Grassroot Diplomat is a diplomatic non-profit consultancy with a mission to make diplomacy inclusive for everyone.
The name ‘Grassroot Diplomat’ comes from the concept of bridging the gap between governments and civil society. Pioneered by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Grassroot Diplomat strives to modernise how diplomats operate with various stakeholders, and helps embassies improve their national image by breaking stereotypes and misconceptions.
Our focus is to make diplomacy more visible in the public eye through enhanced public and digital diplomacy [JB emphasis] activities. Value-driven, we believe that the focus for national interest should be on the people, their needs, and recognising their strengths and values. This means recognising countries as a body of real people, not just statistics and resources for the sake of strengthening trade and bilateral relations.
As an independent diplomatic agency, we have no allegiance to any par..
- Public diplomacy
- 31st December 2019
Most-Read Blogs of 2019
Dec 17, 2019
What did the public diplomacy conversation look like in 2019? To ring in 2020, we took a look at your favorite CPD Blog posts for the year:
Cultural Diplomacy: Bridging the Study-Practice Gap
By Lynda Jessup
Jessup announces the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI)'s new partnership to advance the study of cultural diplomacy.
Cities Will Determine the Future of Diplomacy
By Nina Hachigian
Ambassador Hachigian examines how urban centers can take international relations into their own hands. This piece was originally published by Foreign Policy. Take a look back at this year's second LA Summit on City Diplomacy, produced by CPD in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of International Affairs.
Exploring Arts, Evaluation, Soft Power and Cultural Relations
By CPD Research Fellow (2018-2020) Ian Thomas
Thomas, the British Council's Head of Evaluation for the Arts, discusses the value of arts showca..
Exclusive data show they’re already dominating – for good and bad – on Facebook, Twitter. By Hadas Gold Social media has no doubt who the most buzzworthy potential presidential candidates are at the moment for 2016: Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz together accounted for 40 percent of the discussion on Facebook and nearly half —
China is showing its readiness to make and not just take international rules. In 2014, China stepped up its campaign to shape international norms governing the Internet, moving vigorously in its public diplomacy and behind the scenes to subjugate the online world to state power. If we join the dots of these maneuvers across a
Image (not entry) from, with caption: U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur updated their cover photo. December 20, 2017
Deadline: 15 July 2019
The Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur of the U.S. Department of State has announced that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Small Grants Program.The Embassy has particular interest in projects that have a strong link to the United States and promote the teaching of English, benefit under-served populations, promote entrepreneurship, and promote the exchange of ideas between the United States and Malaysia including but not limited to the following areas of focus:Education and EnglishEmpowering women and youthTechnology and innovationStrengthen economic prosperityMedia literacy and media freedomCivic engagementInterfaith programsCombating extremismThe Embassy will only consider grants that have a significant American component or aspect in their proposal.Funding InformationMost grants conside..