The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt inspires leaders to take their engagement for the common good to the next level. In this context, we also seek to promote political participation – and focus on the Global Diplomacy Lab as an important instrument to achieve this goal. A platform that goes far beyond traditional political approaches, the Global Diplomacy Lab opens up the opportunity to think about a new and more inclusive kind of diplomacy.

For the nature of diplomacy is changing. It is no longer the strict purview of national governments and international organizations. Rather, it takes creative professionals from a variety of fields who see themselves as ambassadors and want to get politically involved. People who develop new forms of communication to formulate an agenda for collective action.

The Global Diplomacy Lab is managed by a Secretariat based at the Federal Foreign Office. It is responsible for organizing regular meetings worldwide and promoting an ongoing dialogue between partners, alumni, and external stakeholders. The Foundation recommends participants for the Global Diplomacy Labs from within its Responsible Leaders Network.