Perspectives on the Fourth Sector and Commercial Diplomacy

This blog post was contributed by Amanda Kabonero, Carlos M. Gutierrez Corporate Diplomacy Fellow.  As leaders around the world scramble in the search for solutions to save a declining global economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have an opportunity to choose how they will emerge from this crisis. The world we left behind in 2019 was already beginning to move towards a more inclusive and more purposeful engagement with capitalism, which considered both people and the planet as equal partners. The pandemic has only amplified this movement and underscored its necessity. We cannot just build back the global economy. We must build back a better economy.   Global collaboration is the engine of future economic growth. Leaders in business, government and civil society must deviate from the status quo, breaking down silos and sharing best practices to design a future global economy...

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A Need for Corporate Diplomats in the time of COVID-19

This blog post was contributed by Abby Bowman, a recent Carlos M. Gutierrez Corporate Diplomacy Fellow at Meridian who is now working with a Meridian Corporate Council member organization, AT&T.  As I prepared for my work as the Corporate Diplomacy Fellow at Meridian, I (of course) had no idea that this same timeframe would come to be defined by the global pandemic. I spent my first few months in the historic houses across from Meridian Hill, playing a small role in Meridian’s convenings of U.S. Government officials, foreign Ambassadors, and senior private sector leaders. As in-person gatherings were slowly canceled, and whispers of work-from-home escalated into a new reality, I worried that...

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