What are the necessary ingredients (knowledge, skills/competences, and network) for an effective curriculum in Anticipatory Science & Diplomacy?
What coalition of institutions must come together to design and deliver this curriculum?
Where and how should it be deployed for future leaders to understand and jointly promote anticipatory Science & Diplomacy as a tool for a renewed multilateralism?
How can we create effective opportunities and spaces for intensified interaction and understanding between scientific and foreign policy actors?
A new mindset and professional pathway are needed to establish Anticipatory Science & Diplomacy methodologies among experts and decision-makers. We must start with the way we train our current and future leaders across all sectors: in STEM fields, in national governments, in multilateral institutions, and in the private sector – to empower the current and next generation with a "multilingual" mindset in science and diplomacy and foster boundary spanning professionals and institutions.
“GESDA is working to establish anticipatory science and diplomacy as an academic topic, a mindset and a new professional pathway; it emerged as a leading idea from the inaugural GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar and Summit in 2021. ”
“The aim is to widen the global circle of beneficiaries of advances in science and technology and close the gap between scientists and diplomats so they can effectively work together on policies and actions. ”
“The prototype of this global curriculum began in May 2022 as Science and Diplomacy Week, an immersion programme and open forum in Geneva for emerging science and diplomacy leaders. ”
“GESDA continues to build a global curriculum around the premise that no single individual or organization has a monopoly on how best to merge science anticipation with multilateralism. ”
“Diplomats are often crisis-oriented and don’t take time to think about the future, but scientists also need time to understand how policy is made. ”
“To make better laws and policies, policymakers need to understand what is happening to people. ”
“The complexities behind merging education and training in science and diplomacy present a new kind of challenge to universities. ”
“Leadership skills and mindsets for driving change must be cultivated so people are prepared to listen, ask the right questions, empathise and understand others. ”
“Geneva is a great place for boundary-spanning professionals and mechanisms to thrive. ”