United Diaspora

United Diaspora will bring together young and emerging diaspora leaders across the many different diaspora of the world.

Common Purpose has worked with individual diaspora for many years. This has shown us that diaspora leaders – because they have feet in multiple places – are natural interpreters. We see how diaspora add value where they are and in their places of heritage. We believe they are uniquely placed to be bridge builders across the world at a time when there are so many forces of fragmentation.

Now we are bringing many diaspora together. Because we have found that they have much in common. They can learn from and support each other’s work and sometimes combine their efforts to achieve even more.

We first convened 60 different diaspora in Armenia – home to one of the oldest and most inspiring diaspora – in 2017. Our next gathering will take place in London in spring 2019 under the name United Diaspora. We plan to run United Diaspora in cities around the world over coming years.

Lauren Le Franc, Founder, The Little Coffee Company, and Chair, United Diaspora Advisory Group

"United Diaspora is a rare opportunity for young diaspora leaders to learn together, challenge each other and share their knowledge, skills and experiences."

How will it work?

Through a dynamic and well-tested process, participants will learn from one another and from established diaspora leaders from around the world.

There will be two guiding themes:

  • Leadership – they will develop their cross-boundary leadership through the Common Purpose learning frameworks of Cultural Intelligence and Leading Beyond Authority
  • Practical action – they will share with one another concrete examples of diaspora initiatives and examine success factors, pitfalls and lessons learnt. From this, they will help each other to develop their ideas or co-create new ones.

Who is it for?

Why take part?

By developing the leadership skills and growing a multi diaspora community of bridge builders, participants will: 

• Learn how to lead across boundaries
• Help each other to find their own identity and purpose
• Share experiences and strategies for diaspora action
• Develop ideas for collaboration across diaspora.

As a result, they will have an ever-greater impact, sooner, as bridge builders across the world.

Who takes part?

Young and emerging leaders who have spent their lives with multiple geographical or cultural identities and become natural interpreters and bridge builders; who are interested in more than themselves.

As they contribute to multiple societies, they will have made things happen for the benefit of others.

How to apply

When and where?

30 April and 1 May 2019, London.

How much?

There is no cost to the participants except for travel and accommodation (as required).

How do I find out more?

Please email Joanna Hancox

How do I apply?

Click on the Apply button.

Anthony Oluoch, Programmes Manager, Pan Africa ILGA, and Participant, Diaspora Dialogues

"I was sceptical when arrived; when I left, I was inspired by the hard work and dedication of diaspora leaders to change the world for the better."