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Decem ber at WorldBoston Dear Friends, W e're wrapping up a big year at W orldBoston. This month, you can have a look back at our Citizen Diplomacy work in 2019 (see the link below). Once again, we hosted over 800 visitors, in more than 90 different groups! And they were busy: W e organized for our visitors 369 different meetings with professional peers, and meals in 23 different homes, thanks to our W orldBoston professional resources and dinner diplomats.

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W e reprised important themes at the invitation of the State Department, including U.S.-UK legislative democracy and women in STEM. And we opened new program areas including digital economy and disinformation. W hat -- and who -- will 2020 bring?

As a non-profit organization, W orldBoston relies on the generosity and support of members, donors, and sponsors to accomplish our mission: foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation between people of all nations.

Stay tuned next month for a look back at the exciting year in Global Engagement!


In the meantime, don't forget our remaining Global Engagement events this month (see below). And then, as we wrap up this big year and bigger decade (it was that!), may we all head into very happy holidays.

Mary P. Yntema President & CEO Visit ou r W eb site

Update from the Office WorldBost on will be closed from December 24-January 1

W orldBoston wishes everyone a happy holiday season as the office will be closed from December 24 - January 1.

We are hiring: Manager of Cit izen Diplomacy Programs

This is an outstanding opportunity for a professional seeking to grow a career in

citizen diplomacy and nonprofit management with an international focus. Interested? Send your resume and cover letter to Learn more about the position here. No inquiries please.

Thank y ou

This month we bid a fond farewell to Program Associate JoJo Bren n a n , Outreach & Global Engagement Intern Seren a Ba ron e , Citizen Diplomacy Intern Sh a ron R a ja d u ra i , and Manager of Outreach & Custom Visitor Programs Jen n a Bergq u ist . Many thanks to all for all their many contributions to W orldBoston!

Stew ardship Season Thank y ou t o our Sponsors! It's Stewardship Season at W orldBoston, and we want to thank our incredible sponsors! A very successful 10th Annual Consuls Reception and the 21st James D. Kaufman International Citizens Award showcased the important work that our sponsors do year-round in supporting our mission of "fostering international engagement and global cooperation among people of all nations". Thank you to our many sponsors, who are listed here.

Membership Membership W elcome to last month's new and returning W orldBoston members: Joshua Bruno, Cody Damon, Elizabeth Flynn, Amanda Harris, Benjamin Lundin, Sarah Nogueira Sanca, Constance Perry, Mark Popovsky, & Rachel Santarsiero.

Global Engagement

O n Th u rsd a y , Decemb er 5th , W orldBoston will host Ambassador Samantha Power for a discussion of her recent memoir, The Education of An Idealist. Samantha Power served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and a member of President Obama's cabinet from 2013 - 2017. From 2009 2013, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Power began her career as a journalist, and she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She has published several books, including "A Problem From Hell": America and the Age of Genocide,

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which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.

GREA T DECI SI ONS Th e Mid d le E a st: R egion a l Disord er W hat will be the fallout from policy reversals such as withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear accord and moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Does the United States see a path forward in troubled states such as Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq? Is the United States headed toward war with Iran? Join us on Tu esd a y , Decemb er 10th to discuss the new urgency and approach to the Middle East today with Dr. Mich ele Du n n e of the Ca rn egie E n d ow men t for In tern a tion a l Pea ce. R E GISTE R H E R E

A cademic WorldQuest 2020 Academic W orldQuest is the W orld Affairs Councils of America's flagship youth education program and is a fun,fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic W orldQuest tests players' knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. This year's Massachusetts-wide regional competition will take place on Sa tu rd a y , Ap ril 4, 2020 at Brid gew a ter Sta te Un iversity . Teams are small (only four students), and the competition includes a free tour of Bridgewater State University. The team that places first in the regional competition will w in a free trip to W a sh in gton , D.C. to compete in the Academic W orldQuest National Competition! REGISTER YOUR TEAM HERE To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Elise Pitcairn, Director of Operations and Global Engagement, at

Citizen Diplomacy Reflect ing on a Y ear of Cit izen Diplomacy

Please enjoy this timeline showing every international visitors group W orldBoston hosted in 2019 -- that's over 800 visitors! To learn more about Citizen Diplomacy, contact Sarah Sibley, Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Programs

Beyond the Ev ents: Get Inv ol v ed in Worl dBoston!

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Engage with our v isiting delegations by hosting them for a meal at your home. These "Di nne r Di pl o mac y" ev ents are an opportunity for international v isitors to interact with local community members in an informal setting.

Sponsorship prov ides exceptional v isibility, has benefits that last all year, and prov ides critical support for W orldBoston.

Take adv antage of our extraordinary network of professional resources and our deep expertise in logistics and cultural programming and let W orldBoston create a Cus t om V i s i t or Pr o gr am for you.

Our international v isitors come to Boston to meet key local professionals. If your expertise aligns with an upcoming group, we'd lov e to help create a professional connection.

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​W hat: This family-friendly festiv al features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural products created by W hat: Looking to get into the Indigenous artists from dozens international dev elopment of countries. Enjoy field? Do you care about demonstrations by artists, global justice? Are you Indigenous cuisine, and liv e looking for an opportunity to music from around the world. connect with the This is a one-of-a-kind international dev elopment opportunity to exchange, community in Boston? This is connect, and build community. the holiday party for you. Chat with Indigenous artists Ev eryone is welcome to join about their crafts and bring for this night of fellowship and home a beautiful memento of holiday cheer. your local trip around the By: Boston Network for world. International Dev elopment

Aut he nt i c Ex pl or at i o n: F i ndi ng Re s our c e s t o Ex pl o r e t he W or l d W hat: A discussion about finding resources to explore the world with Hostelling International and City Year. This discussion will include members of the community speaking on their experience of finding ways to explore the world both conv entional and unconv entional. By: Hostelling International and City Year W here: 19 Stuart Street, Boston MA 02116

By: Cultural Surv iv al W here: Prudential Center W hen: December 6 - 8

W here: District Hall W hen: December 9, 2019 6:00 - 8:00pm

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The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston's main citizen diplomacy partner. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding betw een the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements w ith National Program Agencies, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., know n as Community Based Members (CBMs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CBM members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors. WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Netw ork of more than 90 CBMs in 45 states. WorldBoston is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, ​a netw ork of more than 90 independent Councils in more than 40 states.

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