Hybrid Diplomacy

Hybrid Diplomacy designates the combining of traditional diplomacy and innovative diplomacy. Hybrid Diplomacy includes the collaboration between state and non-state actors in a network diplomacy that involves next to traditional diplomats and governments, also civil society and NGOs, businesses, international organizations, and other players.

Are You A Hybrid Diplomat ?
Workshop, Discussions
18 January 2018

@ Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate-General for European Cooperation (DGES)
Innovation Team DARE
Den Haag, The Netherlands


Hybrid Diplomacy addresses also the multiple hybridizations in the diplomatic field, including diplomatic practices that combine communication in physical space and social media, that deal with crossover issues, and that mediate in the interaction fields of different cultures.

Hybrid Diplomacy addresses the multiple hybridizations of diplomatic practices:
Along with the traditional diplomatic channels, we are experiencing the rise of self-organized transnational citizen networks.
Along with physical encounters and dedicated physical spaces of representation such as embassies, digital networks are revolutionizing transnational communication.
Along with the caring for international relations in the longue durée, acceleration and disruptive developments demand extremely speedy respond reactions.

Hybrid Diplomacy Lab program combines research and focuses on inventive explorations of future diplomacy. Hybrid Diplomacy is a space for international interdisciplinary dialogue and a creative exchange on a broad range of issues such as:

How does a Hybrid Diplomacy integrate formal and informal actors, physical and digital communication spaces and different time modes?
How do you combine digital innovation in diplomacy with traditional diplomatic practices?
How do you introduce new ideas and integrate digital innovation in large and inert organizations?
What can bureaucratic systems learn from small agile organizations in this context?


Welcome Address

Hermien van Triest, Program Director “Het Nieuwe Werken”, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Welcome Speech

Thijs van der Plas, Director General for European Cooperation (DGES), Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Concept, Program Development, Introduction Lecture, Moderation

Prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Prof. Frans Vogelaar, Hybrid Space Lab

A Reset Button for the Debate over Migration!

Hybrid Diplomacy is an inspiring environment for processing ideas “without the box”, a creative workshop with visual notation tools. It focuses on Co-Creative Intelligence, the ability to frame problems in a new way and generate original solutions. Co-Creative Intelligence creates room for new thinking processes, which feed the discussion with positive energy and innovative ideas and may break open the stuck debate over migration:
A reset button for the debate over migration!

The Hybrid Diplomacy was developed within a program with as a goal to develop the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a more open, flexible, and agile organization. The documentation of the workshop’s outcome by Willemien Brand of Buro Brand was exhibited at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign.

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