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Boston GreenFest August 11th-13th

Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., will be holding the 10th Annual Boston GreenFest, Friday August 11th through Sunday August 13th at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall.
Come join the city of Boston for a ZERO WASTE weekend of educational and cultural events, including Boston's International Youth Summit, Boston Green FilmFest, and more.
For more event information, click here.

Register here if you are interested in volunteering at Boston GreenFest

Georgia x France 
Wine Tasting

Explore the wines of both countries and learn about differences in how they are grown, made, aged, and express the unique  terroir that comes from the soil, climate, grape varieties and viticultural techniques. You will taste through a  tremendous lineup of white, amber, rose, red, and dessert wine , from Georgian producers using both European and historic local methods, and French vintners making wines in traditional as well as more modern styles. 

For more event information, click here.

Special WorldBoston Partnership
2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

We at WorldBoston are proud to announce that we will be hosting a group of YLAI Professional Fellows this fall! YLAI empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

This year, a group of YLAI fellows from Latin American and the Caribbean will partner with WorldBoston and local business and organizations in order to increase their entrepreneurial knowledge and advancement. For more information on the YLAI Professional Fellows Program, read here.

Stay tuned for more information on our selected YLAI Fellows!

Dear Friends,

Have you been able to make sense of the world recently?

Events this summer at home and abroad have often outpaced the news cycle and sometimes defied comprehension.  So it's a good thing that WorldBoston is committed to international engagement -- and to bringing diverse analyses, civility, and connections to the endeavor. Here's how:

Our flagships return:  Wow!

Next month our two flagship Global Education series,  Great Decisions and Chat & Chowder, recommence for the academic year, and, well ... wow!

Have a look at our events to see the two series through December.  You'll find:

Saudi Arabia ... diplomats ... Gorbachev ...  Fractured Continent ...  Pulitzer Prize winners ... privacy Beyond Snowden ... Latin America ...  Rwandan Women Rising ...  the future of Europe ... distinguished scholars, ... and more.
Chat & Chowder will remain at the friendly offices (with that amazing view) of McDermott, Will & Emery.  And we're thrilled to announce that Great Decisions will be at (the beautifully-renovated) Boston Public Library.  Thanks to both venue partners! 

Other events for you

In addition to our regular series, throughout the year WorldBoston presents many special events.  And this one is can't-miss: the  8th Annual WorldBoston Consuls Reception, on October 19th!  Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, will keynote this landmark event in Boston's international calendar. 

Sponsorships are open, and we're delighted to welcome back  Brandeis International Business School  as a Presidential Sponsor.   ( For more information on sponsorships, contact me at

Lots of visitors, new programs

At a time of radical international shifts, 2017 is nevertheless a banner year for citizen diplomats at WorldBoston.   Most of our visitors come through the International Visitor Leadership Program , but not all.  

For example, this fall we are very proud to have been selected as a partner for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative , which fosters business and social entrepreneurship.  Have a look at the sidebar at the end of this email.  

New and Returning Members

Many thanks to new and returning members in the past month:   Mary Klatt, Robert Bench, Robert McBride, Bruce Daniel, George King, Amey Moot, Mark Popovsky, Reem Alkusait, Morgan Stanzler, and Amanda Harris!  You can learn  about WorldBoston membership  here.
Update from the office
Welcome to our Northeastern Coops, Jacob Lensing Sharp and Dayo Hall!
We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Save the Date: Next Month's Global Education Events


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Great Decisions

"Saudi Arabia in Transition"
Tuesday, September 26

Karen Elliott House
Adjunct Sr. Fellow, Belfer Center at Harvard University; Former Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

The Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

This event is FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Lowell Institute  

Chat & Chowder

"Gorbachev: His Life and Times"
Wednesday, September 27

William Taubman
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College

McDermott Will & Emery
28 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

$15 WorldBoston Members
$25 General Admission

Meet our upcoming international visitors:

A Project for Saudi Arabia on Youth Leadership
August 2-6

An individual visitor from Saudi Arabia will focus on university-based youth development programs and leadership development for disadvantaged youth during her Boston stay. The project objectives include exploring civil society and faith based models of organizations that train or allow youth to exercise leadership skills at local, national, and international levels; examining models that bring together diverse populations of youth in common cause; and connecting with leaders to discuss best practices in strategic leadership, organizational communication, and vision implementation.
A Project for Israel on Women, Equality, and Leadership
August 2-6

A delegation from Israel will focus on gender equality promotion and advancement of women in leadership roles. The objectives of this program include reviewing federal, state, and local legislative processes in relation to gender issues, including intersectionality; examining the role of gender issues in U.S. foreign policy; learning how media organizations address gender issues, including inequalities in women's representation in the media; understanding the role of academia in fighting sexual harassment and violence; and exploring efforts to promote gender equality and women's leadership in tech and entrepreneurship.

A Project for Japan on Innovative Entrepreneurship
August 8-12

A delegation from Japan will focus on innovative entrepreneurship for regional revitalization during the delegates' stay in the U.S. The objectives of the U.S. visit will be to explore the spirit of American capitalism and entrepreneurship; review examples of repurposed industrial areas; assess business development collaboration models linking universities, entrepreneurs, and local governments; understand how the U.S. government promotes innovation; examine how small business startups attract investment; and learn how entrepreneurs recognize business opportunities.

A Project for Azerbaijan on Sports Management
August 9-12

A delegation from Azerbaijan will focus on sports as a tool for social change in the U.S., while in Boston. The project objectives will be to gain exposure to federal laws in place to encourage participation of all citizens in sports and to ensure access for underrepresented populations; examine best practices for public-private partnerships in developing local sports leagues and promotion; explore the role of sports education and academic sports programs in the sports industry; examine the role of sports media/journalism in covering and promoting events; observe community sports programs aimed at empowering women and girls; and examine fundraising strategies for community sports initiatives.
 A Project for Germany on Refugee Youth
August 9-12

A delegation from Germany will focus on mental and physical health services, legal support, and state and local government services for youth refugees, while in Boston. The objectives of the project include examining interagency efforts and standards for safely processing and resettling refugees in the U.S.; exploring government and private sector initiatives to combat discrimination, integrate minority communities, and broaden the employment opportunities and civic participation of refugees; examining federal, state, local, and NGO outreach to youth from refugee communities; and visiting schools to learn about English acquisition programs, multicultural classrooms, and recreational activities for refugee students.
A Project for Palestine on Solar Energy
August 15-19

A delegation from Palestine will focus on innovations in solar technology and other sources of sustainable energy during its Boston stay. The objectives of the project will be to study sustainable alternatives for meeting rising energy demands, providing more energy independence, and creating homegrown high-tech jobs; understand the benefits of renewable resources, such as solar, wind, hydropower, and geothermal energy, and their contribution to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, water consumption, and waste; and examine the pros and cons of using renewable resources and explore how they lead to environmental sustainability and stimulate the economy by creating more job opportunities.

A Project for Switzerland on Refugee Integration
August 15-19

A delegation from Switzerland will focus on refugee integration through community engagement during the delegates' U.S. stay. The project objectives will be to increase understanding of the important role of volunteers in refugee integration; demonstrate how to build public-private partnerships in resettlement and integration programs for refugees and how to retain them in an effective way; explore the retention of the current high level of volunteer by structurally engaging them and those population groups that are less active in community engagement; and learn how to engage refugees themselves in the process of building bridges and being active in volunteer work.
A Project for the West Bank on Pharmaceuticals
August 19-26

A delegation from the West Bank will focus on the education of pharmaceutical and biomedical professionals, biotech innovation and entrepreneurship, government partnerships and investment in biotechnology, and corporate structure and strategies of U.S. pharmaceutical companies, while in Boston. The project objectives include examining academic training programs for both undergraduate and graduate students; exploring university and private sector collaboration; reviewing quality assurance, standards validation, and safety regulations and procedures in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry; and highlighting research and development in order to increase marketable products.

A Regional Project on Investigative Journalism
August 23-26

A delegation of representatives from 10 African countries will focus on citizen journalism, revealing of government corruption, and investigative journalism editors during the visitors' stay in Boston. The project objectives will be to examine the rights and responsibilities of free press in a democracy and the laws governing the press; gain an understanding of the evolution, current status, and trends in American investigative journalism; explore unique aspects of investigative reporting; understand the role that investigative journalists play in society; and assess the impact of social media, new communication technologies, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of investigative reporting.

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 between 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 with 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., known as Centers for International Visitors (CIVs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CIV members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CIVs in 45 states.