Next week – May 12-16—is National Etiquette Week! Established in 1997, NEW is an annual event that encourages us to examine the state of civility in the U.S. This year, we look at not just civility here, but also the civility we bring with us when we travel elsewhere…
Because this year’s theme is Be a Citizen Diplomat.
It’s all about the impact that courtesy, kindness, and good manners have when traveling outside of the U.S. and while interacting with guests visiting our country. (Great timing- May is also Global Civility Awareness Month!)
Check here every day next week, starting Monday, for a new topic that will help you be a fantastic citizen diplomat! In the meantime, we leave you with the following quotes to keep you inspired!
“The work of the citizen diplomacy community is not just a nice thing to do; its repercussions have far-reaching implications. Future global prosperity, peace, and stability are dependent upon increased international cooperation, collaboration, and mutual understanding.”—Jennifer Clinton, President, GlobalTies U.S.
“Civility – though you may live in a different world ideologically, you live in the same world physically. Play nice.”—ChooseCivility
“I have long believed, as have many before me, that peaceful relations between nations requires understanding and mutual respect between individuals. If only people will get together, then so eventually will nations.”—President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”—Henry J. Kaiser
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”—Plato
“Average Americans, in their natural state, are the best ambassadors a country can have.”—Eugene Burdick & William Lederer, authors of The Ugly American
“America’s greatest asset is our citizens. While governmental interventions and assistance are crucial, they leave a lot of room for purposeful citizen diplomats to generate sustainable achievements that result from partnerships built on merit, trust, and mutual interests.”—Benjamin Orbach, Founder & Director, America’sUnofficial Ambassadors
“Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem.”—Marion Wright Edelman