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Learning Life


  • Engage Across Differences

Learning Life is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit lab devoted to innovating education and citizen engagement by spreading learning in everyday life beyond school walls. In our increasingly interconnected yet divided world, we develop innovative learning communities in order to widen and deepen participation in democracy and diplomacy.

With the above mission in mind, we run three programs: 

Our Democracy Learning Community (DLC) in the Washington DC area is devoted to making democracy more fun by developing events, products, services and spaces that entertain as well as nurture learning, networking, collaboration and wider, deeper citizen participation. 

The Family Diplomacy Initiative (FDI) connects people worldwide across lines of country, class, race and religion via the internet to share and learn together about families and citizen diplomacy with an eye to developing a corps of trained family diplomats to advocate for a more caring world via media, businesses, nonprofits and governments. 

Citizen Diplomacy International gathers diplomacy scholars, students, professionals, and volunteers worldwide every three months online via Zoom for 1.5 hours to share news and presentations on CD research and practice, local to global, with an eye to building a vibrant global CD sector for a more participatory, equitable and sustainable world. 


Paul Lachelier


Washington D.C., DC, USA