ZURICH, SWITZERLAND—In September 2006, in his Foreword for our inaugural edition, Sir Ian Forbes—a retired Royal Navy Admiral who was previously the NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation—said this about our publication’s mandate: “Technology changes with the moment but the psychology necessary to exploit it always takes time. In such an environment, it is absolutely crucial to ensure a full and constructive engagement of opinions and views, for it is only by capturing all aspects of the problem in an open and transparent manner that it can be comprehensively addressed. And in this, the luxury of time is no longer with us.”

And so, the Courier went on to make an indelible mark in the global affairs realm; a realm that was already crowded and going out of business. As more established publications struggled to find relevance at a time when Facebook and Twitter captured all the attention spans, the Courier sought to focus hard on the realities associated with global affairs from the perspective of “foot soldiers” on the ground. And we did so not from the same old view of one group of people watching from Ivory Towers, but from an array of views from other players in government, business, media, law, technology, and youth. Most importantly, we were proud to be called niche, boutique, and even small. It allowed us to be fiercely independent.

Since 2006, we have reached numerous important milestones as a private, majority woman-owned media company in Washington, DC.  However, no milestone has been as important as the one today. Today we are thrilled to announce our strategic merger with the Learning Economy, an Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain endeavor working to solve the global skills gap. How does the Courier fit with the Learning Economy? It’s a great question. For years, we have sought to learn how the most cutting-edge technological advancements will benefit society and humanity. It’s been our modus operandi to connect the establishment (governments and policy makers) to the new establishment (technologists, digital economy leaders, and young professionals) in order to create uncommon collaborations.

The issues, which define the 21st century are unfolding daily. As populations grow and urban centers expand, humanity’s mutual needs increasingly collide. Clean water, fresh air, renewable energy and climate change are challenges confronting all nations collectively. Coming up with the solutions will take an inter-disciplinary approach. Most importantly, solutions will not come from government heads—or, at least not from them alone. For as long as we have been around, our team at the Courier has embraced the skills, practices, and behaviors of futurists.

Through the merger with the Learning Economy we hope to add Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Cryptography to our toolset to better investigate and tell the most important stories for our global society and humanity. And we are thrilled to continue being fiercely independent. Our strategic merger with LE has expanded our toolset and ability to pursue the most important stories of our time and it has done so with zero compromise on our independence as a global media company.

The next decade will bring about massive change to our global community. Understanding where our society is going will require uncommon collaboration between the old establishment and the new establishment. As always, we will continue playing our role of content ambassadors between these important changemakers.

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Ana C. Rold

Ana C. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier. Rold teaches political science courses at Northeastern University and is the Host of The World in 2050–A Forum About Our Future. To engage with her on this article follow her on Twitter @ACRold.