In a 2018 global survey, three-quarters of people globally believed their country is divided, and more than half of them believed it is more divided today than it was 10 years ago. Despite our world becoming better connected than ever before, there still exists a divisive rhetoric that threatens the fabric of our society and prevents us from closing the gaps that undermine peace, security, and development in many parts of the world. As we overcome these critical issues, the notion of “us” versus “them” hinders progress that can only be achieved through collective action.

At the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF), we believe that the root cause of these challenges can be addressed by recognizing our shared humanity and fostering the basic human bond that allows for greater understanding and compassion: friendship.

To tackle the big challenges before us, we need to build bridges between communities and inspire mutual understanding and trust between people. We need to create the spaces to promote dialogue and collaboration among peoples from different cultures and backgrounds. It is in these shared spaces where change starts – connections are formed, knowledge is shared, and ideas turn into action. By bringing people together in the spirit of friendship, we can cause significant shifts in the way we treat one another and can help promote shared responsibility for a better world.

Imagine a world where every person possesses the important values of friendship. What happens when we empower each other and help each other become a better version of ourselves? What if everyone treats each other with kindness, fairness, and respect? Friendship exposes our shared humanity and transcends differences and barriers. If we are honest and reliable with one another, we promote a world that is built on trust and integrity.

To accelerate our global progress, FAF aims to build a movement of leaders and changemakers who embody the values of friendship. To make change possible, we need people with integrity; people who have the passion to empower others; and people who treat their fellows with dignity and respect regardless of differences. Lastly, we need people who will strive for a deep, structural shift in the status quo. We believe that as leaders of today and tomorrow, young people are uniquely positioned to do just that and lay the foundation for a peaceful and sustainable future. We call them the Friendship Generation.

How can I take part?

The Friendship Generation campaign is an opportunity to build a movement of leaders and changemakers who embody the values of friendship and use friendship to catalyze action for positive impact in the world.

Take the pledge or help us start the conversation online using #FriendshipGeneration or the suggested posts/tweets:

  • To tackle the big challenges before us, we need to build bridges between communities and inspire mutual understanding and trust between people. There’s no better time than now to become the #FriendshipGeneration. Take the pledge w/ @friendshipambas: https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO
  • Imagine a world built on #friendship. What happens when we empower & help each other reach our full potential? We can be the #FriendshipGeneration that can lay the foundation for a peaceful & sustainable future. Take the pledge w/ @friendshipambas: https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO
  • 3 in 4 people globally believe their country is divided. It’s time to change this rhetoric and recognize our shared humanity and responsibility for a better world. We are the #FriendshipGeneration. Take the pledge w/ @friendshipambas: https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO
  • As we overcome global challenges, the notion of us vs them hinders progress that can only be achieved thru collective action. To get things done, we need each other. Join me & be part of the #FriendshipGeneration. Take the pledge w/ @friendshipambas: https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO
  • What prevents us from closing the gaps that undermine peace & dev’t? By becoming the #FriendshipGeneration, we can address the root cause of these issues & help promote shared responsibility for a better world. Take the pledge w/ @friendshipambas: https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO
  • Let’s promote a world built on #friendship. Take the pledge w/ @friendshipambas and be part of the #FriendshipGeneration https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO

Who knew #friendship can change the world? Be part of the #FriendshipGeneration https://bit.ly/2ShWqVO @friendshipambas