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Engaging a Dialogue on Civilization

What can we teach one other about what it means to be human?

Moving Forward

The Washington-Sichuan Friendship Association breaks new ground
We build communication capacity at the sub-national level of the U.S.-China relationship by nurturing a network of solid personal relationships among professionals and institutions upon which the national relationship can build for achieving understanding and trust.

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  • There is often a gap between trying to articulate a vision and manifesting it. It’s called leadership.

  • The Tai Initiative idea is a very significant one especially given the nature of the two countries.
  • …it’s so wonderful to hear of the amazing things being done.
  • People will benefit from being aware of The Tai Initiative efforts.


USC & 北大 Agree

The report doesn’t specifically use the word “subnational.” But that didn’t diminish the thrill I felt when reading it this morning.

Recently, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and the School of International Studies of Peking University jointly released their report  entitled “Building U.S.-China Trust: Through Next Generation People, Platforms & Programs”.  Their observations and recommendations affirm…(more)

The Subnational Level is the National Solution

We hope your visit will inspire you to new thinking about the U.S.-China relationship, the most important international relationship for 21st century world history.  International issues dominate the national news, yet every day great things transpire between our two nations at the subnational level.  The relationship is both complex and complicated.  Old problems are changing.  New actors question the old solutions.  New problems appear, the solutions for which might appear from unexpected and creative sources. Though the future is uncertain, at The Tai Initiative we believe an opportunity currently exists for citizens of both countries to play an active role in shaping a positive outcome for the sake of humanity.  Enjoy your exploration around the website, itself a story in progress, and don’t forget to join us.


太论坛 (tailuntan): The Tai Initiative Forum

This summer we’ll launch a new effort designed to further generate dialogue on civilization.  What does it mean to be American?  What does it mean to be Chinese?  We explore the paths those questions give us on Tuesday, July 29 in our first session.  Join us and contribute your thoughts through the public Google Hangout.  Check back here in a few weeks for further details and links!

The 3rd Annual Conference: 2015

U.S.-China relations community leaders in the Washington, D.C. area are now collaborating with The Tai Initiative to hold a first-rate conference in 2015.  We plan to present a program unlike any you’ve seen before.  Stayed tuned for more info on this exciting new project!  Interested in associating your organization with this project?  Let us know.43 afternoon panel


Featured Organization

image002We are happy to have the support and cooperation of PYXERA Global, an organization leading the charge for International Corporate Volunteerism (ICV).  Haven’t heard much about ICV, have you?  You will!  More than just supporting the work of their employees volunteering for favorite causes, the new growing trend is for corporations themselves to dedicate their resources to achieving socially responsible outcomes.  PYXERA Global displays a “commitment to design and implement solutions that achieve real-world goals through approaches that inspire, enrich, and endure.”  One of their signature initiatives, the Center for Citizen Diplomacy, has already provided expert advice to The Tai Initiative as we produce our own programs “on the cutting edge of diplomacy.”  We look forward to seeing how PYXERA will continue to lead the way in corporate volunteerism for decades to come.  Read more about them through their new publication, The New Global Citizen.

Do you share our vision?

The Tai Initiative vision is to see Chinese and American policymakers and leaders cooperating in the delivery of practical solutions to elevate human dignity and reduce hunger, disease, and insecurity for the international community.  If this is your vision, too, let us keep in touch with you.


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