The February 2017 Monthly Newsletter for the Presidential Precinct.

The Global Founders podcast highlights the work, personal journeys, and profound impact of leaders from every corner of the globe. Guests include business and social entrepreneurs, civil society activists, government officials, and academics.

Global Founders is a monthly podcast produced by The Presidential Precinct and hosted by Neal Piper. This podcast is recored at the Potter Studio at Montpelier, the home to President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights.

Our inaugural episode of Global Founders delves into the history of the Presidential Precinct, how our past five years have impacted communities around the world, and lessons learned in entrepreneurship from our Founder, James B. Murray, Jr.

This month, we celebrate the five year anniversary of the Presidential Precinct with the launch of the Global Founders podcast: stories that inspire. After you listen to the inaugural episode of Global Founders, take this opportunity to look back at the history that drives us and ahead to the future innovations that we aspire to in our five year story.


MONTPELIER: The excavation, the reconstruction, and The Mere Distinction of Colour.
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WILLIAM & MARY: Alumnus promotes cross-cultural conversations through ‘Global Playground’
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Presidential Precinct to host Mandela Washington Fellowship for fourth year

YALI brings 1,000 African civic, business and community leaders aged 25-35 to the U.S. for six weeks of academic coursework, leadership training and networking at U.S. universities. 
The Presidential Precinct will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging civic leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute in the summer of 2017.

Presidential Precinct Partners with UVA Darden School of Business
on Online Project Management Course

Through this pilot effort, we will provide scholarships to a special cohort of online learners to participate in the Darden Massive Online Open Learning (MOOC) certificate course, “Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management,” which is delivered through Coursera. This course is open for enrollment through March 1 to alumni of U.S. State Department or Global Ties U.S.-sponsored exchange programs who are also members of the Presidential Precinct Network.

Three Presidential Precinct YLAI Fellows and Fellowship Hosts selected for Reverse Exchange opportunity

The YLAI Reverse Exchange Program was launched by the U.S. State Department in partnership with the private sector “to implement collaborative community projects and strengthen partnerships between companies and organizations in the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.” Select fellowship hosts all across the U.S. will engage in over a week of travel to the YLAI Fellow’s home country for collaboration on a particular initiative, conference, or entrepreneurial project.

James B. Murray, Jr. the Precinct’s founder, shares an article that he hopes may be interesting or thought provoking for the Precinct’s constituencies. In particular we hope to attract the attention of young leaders from around the world who may look to the Precinct for an unbiased, non-judgmental window into current thinking on democracy, the rule of law and best political practices. We will post each article on the Precinct Network in the spirit of stimulating dialogue and critical thinking. 

The Ideal of Peace and its Use as a Political Tool
“What goes on at the Precinct when we are not hosting international visitors? What kinds of topics might we discuss if I visited the Precinct? Are people at the Precinct thinking more deeply about the issues of religion and politics? The answers to all these questions can be found, in part, in one man – Muras Idris – an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, one of the Precinct’s partner institutions. Read this article for a brief summary.” 
– James B. Murray, Jr.

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