David Santulli is President and Founder of United Planet, an international nonprofit that works to build meaningful relationships between people of different backgrounds across borders. Our vision is to build a stronger global community, one relationship at a time. Since 2001, United Planet has provided vital services to communities and fostered cross-cultural understanding through international volunteering, leadership, and exchange programs in 35 countries. United Planet volunteers have dedicated well over 1,000,000 hours to areas, such as support for under-served children, education, women's empowerment, health, and environmental sustainability, while immersing in diverse cultures and forging closer intercultural relations. United Planet was founded under the principle of Relational Diplomacy - recognizing that the relationship between people of diverse backgrounds is the basic building block for uniting the world. CNN recognized United Planet as one of only ten non-profits in the world for its innovative programs to build global community and global citizenship.
David is also the founder of the Relational Diplomacy Institute (RDI), an independent and nonpartisan think tank which works to promote and research the best practices in relational diplomacy and cultivate the next generation of Relational Diplomats to create the building blocks for a more peaceful, sustainable, and united planet
David lived in Tokyo, Japan for nine years as the Founder and CEO of a global trading company. He holds a Master’s of International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an Executive Non-Profit Management Certificate (PMNO) from Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School, attended St. Louis University’s International Business and Spanish Language program in Madrid, Spain, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Maryland. David has served as teacher in US public schools and a CPA and financial consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
David received the President's Call to Service Award from the White House for over 4,000 hours of volunteer service over his lifetime. David is the New England Coordinator for the Travelers' Century Club, an Area Governor for Toastmasters International, and a Little League Baseball Coach. In addition to living in various parts of the world for a significant portion of his life, David has traveled to over 100 nations and has studied Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish and Russian. His greatest joys are traveling internationally with his family, coaching, and spending time with friends from diverse countries and cultures.
- Featured on CNN, United Planet was selected as one of the most innovative nonprofits in the world as part of CNN's Be the Change Initiative. CNN featured United Planet on both national television and on CNN's international website. The CNN story has provided a prime opportunity for United Planet to publicize our programs to the nation. In addition to interviewing various individuals affiliated with United Planet, a CNN film crew followed our volunteer Cultural Awareness presenters into local Boston public school classrooms. United Planet volunteers included a Japanese Koto player, who presented to a 5th grade class in East Boston at the Donald McKay Elementary/Middle School and a Palestinian woman, who spoke to a 11/12th grade class at Boston Latin, America's oldest public school. David Santulli was interviewed by CNN for this story.
- In "Relational Diplomacy - Innovations in Peacebuilding: A Case Study of Cyprus" - David Santulli introduces the concept of Relational Diplomacy and traces the steps that led to the eventual opening of borders at the Green Line dividing Cyprus. With a focus on technology, specifically the Internet, and its vital role in bringing peace to the nation, Relational Diplomacy looks at the story of Cyprus with a modern understanding of the inevitable and increasing interconnectedness of the people in the world.
- Published by University of Minnesota's Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (IJPS) "Global Learning & Relational Diplomacy" - David Santulli draws upon lessons learned from peace builders on the island of Cyprus as well as from leaders in the fields of service-learning, experiential education, and leadership development, this article presents frameworks for both academics and practitioners alike which will be helpful not only in fulfilling their unique goals towards global learning and partnership development across an array of fields and disciplines, but also in bringing about a more peaceful, cohesive, and sustainable world.
- Published though the American Forum, David Santulli writes a letter to the Peace Corps. It begins, "Dear Peace Corps -- It’s been 50 years since the idea of you was born during a speech by JFK at the University of Michigan. It’s been a wonderful life – and now is the time to see how you’re faring. Many people celebrating your birthday have focused on what you have and haven’t done. I’d like to examine why you were brought into being, and how the world has changed."
- "Happy Birthday, Chocolate!" - Huffington Post article by David Santulli on fair trade, chocolate, and building global understanding and global partnerships - all in celebration of the birthday of chocolate!
- "Live With Purpose" Huffington Post article by David Santulli explains how volunteering abroad and experiencing new culture can make your life even more meaningful. He talks about how such experiences made him realize that Whether you are a student just setting out on your life's path, a professional who might be struggling in a job you may or may not love or a retiree looking to start again, you must find your purpose -- find your passion and follow it. Win or lose, you will live more fully. You will live more honestly according to the callings of your heart. And perhaps, no matter how much you ultimately give, you will find that you gain infinitely more.
- David Santulli, Founder of United Planet, a nonprofit organization that supports cross-cultural understanding though international volunteerism, created the concept of Relational Diplomacy. In this fascinating case study of peace building in Cyprus, he traces the role of technology in creating friendship that bridged the green line dividing the island nation. As democracy movements embrace technology tools and social media across the globe, Santulli's insightful analysis of their successful predecessor in Cyprus holds lessons and wisdom for the future.
- Emerging Youth Leaders-Mongolian Students & Teachers visit Boston. David Santulli expressed his gratitude, on behalf of United Planet, to be able to facilitate such a unique exchange program. He said: “How better for two such different cultures to get to know and understand each other? I am so thrilled to meet the students, teachers, families, and sponsors who’ve worked so hard to pull this program together. And who are now experiencing the joy of living and eating and laughing in each others’ lives. Great young people, truly emerging leaders, who will take these bonds forward with them as they grow into global citizens.”
- "In Remembrance of Memorial Day" - Huffington Post article by David Santulli reminds us: War is the sadistic art of man. We have no problem, despite the pain, sacrificing ourselves for noble cause in war when the battle between good and evil is clear -- when it is too late -- when the guns and swords are drawn, when the bombs are already bursting...
- "From Boston with Love" Huffington Post article by David Santulli about the Boston marathon bombing reminds us why we do what we do.The disease that we fight every day is not one of the body; it is one of the mind...
- "New Year's Resolutions: Don't Forget the Missing Ones" - Huffington Post article by David Santulli about the important "missing" resolutions. Wishing for peace is not enough, we all need to work together to realize in a world that desperately needs us to play a more proactive role.
- "Want A Job? Volunteer Abroad" - Huffington Post article by David Santulli on the power of global volunteering to develop career competencies to that contribute to finding ideal job.
- President's Call to Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation at the White House for over 4,000 hours of volunteer service over a lifetime.