Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI
Telling the story of developing Global Responsibility is both why and how the GRLI exists.
In telling this story context is critical. During June of 2020 the world was so distracted with the devastation brought on by the Coronavirus and the growing Black Lives Matter movement that we hardly took notice when surface temperatures in Eastern Siberia reached 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) on June 20 for the first time in recorded history. We are dealing with the socio-economic consequences of damaged relationships - our connection to our own humanity, to others in meaningful and constructive relationship and to the natural world, has never been so fragile.
Despite ongoing disruption and apparent breakdown of the normal we know, the GRLI community continues to strive for breakthrough. We continue to convene and purposefully work on activating Global Responsibility in learning, living and leading.
Earlier this month the working document guiding the next phase of our work - "Towards 2030" - was endorsed by our Board. With this solid support from our board, we've now shared the working document with our Partners & Associates for contributions and recommendations. If you are a Partner or Associate, and you haven't received the link yet, please reach out. Some of the questions holding us at this time include:
- How might GRLI develop the ‘future picture’ of what Global Responsibility looks like in 2030, which could inform the pathway and milestones for the ‘regenerative 20s’?
- How do we help tools and approaches and learning on the fringe emerge to prominence in order to shape the next normal?
- In developing a future picture how do we decide on and prioritise our efforts and actions in support of making Global Responsibility a reality in leadership and practice?
- What is our story?
By advocating, convening and facilitating actions and initiatives that promote the development of Global Responsibility in how we learn, live and lead, GRLI acts as an inquiry into - and custodian of - a new and hopeful story. In doing so we become a live repository of learning by catalysing actions and gathering and amplifying the learning that results from our ongoing inquiry.
In support of this work, we're rolling out short conversation starters about what the Towards 2030 strategy means to you, starting with short reflections from GRLI Board Chair Claire Maxwell, GRLI Founding Secretary General Anders Aspling, and Core Team members Claire Sommer.
In this newsletter, we'd also like to share a report from the recent Deans Cohort virtual meeting, welcome a new associate, and announce the dates for the November 2020 Deans & CEOs Roundtable to be hosted in partnership with Antwerp Management School.
Finally, in the coming weeks we're rolling out the What's Important Now? dashboard. By making public our interactive database of current and emergent initiatives and actions, we can better make sense of our role in creating collective impact and determine where to emphasise or our efforts.
This is all part of helping tell a new and hopeful story about making Global Responsibility real in leadership and practice. If you or your organisation wishes to contribute to our ongoing and collaborative work I invite you to join the GRLI today.
With warm regards,