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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI 

It is a much changed world from one year ago and, if anything, the heavy lifting required to make global responsibility real is more pronounced than ever. Our continued work brings new learning opportunities and fresh perspectives - e.g. striving for certainty of impact starts in dealing with the impact of uncertainty; being anchored locally helps when connecting and acting globally; it serves to take care when breaking down silos as the material needed to build bridges is scarce and precious. As always we welcome the sharing of your own learning and insights for the benefit of our collective efforts. 

The work of this decade - regeneration of the natural environment which serves as the ultimate foundation to all economic and business activity - calls for fundamental reconnection to our individual and collective humanity. This realization comes at a time when opportunities for virtual collaboration and continued co-exploration abound. We see this in the encouraging number of positive responses to engaging more deeply with the GRLI and to join in our work for global responsibility in the way all of us learn, live and lead.

In this newsletter we highlight how several Deans & Directors Cohort contributors of 2020 have stepped up to join the GRLI as Associate Partners. A glance at the Events tab on our "What's Important Now" dashboard shows a full complement of virtual events ahead. Our first 2021 Deans & Directors Cohort gathering will take place 23rd and 24th of March (apply online to join). We highlight how GRLI and cohort contributors have been participating and facilitating recent Global Responsibility conversations and actions and we are pleased to introduce the Responsible Leadership Dialogues video series. 

Finally we're alerting our Partners to a call for Guardian and Board nominations with more detail to follow by email in the coming days. 

Warm wishes,

John North
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
These are some of the upcoming events we'll be supporting and participating in alongside our GRLI Partners and Associates.
Announcing the Responsible Leadership Dialogues:
First Installment with Dr. Nicola Pless and Dr. Peter Wuffli
This moment and our current global context cries out for responsible leaders and global responsibility. The GRLI, through our Partners and Associates, are inviting leading theorists and practitioners (whether academics, business leaders or social change makers) that are passionate about making responsible leadership mainstream, to share their insights and learning (failures and successes) and to inspire and inform a next generation of responsible leaders.

In this first installment GRLI Guardian, Prof Dr Nicola Pless interviews IMD’s Honorary Chairman and social impact investor Dr Peter Wuffli about responsible leadership, the elea way and their learning journey towards sustainable impact.
Opportunities & Updates from the GRLI Community
  • From GRLI Associate Partner Dean Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Dean of the Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics: A new report from a collaboration with AMBA & BGA on a recent study looking at the climate change on Business Schools agenda: International Climate Change Report
  • Florencia Librizzi, GRLI Guardian and SDSN Head of Program and Partnerships recommends the upcoming Book Club conversations with Jeffrey Sachs including 24 March with historian Rashid Khalidi and 26 April's event with economist Mariana Mazzucato
  • Deans Cohort participant Wayne Visser from Antwerp Management School is hosting a kick-off meeting later in March for the development and delivery of a multi-institutional online sustainable transformation course (contact us if you are interested to participate).
  • Up to eight scholarships of $10,000 each to doctoral students in business schools for dissertation research that follows the principles of responsible research from GRLI-aligned Responsible Research for Business and Management (RRBM) initiative.  Due Dec Details.
  • On the EFMD blog, GRLI Independent Associate John Knights discusses why Transpersonal Leadership needs to be at the heart of leadership, especially during a pandemic. Read: We Call it Transpersonal.
  • From the GRLI Blog by Kirk Bergstrom, read about an opportunity for collaboration with an innovative design science course called Design for Global Transformation.
Partner Opportunity: Seeking Board & Guardian Nominations
Learn more about our Board and its role for fiduciary insight, currently led by Board Chair Claire Maxwell.

The Guardian Group works to uphold the vision, mission and operating ethos of the GRLI. Read Guardian chair Vanessa Duckenfield's July 2020 reflection to learn more.

We invite you to send Board and Guardian nominations to by 9 April.
GRLI Strategic Partner Updates
Responsible Management Education Affinity Group Re-Cap
GRLI was pleased to facilitate the Responsible Management Education Affinity Group meeting at Strategic Partner AACSB International's 2021 Deans Conference with support of 4 Deans & Directors Cohort contributors. Read a recap of panelist and participant insights.
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EFMD Deans & Directors Conference Reflections
The GRLI team and many of our partners and associates joined GRLI Strategic Partner EFMD and colleagues at this year’s EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General, held online 3–5 February. Read highlights and perspectives on the proceedings.
Welcome New GRLI Associate Partners
The GRLI warmly and officially welcomes two new Associate Partners to the worldwide community of learning organizations which include business schools, learning and development practitioners, NGOs and companies, engaged in developing the next generation of globally responsible business leaders.
The GRLI warmly and officially welcomes George Mason University School of Business and the Business for a Better World Center in particular into our worldwide community of learning organizations which include business schools, learning and development practitioners, NGOs and companies, engaged in developing the next generation of globally responsible business leaders.

Lisa M. Gring-Pemble and Anne M. Magro are active GRLI Deans Cohort contributors and we look forward to their increased presence in helping shape GRLI's priorities and impact. They are Associate Professor of Business, Co-Executive Director, Business for a Better World Center, and  Deputy Dean, Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Impact, and Co-Executive Director, Business for a Better World Center, respectively. See the GRLI profile page.
LeaderShape Global
The GRLI is pleased to welcome LeaderShape Global as an Associate Partner, with John Knights, co-founder and chairman.

This announcement builds on the Independent Associate relationship already developed between GRLI and John Knights as a next step to developing the right kind of leaders for global sustainability

LeaderShape Global has been responsible for developing the Transpersonal Leadership Development Journey, described in the three-part series on the GRLI Global Responsibility blog: Leading Beyond the Ego. See website for further details
GRLI Slack is Back
After prototyping Slack in 2017 with the GRLI community to help co-create that year's AGM, GRLI Slack is back.
Since we last used it to co-ordinate and collaborate, the Slack app has matured from a leading edge collaboration platform to one that has more than 10 million daily active users. We use it to build deeper relationships and support collaboration in-between AGMs and meetings for GRLI Partners and Associates.

Slack is a messaging app where we can talk, share files and work together. It also connects with tools we already use, like Zoom, Google Drive, Twitter etc. as well as 500+ other apps.

Having everything in one place will help us work together better and faster, cut down on email and improve transparency and visibility within the network. Everything you share in an open Slack channel is automatically indexed and archived, creating a searchable archive of all of our discussions. If you are a partner or associate then please join (or re-join) the GRLI Workspace.
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