Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI
To be truly radical is to make hope possible, rather than despair convincing. - Raymond Williams, 1989
Last month's stirring Global Climate Strikes saw 6 million people marching and demanding urgent climate action, yet commitments made at the UN General Assembly fell disastrously short of the systems transformations needed for a livable future. See-sawing between motivation and malaise can be enough to make one lose hope, but now is precisely the moment not to.
In less than 3 weeks from today, GRLI Partners and Associates will gather in person (at ISCTE Business School - register by 30 Oct) and online (see Zoom poll below) to reflect on the emergent global context, on developments in our shared landscape, and to consider implications on GRLI's work and our future focus.
We stand in a moment with new possibilities for collaboration and need to ask ourselves "What's important now?"
The same question was top of mind for a number of our Partners and Associates who participated at the recent 6th Responsible Management Education Research Conference held 29 September – 3 October 2019 in Jönköping, Sweden. I pre-recorded a message for the Jönköping event calling for inclusive, resilient, and collaborative Responsible Management Education initiatives and schools. In the same vein, I was recently asked for reflections on "the sustainability of business education" and distilled my response in a blog post titled "Rearranging Elephants on the Titanic, or Changing Course?". Your thoughts and responses on both the video and blog article are always welcomed.
All of this leads up to our hopes for a deeper conversation and meaningful action when we gather in Portugal to attend three, consecutive, interconnected events including GRLI's All Gathering Momentum / Annual General Meeting. A full overview is available online.
Considering the GRLI as a community of responsible action, our 2019 annual meeting will investigate:
- The GRLI’s Theory of Change — past, present, future.
- How does one (how do we) lead beyond the ego (or logo)?
- What does it mean to walk the talk of radical action?
- Towards 2024 and beyond. What is the one big thing we have to achieve or focus on?
The agenda for our time together is designed to provide space for inquiry and reflection, as well as action. As well, we offer an invitation to explore ways to virtually participate in the upcoming GRLI AGM using video conferencing.
I invite you to participate in holding the questions of our time. What is global responsibility and how might we develop it?