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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI -

What is Global Responsibility and how may we develop it?

Convening and facilitating an ongoing inquiry into global responsibility entails holding a question that no-one claims to have a definitive answer to. For more than a decade the GRLI has worked with this question through an engaged partnering platform that energises and stewards our efforts.

This unique and experimental partnering approach is seen in action with the Deans Cohort which brings committed, senior-level individuals with skin in the game (the “I”) together in a participant-drive peer-learning initiative that involves and mobilises their institutions (the “We”) and ultimately strives to create systemic change (for “All of Us”). 

Good governance of the inquiry and its container is critically important. Stewardship of our Guiding Principles lies with the Guardian Group and overseeing our independent foundation for public benefit is an elected Board (call for nominations close next week) comprising of senior representatives from our Strategic Partners, Partners and a number of by invite members.

The nature of this inquiry also requires alignment and collaboration with organisations and initiatives across and beyond our immediate management education ecosystem. This week for instance we are advocating for Global Responsibility at events in Shanghai and Davos. The main focus is on the criteria determining Business School rankings and in particular how those may help promote ethical behaviour, responsible leadership, sustainable business practices and inclusive economic development.

At the EFMD Deans & Directors Conference held at CEIBS last week a preview was shared of Business School Rankings for the 21st Century - a report co-authored by David Pitt-Watson and Ellen Quigley under the aegis of the United Nations Global Compact with support from Aviva Investors. The GRLI along with a number of associations and networks contributed to the work with a view to promoting collaborative inquiry into measuring what truly matters in management education. The report was also discussed at a UNGC side-event at the World Economic Forum. Yesterday the FT announced that their rankings team will begin a complete review of the methodology adding that their current salary observations largely disregards professionals in the public and charitable sectors. 

As we embark on another year of exploring and developing our understanding of global responsibility the core team of GRLI commits to giving voice to our values (a phrase inspired by Mary Gentile who contributed to our blog earlier this month - Getting the Right Things Done). We also commit to Leading Beyond the Ego (drawing inspiration from a recent conversation with John Knights on Transpersonal Leadership - part 1 of 3). We thank our partners, associates and friends for continued support and stewardship of our work and invite you to help amplify our call to action.

For 2019, we have a limited number of Partner and Associate opportunities available, to complete a purposefully small complement of active participants. If you are not yet engaged in our work and interested to Partner or Associate with GRLI in 2019, then please book a convenient slot for us to meet on zoom.

Warm regards,

John North
Executive Director, GRLI

Call for Nominations: GRLI Board - Deadline 1 February

According to the comprehensive GRLI Governance Framework, we are issuing a call for Board nominations from our partners, associates and friends to help steward the GRLI's work and direction of travel. Our Board meets on 4 February and qualified nominations received by 1 February will be included in the first review round.

Read the full call for nominations on our blog.

The Deans Cohort: Inviting Applications - Deadline 14 February

Dean Sanjay Sharma at the Grossman School of Business will be hosting the event and shares his hopes for the Cohort's ongoing work.
The third gathering of Deans and senior leaders engaged in and committed to transformative change for people, planet and prosperity is taking place in Vermont on 21-24 March, 2019. 

I will be attending the AACSB Deans Conference in Vancouver where I look forward to meeting with Deans interested in joining the Cohort.

Proposals to join the Cohort may be submitted online and are due by 14 February 2019. Existing participants and qualified new participants are invited to register online.  

Global Responsibility Thought Leadership on Our Blog

John Knights is Chair of LeaderShape Global and lead author of “Leading Beyond The Ego: How to Become a Transpersonal Leader”, published by Routledge in March 2018. Read and view part 1 of his conversation with John North on transpersonal leadership.
Mary C. Gentile, PhD is Creator/Director, Giving Voice To Values and Professor of Practice, University of Virginia Darden School of Business

We are pleased to share this post on Getting the Right Thing Done as a highly-aligned and recommended approach for developing Global Responsibility.
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