Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI -
What is Global Responsibility and how may we develop it?
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”).
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.
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 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 is being discussed at a UNGC side-event at the World Economic Forum this week and is very much still work in progress. The authors welcome constructive criticism and feedback.
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.
Executive Director, GRLI