Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI
"At the current rate, most of the [SDGs] will not be met. To be achieved, the SDGs need to become mandatory — not necessarily in the legal sense, but in the sense that nations have to know that there’s no alternative but to make them happen."
-Editorial in Nature, 1 January 2020 "Get the Sustainable Development Goals Back on Track"
For all our well-intentioned actions, activities, platforms, conferences and reports, they are for naught if safety, shared prosperity, and hope aren't available to all. What would "no alternative but to make them happen" look like for the SDGs and Global Responsibility in all parts of our lives?
If your news feed and inbox are anything like mine, they are full of reports about SDGs activities - commitments, financing, investing, reporting, and pledges. Yet one third of the way into the SDGs' 15-year journey, most are not on track, according to the editors of Nature
journal. In Davos last month, one attendee quoted climate scientist Johan Rockström
describing this predicament with, "We're still having islands of success in an ocean of ignorance."
That's where the work of the GRLI community and all our interconnected networks is uniquely positioned to thrive and serve, by connecting islands of success and building strong pathways between all of us for collective success. How "sticky" can we be in our connecting activities, like the spider's feet in weaving a web? (Thanks to Wayne Visser and Mary Watson for sharing this metaphor on our 29 January AGM Follow-up call.)
A look at our communities' recent and upcoming collective impact encourages us to continue our work together, in service to Global Responsibility in leadership and practice:
-Outcomes from Davos and the AACSB Deans Conference in Nashville shared by our community members
-Reflections and outcomes from the 29 January GRLI AGM Virtual Follow-up
- An eye ahead to 2020 events and opportunities for collective impact
With swiftly approaching deadlines, please note:
Finally, in Charles Handy's "The Second Curve," the late organizational design thinker challenged all of us to consider how change is a powerful tool for resilience. The "second curve" of the title refers to a second business, or career embarked upon as the first is still rising, to build renewal into how we work and live.
In that spirit, the GRLI is embarking on a second curve, in that the GRLI Board has endorsed the consensus of our Partners & Associates to extend our work to 2030 beyond the original sunset date of 2024. Despite the hard work of our Partners, Strategic Partners, Associates and friends, our work is not yet finished. We will continue to serve our communities with renewed inquiry into what matters most. More news and next steps regarding this development will be circulated in the coming weeks.