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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI

What does it feel like to live on the brink
of a vast historical change? It feels like now. 

- Kim Stanley Robinson, 2021. Financial Times column.

Now is the time to shift - from calling for action towards acting the call - and to do so with urgency and radicality.
I was recently reminded that the original meaning of the word radical, derived from the Latin (radix), is in fact "to be rooted". In the plant kingdom the function of roots include anchoring the host, absorbing and distributing nutrients, and preventing erosion of the ecosystem and soil around it. The action that our ecosystem is called to, requires management educators, business practitioners and social entrepreneurs that are rooted in deep understanding of the individual and collective choices that led us here. Beyond that we need to absorb and distribute the relational technologies that may helps us deal, individually and collectively, with the meta-crisis (or "the pickle" as it has recently been described). Through collective learning and action we can help preserve and ultimately regenerate our institutional ecosystems and the contexts in which we exist and operate.

This month we offer several examples of  being rooted in action for impact - both within the GRLI community and beyond. To begin, a Call for Papers for the Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference (deadline 31 Oct) and a request for collaboration for a new international MBA at GRLI Partner ISCTE. We also share an invitation for higher education institutions to co-design a new inclusivity index from Anicia Jaegler, Associate Dean for inclusivity at GRLI Partner Kedge Business School.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to overcome lock down challenges in education. GRLI Partner Loyola Marymount University has piloted an innovative approach to experiential learning using VR technology to connect with Indigenous people globally. A second example comes from Andy Dillow, CEO of The Intern Group, with his exploration of how to make remote and global career-building internships available to all talented students.

Looking forward, we invite you to join us for an interactive GRLI Courageous Conversation on Oct 14 at 1500 CEST with Lars Moratis and Frans Melissen, holders of the Chair in Management Education for Sustainability, a joint initiative by Antwerp Management School and Breda University of Applied Sciences, about uncovering the hidden potential of the SDGs. See below for more details and register now. There are also several other events in the pipeline as listed further down in this letter.

Finally and importantly, we warmly welcome Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont as a full institutional partner, bringing us to the full complement of twenty-five council Partners. 

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 colleagues:
  • 14 October - GRLI Courageous Conversation: Tapping Into the Hidden Potential of the SDGs
  • 18-20 October - EFMD Annual Conference
  • 21-22 October  - Deans & Directors Cohort - Hosted by George Mason University
  • 21-24 October - oikos 2021 Conference
  • 19-28 October - The Great Leadership Reset - 5th Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
  • 20-22 October - 8th Annual RME Conference
  • 15-17 November -  GBSN Beyond Virtual Conference Reimagined
  • 2 December  - GRLI AGM "All Gathering Momentum" 2021
  • 27-28 January 2022 - EFMD Conference for Deans & Directors General
  • 2-4 February 2022 -  AACSB Deans Conference
  • SAVE THE DATE: 16 - 18 March 2022 - International Responsible Leadership Academic Conference at Stellenbosch, South Africa
Welcoming Our Newest Partner: Grossman School of Business
It is a pleasure to welcome Grossman School of Business - University of Vermont into our worldwide community of learning organizations as a full Institutional Partner. Our community includes business schools, learning and development practitioners, NGOs
and companies, engaged in developing the next generation of globally responsible business leaders. Dean Sanjay Sharma currently serves on the GRLI Board and has played an integral part in GRLI's recent work as an active contributor to the Deans Cohort. 
Oct 14 - Courageous Conversation: Tapping Into the Hidden Potential of the SDGs

Join us on 14 Oct at 900am Eastern / 1500 CET for an interactive conversation with Lars Moratis and Frans Melissen, holders of the Chair in Management Education for Sustainability, a joint initiative by Antwerp Management School and Breda University of Applied Sciences. 

The conversation builds on the ideas set forth in their recent work. For an introduction see this blog article, "Tapping into the Hidden Potential of the SDGs" where they explore the context of management education and leadership development how the SDGs may help and hinder. 

Register for 14 Oct Courageous Conversation
Call for Papers for Responsible Leadership Reimaged:
31 October Deadline

The GRLI is pleased to announce and support a Call for Papers for the 16–18 March 2022 “Responsible Leadership Reimagined Conference, to be held at the Spier Conference Centre, University of Business School, South Africa. Please note the 31 October, 2021 deadline for initial deadline for abstracts and presentations. Learn more.
New MBA in Sustainable Management at ISCTE Opens Jan 2022
Image of a dark globe surrounded by rays of bright color to symbolize the SDGs
GRLI Partner ISCTE has announced a new MBA in sustainable management, accredited by AMBA, and aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals to prepare leaders who will help move the 2030 Agenda forward.
Ana Simaens, director of the MBA in Sustainable Management, seeks collaborations for the program requests GRLI colleagues to spread the word to potential international student participants. Learn more.
Co-Creating a New Inclusivity Index for Higher Education
We’re pleased to share this invitation to co-create a new inclusivity index for higher education institutions from Anicia Jaegler, Professor and Associate Dean for inclusivity at Kedge Business School, a GRLI institutional partner. The goal is collaboration with 10 institutions around the world to co-create an assessment tool for progress on diversity. Read more.
2021 SDG Accord Report Released
2021 SDG Accord Repor cover image
GRLI is an Endorsing Partner of the SDG Accord, led by EAUC, the alliance for sustainability leadership in education. The SDG Accord is a signatory and educational initiative to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society.
The fourth annual 2021 SDG Accord report, ‘Progress towards the Global Goals in the University and College sector’ shows that progress is steadily increasing, but so too are the challenges, namely in the form of resources and access to consistent executive and governmental support. Download the report.
New on the GRLI Blog
Not Your Average International Business Student Trip:
LMU EMBA Virtual Indigenous Immersion

Kelly Watson, part-time Lecturer and Executive in Residence at the Loyola Marymount University College of Business Administration shares her inspired response to COVID-19 travel restrictions: an experiential learning approach with Virtual Reality technology. Read more.
Internships, Everywhere

A conversation with Andy Dillow, CEO of The Intern Group (TIG) about the importance of helping students everywhere realise their potential by gaining international work experience either virtually or in-person. While the world of work is evolving, the pipeline of emerging talent to fill new roles has not. Learn more.
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