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Earth Charter Global Learning Opportunity 3
Earth Charter Guiding Leaders Towards Sustainability Action
“Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management.”
James MacGregor Burns
The problems of today’s world are more complex than ever. They are highly interconnected and interdependent. We face climate change, vast exploitation of natural resources, population growth, growing gap between rich and poor, and social inequity, among many others. To be able to respond to these challenges future leaders need a new and innovative interdisciplinary approach.
Most leaders want to do things that matter, to inspire others to join them and to leave a legacy once they have gone. Consequently more and more leaders begin to question whether the leadership contribution they make is aligned with their highest values.
Therefore there is a need to train the next generation of sustainability leaders. The sustainability approach to leadership requires special competencies compared to traditional leadership; knowledge about the challenges of globalization, capacity for innovation, dialogue and communication skills, systems thinking, global mindset, peer networking ability and strong capacities in Information and Communication technologies (ICTs), to mention few.
Sustainability leadership is seen more as a team endeavor, rather than an individual pursuit. In this process, values are a distinguishing factor – training young professionals is no longer solely about deepening their understanding of sustainability issues – the actual essence is on strengthening values and specific skills.
Objective of e-GLO 3
e-GLO aims to make a positive impact on society by familiarizing local level youth activists with sustainability leadership skills and shared ethics through the use of new technologies that foster interaction, inclusive culture and the wide distribution of global youth perspective. The ultimate goal is to further develop the capabilities necessary to conduct Earth Charter inspired action projects in the participants’ own communities.
Third e-GLO will take place during September – December 2010. Call for applications can be found here.
The online sessions will take place every second Tuesday, for a period of three hours and will include networking, workshops, presentations and interviews with participants and expert guests, as well as cultural performances.
e-GLO is offered to 30 young activists, aged 15 - 33, who are motivated community development project planners. Participants will meet online via webcam and mic.
Go to the e-GLO Facebook group