Welcome to the GLEN STRATEGY 2016-2020!
Here are the documents as a result of the strategy process 2014/2015:
and the Roadmap 2016-2020
GLEN is committed to act upon its vision and to implement the strategy with its best efforts. Join us in our commitment and help us to reach our goals for a better world through global learning.
What was it about?
GLEN developed its new vision and mission, formulated its core values and principles and determined its long-term goals during the vision process in 2013/2014. As a follow-up, the strategy process was created to develop a comprehensive plan how to be better aligned to our vision, values and principles as a Network and how to reach our goals.
It was an open, transparent and participatory process with a lot of different offline and online activities: two seminars, workings groups, a strategy task force group, online discussions, feedback opportunities) with a time span of one year between October 2014 and October 2015. The strategy process created space and time for all stakeholders to draw a roadmap for 2016 – 2020 together. The discussions enabled often controversial but always constructive exchanges on the concrete path GLEN is taking to the future, as it also fostered the understanding of the different demands, ideas and needs to find solutions in a co-creative atmosphere.
Among others, GLEN seeked answers to the following questions during the strategy process:
- How does GLEN envision a global partner network? How can GLEN step-by-step develop into it?
- How to better involve the multiplier community in GLEN (decision making, shared responsibility)?
- What is the target group of GLEN? How do we ensure to reach this target group?
- What structure of the Multipliers Training Cycle serves our purposes the best? In which steps can the MTC be changed (if needed)?
- What does it mean to be an innovator in the field of “global learning”? How can we achieve to be one?
- Where does GLEN lack sustainability and how can it be changed?
and helps us to:
- increase clarity and common understanding of the future path of GLEN
- improve the cooperation of GLEN actors, sharing the responsibility for the agreed measures
- serve as a solid basis for future decisions
- set priorities
- be visible and clear in our goals towards the outside
Who was involved?a
The following GLEN actors and stakeholder took part in the process: present GLEN participants and alumni, global education multipliers and the attached organized structures (Forum of Global Education Multipliers, Association GéCo), current and former team members, member organisations, two host partner representatives (Benin and Uganda), European partners and global education platform representatives.
Main steps of the processa
- 22 – 26 October 2014 “Shake it and Shape it”- Seminar (Celje, Slovenia) was where we started to shake and shape GLEN in a way which let us reach our mission. We dived deeper into the goals of the vision process, come up with concrete ideas how GLEN could develop during the next five years and gave some thoughts about how to bridge the present and the future. Besides all stakeholders represented, we had key note speakers to bring us the latest insights on global education and other transformative educational approaches, and explain the current political context and suggestions to building a global partner network.
- Nov 2014 – March 2015 1st Working Group phase. The results of the seminar were further explored and concretized in working groups on the various topics of “mission and value gaps”. These topics were: the 1) global partner network, 2) sustainability, 3) multiplier training cycle, target group and educational approach, 4) multipliers’ involvement and 5) organisational structure, decision making and fundraising. The task of the working groups was to get deep into the topics and make suggestions, draw different options and paths to reach the long-term goals. The work of the groups was based on the discussions at the seminar.
- April 2015 An online discussion including webinars took place where all stakeholders of GLEN could give feedback and express their opinion about the working group results.
- May 2015 These different options and the online feedback was discussed on the so called “Transition Committee” meeting (Berlin, Germany), Participants were 3 multipliers’ representatives, 1 host partner representative and all member representatives except for AKÜ). The Committee appreciated and endorsed the results and had additional questions of clarity.
- June 2015 The so called ‘Strategy Task Force’ (consisting of two Steering Committee representatives, the strategy process coordinator and the network officer) approached the working group members and asked them to engage in another three-month discussion to answer the questions of the Transition Committee and put more depth into the results.
- September 2015 The Strategy Task Force, together with the Working Group facilitators collected all results and formulated the into two documents, the Strategy document and the Roadmap 2016-2020. They also managed to harmonise the efforts of the various working groups as obviously there were many areas overlapping.
- October 2015 The 2nd Transition Committee took place in Prague, Czech Republic where the Strategy and the Roadmap were finalised with the help of all participants.
- November 2015 The strategy process ended, the two documents were introduced to the GLEN community and celebrated on the Rocket Event in Celje, Slovenia.
The strategy process is coordinated by Dominique Pannke. She works as freelance consultant, mediator and facilitator. If you have any questions on the process, please don’t hesitate to contact her directly: firstname.lastname@example.org