GLEN and global education vision

GLEN initiated a so called “vision process” in 2013. We want to review our aims, structure and activities and tackle controversies which occurred in our work as an European global education programme. The core of our discussions will be a common vision for global education in Europe.

Therefore we would be eager to hear your ideas and suggestions how GLEN could contribute to your vision of global education in Europe! We would like to invite you to share your view through the below form. These answers will be used as an inspiration and encouragement for the further process. You find some thought starters to see what we mean by “vision” below.

This is an open, transparent and participatory process with lots of activities (Main steps): a seminar, online discussions and task force meetings in a time span of six months between October 2013 and March 2014. In case you are interested to get more involved, please read on after the form.

Thank you!

What are the questions behind the vision?

A vision is like a guiding star: something far ahead that we may never reach but always go towards. Which is the star that we all would like to follow together? What is GLEN’s vision? What values guide us?

The European dimension

How is global education done in Europe, what can be a common vision for all and how is GLEN related to that? What should be GLEN’s role in the European global education scene?

The global dimension

While GLEN has a European focus, we work globally with partners and also feel strong about global interdependencies!  What is GLEN’s contribution?

How could GLEN as an ideal global education programme look like? What would you wish GLEN to be?

Please fill in this form

Note: if you encounter any technical problems while submitting your message through this form, please send your answers to andras@glen-europe.org. Thank you!

You can see the ideas, suggestions and statements of other GLEN stakeholders here.

Why a new GLEN vision?

GLEN has an inspiring (almost) ten years history with major developments in structure, content and methodology. The people and organisations have changed, European and global cooperation has evolved, new topics and trends came up out of these developments. Down the road this far, we grew smarter in understanding the different interests and objectives of GLEN actors. During the last two Annual events in 2011 and 2012 as well as on other meetings (members assemblies, team evaluation meetings, RENew seminars, etc.) the involved actors discussed, with a lot of passion, various topics which touched the very core of the Network. As a summary, these topics were:

  • The global dimension and the European context
  • The role of host partners
  • The aims of GLEN with global education
  • The target groups
  • Power structures and cooperation
  • Decision making and representation

GLEN members therefore decided to set up the vision process to create space and time where all stakeholders are represented. It enables controversial, maybe conflictual, but of course constructive exchanges on interests, values and visions concerning GLEN. We expect it to foster the understanding of the different demands, ideas and needs, to name and analyse the main controversies and to find solutions in a co-creative atmosphere.

Who is involved?

All organisations and individuals that have currently or have had a link with GLEN in the last 10 years: present and former GLEN participants (multipliers) and the attached organized structures (Forum of Global Education Multipliers, Association GeCo), global education campaign and action participants, current and former team members, member organisations, host partners, European partners and global education platform representatives.

Let’s share all our ideas and perspectives, this is the key to a successful result!

Main steps: your action

The main activities in this process will take place from October 2013 to March 2014, including the following steps:

  • Please share your ideas and suggestions for your vision on GLEN and/or global education in Europe. They will be used as an inspiration and encouragement for the further process. If you agree, we will display them on the website and on the Visionary and Networking seminar. Let us know about your vision!
  • The Visionary and Networking Seminar (Czech Rep., 27 Nov – 1 Dec 2013) is where we work intensively on the open questions mentioned above as well as the vision of GLEN and the vision of global education in Europe. Besides all stakeholders represented, we will have keynote speakers to bring us the latest insight on global education in the European and global arena. If you are interested to take part on the seminar, please contact Laure Heinrich (laure.heinrich@engagement-global.de).
  • Dec 2013: The results of the seminar will be summarized in a draft document by a self-nominated task force. You can be part of this inspiring group consisting of representatives of all stakeholders of GLEN if you attend the seminar.
  • Jan-Feb 2014: Everyone can take part in the online discussion on the first draft of the GLEN vision. Please give us your feedback on the draft and discuss GLEN controversies. Feedback will be reviewed and built in the vision by the task force.
  • March 2014: The final document will be introduced at the RENew Seminar on 19-24 March 2014!

Results

In the end of the vision process, there will be a written statement on the new GLEN vision. This document is elaborated by the vision task force, based on the results of the discussions of all stakeholders and in close consultation with the members. It is going to serve as a basis of the collective identity of GLEN as well as a guiding document to be translated into operational tasks when formulating the new strategy.

We are hopeful that the vision process will give us answers to the questions:

  • „what do we stand for?“
  • „what do we want to achieve together?“ and
  • „which principles and methods guide our activities?“

and helps us to:

  • increase clarity and common understanding of the identity of GLEN for all stakeholders
  • improve the cooperation of GLEN actors, sharing a common vision for GLEN
  • to set an inspiring vision of a global education programme in Europe
  • serve as a solid basis for the development of strategies
  • orientates for the involvement of all stakeholders to set priorities

Final document

We’ll produce a so called “vision document” as a closing act of this process to put down the results on paper. The final document however is not a statement for public relations. It is a longer running text which requires interested readers. Target groups are stakeholders and close partners of GLEN and it describes the status quo of the network but also tops it with targeted improvements.

Here’s how we think it will look like (suggested content):

  • Preface: historical overview (“Where does GLEN come from”?), basic structure, previous activities (“What has GLEN achieved so far?”)
  • Our inspiring vision
  • The mission of GLEN (“How to take steps towards the vision?”)
  • Our guiding set of common values
  • Goals (“What are the tangible goals of GLEN?”)
  • Principles of the operative work (e.g. “self-reflection”, “participation”,…)
  • Most important methods and fields of operation (e.g. MTC)

The vision process will be 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: dominique.pannke@posteo.de

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

GLEN’s vision process is co-supported by the GLEN member organisations.

Thumbnail picture on the top of the page is a drawing of GLEN participant Simone Orgel on the RENew Seminar 2013, photo done by Marine Caron.

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