Posted on October 22, 2013
After long and careful planning the so called “vision process” has launched this month and we are thrilled to see the initial reactions from the Network and all stakeholders!
The vision process is about the intention to review the aims, structure and activities of our global education programme. Additionally, we also want to better understand how it fits into the European context of efforts, strategies and developments of the global education movement and if we can come up with a common vision.
We are going to have lots of activities: a seminar, online discussions and task force meetings in a time span of six months between October 2013 and March 2014. We involve in a participatory process 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.
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.
There will be a written statement on the new GLEN vision as result of the process. 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
If you are interested in the vision process and would like to know more, please contact GLEN network officer Andras Martoni (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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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.