The vision process
GLEN initiated a so called “vision process” in 2013 to review its aims, structure and activities and tackle controversies which occurred in the work as a global education network and programme. It was an open, transparent and participatory process with lots of activities and a time span of six months between October 2013 and March 2014.
Stakeholders involved were 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 had an inspiring (almost) ten years of 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 enabled controversial, maybe conflictual, but of course constructive exchanges of interests, values and visions concerning GLEN. We expected 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.
Main steps of the process
- Initial phase (October – November 2013)
Stakeholders shared their visions on GLEN and global education. Notions and topics most often mentioned in here were used to formulate the areas of discussion on the Visionary and Networking Seminar. They were naturally also used as an inspiration and encouragement for the further process. Read these wonderful statements here.
- Visionary and Networking Seminar (27 November – 1 December 2013)
The seminar was where we worked intensively on the open questions (see above: “why a new vision?”) as well as the vision of GLEN and global education in general. Besides all stakeholders represented, we had three keynote speakers to bring us the latest insight on global education in the European and global arena.
- Drafting of the “visionary document” (December 2013)
The results of the seminar were summarized in a draft document compiled by a self-nominated task force. This inspiring group consists of representatives of all stakeholders of GLEN.
- Co-creation through online discussion (18 January – 16 February 2014)
Everyone was invited to take part in the online discussion where the different parts of the vision draft was discussed. All feedback was collected and built in the “visionary document” by the task force.
- Closure and celebration (19 – 23 March 2014)
The final document was introduced on the RENew Seminar on 19-23 March 2014. You can read more about the structure of the new vision under “Results” here below. The closure of the vision process marked the start of the strategy process, which aims to translate the new framework into practice and tasks.
In the end of the vision process, there was a GLEN vision document (see below) compiled by the vision task force, based on the results of the discussions of all stakeholders and in close consultation with the members. It serves 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.
The vision process gave 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 helped 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
We produced a so called “visionary 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.
The vision process was 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
This project was 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 photo done by Andras Martoni.