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


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:

and helped us to:

Final document

We produced a so called “visionary document” as a closing act of this process to put down the results on paper:

Visionary document (pdf)

Visionary document – with short explanations (pdf)

Appendix_Results Working Group_Partnership and Cooperation (pdf)

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:

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.

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