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“Toward a Smart Century: Global Partnerships for Innovative Learning and Leader Development”

Global Knowledge Networking addresses global peace and security challenges and fosters innovative partnerships in the area of training and education to win in a complex world by moving from “Challenges to Opportunities to Solutions.”

 

Where: Centre International de Conférences Genève, Rue de Varembé 17, 1211 Genève

 

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 through Thursday, September 17, 2015

A two-day event open to the public entitled, “Toward a Smart Century: Global Partnerships for Innovative Learning and Leader Development,” will convene an exciting group of panels, keynote speeches, and open forum discussions with experts from around the world. An interactive workshop follows where conference participants will help co-develop a concept outline for a network of actors, ideas and processes to make knowledge actionable and globally relevant for tomorrow’s agile, resilient and effective leaders.

The purpose of the Global Knowledge Networking (GKN) initiative is to help address global peace and security challenges by fostering innovative partnerships in the area of training and education. More specifically, the GKN promotes the development of a cooperative framework among stakeholders involved at different levels and in different capacities in the design and delivery of training and education and in the facilitation of knowledge and experience-sharing to address the needs of the next generation of leaders.

The purpose of the Geneva GKN Launch event will be to enhance the understanding of the role the GKN initiative could play in making knowledge actionable to "win in a complex world."  The event will start with an exciting group of panels, keynote speeches, and open forum discussions on the first day to lay a foundation, followed the second day by a highly interactive workshop where conference participants will help co-develop a concept outline for a next generation educational platform and complementing operational hub.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to contribute shaping the vision, mission, core functions and structures of a prototype Global Knowledge Development Centre, which will represent the tangible manifestation of the GKN initiative--moving from Challenges to Opportunities to Solutions.

Challenges

Dealing effectively with major contemporary peace and security challenges requires coalitions of partners that are prepared adequately and able to respond together.  A network of relevant actors, ideas and processes to make knowledge actionable, the Global Knowledge Networking initiative is globally relevant with an initial focus on the Arabian Gulf.  The “Challenges” session goal will be to illustrate peace and security challenges that threaten global order and to discuss comprehensive approaches required to address complex risks and threats.

Opportunities

The Geneva event consummates a series of strategic dialogues in the United States, Europe and the Middle East that have identified the key challenges and collectively owned opportunities.  The “Opportunities” session goal will be to explore systems and processes that can help create a connected community in which emerging problems are discussed, and innovative answers are found in response to a changing world.

Solutions

The “Solutions” session will take the form of a visioning exercise, in which participants will examine solutions to interconnected global problems.  The “Solutions” session goal will be to define (in broad terms) the vision, mission, core functions and structures of a prototype Global Knowledge Development Centre, with the view of promoting shared knowledge and building trust to better respond to the challenges of globalization.  Participants will collaborate to co-develop a concept outline for a network of actors, ideas and processes that will make knowledge actionable and globally relevant for tomorrow’s leaders.

 

“What Kind of Leaders and Organizations Would Want to Join in the GKN Vision?”

  • Institutions that are working to build sustainable, decentralized, collaborative networks that push the boundaries of innovation to address emerging global threats and risks, thereby promoting education for peace and sustainable development.
  • Leaders in International Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, Defense Operational or Military Training Commands promoting international partnerships, security sector reform, and defense capacity building.
  • Think tanks and research organizations willing to sponsor workshops and events that mix traditional and emergent conference approaches bringing together institutional knowledge with the vigor of innovation.
  • Leading universities willing to work together to energize global  partnerships  and  develop  new  tools,  concrete  approaches,  and  practical  engagements  to be made available to social networks and initiatives that currently don’t have access to institutional mechanisms.
  • Leaders and organizations that draw inspiration from “open source” community approaches, and are willing to share in the initiative’s ethic of participation to maximize the value of diversity and perspectives available across the global transformative education landscape.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Royal Hotel (http://www.hotelroyalgeneva.com/en) located on 41, Rue de Lausanne, CH-1201 Genève. Please send them the filled form (click here to download it) by Friday, 21 August 2015 to reserve a room.