GLAC Dialogue Forum
As a community of action working towards the Agenda 2030 we know there is no time to lose if we want to implement the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in time. Therefore we offer a space for connection, exchange and collaboration concerning current topics related to the SDGs on which the GLAC community has competence.
The GLAC Dialogue Forum offers a range of different formats:
The Input Sessions invite speakers from the community as well as guests to give a short presentation that triggers a discussion with all community members participating and may result in taking further steps together, deepening dialogue, voicing change and taking action by the global GLAC community.
The Community Café provides a place to come together, (re)connect within the community, exchange ideas and identify common areas of engagement. GLAC community members are invited to step into the café two to three times a month and experience state-of-the-art formats like Speed Dating, Happy Hour and Celebrating Achievements.
Lorenzo Fioramonti is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and, from 2018 to 2019, he was Deputy Minister and Minister of Education, University and Research in Italy. His decision to make sustainable development education mandatory in schools at all levels made headlines around the world, as Italy became the first country globally to do so. Prof. Fioramonti's books are translated in several languages and his articles have appeared, among others, in The New York Times, Financial Times and Harvard Business Review.
Elizabeth is a co-founder of Nahari - a collective of changemakers applying creative approaches to provide safe spaces for joint decsion making, communal knowledge exchange, and collaborativem learning. She is a Speaker, Moderator and Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in addressing complex challenges – her passion is fostering the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships that contribute to global sustainable development.
Dr. Vijitha M. Eyango
Dr. Vijitha M. Eyango
Vijitha is a strategy and policy advisor currently supporting policy makers on COVID response and mitigation. Her professional journey began at UCLA where she taught and led database and information system design. She added two decades of development and humanitarian policy and program experience as she led education, workforce and gender initiatives in a career that has spanned USAID, UNICEF, and IREX. She is passionate about improving educational relevance and building measurable and locally sustainable solutions targeting youth and emerging leaders in Africa.
Imran is working with Skateistan as Program Manager, his role is to make sure children in the programs of Skateistan are emotionally, physically, mentally and sexually safe. Imran believes that most children's needs are being ignored and only active listening, being interested to help children both in normal and crisis situation is very important and vital. Imran has a master's degree in Gender Studies and is working with children and young people from the last eight years in different regions, especially in South Asia.
Mayank is a serial social entrepreneur working in the domain of agriculture, agritech and engineering, ensuring sustainable agrarian livelihoods for farmers. He works on the issue of accessibility currently running the social enterprise SumArth, a not-for-profit based out of Gaya working with more than 10,000 farmers. Mayank believes in using engineering for societal change. As a grassroot innovator, he has developed two brands along with deploying and testing more than 8 technologies on ground. He has also started Language As a Service Platform Setu - The Linguistic Bridge with the aim of making authentic information accessible to all. He is part of Global Shapers Community, Global Social Economy Forum. He also serves as board member of Indian Youth Climate Network.
With a Master’s degree in law, strong commercial acumen, and a profound knowledge of EU procedures, Danijel is currently a Managing Director of European Consulting Group LLC - a leading consultancy company and a Project Director of two EU funded projects in Serbia. He has a vast experience in capacity building of NGOs and CSOs. He was a Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia, founder and the first Vice President of the Serbian Association of Managers and Transparency International Serbia.
Bert-Ola Bergstrand is a system entrepreneur and global action facilitator. He is an initiator, co-founder and founder of a number of global platforms and networks in the impact economy e.g. Impact Journey and SoCap network. All initiatives are focusing on amplifying the human potential through crowds social, intellectual and financial Capital and thereby solving global challenges. Today, he is primarily working with the UN center of Excellence on Smart Sustainable Citites (lead by Trondheim municipality and NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in establishing learning society models (Societal Innovation).
Shakeel Ahmad Ramay
Shakeel Ahmad Ramay
Shakeel Ahmad is a political economist with strong background in policy research, economic forecasting, global diplomacy and changing dynamics of global governance. He functions as Director at the Asia Study Center where he brings in his deep understanding of China, Belt&Route Imitative (BRI), China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Eurasia, Central Asia, Gulf Council of Cooperation, governance, digital diplomacy, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Shakeel is experienced in the fields of training of parliamentarians, peace and security, leadership, management, diplomacy and digital diplomacy. He also teaches at Foreign Services Academy of Pakistan.
Fabrice Fifonsi is a visionary leader, change agent, and good governance advocate. He has extensive knowledge and experience in design thinking, development, implementation, and management, as well as overall organizational leadership. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. With established notoriety as a Governance, Anti-corruption, and Parliamentary Strengthening Expert for the past 10 years, Mr. Fifonsi currently serves as the Executive Director at the Secretariat of the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC), the lead African network of parliamentarians committed to fighting corruption and promoting good governance.
Kathrin is an experienced and passionate trainer, facilitator and speaker with a special focus on all things equality, inclusion and diversity. With over 20 years of experience in this ever-evolving field as practitioner and researcher she covers everything from developing and implementing strategies, running workshops, publishing papers to speaking at conferences.
Sophia Wirsching aims to highlight the importance of human rights in anti-trafficking policies and migration governance approaches. Since September 2018 she is executive director of KOK – German NGO Network against Trafficking in Human Beings. She studied Political Sciences and Sociology brings extensive experience from her work between 2006 and 2018 with the German protestant development service Bread for the World on migrants‘ and refugee rights.
Dorothea Czarnecki has worked in the anti-human trafficking field for the last fifteen years in Latin America, Europe and South East Asia. She holds a Ph.D. in social sciences in the field of commercial sexual exploitation of girls with focus on Guatemala. Currently she is the Interim Director of ECPAT Germany and its Anti-Child Trafficking and Advocacy Senior Expert. Since 2018, she is member of the Lanzarote Committee at the Council of Europe and the Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees of ECPAT International.
Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and integrated systems planning for sustainable development in cities and regions, working in Maunsell, AECOM and Arup. In April 2011 he set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust, a Charity which has brought together the world’s top scientists, engineers, economists, financiers, health, ecology and other specialists to create tools to help accelerate tackling climate change and regenerative development. Resilience Brokers is the operating company. Peter helped to write SDG11 and was on the Planetary Health Commission. He is visiting professor in sustainable systems engineering at University of Bristol. In 2019-20 Peter was a member of the GLAC’s Solutions Lab and also co-founded Pivot Projects.
“This is a time to benefit from group thinking and ideation”
Many of us are worried about the economic crisis caused by the restrictions in trade and production implemented during the corona crisis. Could it be that this situation also offers opportunities? An Input & Discussion Session with Wellbeing Economist Lorenzo Fioramonti on how this crisis opens up the path for a new economy and makes the unthinkable not only thinkable but also necessary.
The current COVID crisis can be seen as one of many disruptions in the VUCA world for those of us who run businesses. For many small and medium size enterprises it surely means that we have to reinvent ourselves because we are not going back to normal. What are the key issues SMEs are facing today fighting for survival? And how can we prepare our people and business for the period after COVID-19? On the other hand: what can we contribute e.g. by strengthening the local health systems and social sector in our countries because their functioning or non-functioning directly affects us…
Covid-19 has plunged the world into crisis. The current pandemic is of unprecedented magnitude touching not only the vulnerable, but every dimension of a country’s socio-economic backbone, livelihood and future. The challenge now is to deal with the crisis properly, mitigate its effects and ensure that a country is not hit with the same force by another wave of covid or another crisis. How can we better prepare a society or country for collective action in crises situations? Government leadership in consultation, coordination and planning with a diverse range of stakeholders is key to building consensus and accelerating impact. How can lessons learned from former crisis be shared and disseminated to inform immediate, medium-term and long-term planning frameworks? Which actors besides the government play a role here? And to what extent can the GLAC network support with its global experience in multistakeholder approaches and best practice examples?
Children are not the face of this pandemic. However most of the children are affected by it. For some children the socio-economic impact will be life-long. The children, who are already poor anyway, will be more affected than the richer ones. There is also another very serious point: Lockdown and tighten measures of putting children inside increases the chances of violence and abuses. This makes it all the more important to talk to children about COVID-19, to listen to their thoughts and fears – although it is not always easy to talk about this topic in a child-friendly way! It is also important to make their environment aware of the dangers that the pandemic poses to children. Maybe you live or work with children? Please join us for both, personal and professional tips when talking to children about COVID.
COVID-19 poses particular challenges to rural and marginalised communities, starting from adhering to hygenic practices to the future of work. What are the challenges for farming and farm workers? Mayank Jain shares experiences from India. On the other hand what are the opportunities and how can social economy and coming back to traditional values that center around sharing and caring for fellow human beings be revived at the same time using new technologies?
Countries classified by Transparency International as transparent and low-corruption are all characterised by a high degree of trust between citizens and government. They are well-developed democracies such as Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Norway, where a certain tacit pro-egalitarian attitude prevails when it comes to redistributing wealth through fiscal policy instruments.
On the other hand, countries which demonstrate high corruption potential share some common features including avoidance to pay taxes as political elites are alienated from citizens with widespread opinion that they are subjects of Government whom they do not trust.
In countries with high corruption potential politics is often treated as highly lucrative business and corruptive structures integrate political elite with large business and organized crime. H ow to transform corruption from highly lucrative and low risk into the low profitability and high-risk activity? This also raises the question of how to make integrity the guiding principle of a society.
Sharing experiences about Online and offline Impact formats such as the 24h Impact Playground & multistakeholder relations and sustainable value creation. Exploring how the GLAC community can work with this method and toolkit in the collaboration as an action-network!
The challenges facing humanity today are complex - and have become increasingly complex. New technologies and their social and economic consequences, climate change, and now a pandemic of unprecedented proportions. In these times, special leadership is needed - let us call this leadership imagination. This kind of leadership is characterised by wisdom, sharing, optimism and the ability to communicate with nature. This is an invitation to all who want to learn more about how to apply leadership with imagination principles to tackle un-known threats and problems.
Africa is often portrayed as a miserable place plagued with wars and other vices even though it is a well-resourced continent with its riches and various resources. The challenges we are currently facing find their roots somehow in chronic mismanagement, poor leadership and endemic corruption…
Perspectives about Africa need and have to change. Africa has to reposition itself. How can we achieve a peaceful and prosperous Africa? What we need is the genuine fight against corruption, the change in mentality, and a responsible civic education. Parliamentarians have a key role - but civil society also has a responsibility and an important role to play here.
Join us on an exploration around diversity and inclusion/ racism and critical whiteness ... focus is a European context as there is so much to do here, but any input is very welcome! Come and bring an object/ picture/ poem/ quote/ song etc to the discussion that is personally representative for you and this huge topic. This could be the start to forming a group of dedicated people to move this area forward, open discourses, facilitate movement personally and for society as a whole! We need all of you to make this happen!
A couple of months into the pandemic, what do we know about the challenging situation of trafficked persons and those vulnerable to trafficking, exploitation and abuse? What new ideas and alliances are there, possibly accelerated by Covid 19, to help trafficked persons and to change the structures that make human trafficking possible, also with regard to the worldwide implementation of the 17 SDGs?
Since 2008 ecology in 20% of the world’s land has been compromised and climate change is accelerating with a 16% increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Ecological footprint has increased by 25%, forests are being pulled down and burning, and pandemics are becoming more frequent and serious as a result. Enough is enough! To enable 9 billion people to live a sustainable resilient life in 2050 we need an urgent and radical change and transformation globally!
“The coronavirus crisis is giving us the opportunity to show that the current economic system is very weak and non-resilient. We need to start building a different one which has to put the health of humans and the planet at the center of what economic development is all about.”