The Global Environments Network gathers inspiring changemakers who are actively seeking solutions to environmental and social problems. This collective leadership network promotes social and environmental justice, strengthening wellbeing at scales from local to global.
The GEN community draw on superb academic backgrounds with inspiring field experiences, and place-based knowledge to develop practical actions – typically out of the public eye – that improve local livelihoods, resolve conflicts and restore environments. These inspiring efforts are benefitting their communities, their countries and potentially the world as a whole.
Trained in specific academic disciplines, working in delimited geographical areas, employed in a defined sector, many future environmental leaders lack opportunities to cross over conceptual, spatial and practical boundaries. They seek places where they can explore and test their ideas with peers in a multidisciplinary process of sustained common reflection. They yearn for the camaraderie of like-minded people who are facing similar challenges in diverse contexts. They look for opportunities to build their communication skills and bring their ideas to a broader public.
GEN responds to these needs as a global action network with the goal of reaching thousands of people in over a hundred countries. With five fruitful summer academies held since its’ inception in 2011, and the first Latin American Academy of Socio-Environmental Leadership carried out in Dominican Republic in late 2015, we are now focusing on planning regional academies in East Africa, Central Asia, Peru and Guatemala, organising community environmental leadership exchanges in Europe, North America and beyond, expanding the Alumni Innovation Fund and creating an internet communication platform to allow hundreds from GEN events to intensively network with each other. Within a few years, GEN’s global legacy will be ensured, generating a self-sustaining process that will continue to replicate itself well into the future.