GEN events are designed to provide changemakers with the support and tools they need to put their aspirations into practice. Our summer academies, regional academies and community exchanges provide opportunities for participants to engage meaningfully with experts from other fields, to test and co-develop ideas to resolve socioenvironmental problems across scales, and to develop their vision and leadership in a network of peers.
A collective leadership network, GEN is comprised primarily of event alumni and resource people: outstanding academics, professionals, artists and activists, who together represent an extraordinary diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
Ideas borne from intense discussions at GEN events plant the seeds for future collaborations. Through both formal and informal projects and partnerships, GEN supports members’ innovative and collaborative work, creating mutually-beneficial connections with global networks of colleagues and organisations aligned to GEN’s values and mission.
At the heart of our GEN practice is peer-to-peer learning and mentoring: an approach that acknowledges everyone has the potential to be both teacher and student. This horizontal way of being creates a rich environment for sharing and expanding knowledge and networking. GEN provides members with support tailored to their specific needs and personal and professional goals and aspirations.
Academic and/or practical research and education tools and resources created by GEN members and partners: all open source. In 2020, GEN launched a new initiative to develop practical ‘how-to’ guides with tried-and-tested resources, and tools, targeted for those working for social and ecological justice and positive change.
“MERA was a great opportunity to get in contact with like-minded people who are interested in socio-cultural threats that affect places around the world today.”
“Be prepared to have your heart exploded! …from stories…connections…finding brotherhood and sisterhood with people, and falling in love platonically…”
“ALLSA Peru gave us the feeling that there are many who desire and fight for more just and sustainable food systems, that are in harmony with nature and people.”