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 draws on strong academic, professional and fieldwork backgrounds 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. Since 2011, we have held five fruitful summer academies, two regional academies and three community environmental leadership exchanges. Our focus is now on future GEN events—organising a Mediterranean Regional Academy in Morocco, to take place in Spring of 2018, and exploring the potential for two Latin American Regional Academies in Guatemala and Peru, as well as two African Regional Academies in West Africa and the Rift Valley. We are also expanding the alumni fund to encourage members to collaborate in initiatives of shared learning, convening and progressive thinking and action, and curating and facilitating connections, collaborations, exchange, dialogue and peer-mentoring through the members-only online platform, the GEN InterNetwork. 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.