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. Yet many emerging environmental changemakers operate in isolation; they lack opportunities 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.
GEN responds to these needs as a global action network with the goal of reaching thousands of people around the globe. Since 2011, we have held five summer academies, two regional academies and four community environmental leadership exchanges. In 2018, we are organising the sixth Global Environments Summer Academy and the first Mediterranean Regional Academy, and we are preparing further community exchanges and regional academies for 2019 and 2020. GEN events are all organised or co-organised by GEN members.
GEN also provides technical, financial and intellectual support to members through our GEN projects pillar, including collaborative grassroots projects, convenings, shared learning initiatives and joint action. We curate and facilitate connections, collaborations, exchange, dialogue and peer-mentoring through the members-only online platform, GENet.