During the nine years that I have been a supporter of Global Visionaries, it has been wonderful to witness its evolution and growth. Its programs have deepened, with increased opportunities presented for youth to find and bring out their “inner leader”. You can see their self-confidence build, like an expanding balloon. Recently, GV has extended its reach with the powerful Global Leadership Summer Institute. I wanted to call out this less well-known aspect of Global Visionaries since it is an incredible addition to the overall program.
The Global Leadership Summit is a week for educators – with some strong speakers. Terry Bergeson, the former 12 year Superintendent of Public Instruction of Washington State and GV’s CEO Chris Fontana will be spending 5 days with regional educators, administrators and leaders interested in youth education to grow acumen in the area of bringing democracy to the classroom. If it is engaged global leaders we want as an outcome, then we need to change the way we are teaching our youth. GV is providing teachers a pathway for they themselves to become global leaders. And this enables teachers to create learning environments in which students take charge of their learning. I am increasing convinced that, with this full-circle approach to education (providing student and educator learning opportunities), GV is on track to make real changes in the leadership of the future.
This is just one of the reasons I’m looking forward to seeing what the next nine years will bring for GV!
– Bill Ellis