Welcome to the latest edition of the GRLI’s Partner magazine.
As always, it’s goal is to offer some insights and perspectives from around the world of the GRLI partnership and to provide a platform for writing and reflection on the development of the next generation of globally responsible leaders.
There is a great deal going on in our global community and it is fascinating to explore the diversity of activity from the explosive success of CENTRUM Católica in Peru over the past decade to a new programme on the practice of global responsibility from Oasis in the UK.
Michael Powell’s interview in his capacity as GRLI chairman reminds us of the challenge of staying focused on impact while our guest columnist Gabriele Morello considers dignity as a managerial value.
Giselle Weybrecht previews what should be the most important event of the year, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in Rio this month. It is however fair to say that most of the people attending do so more in hope than expectation. The question of whether a community of Nation States can effectively lead in the transition to a post-nation state world is central to the times in which we live. Measured by activity levels, intentions and column inches of writing, the signs are encouraging. Measured by the scorecard of achieving global social justice and environmental sustainability the omens do not look so good.
A highlight for the GRLI in Rio will be the launch of the 50+20 Agenda. It sets out our vision of management education in service of mankind and represents a radical departure from the dominant logic of the system as it operates today.
The final article in the magazine describes the work of a small social enterprise from Germany called Bookbridge. They are not formally engaged in the GRLI but they are such a profound example of what we stand for that we felt they deserved greater visibility and our support. They also epitomize the view that it is likely that the future will arise not from the dominant institutions of today, but from newcomers creating a different future because they are not weighed down by their own past.