The “Courageous Conversations” started as a virtual gathering in October 2021 during a time when most of the world was subject to travel restrictions due to the 2020 covid pandemic.
The pilot event was hosted by the GRLI with guest speakers professors Lars Moratis and Frans Melissen, who led a lively discussion into uncovering the hidden potential of the SDGs. In 2022, Lana Jelenjev and Chris Taylor, who between them have decades of experience in community organising, organisational change and personal growth development, acted as co-hosts on behalf of the GRLI and presented a 3-part series entitled “Hope in a time of collapse.”
From 2023 onwards, we invite GRLI partners or associate partners who have a burning talking point, to host a Courageous Conversation with the topic to be decided in collaboration with GRLI. Topics typically (a) deal with situations or questions at the edge of our current understanding and have no readily accessible solutions (b) help us to stretch our practice and thinking beyond existing paradigms (c) address one or more of the realms of responsibility: I, We, the Whole and (d) give a platform to voices that are often marginalised, silenced or unheard within mainstream channels.
These live and interactive webinars explore multiple dimensions of Global Responsibility in a unique format that involves 30 minutes “conversation starters” – experienced voices offering their (often diverse) views on the chosen topic – prompting 30 minutes small group reflection and 30 minutes open space dialogue and exchange.