|August 22 (Tuesday)|
|Global Citizenship Education: Social Movements and NGO's Responsibilities to Change the World||Carlos Torres
Professor of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
International Director of Global Citizenship Education Center NCTU
|Our civilizations and our planet face a number of growing interconnected problems as well as opportunities exacerbated by globalization. This situation demands new paradigms of teaching and learning grounded on understanding responsibility and engagement determined to find ways to link together local and global solutions. Global Citizenship Education proposed by the United Nations is a tool in the toolbox of policy orientations helping policy makers and practitioners to address the impacts of complex global problems. Dr. Torres presentation will focus on some of the conundrums of global citizenship education, the challenges confronted by GCE, some of the key pedagogical themes of critical GCE and the responsibilities of non-profit organizations that have embraced this new model of curriculum, instruction, and policy orientation.||Link download||Link download|
|Strategically Managing Volunteers for More Impact||
Chief Organization Development Officer of AFS Intercultural Programs, USA
|Voluntary associations and not-for-profit organizations often rely on volunteers to achieve their mission and create an impact on society. Volunteering has many benefits not only to the organization and the volunteers but also to the community as a whole, which benefits from civic engagement. Volunteers must be mobilized and their involvement structured to have their potential maximized. The support required to enable volunteers is usually best delivered by permanent staff or leaders who are, themselves, volunteers. There are two distinct parts to organizing volunteers to accomplish an organization’s impact. The first is to articulate a mission and goals for the organization and motivate the individuals in the group to blend into a common purpose. The second part is creating structures and support systems so the volunteer's energies can be directed towards accomplishing the mission. In the first section of the workshop, participants will be able to deepen the conversations around volunteer motivation, including what not only leads people to volunteer but also to remain engaged in volunteer work in the long term. The focus will be the role of volunteer management in accomplishing long-term retention. In the second part of the workshop, participants will learn about different ways to build their organization’s outreach through effective volunteer management and to significantly improve their volunteer program.||Link download|
|Global Citizenship and Responsibility in the International Response to Climate Change: Recognition of the Role of Non-State Actors in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and Its Implications for Global Citizenship and Responsibility||Adrian Macey
Board Chair of New Zealand Center for Global Studies, New Zealand
Senior Associate of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
|Global citizenship and responsibility in the international response to climate change. Recognition of the role of non-state actors in the Paris Agreement on climate change, and its implications for global citizenship and responsibility. The emerging concept of global citizenship is proving fruitful in an international context of issues whose solution lies beyond the nation state and the current generation. In short, global commons and intergenerational issues, of which climate change is the most prominent. The Paris Agreement on climate change is noticeable for its acknowledgement of non-state actors. Major non-state actors include local government (regions, states or provinces and cities) business, and civil society. This recognition in the Agreement also reflects the growing autonomous acceptance of responsibility by them. Cities, businesses and civil society have demonstrated that they are in many cases ahead of governments in accepting responsibility and taking action. Their focus is both more immediate and longer term than that of central governments. They also tend to be closely engaged with citizens – citizens as residents, shareholders, consumers or in the case of many NGOs, linked by a common interest. These actors are also developing their own international networks. For the first time in climate change treaties, the role of these actors was acknowledged at Paris; indeed their strong commitment to action on climate change contributed to getting the agreement among governments.
Promoting global citizenship does not imply that is has to be being exercised through a new global level of governance, formal or informal. It is a frame of mind and a way of thinking and analysing issues. It requires neither new global institutions nor bureaucracy. The idea that global citizenship could lead to some form of “Global Government” as a emanation of the United Nations is Utopian – and very far off even under the most optimistic scenarios . Global citizenship associated with responsibility is however is a ‘bottom-up’ and immediately operational approach, and is able to grow through a natural strengthening of networks. In the case of climate change, this approach informs autonomous action that is does not solely determined by the provisions of the relevant international treaty. Global citizenship education thus has an important role in raising awareness of the potential of such an approach to make progress in dealing with some of the most difficult issues facing the planet.