What is a GIN Conference


What is a GIN Conference?

A Global Issues Network Conference is a gathering of change makers.

 

GIN conferences are a network of local GIN change-makers working with their community to create positive change on an international, national or local scale.

GIN Conferences are student led and organized gatherings that value community building.

GIN Conferences are a network of school communities that organize regionally and internationally.

We encourage students and educators to organize in a way that is both inclusive and pragmatic.  We ask students to become familiar with organizing strategies and ideologies of social movement leaders, both local and global, who have created lasting change.  Students will come to see that leaders who have led successful movements, organize and partner with a true understanding of their community and community needs because it is a relationship that is founded in empathetic action, trust and respect.

GIN-conferencediagram

 

What makes a GIN Conference?

GIN conference model:

  • All GIN teams present and lead workshops as experts working in the field while open to learning from their peer audience.
  • Students organize the budget, marketing, fundraise and seek sponsors for their own conferences
  • Student facilitated small group discussion, processing, and the exchange of ideas specific to their successes and challenges they have faced as change-makers in partnership with their community.
  • Student organizers value and accept their global citizenry by focusing on community building and inclusivity within their school and the host country.
  • GIN coordinators, school administrators, teachers and parents work with students as team members and mentors to create a supportive real world learning experience.

The following short film is an example of a student made promotional video that was produced by one of the many student led GIN Conference organizing teams.  Student led conference organizing teams work to introduce, inspire and highlight local GIN student led and designed projects before and during their conference. Incoming GIN student project teams work together to both understand and develop effective and sustainable solutions before, during and after participating at a GIN conference.

GIN CONFERENCES: Global Citizens Collaborate on Local Projects to Create Global Impact

GIN Project & Conference Impact On Your School Community

  • Motivates the entire school community to commit to responsible global citizenry.
  • Values equitable consideration for all members of the school community to take on leadership roles in organizing the conference: students, teachers, administration, facility management, and PTA.
  • Empowers individuals to self-identify their contribution based on their strengths, interests and passions.
  • Grows opportunities for cross disciplinary and project-based learning between classrooms and across grade levels.
  • Reinforces bonds and highlights leadership in students, administration and faculty.
  • Infuses optimism, collaboration and strengthens morale of the entire school community.