A Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference brings together global citizens who are addressing local-global issues within local-global systems with empathetic and equitable sustainable solutions. Students in middle and high school from more than 100 nations on 5 continents have presented their GIN projects at both local and regional Global Issues Network Conferences hosted by schools around the world. Regional and local conferences are growing as student leaders respond to their “Call to Action!”
Students Leading the Way
GIN Conferences are student-led gatherings supported by school communities across the globe. We challenge students to design every element of the conference as an interactive and sustainable conscientious living, cultural, and learning experience. Students integrate climate change activism, local-global community building, design and systems thinking: from outreach to local and regional schools, to the conference carbon footprint calculation and offset, to art as an expression of activism, to food justice and the mindful meal, to youth led and facilitated workshops focused on leadership, collaboration, sustainable solutions and learning to be a changemaker; all of this has and continues to grow a culture and community of global citizens dedicated to empathetic action.
All Participating Students Present & Share Their Work
Every student project team crafts a workshop to present to their peers. Each student led workshop delivers a message based on their passions, strategies, solutions and challenges within the process of developing a project in partnership with their local community. This enables students to experience what it means to be an expert, a teacher, a student, and most importantly an empowered collaborative leader making a difference in their community. This student empowerment is lasting.
How It Works: Engaging Global Community & Learning
Each year, GIN conferences bring together whole-host-school-communities, visiting GIN students, community leaders and GIN educators with change-makers, experts of all ages, NGOs, and representatives from educational organizations.