Highlights From The "Globalization" Seminars

Alchemists of old searched the four corners of the earth for the ingredients to transmute lead into gold. They believed that if you mixed the right elements, you could create magic; but they were never able to find the right formula.

Fortunately for us, the formula of the "Leading in an Era of Globalization" seminars — the third in the series of four seminars that make up the formal Fellowship experience for the majority of the Aspen Global Leadership Network — is as simple as it is potent: bringing together Fellows from different backgrounds to exchange ideas, seek assistance, and build lasting relationships to create golden opportunities. The 2016/17 cycle of "Globalization" seminars wrapped up in March. Below we highlight some of the key elements that make these seminars a success. 
The Mosaic of Fellows

"The diversity of the group was fantastic, and made the discussion much richer. I felt that people brought their authentic selves and really contributed accordingly."

Creating the right mix of Fellows in each cohort is integral to a successful experience. This year, 97 Fellows from 12 countries across five Fellowships participated in seminars held in San Jose, Costa Rica; Jaipur, India; Aspen, Colorado, and Stellenbosch, South Africa. 100% of Fellows thought the quality of participants at the table was good or excellent and 92% felt the diversity of perspectives represented at the table were also good or excellent.
The Costa Rica cohort taking a break from the seminar room to spend time in nature. 
The India cohort on their way to explore the Amer Fort.
Both South Africa cohorts on a joint excursion to Robben Island. 
The Aspen cohort keeping warm and cozy. 
Provoking Readings and Discussions

“The readings made me more aware that I was living in a bubble. I will strive to be conscious of other possibilities and reach out to those outside my bubble.”

So what was on the reading list this year? In addition to classics like Samuel Huntington's "The Clash of Civilizations" and the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Fellows read more contemporary pieces that helped put current events into perspective. Nearly 90% of participants thought the assigned readings were good or excellent, with almost all participants agreeing that the moderators were successful in stimulating genuine conversation and deepening their knowledge of the texts.  
Fellows around the seminar table in South Africa.
Here's a sampling of the articles included in the reading packet that are available online:

Forming Relationships Across Fellowships

"The feedback that I got for my venture was invaluable and the fact that all of the Fellows I talked to would like to help me in any way they can makes me feel so supported."   

Providing the time for Fellows to form trusting bonds is a key element to the success of any seminar. Because all Fellows come to the "Globalization" seminar having taken their "Challenge of Leadership" seminar and the Aspen executive seminar, they already start with a common vocabulary. We bridge the remaining gaps through team builders, small group work, and excursions throughout the week. At the end of the experience, nearly 100% of Fellows felt that their expectations of the seminar were exceeded or met. 
Each seminar starts with a team building activity to help break the ice. 

Fellows spend time in small groups to share leadership and personal challenges.
On excursions, Fellows get to learn more about their venue's local history and culture. Here, Fellows are learning more about Mandela's time in prison while on tour at Robben Island.

Central American Fellows making a couple of new friends at an elephant sanctuary in Jaipur. 
Haven't had the opportunity to attend a "Globalization" seminar? Now's your chance! The next round of seminars begins on December 4, 2017 and there are two alumni seats available at each location. The dates and locations are:
  • December 4 - 9, 2017, Aspen, Colorado
  • January 8 - 13, 2018, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • January 14 - 19, 2018, Charleston, South Carolina
  • February 4 - 9, 2018, Panama City, Panama
  • February 28 - March 5, 2018, New Delhi (Dandama Lake), India
  • March 4 - 9, 2018, Hong Kong, China

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Posted by Matthew Filbert on Apr 29, 2017 11:44 PM America/Denver