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21 March 2023 | People First Talk with Adria Goodson

In this talk, Adria Goodson, Director of the Ford Foundation Global Fellowship Program, shared her lessons learned on the leadership we need now and how to cultivate it. We’ll explore questions such as: how we increase leaders’ ability to deal with complexity, what it takes to co-create leadership programs that share power, and how we can tap into collective wisdom to disrupt colonial mindsets and imagine the world in a different way.

When We Thrive, Our World Thrives: Stories of Young People Growing Up With Adversity

This book is about the graduates of Dream a Dream. It centres on moving, personal stories of young people and what it means to grow up with adversity and thrive. It weaves in research about positive youth development and best practices of the globally recognised life skills programme developed by Dream a Dream; it also chronicles Dream a Dream’s growth and development as an organisation. It shares stories of hope that with proper support from caring adults, young people from even the most vulnerable backgrounds can thrive and lead their communities, for the benefit of our shared future.

Our Predecessors Built a World of Winners and Losers. It’s Time for Something Different.

Our international rules-based order through which the world’s nations pursue global peace and development is crashing into the limits of its founding vision. What our predecessors built some eight decades ago, after the Second World War — from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to the United Nations — is in desperate need of repair. But it remains essential, and salvageable.

For billions of people, the stakes could not be higher. This is painfully true for the people of Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin continues his malevolent invasion of a sovereign nation and subversion of international law. It’s also true across the Global South, where I believe our global development finance system has proved outdated, outmoded and outmatched.

20 Sept 2022 | Putting People, Agency and Leadership First: Developing Collective Leadership as a Path to Sustainable Development

Please join our livestream for a conversation featuring Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia and Founder, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director, Emerson Collective. These panelists will explore how greater prioritization of the development of local leadership can advance our shared vision for a more sustainable and equitable world. Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-founder of Teach For All, will moderate the discussion.