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Be. Leadership June 2017: Global Citizenship

by Ben Geddes

We were given the heads up that we would be challenged more than before and, at the same time, we were encouraged to challenge the status quo, especially the louder voices in the room.

The session’s focus was on Global Citizenship, helping us to further understand how we view the multitude of cultures around the globe and learning what that means within the context of a global society.

Barriers between countries are lessening through trade, the internet of things, communication, technological advancements, increased information, and technology-based research and development. New leadership and consciousness of the impact we have as individuals, groups and countries on those around the globe needs to be considered.

As a whole this session brought forward ideas about our responsibilities as global citizens and what we need to consider to ensure that our impact encourages others to strive for positive resolve around diversity and inclusive communities.

Anna Stone shared her thoughts on developing leadership within her organisation GSK and approaches to enhancing diversity in the workplace and in governance.

Amanda Judd has had an interesting career influencing many aspects of environmental care and regenerating our world. Using technology she has grown a new social enterprise, Kai, to increase accessibility to food options in response to the rising price of foods around New Zealand.

Craig Richardson's time with us was illuminating and challenging. Many may be anxious about what is ahead in regards to sudden technological advancements. Individuals may face job losses and businesses may experience significant market disruption.

Whether it is the price of food, strategic governance and diversity on boards, or technological advancements, the environment we live in is global. New technology is constantly emerging and will continue to do so, disrupting what was thought to be stable and solid organisations.

I think we will see movers and shakers rising from unseen quarters of society encouraging parallel systems where food and general living costs will be reduced by innovation, challenging historically sound business methodology.

I would encourage people to share their thoughts and be involved in communities they are passionate about, to learn about technology and how it may be used for good and to try out new, sustainable ways to acquire necessities like food and power.