In a few days I'll be boarding a plane from Boston to Bangkok to participate in Plan International’s Global Leadership Conference (GLC), where country, national and regional directors, staff, board members, young people, and the CEO will come together to discuss the future of Plan International, reflect on the organization’s accomplishments and challenges, and—most importantly—learn from one another.
In today’s age of technology, it’s easy to connect to our global Plan International peers over email and Skype. However, when we replace the internet with live, candid conversations, it gives way to much more meaningful and lasting learning, sharing, and doing.
To me, that is what makes this conference so unique. I can already feel the energy of a room pulsing with the creativity, wisdom, and passion of such a diverse crowd!
A Change is Coming
Plan International is undergoing many changes, including the development of a new purpose, values, and theory of change, which will be topics of discussion at the GLC. Because this will bring new ways of thinking across Plan International, it is very important that discussion, debate, and criticism on this topic are welcomed and appreciated.
I believe providing the wide range of GLC participants the space to talk together about the purpose, value, and theory of change will help ensure that: a) this work continues to move forward in a direction that well represents and reflects the opinions of all parts of Plan International, and b) everyone is clear about that direction and can work together to ensure it is carried out and succeeds.
In discussions around the purpose and values, I hope Plan International’s leaders are honest and transparent, that they take questions genuinely, and equally appreciate the opinion of each participant.
Thrilled to Be Part of It
As a member of Plan’s Global Youth Advisory Panel, I am thrilled that young people will be present at the GLC as full delegates for Day 1! The GLC agenda involves ideas, decisions, and discussions of Plan International’s global purpose. These efforts will have a huge impact on the lives of children and young people where Plan International works.
Therefore, having the voices of young people contributing to these conversations is imperative. Imagine a conversation around early child marriage between national directors and staff from different regions. Now imagine that conversation when a young person from Bangladesh with firsthand understanding of this issue joins in. How fruitful, meaningful, and powerful that discussion becomes!
This is the kind of inspiration and energy in store at next week’s Global Leadership Conference!
That’s all from me. Thanks for reading and look out for more GLC reflections from another GYAP member once the meeting is underway.