Global Treks Program
GBSN is inviting schools to take the next step
along with us in our continued mission of improving
access to quality, locally relevant management and entrepreneurship education
for the developing world. A large part of this mission is broader exposure
to what is happening on the ground in many of these complex and exciting
to our series of Treks is quick, easy, and free! The purpose of this offering
is to allow schools to supplement their existing programs, and provide a new
opportunity where such programs are not readily available.
up, places no financial obligation
on your school, nor are you responsible for filling any number of trek spots. Your school commits to:
Encouraging participation in the Treks
Program by highlighting a select few alongside your existing student offerings.
GBSN will supply material and marketing collateral where appropriate.
If feasible, we would encourage
schools to provide credit where appropriate for successfully completed Treks.
guidance for developing the Treks program in line with the mission of GBSN.
This might involve sharing information related to your needs, guidelines for
quality assurance, and potential engagement in Trek design.
offerings will not only fulfil students’ increasing desire to expand their
network but also increase your footprint on the ground in these various
first Trek to avail to your students is South
Africa! Titled “Exploring a
human-centred economy”, select highlights include a walking tour of a local
township while workshopping urban spatial development; explores issues of
social transformation and land redistribution between a wine farmer and the
workers he co-owns the farm with; and discussions of social innovation with
local entrepreneurs. Of course a trip to The Rainbow Nation cannot be complete
without a trip up Table Mountain, a visit to Soweto, and a chance at spotting
the Big 5 on safari.
South Africa Trek runs May 16-24, 2020.
For a full itinerary and to register, click here.
will soon be adding Brazil to our list of offerings, with even more to come. To
receive all of these and make them available to your students, please sign-up here.
feel free to pass this note along to the relevant person/s at your school who administers
such programs, should that not be you, or put me in touch with them directly.
GBSN Event: Embracing
the Excluded: A Transformative Role for Business Schools
April 2-3, 2020
Hosted by: Fundação Dom Cabral
São Paulo, Brazil
Inequality is not just about income or
wealth. It is also about access to healthcare and public services, and about
influence in the policy-making process. There are inequalities across genders,
ethnicities, social groups, and more. Inequalities can look very different from
country to country. Persistent inequalities also hinder progress toward
achieving other SDGs, such as the elimination of extreme poverty. Because it is
multidimensional, there is much more that business schools can do. This event
will surfaces new opportunities to make a difference.
The Conference will convene the world’s
best business schools to consider their role in reducing social inequality
around the world. Most directly, business schools can take steps to expand
access to the quality management and entrepreneurship education they provide.
We will explore these efforts and more, including social innovation programs,
financial literacy and inclusion initiatives, research collaborations, outreach
programs, and other innovative efforts.
The conference will address the following
- What programs do business schools have to improve access to
business and management education to underrepresented groups?
- How can we be stronger catalysts for women and other
underrepresented groups who want to create new businesses?
- How might business schools partner with providers to invent new
business models that improve access to healthcare services, especially the
preventative type? What about access to other important services?
- How do we improve the composition of our faculties to reflect
the diversity of our students and provide role models for them?
- Are there ways for business schools to collaborate with each
other, or work with other units on campus, in order to scale solutions
that reduce inequality?
- How can we connect student teams to projects that help to
reduce inequalities, especially in lower income countries?
- Are there ways to utilize emerging digital technologies and new
developments such as micro-credentials and innovative assessments to
improve educational access?
- Can business schools work more effectively with elementary and
secondary education providers to improve opportunities?
- How do we direct more of our research efforts to help understand
and solve grand challenges related to inequality?
- What role can business school-based case competitions,
incubators, and entrepreneurship hubs play in reducing inequalities?
Deans, Associate Deans, Program Directors,
and scholars that are championing efforts at their business schools and taking
a proactive approach to reducing inequalities in society. Select business
leaders, as well as some representatives from government, in Brazil and Latin
America, will be invited to share their perspectives as part of the discussion.