Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations.
GBSN and Universidad de los Andes are partnering to engage university communities (students, faculty and leaders of organizations) across the globe during the month of October, leading up to GBSN Beyond. Race2Imagine is an opportunity for university communities across the globe to convene, exchange and celebrate community impact, while also offering an opportunity to directly participate in the development of proposals and actionable solutions that can be applied in different contexts.
Race2Imagine features three sessions focused on healthcare, climate change and human rights. Each session aims to facilitate the exchange of impact stories from different perspectives: students, faculty and leaders from different institutions to share their story about an initiative they have undertaken within their local community that addresses a challenge related to one of the four GBSN Beyond themes: human rights, healthcare and climate change. These convenings will also share their vision about the strategies, actions and initiatives that need to be undertaken in the near future across different contexts.
Session #1: Friday, 15 OCTOBER I 8:00 am – 10:00 am EDT
Race2Imagine aims to facilitate the exchange of impact stories from different perspectives: students, faculty and leaders from different institutions and government and civil society professionals to share their experience within their local community that addresses challenges related to healthcare.
This convening will share visions of the strategies, actions and initiatives that need to be undertaken in the near future across different contexts. Co-hosted with Miami Herbert Business School, guest speakers will explore and compare approaches to university-health system collaboration to achieve impact, using the example of informing the response to COVID-19.
Session #2: Friday, 22 OCT I 11:00 am – 13:00 pm EDT
This session provides a venue to discuss the role of forests in climate change. It features case studies on the enhancement of forest carbon stocks through both afforestation and reduced deforestation strategies -afforestation of otherwise degraded lands removes carbon from the atmosphere, while avoiding deforestation reduces the influx of carbon into the atmosphere while preserving biodiversity. The ultimate goal of this session is to stimulate a reflection on how businesses may constructively engage in the use of nature-based solutions to help solve the climate crisis.
Session #3: Friday, 29 OCTOBER I 8:00 am – 10:00 am EDT
This seminar will invite participants to reflect on how business research can have a positive effect on the promotion of human rights. To do this, the seminar will leverage the research experience of a group of professors who developed a study during the Colombian peace process with the FARC group.
Co-hosted with Geneva School of Economics, the seminar will feature panel discussions exploring academic and industry insights on human rights in illegal mining; human trafficking; drug trafficking; refugee rights; etc.