THE GLOBAL CO LAB NETWORK

Engaging the Next Generation

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WHO

The Global Co Lab Network is a virtual “do tank” that empowers inter-generational engagement focused on teens and millennials, incubating initiatives out of carefully designed informal gatherings such as living room salons, utilizing mindfulness and design lab philosophies.

WHY

Humanity is seeking safe space for greater understanding and trust as stakeholders work to address complex challenges, local and global.  The next generation needs to be better understood and heard and older generations have significant experience and networks to share.  The Global Co Lab designs inter-generational engagements focused on fostering more effective solutions.

HOW

The Global Co Lab helps host and encourages others to convene informal small gatherings around carefully identified challenges, identifying invitees of diverse perspective and background, designing dialogues focused on more intentional collaborative engagement with input from the next generation, and working to incubate change.

DESIGN LAB SALONS

Change starts in small gatherings!

The Global Co Lab Network has designed a simple template to encourage you to host a design salon focused on empowering youth to be change agents, building on networks from established more seasoned generations.  The Co Lab encourages small gatherings, we call them “Design Salons” to curate carefully selected stakeholders around topics of mutual interest focused on incubating action that empower youth leadership.  Design Salons are typically co-designed by 2-3 people focused on building trust and collaboration, helped considerably by a safe, neutral space for convening, such as a living room or similar environment.  We suggest 8-12 – stakeholders ideally representing diverse perspectives, expertise and demographics.  Centered around facilitated conversation, food and drink, each Design Salon is typically limited to 2 hours and designed for maximum output.  The Co Lab encourages follow up to ensure that goals and actions identified are implemented and tracked for long term impact. If successful, the group may dive deeper in successive salons.  

The goal is for gatherings to incubate new initiatives. The Co Lab created Teens Dream and is building new initiatives around youth empowerment and earth optimism.  We want you to host a salon!  Here is a how to sheet and you can see what teens are doing by watching this short clip.  For an interesting history of salons, see this overview!  

Thanks to the Co Lab’s brilliant, but simple model of bringing people of different backgrounds together to identify and address common challenges and discuss new paths forward, we were able to launch the first in a series of Exchange Salons during which we will engage emerging leaders to shape the road that our international exchange community will take in the coming years.

Jennifer Clinton

President, Global Ties U.S.

SALON SERVICES BY THE GLOBAL CO LAB NETWORK

The Co Lab provides the following services for salons

Click to expand the sections below to learn more about The Global Co Lab Network’s Services for salons

TOPIC
lightbulb icon Help with identifying topics where actionable and doable outcomes can be visualized is critical to the success of salons.
PARTNERS
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Helpful to host a salon with one or two partners, which the Co Lab can help identify.
INVITATIONS
invitations iconSelecting invitees and sending attractive invites that get people to attend salons is critical. The right co hosts, topic description and a diverse and complementary set of attendees who are collaborative in their approaches bringing different perspectives is most helpful.
FACILITATION
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Two hour salons are facilitated to ensure that everyone speaks and input and dialogue move to action oriented outcomes.
FOLLOW UP
checkmark-iconThe Co Lab is about incubating action out of salons and therefore follow up is critical. Everything is done to identify action oriented steps that come out of each salon and follow up to maximize output.

What are some examples of salons?

The Co Lab hosts salons and encourages others to do the same, with a goal towards creating new initiatives on any topic.  Multiple salons with teens have created a youth dream contest around the Sustainable Development Goals, Teens Dream.  Other salons have addressed science diplomacy, mental health, higher education, mindfulness, engaging scientists and innovators on grand challenges, and climate change – all with a goal of engaging the next generation.  The Co Lab is building on its salons with the Earth Optimism Summit and Smithsonian around Conservation and female empowerment with Brie Mathers and Love the Skin You’re In — but you can host a salon on any topic you are passionate about! 

Use the button below to get further tips on hosting salons

TEENS

The Co Lab engages teens on issues of priority to them.  Our salons have included a focus on engaging teens to address mental health and integrating mindfulness into their lives, with the outcome a partnership with Love the Skin You’re In to engage teens more proactively to build overall personal empowerment.  The Co Lab also created salons with the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit working with local youth and their school environmental clubs to focus on conservation priorities.  To encourage teens to dream and be change agents, the Co Lab created Teens Dream, a global video contest for teens focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   

Teens Dream Promo Video on UN Sustainable Development Goals by JAYO, grand prize winner of 2015 competition

Teens Dream

Teens Dream, a digital platform empowering teens globally to articulate and pursue their dreams, does this with an annual video competition with $1300 in prizes and brings or skypes in winners in an annual celebration in Washington, DC where teens meet with mentors who can help them realize their dreams.    Watch our promotional videos and encourage teens globally to enter our Annual Fall  video competition. Visit the Teens Dream website for more details!

Teens Dream Website Screen Shot

 

MILLENNIALS

Inter-Generational Engagement

The challenges facing our networked global world require bringing inter-generational perspectives together more proactively.  Each generation can learn from the other and strengthen each others’ ideas.  The next generation does not have to work alone.  The Co Lab has organized Wisdom Bridge salons between millennials and older generations focusing on a range of topics, including higher education, science diplomacy, and climate change.  The goal is for you to host your own design salon focusing on an area of youth passion and curate intergenerational invitees to help create change.  See our design formatted after 40 Co Lab Salons to learn how you can host an intergenerational design salon. 

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ABOUT

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The Co Lab maintains a virtual team with minimal staff, bureaucracy, and overhead focused on building networks between existing entities.  The Founding Director works with a team of collaboration oriented advisors, volunteers, and web developers that include teens, millennials, science and innovation experts, policy officials, and creatives — all united with a passion to more effectively address challenges in cost effective virtual network building.  Affiliations for identification purposes only.

LINDA STAHELI

LINDA STAHELI

Founding Director

Former Science Diplomacy Entrepreneur

JOHN HANACEK

JOHN HANACEK

Foresight Advisor

Graduate Student in Communications, Georgetown
http://www.johnhanacek.net/

ALISON SHER

ALISON SHER

Millennial Advisor

Millennial Consultant, Author at MillennialUniverse.com

RICHARD STONE

RICHARD STONE

Editorial Advisor

International Editor, Science Magazine

OVIDIU BUJOREAN

OVIDIU BUJOREAN

Entrepreneurship Advisor

Managing Director, OviBees Ventures

PAT HANSCOM

PAT HANSCOM

Impact Advisor

Co Founder and Executive Vice President, Social Impact

PIPPI

PIPPI

Inspiration Advisor

All around great dog.

JACOB SARTORIUS

JACOB SARTORIUS

Social Media Advisor

Middle School Student /Social Media Influencer

DAVID PRICE

DAVID PRICE

Network Advisor

Co Founder, DebateGraph

AIDAN HOLLAND

AIDAN HOLLAND

Web Advisor

Student, Washington Lee High School

MELANIE ROBERTS

MELANIE ROBERTS

Collaboration Advisor

Founding Director, AAAS Emerging Leaders in Science and Society

CHARISSE CARNEY-NUNES

CHARISSE CARNEY-NUNES

Teens Dream Advisor

Senior Staff Associate, National Science Foundation

KIM FEINSTEIN

KIM FEINSTEIN

2015 Co Lab Fellow

Former Public Diplomacy Political Appointee, U.S. Department of State

DEREK BOLTON

DEREK BOLTON

2014 Co Lab Fellow

Managing Director, Baltic Islands Society and PhD Researcher, University of Bath

KENNAN SALINERO

KENNAN SALINERO

Science Advisor

Founder, ReImagine Science

SIMON SHARP

SIMON SHARP

IT Advisor and Co Lab Intern

Computer Science Undergraduate, Stony Brook University

KATHERINE SMITH

KATHERINE SMITH

Mindfulness Advisor

Senior Consultant, Health and Wellness, at the Samueli Institute

MARTINE WAGONER

MARTINE WAGONER

Education Advisor

Teacher, Evergreen School

MELANIE GREENBERG

MELANIE GREENBERG

Peace Advisor

President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

NATHAN BYNUM

NATHAN BYNUM

Youth Film Advisor

Staff Producer, Arlington Independent Media

ANISHA CARR

ANISHA CARR

2016 Co Lab Intern

 Student, Sandy Spring Friends School

CHUCK APPLEBY

CHUCK APPLEBY

Design Thinking Advisor

Founder and Partner
Appleby and Associates

SIYING LI

SIYING LI

Inter Cultural Advisor

Graduate Student, Georgetown Communication, Culture and Technology

DAVIN BREMNER

DAVIN BREMNER

Peacebuilding Advisor

Owner, Senior Consultant, People-R.org

LISA LABONTE

LISA LABONTE

Middle East Advisor

CEO, Arab Youth Venture Foundation

BETH MCCOLLUM

BETH MCCOLLUM

Global Co Lab Fellow 2016

Business Development and Project Management Consultant

SPIKE MORELLI

SPIKE MORELLI

Personal Growth Advisor

Educator (MOOC), Social Entrepreneur & Tinker

RENEE FISHER

RENEE FISHER

Boomer Advisor

Realtor and Writer

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JORDAN URBANOVICH

JORDAN URBANOVICH

Media Innovation Advisor

PRCPTION Travel, Inc.

CAMILLO PIARULLI

CAMILLO PIARULLI

2017 Co Lab Fellow

ELLIE HALL

ELLIE HALL

2017 CoLab Summer Intern

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