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.
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.
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 utilizes small gatherings such as “design lab salons” to curate stakeholders carefully selected around topics of mutual interest focused on incubating action that engage and/or impact youth. 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. The Global Co Lab focuses on engaging 8-12 – stakeholders, carefully selected representing diverse perspectives, expertise and demographics. Centered around facilitated conversation, food and drink, each salon is typically limited to 2 hours and designed for maximum output. The Global Co Lab follows up to ensure that goals and actions identified are implemented and tracked for long term impact.
The goal is for gatherings to incubate new initiatives. Our first is Teens Dream. We want you to host a salon! See what teens are doing by watching this short clip. For an interesting history of salons, see this overview!
SALON SERVICES BY THE GLOBAL CO LAB NETWORK
The Co Lab provides the following services for salons
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Helpful to host a salon with one or two partners, which the Co Lab can help identify.
Two hour salons are facilitated to ensure that everyone speaks and input and dialogue move to action oriented outcomes.
What are some examples of salons?
The Co Lab hosts salons and encourages others to do the same, with a goal towards incubating new initiatives. Multiple salons with teens have created a youth empowerment website: teensdream.net. 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.
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The Co Lab engages teens on issues of priority to them. After six salons a collaborative of teens and adults created Teens Dream. We hosted a celebration Oct 3rd in Washington DC for the winners, submitters and teen co-creators of the www.teensdream.net Video Competition at link below. Other salons have focused on engaging teens to address mental health and integrating mindfulness into their lives. For other ideas on how teens can engage, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to listen to a recent radio broadcast about the Teens Dream Annual Video Competition.
Teens Dream Featured on Television – Channel Arlington Independent Media
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!
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 with millennials and boomers focusing on higher education, science diplomacy, climate change, and grand challenges and is working to engage inter generational dialogue and design collaboratively.
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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 founder 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.
Former Science Diplomacy Entrepreneur
Graduate Student in Communications, Georgetown
International Editor, Science Magazine
Managing Director, OviBees Ventures
All around great dog.
Social Media Advisor
Middle School Student /Social Media Influencer
Student, Washington Lee High School
Founding Director, AAAS Emerging Leaders in Science and Society
Teens Dream Advisor
Senior Staff Associate, National Science Foundation
2015 Co Lab Fellow
Former Public Diplomacy Political Appointee, U.S. Department of State
2014 Co Lab Fellow
Managing Director, Baltic Islands Society and PhD Researcher, University of Bath
IT Advisor and Co Lab Intern
Computer Science Undergraduate, Stony Brook University
Senior Consultant, Health and Wellness, at the Samueli Institute
Teacher, Evergreen School
2016 Co Lab Intern
Student, Sandy Spring Friends School
Inter Cultural Advisor
Graduate Student, Georgetown Communication, Culture and Technology
Global Co Lab Fellow 2016
Business Development and Project Management Consultant
Personal Growth Advisor
Educator (MOOC), Social Entrepreneur & Tinker
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