About The Global Solutions Forum Blog

As part of Waynflete’s embrace of global learning, three faculty members and two students are representing the School at the Students Shoulder to Shoulder Global Solutions Forum in Colorado from Thursday, October 23 through Sunday, the 26th.  Last summer, seven students and three faculty each participated in one of seven SStS service courses located throughout the world.  The Global Solutions Forum is an opportunity for program instructors, student participants, and leaders of SSTS non-profit partners to tell their stories of hope and learning as they work with communities on creative sustainable solutions to poverty and environmental harm. On Monday the 27th at 5:30 p.m., Waynflete will host its own Global Citizenship International Potluck and Forum. Click here for more details.

Check out the latest blog posts and pictures from the Global Solutions Forum below:

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On the plane home.

I’m sitting on a three-hour plane ride with loads of homework and college applications waiting for me upon my 12:30 am arrival at the Portland airport. Oddly enough, I don’t feel stressed or panicked (even though I probably should). I...


No Shortcuts: emBOLDen Alliances

Along with the student presentations and their un-conference, the non-profit partners presented some of the challenges and strategies they rely on to leverage their limited resources for the greatest impact. I loved meeting Neena Jain, who founded emBOLDen Alliances and...

Another Airport Goodbye

One of the unique opportunities with the Global Solutions forum is the chance to re-connect with students from my trip.  I initially got to know the 10 students from the Nicaragua trip through “Phase 1.” We spent the spring working...

The Student Un-Conference

Students worked in new teams to practice planning an entire conference in 2 hours.  The idea was simple.  Many of our most creative ideas that arise in groups get tabled and don’t go anywhere.  The critical piece of leadership they...

The Weight of Kindness:

Our closing circle resonated with me on so many levels. I’ve always embraced experiential education because it means our classroom is everywhere and the laboratory for learning from our fellow travelers on the planet is free.  I know it is...

Looking Ahead

Peru leader and Vail local Sasha Bilow took Lydia, Lindsay and I and on an early morning bike tour. Lindsay and I then met with trip leaders at “the cabin,” Shoulder-to-Shoulder’s homebase, to discuss the application process. Dedicated to ensuring...