On 27 June 2021, Convenors of the Geneva Learning Foundation’s Dialogue for learning, leadership and impact, Karen Watkins and Reda Sadki, were joined by four Key Contributors: Laura Bierema, Bill Gardner, Bryan Hopkins, and Aliki Nicolaides. Contributors include: Aleida Auld, Charlotte Mbuh, Cleopas Chiyangwa, Emmanuel Musa, Frema Osei-Tutu, Iliyasu Adamu, Joseph Ngugi, Kuldeep Baishya, Lara Idris, Nadene Canning, Ndaeyo Iwot, Rhoda Samson, Sachithra Dilani, Samuel Sha’aibu, Sfundo Gratitude Sithole, Simon Adjei, Sohini Sanyal, Sonia, Stephen Downes, and Tari Lawson. Here are seven of the themes that we explored together.
- Leadership for digital learning: can we make online breakout groups similar to in-person small groups – or is that the wrong question?
- How do we learn within ambiguity and uncertainty – and why is this so important now and particularly in a humanitarian context?
- How important is it that your own personal values are aligned with those of your organization?
- Is there any evidence for theories of leadership?
- Why is authority so often conflated with leadership?
- Can those who lack authority lead change?
- What impact will artificial intelligence have on learning and leadership?
Our purpose is not only to know what Contributors think about a topic, challenge, or issue. We also want to understand how they came to know. And what coming to know – the question of epistemology – has to do with leadership.