2020 GlobalMindED Conference
June 6-8
Sheraton Denver Downtown
GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.
This Labor Day, we celebrate our partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary. 
Kevin Cassidy
Dignity at Work - A Photographic Journey of America  by Kevin Cassidy, Director of the ILO Office for the United States

Work, in all its forms, is not just about how we pay the bills and put food on the table. Work is about how we interact with the world around us, improve and share our talents as well as express our humanity and worth.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of a venerable international organization - the International Labour Organization (ILO) which was established in the Treaty of Versailles alongside the League of Nations in 1919 - I have developed an initiative to photograph people at work across America.

The main idea for the "Dignity at Work: The American Experience" initiative is to show how work, during a time of innovation and change, shapes our everyday lives as well as how our individual efforts, often invisible to the people around us, makes our societies function.

What I wasn't expecting was the deep personal connection and pride most have people have to their work and how dignity is so central to our activities. Although I have only just started this 26 State tour to a target of 100 cities, I am humbled by what I can only call heroic individual efforts of people to build better communities by contributing the tireless application of their gifts and talents to improve the lives of others.

Yes, work is about material well-being: wanting our children and family to have a better life and to develop a sense of belonging. But the quiet humanity and commitment to a job well done that people bring to their work every day is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

As the Director of the ILO Office for the United States, I find most people think the term labour as quite off-putting and lowly. Some people think that labour is only about physical, non-cognitive work. Certainly the different terms for labour, whether derived from the Latin laborare or trepaliare, is often associated with visions of arduous work, torture, suffering or agony. However, labour is just another way to express the wide definitions of work and is not merely a line or cost on a balance sheet or undertaken as punishment.

Our societies, economies and political systems require the constant application of people's skills, time, industry and talents to a wide range of tasks that help move humanity inexorably forward. Even our children and youth, by going to school or pursuing other educational alternatives, are developing the skills necessary to earn a living and contribute to society.

So work is not merely a by-product of our life-long learning and our social contract. Work is what connects us to reality. We often spend more time at work than we do with our families. Work is the way we grow by addressing social and economic issues. It is a unique entry point that helps us see meaning in life.

People are not commodities. We are sentient beings who aspire to have a better life, building lasting friendships, experiencing this amazing world we live in, becoming stewards of our environments and making this world a better place for our families and the billions of people who may never even know that we existed. But we will have certainly contributed to a world that they enjoy as well, even if in some small way.

The "Dignity at Work: The American Experience" initiative draws on the talents of a world-renowned photographer, John Isaac (www.johnisaac.com) and the hundreds of people who get up everyday to do their work which contributes to the existence and improvement of our society.

Whether it is Steve the lobsterman in Casco Bay, Nanne the amazing sheep farmer and policy genius in Maine, Christian the tattoo artist helping homeless youth in San Francisco, Alaia the part-time videographer and full-time musician in Seattle, Nancy the teddy bear doctor in Shelburne, they all bring their best, their skills, their focus and humanity to the jobs at hand.

We hope that others will contribute to this incredibly exciting project by looking at the people around you in your everyday life and photographing them as they bring their gifts to life in their work. Please share with us your personal window on the dignity at work as it manifests itself in your life (washington@ilo.org ).

On March 18, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his speech "All Labor Has Dignity" in Memphis, Tennessee during a sanitation workers strike which brought attention to years of poor pay and dangerous working conditions. Dr. King stated "So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight, that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth."

The role of the ILO is to ensure decent work for all women and men and to pursue social justice globally. This, I believe, is how we are all connected and is the most effective way to move forward in building a better world now and in the future of work. 

Partnering with GlobalMindED, we are dedicated to closing the equity gap to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline where all can participate in meaningful work. We look forward to seeing all of you at GlobalMindED 2020, where you can also experience first hand the Dignity at Work: The American Experience. 

Each session is based on how things get done, key stakeholders, measurements and ability to bring about change at scale. Participants do not spend time talking about their background; time should be devoted to unique, innovative work and what it has achieved. Sessions will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Diversity of people and perspectives 
  • Specifics of how to solve a complex issue in the area of access and equity 
  • Evidence-based solutions to our toughest pipeline problems 
  • Demonstrating a unique, innovative and effective approach 
  • Sharing potential pitfalls and hazards faced in the field 
  • Information is impartial to specific products and services 
  • Providing concrete and specific takeaways Involving the audience in creative and constructive engagement


Each Sunday Conscious Capital shares a new "Sustainable Sunday with the SDGs" blog post

193 countries came together to devise a plan to make the world a better place...now it's your turn. What is an SDG? "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations". These goals were created with the intention to transform our world by 2030. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

57 million primary school age children around the world are deprived the right to an education. SDG #4 strives for equal access to education for all.

Invest 2 minutes in Education by watching this  short video

iGIANT® and GlobalMindED are excited to announce a challenge competition to explore the impact of gender/sex on innovation and novel technologies in our lives. By partnering together, iGIANT and GlobalMindED hope to inspire young emerging leaders to develop innovative ideas regarding gender/sex within health, IT, transportation, and retail.The winner will be announced at the iGIANT Design Summit in San Francisco November 21, will receive $250, and will have the opportunity to bring their idea to fruition with the help of iGIANT and its network of professionals.

The National Academy of Medicine defines "gender" as a person's self-representation as male or female based on social interactions and "sex" as based on one's genes. The environment can impact gene expression which is known as "epigenetics."

Gender/sex impacts every aspect of our daily lives. The same dosage of medication, for example, has different effects on men compared to women, resulting in a need for us to understand these differential effects in the research and development process before doctors can effectively dose their patients. Similarly, although some products (such as shoes, sports equipment, or cars) seem to have separate designs for men and women, it is important to distinguish between a simple change in aesthetics and a design that actually addresses the biological factors (ie, body composition, bone structure, metabolism) that cause men and women to experience these products differently. Each small detail and seemingly insignificant change in design can heavily impact how we perform at work, school, or in our leisurely activities.



The challenge is open to all students

Design Requirements:

The design elements can include:
Programs (ex: an educational symposium);
Policies (ex: a policy on inclusion);
Protocols (ex: athletic training protocols or medical guidelines); or
Products (ex: sports equipment, clothing, tools, hardware and machine-human interfaces).

Solution Requirements:

The solution should:
Demonstrate the impact of gender/sex on a design element.
The concept for the design element needs to be clear, concise and actionable.

Submissions (approximately 1-2 pages in length) are due November 7 to contact@globalminded.org. We look forward to your ideas!

by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

The purpose of this award is to recognize and publicly honor those individuals, institutions or organizations based in the state of Colorado that have made a significant and exemplary contribution to the sustained improvement of the health of multiple populations over an extended period of time in a global health setting. 

Do you know someone who you would like to nominate? Learn more  here.
DEADLINE: September 6, 2019 (midnight)

September 10 at 1:00pm CDT

Only 20% of college students from low-income backgrounds will reach graduation within six years. 

While easing the financial burden can make college a reality for so many deserving students, there are many other factors that can impact a student's journey to graduation day. Balancing work and school, navigating the academic and personal challenges of college - it's not easy staying the course. 

Join us for a webinar to learn how to: 
* Identify personal and situational risk factors 
* Develop resources and support strategies 
* Prioritize effectively and scale support 

Presenter: Oscar Sweeten-Lopez President & Founder, GradSnapp 

Oscar Sweeten-Lopez is the president of College Success Tools at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the founder of GradSnapp, a technology that helps professionals track and support their students to college graduation. From 2005-2016, Oscar was the portfolio director overseeing the highly successful Dell Scholars program. Oscar currently serves as President, Board of Directors for the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).

September 12-13, 2019  
Fritz Knoebel Event Center - University of Denver

GlobalMinded is pleased to partner with TiE Denver International Summit September 13 with a pitch competition on September 12. We have 15 discount passes and would like to share these with you. This summit is focused on the global political and economic impacts (challenges and opportunities) affecting Colorado startup and scale up companies in Manufacturing, Martech, Fin tech, Blockchain, SaaS tech, Digital Heatlh and Health Care solutions. It is designed for Executives, Owners, Investors, Leadership Teams and local to global policy makers. Speakers include the  Consul General of India, CEO's and Execs from Colorado, Dubai, UK, Canada, Mexico, Asia . There are 25+ panelist experts speaking on successes and and challenges of funding, growth and market expansion locally, nationally and globally. Join us to add to the conversation and learn how you can be involved. 

Use code: TiEDenver2019- GM to get in for just $97 if you register 
before August 30 (limited to first 15).

   Register for the conference  here 
OR  Apply to pitch  here 

September 17, 2019  
Trusteeship Council Room United Nations New York, NY

Working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), Earth Day Network, Future Coalition, and other partners, the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) will hold the first annual Global Climate Restoration Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Leading in to the events of the high-level debate of the 74th Session of the General Assembly, the Forum will promote the theme and message of climate restoration, focusing on removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, restoring ocean ecosystems, and restoring and preserving Arctic ice. Bringing together thought leading practitioners from science, engineering, economics, policy, finance and industry, the Forum aims to discuss why Climate Restoration is an essential framework for climate action, and how we can safely restore a healthy climate in a single generation.

We're inviting people to register via this Eventbrite page and then we'll get back to you by Sept. 2 to confirm your registration, pending availability. 

September 19, 2019  
Ellie Caulkins Opera House - Denver, CO

The Succeeds Prize, presented by Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, mindSpark Learning, and Colorado's business leaders - will recognize the state's most transformational and innovative schools and educators through six awards and $150,000. You don't want to miss this live-televised, live-reveal event! Join us for a night of excitement and fun.

The event is FREE to attend, but registration is required.
October 15-16, 2019 - Santa Fe, NM

The conference gathering thought leaders and practitioners from education, technology, policy, HR, and foundations will be held at the Santa Fe Convention Center. 
October 22-24, 2019 - New Orleans, LA

Grantmakers for Education's 23rd annual conference will be held in New Orleans under the theme Supporting Students in Overcoming Adversity: Agency, Justice, Equity. We are taking inspiration from the students who lived through Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent overhaul of the education system. Local successes and challenges will stimulate national conversations about transforming education, from birth through postsecondary success. Drawing on brain science and the latest evidence, we will explore the social, emotional and academic dimensions of learning. Register here.
Ricky Kej, Grammy┬« Award-Winning Composer and UNESCO Global Ambassador for Kindness, released the trailer  of his latest album SHIVA. It   was recorded live, to an audience of over 7000 people, with 40 musicians from 6 countries and a 300 member choir. The album is an ode to all species, our environment, and humanity. The audio album launches on all leading platforms on the 14th of August 2019. The concert film will premier on the 30th of October 2019 (on a leading streaming platform).

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