ABOUT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS 

Under the Stevens Initiative, Global Solutions, implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable solution to local challenges related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Bi-national teams engage during an eight week period (Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge) or through six dialogues (Global Solutions Conversations) to ideate a sustainable solution to real needs in their local communities. Throughout the program participants develop important workforce skills. 

Global Solutions uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US, Jordan and Iraq. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.


Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for students:

  1. Improve global citizenship by demonstrating that one’s responsibility and humanity transcends beyond borders;
  2. Strengthen problem solving skills;
  3. Develop cross-cultural collaboration and competency;
  4. Develop job readiness skills through online collaboration.

Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for facilitators:

  1. Develop and improve facilitator’s skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;
  2. Strengthen student’s technical and non-technical workforce development skills;
  3. Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan, and Iraq based on classroom content and meaningful collaboration;
  4. Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth.


ABOUT THE STEVENS INITIATIVE 

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career-readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/ 


ABOUT IREX

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.


CONTACT

Contact Information Email: globalsolutions@irex.org

After connecting with your partner facilitator and before you start the program, please fill out this form and upload a copy of your Timeline form so IREX is aware of how you plan to implement the program. 

Welcome to Global Solutions Conversations! To participate, please review and sign the Terms and Conditions of Participation.


Program Description
Under the Stevens Initiative, Global Solutions Conversations (GSC) is a six-session virtual exchange program to connect students in the U.S., Iraq, and Jordan. Students will meet for live conversations about their culture and global issues in their community. Each conversation will follow the process of design thinking where participants will identify challenges related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and brainstorm sustainable solutions for their community.


The challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


Purpose
GSC uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US , Jordan and Iraq. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.


About IREX
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.

Welcome to Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge! To participate, please review and sign the Terms and Conditions of Participation.


Program Description
Under the Stevens Initiative, the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC), implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable solution to a contemporary business challenge. Bi-national teams engage during an eight week period to create a sustainable business solution to a UN Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the challenge participants develop workforce skills and network with industry professionals. At the conclusion of GSSC, bi-national teams submit a video pitch and business plan for their prototype to the Virtual Global Business Expo where the top three finalists will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals and educators.
The challenge is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


Purpose
GSSC uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US, Jordan and Iraq. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.


Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for students:

  1. Improve global citizenship by demonstrating that one’s responsibility and humanity transcends beyond borders;
  2. Strengthen problem solving skills;
  3. Develop cross-cultural collaboration and competency;
  4. Develop job readiness skills through online collaboration.



Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for facilitators:

  1. Develop and improve facilitator’s skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;
  2. Strengthen student’s technical and non-technical workforce development skills;
  3. Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan, and Iraq based on classroom content and meaningful collaboration;
  4. Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth.


About IREX
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.

Submit here the following items:

1. Business Concept 

2. Video Link

3. Three to five photos of your prototype

4. Name of two Presenters (Students) to live pitch at the virtual business expo if your team was selected as one of the top five finalist teams presenting at the virtual business expo.

Required: Student participants were sent the final survey directly through Alchemer. Completion of the survey by all team members is a required component of the final submission. If a student has not received the email, first check spam, then reach out to globalsolutions@irex.org.


SAVE THE DATES

Virtual Global Business Expo

  • December 14, 2022 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET /7:30 pm - 9:00 pm MENA.

Finalist Run-through: Participants identified as the top five finalists will be invited to a run-through. The run-through will allow finalists to practice the flow of the event and use the technology.

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