About the GCD
We hear that this world is small—and growing smaller, due to the phenomena of climate change, mass migration, and the closing digital divide. But when injustices occur within and across borders, what criteria are necessary to create a global community that nourishes, stimulates, and inspires? And once such a community exists, what are its goals? What are its challenges and opportunities? What are its plan for sustainability, and its unforeseen risks?
At the crux of the matter, what are the roles—of the group and of the individuals—who form this interdisciplinary, intercultural, interracial, ‘inter-everything-else’ global community?
The Global Community Dialogue (GCD) is an attempt to respond to these questions. It is a collection of mediators, facilitators, practitioners, advocates, students, teachers, writers, philosophers, and otherwise thinkers dispersed across the world, who meet annually in a secluded setting and in a previously unvisited country. At each annual meeting, or dialogue, participants consider the above questions and all their related topics, and as they are influenced by context of each host country.
Ultimately, the GCD aims to explore the workings, boundaries, effects, and potential of diversity, leadership, and change, and how they impact communities on a global scale. There is no hidden or specific agenda beyond increasing tolerance, understanding, and peace.
In April 2005, Jeremy Solomons and a small group of other committed global citizens met in Houston, Texas to form the framework of what is now the Global Community Dialogue.
Originally, the GCD was named the ‘Global Diversity Dialogue’. However, after its first five meetings between the United States and Europe, dialogue participants at the time decided that ‘Diversity’ did not do justice to the full range of everyone’s experiences, endeavors, and interests.
After much conversation, they settled on renaming this forum the Global Community Dialogue on Diversity, Leadership, and Social Change. This name has since more effectively reflected our aspirations for dialogue that fosters a global community. It also constantly reminds us to become better leaders in our respective fields and societies, and across the many borders and transitions that we encounter.