Visual Explorer™ at the Global Youth Summit from Chuck Palus on Vimeo.

The Center for Creative Leadership reaches out to young leaders throughout the world through efforts such as our Leadership Beyond Boundaries initiative. Recently, we were happy to donate our Visual Explorer™ (VE) tool to Jane Goodall’s Global Youth Summit, which brought together 100 young people from 28 countries to acquire “a toolbox for changing the world.” VE was used in the closing exercise, to explore the question “What is one of the most important things that you learned about leadership at the Global Youth Summit?” The video above wonderfully captures the essence of the activity. The facilitator, David Shurna, the Executive Director of Global Explorers, describes it this way:

I used Visual Explorer at the conclusion of the week long summit as a way for students to share what they had learned about leadership throughout the week. I have attached the PowerPoint presentation that represents all of the images chosen by the students coupled with words about their action projects and their leadership lesson.

I was particularly struck by how well this work across cultures. We had youth ages 16-24 from more than 20 countries involved in the activity. Many were from developing countries and English was their second language. The images helped them open up and share powerful lessons and ideas in ways that we had not seen the rest of the week.

I was particularly struck by the variety of images selected and the creative ways in which students expressed their thoughts. One student from Kenya selected an image of a burning house [see below] and described the way in which this photo represented the destruction of his country that was taking place right now. Yet beyond the fire, he saw in the image something that represented his hope that he could inspired change when he returned.

Another student from Hong Kong selected the rugby image and discussed the ways in which he felt that he was often beat up, pushed around and discouraged by the lack of progress he was making on environmental issues in Hong Kong. Yet, he said the conference reminded him that we all get beat up at times and we need to have persistence and hope.

Not too many dry eyes in the room after these moments. Thanks so much for being willing to share this incredible resource with our organization.

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