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2014 AASSA GIN Conference



Announcing Our Region’s Fourth

AASSA Global Issues Network

Conference of the Americas

to be hosted by

Lincoln School,

Buenos Aires, Argentina

October 31 - November 2, 2014



General Information on the Global Initiatives Network

Now a worldwide effort, Global Issues Networks (GINs) are successfully connecting students as they research and seek sustainable solutions to global issues.

GINs are groups of students and teachers, working internationally, to develop solutions for global issues. GINs challenge students and teachers to immerse themselves in a chosen issue and to interact with peers and other international collaborators to create networks, think and act critically, creatively, and innovatively toward creating solutions to address real-world global issues.  The key ideas are based on the book High Noon- 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them by Jean Francois Rischard:


Rischard’s 20 Global Issues

Sharing our Planet

Sharing our Humanity

Sharing our Rule Book

Global Warming Fight against poverty Reinventing taxation for the 21st century
Biodiversity and ecosystem loss Peace keeping, conflict prevention, combating terrorism Biotechnology rules
Fisheries depletion Education for all Global financial architecture
Deforestation Global infectious diseases Illegal drugs
Water deficits Digital divide Trade, investment  and competition rules
Maritime safety and pollution Natural disaster prevention and mitigation Intellectual property rights
    E-commerce rules
    International labor and migration rules


"I strongly believe that it will take the combination of a new method of global problem solving and a new mindset … Schools have a pressing responsibility in this regard to expose the next generations more systematically to these global problems and to help develop the new mindset that is needed --- the 'global citizens first' mindset…tomorrow’s generations must develop a networking-oriented mindset if they are going to solve the burning global problems that stare us in the face.” - Jean Francois Rischard


Click here to access the worldwide GIN site.


Conference Goals

Our goals in planning this conference are to:

  • Empower our students as leaders and partners in the planning process
  • Have a fully campus-based conference involving the community
  • Make the conference as green as possible, as well as to try to minimize the consumption of ‘stuff’
  • Strengthen bonds with friends, meet new friends, and collaborate to build alliances around common interests


How do we begin?

Form a GIN group. It is good to begin by reviewing (both ongoing and possible) efforts focused on global issues with these students and teachers. You will choose one or two of these issues for your projects and, thus, your presentation/s. You will closely monitor/document your efforts in the coming months. For many of you, it will not be creating more work but celebrating and sharing your efforts to date.


How do we prepare to attend the conference?

The GIN group should meet regularly. Schools are invited to send a GIN team (or two) to the conference. Each team is made up of 2-6 students from Grades 7-12, so the maximum number of students a school could send would be 12. Two adult advisers must accompany your school’s students, whether you send one or two teams.

We will accept a total of 450 students and advisers to our conference.

(Note: We included Grade 7 students but would like to stress that the younger students must rise to the occasion since they will be interacting with high school students. They must be up to the task both intellectually/academically and in terms of maturity).


What are the key responsibilities of the team?

  • The student team is asked to prepare an interactive workshop (wireless will be provided at the conference) on their efforts to address a global issue with sustainable solutions. The team will present this workshop to 20-30 other delegates.  These will also be streamned to allow for a larger audience.
  • Also, each team of students needs to make a short (less than 2 minutes) film about the project to be shown at the conference and posted to the website.


What is the format of the workshop?

  • Based on an essential question.
  • Interactive-wireless will be available in every room
  • 40 minutes in length divided into presentation, activities and discussion

By clicking here, you can download a Guide to Action developed by TakingItGlobal for individuals and teams to use to help develop workshops. 


What are the other components of the conference?

  • Keynote speakers from around the world will present
  • Presentations from other teams and speakers involved in global issues
  • Global Village groups will be formed to allow for important open discussions on the issues and the solutions. This also strengthens the networks.
  • A Global Issues Fair will offer students the chance to talk with people creating change.
  • Film Festival will screen the film made by each team on their project.  Every team’s efforts will be shared with the entire delegation

More background on the Global Issues Network?

Inspired by J.F. Rischard in his book, High Noon: Twenty Global Problems and Twenty Years to Solve Them, the GIN Network has grown to become a dynamic, engaging, and relevant forum through which students are working together to address some of the weightiest issues facing human societies and our delicate global ecosystem. With support from AASSA’s leadership and the involvement of GIN organizers from other regions of the world, the continued AASSA GIN Conference of the Americas will provide an opportunity for regional schools to connect with each other as well as with the broader global GIN community.

If you have further questions....

Contact Linda Sills: Linda.Sills@gmail.com

GIN Program Development Director




2014 Conference Registration


.....will open in May 2014!


Step 1:  Review the amazing Pre-conference

options being organized by SAGE.


Step 2:  Click here to register for the

2013 GIN Conference in Quito. 

Deadline:  TBA

Step 3: Click here to make hotel reservations 

Step 4:  Get information on Argentinian visas, immunizations and transportation by clicking here

Step 5: Create a Student Profile on our



To complete the registration, please make sure every student and advisor joins the conference website and writes about projects on the forum. Students should be active members of the site as they prepare for the conference to support the GIN network.

 Step 6:  Complete and submit workshop proposal

form by TBA (click here)

for each team's presentation.

 Step 7:   Submit each team's movie proposal for the

Film Festival by TBA (click here)..


Step 8:  Visit Lincoln School's

GIN site for the rest of the story. 


(laptop, ipad, etc.) since all aspects

of the conference are electronic!

We also ask to students to dress "smart casual" and to be in

appropriate attire for a professional conference:  no shorts or flip


Each school will be contacted to confirm their arrival and departure

flights and times.

Groups will be met at the airport and bussed to the conference hotel

upon arrival.  We will group schools arriving at similar times, so

groups may have a brief wait for other groups.  


Your organizers,

Linda Sills, Joe Hollenbeck, Rosemary Fatta Mari, Carlos Patino and Paul Poore


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