Fairness, Security and the impact of students and younger people on the Commonwealth

"A fantastic opportunity to engage students on the main areas of focus for the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting" 

Event 4 of 4:  Towards a Common Future: Fairness, Security and the impact of students and younger people on the Commonwealth

  • Week 9: Wed. 14 March – Towards a Common Future: Fairness, Security and the impact of students and younger people on the Commonwealth:Dr Godfred Boahen (Commonwealth Organisation for Social Workers)  LSBM student Yetunde Ademuwaguu and Arif Zaman (Chair) focusing on Fairness (promoting democracy, fundamental freedoms and good governance across the Commonwealth), Security (focusing on increasing cooperation across security challenges including global terrorism, organised crime and cyber-attacks) and how the voice of younger people and students can be heard on the Commonwealth’s ‘grand challenges.’

The London School of Business and Management Lighthouse External Speakers’ Programme set against a ‘VUCA’ world of heightened volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity uses the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in April 2018 (https://www.chogm2018.org.uk/) as an opportunity to engage with external stakeholders in key areas that impact business and higher education now and in the future.  

One in three people on the planet is from a Commonwealth country with its 52 countries spanning the richest to the poorest, the biggest to the smallest with 60% of its population aged 29 or under. Bilateral costs for trading partners in Commonwealth countries are 20% less than between those in non-member countries and half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth. As such the Commonwealth provides a microcosm of the global community and a powerful, though under-used, way to make sense of global trends and issues from diverse voices and how they affect all of us, whether as students, employees, or citizens.

With the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’, leaders will work to address common challenges, and focus on delivering:-

  • A more prosperous future
  • A more sustainable future
  • A more secure future
  • A fairer future 

For the first time, civil society organisations from business, trade unions, NGOs and a wide variety of civil society and professional organisations working in areas from education to urban planning have come together to say what matters from their perspectives in each of these areas. Four short papers have been prepared for the CHOGM meeting by these organisations and Lighthouse will provide an exclusive opportunity to hear what these key messages are and contribute to the conversation.  

Dr Godfred Boahen is born in Ghana, a Commonwealth member. He is a qualified social worker and the Policy and Research Officer for the British Association of Social Workers, which is affiliated to the Commonwealth Organisation for Social Workers (COSW). After a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Oxford University, Godfred worked in the third sector and local authorities. On completing his PhD Godfred became an academic before his current post. Godfred brings personal and professional experience of ‘fairness’ to his work on the themed paper for this Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

As before events are open to other Knowledge Quarter Partner organisations in Bloomsbury and Euston and especially students and younger people to build interdisciplinary dialogue and understanding. Invitations have also been extended to Commonwealth organisations. LSBM is proud to be a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities 

For further information please contact arif.zaman@lsbm.ac.uk


Each talk will take place from 13.00-14.00 and you will need to register on Eventbrite here in order to attend.


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Event Start Date: 14 Mar 2018  -   Event End Date: 14 Mar 2018
Start Time: 01:00 PM
End Time: 02:00 PM

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