Raising Global IQ
Carl F. Hobert directs Boston University’s Global Literacy Institute and is the author of the bestseller Raising Global IQ: Preparing Our Students for a Shrinking Planet. He is founder and executive director of the Axis of Hope Center for International Conflict Management and Prevention, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that offers conflict-resolution simulation workshops for public and private school students, educators, parents and for executives around the world. During the past 30 years, Hobert has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in issues ranging from intergroup conflicts in the workplace, to the US-Mexico drug war, and ethnic struggles in Rwanda, Chad, Malaysia and the Middle East. He has taught negotiation to hundreds of government leaders, corporate executives, academic administrators, professors and teachers, and college students around the world.
Abstract: This generation of college students is increasingly interested in learning about international crises, from the war in Syria to global warming and beyond. But in order to teach students how to devise solutions to these often-complex problems, Hobert argues that they need both in-class and in-the-field experience. Hobert explores how he does this effectively in his “Educating Global Citizens” course. In this seminar, Hobert uses what he calls the “Intellectual Outward Bound case study approach” to conflict resolution to teach students how to play roles on many different sides in a host of conflicts to raise their Global IQ, and to hone their personal conflict analysis, management and prevention skills.