In 2011 the TGL Founder Niklas Wass walked around Visby, Sweden, with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr. during Almedalen Week, a festival that gathers politicians, corporations, organizations and media. After a while, Rev. Jackson whispered in Niklas’ ear: ”Hey, Nic! We Should have this kind of place in the US ”.
And that’s when the idea of making an Almedalen Week-inspired event in the United States was born. At the same time, Niklas decided to go global to spread the idea all over the world. Together with others he started The Great Listening.
Since 2011 there has been hundreds of meetings, one to ones, workshops and study trips to Sweden, USA, South Africa and Dubai to create a movement and spread the word. We have talked to business people, politicians, state and city officials, NGO:s and individuals.
In 2015 the idea was concretised and an advisory board was formed. In 2017 the global concept was formed, a NGO was founded and the fundraising begun. In November 2018 the very first TGL will be organized in Austin, Texas.
The Great Listening is a global movement organized by The Great Listening Global Foundation. Our core values are democracy, human rights and gender equality.
TGL’s mission is to facilitate an open source platform that encourages free and positive exchange of ideas for businesses, individuals, and organizations, to spark economic growth and generate solutions to community issues.
That people, companies, politicians, organizations and community stakeholders talk and collaborate in concert is key for progressive and sustainable societal development. Such collaborative dialogue secures and fosters democratic principles, welfare, culture, gender equality and human rights, and provides opportunities for sustainable growth. TGL has been met with a positive response and commitment from individuals from myriad parts of society. The concept appears to fill a need for people today who believe that the world can be an even more amazing place.
With the platform anyone can create venues and events where people can gather to start listen to each other, to exchange ideas and experiences or find new solutions that can spark change and growth.
TGL Global Event Concept is how to create physical meeting places to bring together positive forces that want to change and positively influence our world. TGL can be arranged in a country, state or city around the world and is always adapted to the unique conditions of the host city, state, region, or country based on its social systems, political culture, and traditions.
The foundation is always the same. Based on TGL Global Core Values It’s about getting all the positive and wise forces in a society to meet in dialogue, to listen to each other, exchange experiences and discuss critical challenges in personal meetings and workshops, and at seminars, lectures and social activities.
The outcome depends on the participants themselves shaping the content at the meeting place and then taking responsibility for creating change afterwards. The change lies in participation and is its own driving force. The TGL event is simply the platform for dialogue. Subsequently, it is up to each individual and organization to continue the work by taking advantage of new ideas and new contacts and creating change and development.
Guidelines specify how the concept may be used within certain limits, and TGL Global Management Team will support and educate those who wish to launch a local TGL. The concept is inspired by the Almedalen Week in Sweden. To further develop the concept, inspiration and expertise have been gleaned from, among other things, TED and Burning Man.