Advisory Council

Honorable Leaders & Advocates committed to share TGL Core Values and supporting the movement to create positive solutions all around the world.


Professor of Law, Cornell University, USA
Gerald Torres is a leading figure in critical race theory, environmental law and federal Indian Law. He is Former president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), visiting professor at Harvard, Stanford and Yale law schools, Deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno. Prof Torres is an Author and currently Chair of Earth Day Network.


CEO, Cogitare Global, USA
Ben’s expertise is in assisting the transformation of local companies into global competitors. Ben manages the Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas with member companies’ annual exports totaling $250-$500 million. He was appointed to the Texas Camino Real District Export Council by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. He is a board member of CleanTX, the economic development and business association for clean technology. He also serves on the board of Austin Sister Cities International. Ben is an entrepreneur advisor with Tech Ranch and is Vice President of the World Affairs Council of Austin and Executive Director of the Center for Global Trade. His experience includes managing political campaigns in Michigan, Ohio and Texas.


This is the Managing Team of TGL Global Foundation.

Niklas Wass

Founder & Creative Director

Caroline Nyberg Wass

Executive Chair & Co-Founder

Peter Dahlen

Advisory Board

Margareta Eklund

Senior Advisor Concept Development

Tessa Zavala

Strategy & Legal Director

Anton Norberg

Brand & Communications Manager

Kristina Westhed

Concept Establishment Manager

Ulf Sonlet

Legal Advisor & Logistics Manager

Sarah Leal Suarez

Partnerships Manager
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.

TGL Positive Solutions Prize
TGL Positive Solutions Prize is awarded annually in memory of late Mr HG Wessberg, former politician, European Union Official, State Secreatery, Director General and Member of Parliament in Sweden. Wessberg was an inspiration to the very foundation of the TGL Core Values and he was a part of the Global Advisory Council until his passing away in March 2018. The prize is awarded to an individual that have shown outstanding ambitions for bringing people together for positive dialogue in align with the TGL movement.
TGL Academy
TGL Academy is our system of trainings, workshops and support to board members, managing teams and volunteers that are engaged in the movement around the world. We train our teams in the Core Values, the Event Concept and how to organize events according to our guidelines. TGL Academy arrange inspirations talks, seminars and study trips for partners and organizations.
TGL Global Youth Network
TGL Youth is gathering young people around the world in a global network for the next generation of global leaders in politics, corporations and NGO’s.
The Great Listening Global Foundation is a global Non-Profit based in Sweden. Each country and TGL Event have its independent entity. For example, TGL Austin, TX is organized in an Non-Profit entity 501(C)(3).

A Message from the Founder

An idea about getting people to talk to each other and find positive solutions.

For Listeners With Ideas

I know that everyone can do more to make this world a better place. And I know that the key is to listen to what others really are trying to say, and find ways to work side by side. That´s how I started TGL: I found others who was really listening to me, who joined me and started to share this idea. Today I am very proud to be a part of this global and growing movement for listeners with ideas. I hope you will join us and find a way to get involved: Share the idea, join an event, volunteer, donate or maybe organize a TGL somewhere.

Whatever, see ya out there!




Niklas Wass
Founder, The Great Listening Global Foundation
[email protected]
+46 70 204 19 76


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