Leadership and Development for the Global Problématique.

Drawing on 25 experience in the United Nations community, The Institute for Global Leadership specializes in helping the UN develop Reconciliation Leaders for a spiritual renaissance to restore faith in humanity. Focused on Sustainable Development Goals 2030 16 for peaceful societies and 17 for revitalizing a global partnership, these leaders empower cities, nations and global institutions to take an active role in addressing the leadership and development needed for UN75, the SDG2030 goals in the light of the Global Problématique.

Drawing on a rich history of presentations and practice to restore faith in humanity since 1991, inspired by Dag Hammarskjold, we offer this crucial COVID19 moment perspectives, tools and techniques. The Institute proposes to assist UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a Covid19 Global Ceasefire in a presentation at the Academic Council for the United Nations in June 2020. Addressing the problematic role of the United States in the UN, we’ve had dialogues to support America’s Soul since 2017.  The United Nations Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action at UNDP welcomed five Reconciliation Leaders as we presented Reconciliation Leaders for Sustainable Development in 2013. A plan for a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service, a global security system was presented in an invited speech at the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999 & at the State of the World Forum in 1999. In a 1998 invited participation and commentary to the Abolishing War Series with Peace Scholars Boulding and Forsberg, we were concerned about the lack of reference to the United Nations and wrote a commentary, The United Nations, the Peacebuilding Institute and Servant Leadership.

Virginia Swain founded the Institute for Global Leadership in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Drawing on her experience in New York during the World Trade Center attacks and 25 years’ experience in the United Nations conceiving, developing and training Reconciliation Leaders, she perceived a deep-seated need to offer Reconciliation Leaders and a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service to the USA and wider world.

As we work with others to restore faith in humanity, we are given another chance through an intervention of a Phoenix rising from the ashes of ground zero in Virginia Swain’s dream the night of 9/11 (see image below right).  After 17 years of sitting with the Phoenix in meditation, Virginia invites you to learn, through America and Global Communities, why we are here on the earth right now and what we can do to be of service in partnership and collaboration with others so that we can creatively participate in co-creating our destiny.  An earlier Phoenix image (left below) was given by Norway to symbolize the end of war after World War II and was placed in the UN Security Council. Unfortunately there have been more than 400 wars since then.


Those actions to restore faith in humanity include:

A colleague and friend, the late Nan Merrill, author and columnist, wrote, “September 11, 2001, will long be remembered as a terrible and shocking tragedy. Forever vivid will be the memory of how our nation and the world joined in solidarity with nations and peoples devastated by war and violence.”

People, institutions and nations need maturation to work for common interest in a post-9/11 world. The Institute recognizes all human beings, institutions, nations and multilateral organizations for their uniqueness, need and capacity for transformation. We use a leadership agility approach.

Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations and founder of GMCoP, provided support at the United Nations for the Reconciliation Leadership certificate program, dedicating it to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).   Ambassador Chowdhury wrote the foreword for the new book, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 (Xlibris 2017).

Central to our work is healing the cycle of violence. We address the historic cycle of violence with a strategy through the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service as seen through this visual reprinted with permission by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  The healing of the cycle of violence is shown in the diagram below right.


Reconciliation Leaders address the cycle of violence helping people through the outer circle towards reconciliation—including re-humanizing the enemy, grief, acceptance and forgiveness.  

Learn about the Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program and case studies of how the Institute reconciles protracted challenges in a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service with the Peacebuilding Process.  We will build on our rich history for a post-September 11th world in years to come.

For a rationale of why Reconciliation Leadership and the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service are needed for a post 9/11 world, read the following papers presented at the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference at Columbia University. Although dated, the papers present the fundamentals of the new leadership and development models in practice and policy. .

Dr. Elise Boulding trained us in a researched methodology to image the solution to a challenge. Dr. Boulding argues that we can’t reconcile a challenge unless we can see it in our mind’s eye. Imaging plays a key role in our work. Below, participants use imaging as a way to envision a solution to climate change in one of the Reconciliation Leadership courses taught by Virginia Swain at the United Nations, called Designing and Implementing Interventions for Resistant Systems for Local, Institutional, National and Global Change. We create a timeline and action plan after the image is conceptualized (see below for group image from one of the courses)



Below is Dr. Joseph Baratta’s dissertation on United Nations Reform as it is revisioned in the imaging workshop in 2010.


We invite you to join us to reexamine your mission, learn new skills and develop a broad worldview in this crossroad moment of institutional, social, ecological and economic global history. We’ve been restoring faith in humanity in the United Nations since 1991.

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