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Carl Hobert      

Best-Selling Author and K-12 Educator

Author of "Raising Global IQ: Preparing Our Students for a Shrinking Planet" (Beacon Press) and a globally recognized expert on the importance of K16 global competency, Carl has been a K16 educator and administrator in the US and overseas, and a counterterrorism consultant, for over 35 years. He was the Director of Boston University's Global Literacy Institute, before co-founding Boston-based Athena Security Group (ASG), which assists K16 communities around the world with vital security threat assessments and recommendation plans.

Fluent in English, Spanish and French, he helps his audiences to build more secure "Communities of Trust", where prevention of violence, rather than reaction to it, becomes the norm. Carl provides his audiences with convincing examples of his successes in conflict resolution, counterterrorism and violent extremism prevention work with youth, adolescents and adults on 5 continents, and his near-death experience in Africa in 2018. With an exceptional stage presence, this passionate life-long educator and father offers understandable, step-by-step solutions to today's growing school community threats, that leave listeners uplifted and prepared to confront challenging issues in their personal and professional lives at once. \

Carl has a BA in French and Political Science, and an MA in Spanish, both from Middlebury College, and an MA in International Security Studies from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Rwanda: One Village, Six People

In this exciting daylong workshop, Prof. Hobert directs a conflict resolution workshop. Each participant becomes a member of one of six different groups of stakeholders in post-genocide Rwanda in order to resolve the brewing conflict that exists to this day in that country, in the region near its border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The workshop goal is to help participants gain a new perspective on the importance of communication, comprehension of multiple sides in a conflict, compromise, negotiation, and the possibility of peaceful resolutions to complex and entrenched conflicts. Participants will learn effective negotiation and "Getting to Yes" / “Raising Global IQ” strategies. At the end of the workshop, participants will prepare a typed and signed position paper, completed on the hosting school’s or corporations’ stationery. Copies of the recommendations will then be sent directly to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Asst. Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson.

The Importance of Creating an “Educating Global Citizens” or “Global Issues” in Your School, University or Corporate Office

Hear how Prof. Hobert teaches his “Educating Global Citizens” course at Boston University, or what many independent and public schools and corporations with which he has consulted call their “Global Issues” course, focusing on important and often-complex modern day global issues. Learn to teach students and colleagues about current global events—and how to use international geo-political role-play case studies so that they acquire and hone their own, personal conflict analysis, management and prevention skills. Participants will gain knowledge of today’s rapidly changing, interdependent world, and how to create an exciting syllabus or action plan to offer their students or colleagues a rare view of our shrinking planet, as well as how those in the course can author their own new and creative role-play case studies based on a variety of topics.

Changing the World, One Student at a Time

In his role as educator since 1983, Hobert has learned how important it is to teach youth conflict management and prevention skills right in the classroom, through simulation exercises in English - and Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and other critical languages. He explains that we need to develop children's "fluency" in other languages, cultures, and negotiation skills in order to instill a desire and aptitude for conflict prevention in our world today.

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