Recently, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh hosted a series of interactive workshops designed to generate dialogue and brainstorm steps to make Pittsburgh a more globally fluent metro region. These workshops were held in partnership with Vibrant Pittsburgh and Thrill Mill, and were supported in part by the Sprout Fund.
Over the course of three workshops, the Council engaged a diverse array of nearly 100 members of the Pittsburgh community on conversations surrounding Pittsburgh’s international vision. Discussions looked at Pittsburgh both currently and in the future.
Not only did the Global Blueprint series succeed in spreading a greater global awareness within the region, but it also resulted in the creation of a tangible short-term action plan for the future of Pittsburgh’s global fluency. This document, which serves as a compilation of the workshop discussions, addresses key steps necessary in becoming a more global region. These include:
- Leverage Pittsburgh’s world-class education by offering internships to international students and better promoting the global research taking place at area institutions.
- Engage non-globally minded people by connecting local communities with similar neighborhoods abroad.
- Reinvest in transportation.
- Use community festivals to better market, both nationally and internationally, the things that make Pittsburgh unique.
This unique and innovative program garnered local attention and was featured among the first batch of “Switchboard Stories” on the Global Switchboard website. A video interview with the Council’s Program Officer Emily Markham, photos from the event, and a review of the program are all included in the write-up.
Global Blueprint Resources
- Global Blueprint Workshop One Summary
- Global Blueprint Workshop Two Summary
- Global Blueprint Workshop Three Summary
- Global Blueprint feature on the Global Switchboard website
Stay tuned for more details!
*Photos provided by The Global Switchboard