“All around us, we are being called on to redefine our roles and reclaim responsibility in shaping the world we inhabit,” says Diana Ayton-Shenker, the inaugural Global Catalyst senior fellow at the Schools of Public Engagement, in the introduction to her book A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Pathways, and Practices of the International Community.
“We hear this call to action from inner voices of conscience, external demands to step up, the expectant looks of children, the silent cries of our degraded environment and depleted natural resources,
“The time to answer this call is now. Ready or not, we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
As editor of A New Global Agenda, Ayton-Shenker solicited chapters by thought leaders and changemakers from a wide variety of disciplines, including environmental policy and sustainability, mobility and migration, higher education, and human rights law, organized in the book under the broad rubrics of “People,” “Society,” and “Planet.” The book responds to the three major global agendas established by the international community in 2016: the updated United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Accord on Climate Change, and the New Urban Agenda established by Habitat III.
The publication of A New Global Agenda is meant to be a starting point for a collaborative approach to addressing these global challenges. In her role as Global Catalyst senior fellow, Ayton-Shenker will convene a series of public programs, faculty roundtables, and student workshops. Participating in these discussions will be many of the scholars who contributed to the book, several of whom are New School faculty: Mary Watson, executive dean of the Schools of Public Engagement; Alex Aleinikoff, director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility; Michael Cohen, professor of international affairs; and Lena Simet, PhD candidate in the Public and Urban Policy program at the Milano School.
Diana Ayton-Shenker is founding CEO of Global Momenta, a philanthropic strategy and impact innovation firm. Before joining The New School, Ayton-Shenker founded the Fast Forward Fund, was honored by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University, and was selected as a Social Venture Network Social Innovation Award finalist. She served as the inaugural Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence at the Wharton School of Business and was featured among “31 Inspiring Women in Nonprofit Management” by the University of North Carolina. Her United Nations briefing paper The Challenge of Universal Human Rights and Cultural Diversity has been translated into all six official languages of the U.N. and cited in more than 100 books, articles, papers, and policies worldwide.