Call for Applications, 2017 New Generation Seminar People-Centered Governance for Inclusive and Sustainable Communities, East-West Center

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    Scholarships | Fellowships

    2017 New Generation Seminar

    Now Accepting Applications–Deadline is July 25

    The New Generation Seminar, now in its 27th year, is an intensive professional development, dialogue and field study program that provides the next generation of Asia Pacific and American leaders an opportunity to internationalize their perspectives, develop new solutions for shared challenges and build an international network. The program targets rising political, policy, private sector, and civil society leaders, aged 25-40, and is organized to provide a grounding in the big picture regional issues as well as a deeper understanding of a thematic focus, selected to reflect a timely and important challenge or trend that affects countries and communities across the region. Leaders gain skills, knowledge and new ideas to affect change. Through 26 years of the East-West Center’s New Generation Seminar 385 rising regional leaders have broadened their vision, deepened their knowledge and internationalized their perspectives. Full list of New Gen leaders who are leading us to the future.

    Dates: September 23-October 1, 2017

    Theme: “People-Centered Governance for Inclusive and Sustainable Communities.”

    Destinations: Honolulu, Hawaii

    The 2017 New Generation Seminar will bring together 10-12 participants for a one-week program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to explore the theme “People-Centered Governance for Inclusive and Sustainable Communities.” Through round-table discussions with experts, presentations by one another, training, and on-site field visits, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in building communities that are socially equitable, economically feasible and environmentally healthy, and strategies and tools that they can adapt for use in their home countries to promote broader citizen engagement in the community building process.

    Leaders in Asia and the United States today are working to respond more effectively to rapid urban growth and changing development needs such as incorporating large infrastructure projects into existing local communities; accommodating new migrant populations; revitalizing aging, post-industrial neighborhoods; and rebuilding after natural disasters. The global New Urban Agenda, adopted in 2016, lays the groundwork for policies and approaches for addressing the rapid transformation of cities and towns into large metropolitan urban areas over the next two decades and beyond based on a set of core principles that include democratic development and respect for human rights; a symbiotic relationship between environment and urbanization; and urban resilience to climate change.

    Through roundtable dialogue with US and Asia-based experts, NGS participants will examine the relationships between urbanization, sustainable development and community building within the context of global, regional and local challenges. The program will include a one-day Public Interest Design workshop where participants will learn techniques for undertaking “community-based” participatory planning and design activities dedicated to building and supporting a culture of civic responsibility and engagement. This approach emphasizes sustained local citizen participation in collaborative decision-making in partnership with professionals (architects, planners, local government officials, elected representatives, etc.) to create equitable improvements to their built environment. The program’s field study will include site visits to two community-based design projects in Hawaii, one in Honolulu’s downtown Chinatown district and one in Waipahu, a former sugarcane plantation town. Both communities are facing significant development impacts as designated station stops along the island’s new light rail line as well as flood risks in coastal areas due to rising sea levels.


    The New Generation Seminar seeks to engage young leaders aged 25-40, from Asia Pacific and the United States who are in a position to influence policy, shape public opinion and lead action. The program seeks to create a cohort of leaders and practitioners who can bring different perspectives to the exploration of the theme, including elected officials, local government, business and community leaders, and others with demonstrated leadership in their countries and communities.

    Candidates must be fluent in English.

    * Please note that scholarship funding is available only to Asia Pacific countries on this list. We welcome other applicants, but they would need to provide their own funding to participate. If you are interested in this option, please indicate this on the cost sharing form that is part of the application.


    Participation in the New Generation Seminar is a competitive process. Nominations are received from a variety of U.S. and Asia Pacific organizations and qualified individuals are welcome to submit applications on their own. The applications and nominations are reviewed by an East-West Center Selection Committee, which makes the final selection of candidates.

    To apply, please submit the following:

    • The Application Form (2-pages—cover sheet and statement of cost sharing): PDF version (Click to download. Please save a copy to your computer first before filling out or you may lose your data. You may type directly into this PDF document.  After completing, submit as an attachment with the rest of the required documents.)
    • A brief written statement about why you wish to participate in the 27th New Generation Seminar (not more than two typewritten double-spaced pages, please).  In responding please consider what you feel you can contribute to the program and what you hope to gain from participating given your current leadership positions/roles, especially with regard to this year’s program theme. 
    • Copy of resume or CV to include professional and educational background.
      Resume or CV should clearly indicate years and type of education, title of position held, name of employer, dates spent at each position, and most importantly a brief outline of specific responsibilities or accomplishments in each position. (Maximum 3 pages please)
    • One letter of professional recommendation on official letterhead with current email and phone contact information for the person writing the recommendation.
    • Contacts for 2 additional references that can attest to your professional background and leadership abilities that can be contacted by the East-West Center if needed. Please include name, title, organization, relationship to you, and current email and phone contacts.

    For a printed summary of the application requirements, please download the Application Instructions.


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