I am so excited to be involved in the beginning stages of an innovative new organisation glish.guru. My conversation this morning with the peaceful and passionate entrepreneur Dani Leis was extremely inspiring.
Glish is an online conversation platform connecting students with English speaking coaches around the world. The idea is that the student watches a TED talk video about a topic they are passionate about, and then has a 30 minute conversation with a Glish coach about what they have watched. The student's interest is piqued, the conversation flows easily, and horizons are widened!
There will be free group sessions for those who cannot afford private sessions, and NGOs will receive scholarships for their staff or clients. Coaches will give free group talks that address the NGO’s issues, bringing their staff and clients closer together, allowing the flow of ideas and beginning global conversations around the issues.
Dani says the philosophy of Glish is to connect people around the world. Her International Peace studies background and previous work for non-profit organisations have led her to creating an online platform that aims to bring an understanding of different cultures and to break down barriers.
She gives an example of a conversation she had with a Saudi man about the ban on female drivers, following the women's driving rally last year. His concerns were only for the safety of women drivers, whom he feared would be attacked if they were driving alone. This discussion allowed Dani to see a sensitive issue from an entirely different world view, and helped her to rethink previously held judgements about Saudis.
I am thrilled to get started writing and coaching, and am excited to see how Glish will grow in the future.
Glish is at the very beginning, so if you have any ideas about how you can help, or if you are interested in being a coach, sign up for the newsletter at glish.guru.
For more information see the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glishguru/?fref=ts