The Global Livingston Institute (GLI) is, in short, thriving. If we were a business, our shareholder dividends would be increasing and our shares would have more than quadrupled since 2009. And if this were an earnings report, our growth for the past year would have outpaced our expectations and our earnings forecast would be promising. Analysts would give us a “strong buy” rating, and we believe that you would be inclined to invest in us.
As we reflect on our past seven years - where we were in 2009 and where we are today - you might say that the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) was quite unexpected. We didn’t expect that on the first trip we ran in 2009 with a group of 18 students from the University of Denver, that over 500 scholars would follow.
As the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) grows each year, so do we as a team! We learned a lot this year, and there is no way that an annual report could adequately tell the stories or share the experiences of the countless people that we encountered along the way. And as we grow, we continue to wrestle with how to measure the many ways that GLI and its participants are impacting change both globally and in their own communities.