The Symposium captivated, inspired, and amplified voices!

Here’s a short recap.

Virtual sessions were held throughout the weeks of
November 3 to 19th, 2021
on decolonizing and shifting power in our social impact work.

If you were not able to attend the Symposium but want access to view the recordings, we now have post-Symposium tickets available! Post-Symposium tickets include access to recorded sessions, discussion forums, exhibitor booths, and connections with attendees and speakers in the online Symposium event platform.

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The 2021 Posner Center Symposium convened global and local development leaders, practitioners, researchers, academics, activists, policymakers, and supporters looking to focus on anti-racism in development work, diversify the global development field, and have a more equitable impact that begins to repair past and current injustices.

We spent time collaborating and learning about ways we can disrupt deeply-rooted imperialist power structures and assumptions that are still embedded in our development work and re-imagine more just approaches for global impact.

See Symposium Video Playlist

Symposium 2021 Photo Gallery

Program and Speakers

We had sessions on history to help understand, think about, and set the context for decolonization. There were sessions sharing personal, lived experiences to deepen understanding and strengthen connections. We had case studies to hear about what other people are trying and doing and learning to change our underlying systems and the development sector itself. Some sessions dove into a particular sector, region, system, or practice area, and others tied it all back together.

Program Topics and Schedule

The Symposium brought together diverse points of view from around the world to focus on shifting power, diversity, and decolonization in social impact and global development work. Our speakers are joining from 15 countries and 10 different states to share their experiences, ideas and lead a rich collage of discussions.

We had 370+ participants over the 2 1/2 weeks. One-third were from the existing Posner Center Community, but we’re thrilled that the other 2/3 joined us from organizations and locations new to our community.  40% of participants joined us from Colorado and the rest from 22 other U.S. states and 25 other countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, South and Central America, and Europe.

Almost 300 of the participants used the interactive Whova platform where we saw enthusiastic engagement (more community board posts, messages, and shared resources than their average event figures). The Symposium event platform will be available for 3 months, so participants can continue to engage with each other, view session recordings, and explore the articles and resources shared.

We dove in, opened up, got inspired, and learned from each other.

See the global collaborators, change agents, and diverse perspectives you’ll find on this year’s Symposium program agenda:

Symposium Program Video

Learn about our speakers and explore their session topics:

Speakers and Session Descriptions


Our Commitment to Decolonizing Development

For both the places we live and the communities in which we work, decolonization to us means acknowledging and analyzing colonial history and its legacies in the global development field, our organizational policies and practices, and our individual mindsets and behaviors. The Posner Center is committed to convening discussions and supporting actions to further understand how we can decolonize our work for a more just and equitable approach to global impact.

Tying it all Together

The Symposium is one of three core programs central to the Posner Center’s impact. Applications for the International Collaboration Fund (ICF), which funds collaborative programs in the Posner Center Community, will open shortly after the Symposium so that participants can apply the equity, justice, and decolonization tools and resources from the Symposium to their collaborative ICF grant proposals. Catalyst, our Report on Collaborative Global Development, will include contributions from Symposium attendees and others participating in the decolonization of global development work.

Making it Accessible

The Posner Center for International Development is committed to accessibility and inclusion for all people, and a portion of the Symposium’s budget is reserved for accessibility needs. We use Zoom’s Live Transcription feature during all virtual events and ask that speakers follow our accessibility guidelines.  To request accommodations such as language interpretation or for questions about accessibility, please contact or 720-382-7631 or include your request when you register. Please request accommodations by October 18th, 2021.

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