Outreach & Education

Behind all our work is the desire to provide jargon-free, approachable content tailored to disenfranchised communities and youth. We work to bring complex issues of geopolitics and globalization to real life in ways that power debate, discussion, and ultimately engage people who have felt largely powerless and left out of the discourse. We are committed to developing meaningful material— often provocative and thought provoking—that speaks to international audiences in ways that bring global issues to life and inspire people to get involved. We need your support.

Since EGF’s founding, our activities have centered on three main projects:

Globalization, Robots and You: A One-Week High-School Curriculum

EGF, in partnership with Marginal Revolution University created and seed-tested the rural schools project, Globalization, Robots and You. This free, one-week, high-school curriculum seeks to engage US students around the key issues related to globalization and help them plan their futures equipped with the facts surrounding this complicated topic. The soup-to-nuts curriculum is focused on providing accessible, current content about the implications of globalization with a particular focus on rural US communities. It includes everything teachers need to engage students with the concept of globalization including classroom activities, games, discussion prompts, research assignments, assessment questions and five original videos. It also empowers students with the tools and skills necessary to understand and manage the effects of these forces on their futures, potentially for generations.

We created 3 videos to help bring the content to life:

The finalized curriculum is now available and free to any school or teacher across the world.

Due to the pandemic, we have also created an online version of the course, adapted for teachers working remotely and parents homeschooling. It’s free and available to everyone.

Independent America

Independent America, a three-year research project led by EGF senior fellow Mark Hannah, seeks to explore how U.S. foreign policy could better be tailored to new global realities and to the preferences of American voters. The American public’s support for a more restrained and less interventionist foreign policy is politically diverse, extending well beyond the usual anti-globalism suspects. And yet, U.S. elected officials continue to fund small wars, arms sales, and troop deployments which are often counterproductive to the country’s long-term interests, security and prosperity.

This on-going project is generously funded by The Charles Koch Foundation.

Inevitable Adversaries: The US-Russia Relationship

In this campaign, EGF interviews some of the world’s leading experts–both Western and Eastern–to explore the complex relationship between the United States and Russia. Relations between the two countries are at their worst point since the Cold War. Much is at stake for them both as well as the rest of the world. Speaking with historians, experts and policy makers, we work to gain insight into the relationship and explore how differing perceptions of the past and competing visions of the future have led us to where we are today. We also look at the effects that US-Russia tensions have on key global issues such as nuclear proliferation, counter terrorism, European stability and the geopolitics of the Middle East and Asia.

Most importantly, we ask: where do we go from here?

Funding for this project was generously provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Technology, Power, and You

The digital revolution has already changed how people live, work, and communicate. And it’s only just getting started.

But the same technologies that have the potential to help billions of people live happier, healthier, and more productive lives are also creating new challenges for citizens and governments around the world. From election meddling to data breaches and cyberattacks, recent events have shown that technology is changing how we think about privacy, national security, and maybe even democracy itself.

This EGF project examines five key challenges that will shape the future of the digital age. Click here to learn more.

Funding for this project was generously provided by Harold J. Newman

America’s Role in the World: A Campaign to Raise Awareness of National Choices

This campaign aimed to raise awareness among young voters about the pressing foreign policy issues informing the 2016 US Presidential election. Because it was focused on millennial voters, the campaign utilized a large-scale social media campaign where we developed videos and infographics to help voters understand pressing issues such as trade, automation, energy, and defense and encourage them to bring this knowledge to the election. Since the project began in May 2016, we have gained over 31,000 Facebook followers with our largest demographic 25-34 year-old males. Our videos have been viewed over 650,000 times and have reached over 1.8 million users. Our top five videos have been watched over 35,000 times each. Funding for this project was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.