Many young people across the world grow up with 'local lives', rarely coming into contact with people from outside their identity groups. When young people learn through a global lens it widens their horizons and helps them to grow as individuals.

Working together cultivates a sense of belonging and helps young people to open up to new ideas, accept new norms and embrace new ways of seeing the world. This series of thought provoking Global Thinking Talks and Workshops support PSHE and SMSC learning objectives and are a great introduction or deepening to the ThoughtBox curriculum.

What will pupils learn?

  • To open the box on global issues and develop interest in their own learning and responsibilities as global citizens
  • To use creativity, teamwork and imagination to solve challenges and make connections with their community
  • To walk in the shoes of others, think critically and explore individual and collective values
  • To feel confident expressing opinions and exploring difficult questions

Talk & Workshop Details

Talk/Workshop Duration: 1 hour/Half or Full day
Format: Interactive talks / Team challenges and group activities for Global learning
Group Size: 10-200 students
Relevant Ages: 10-18 years (KS3-5)
Facilitator: ThoughtBox Teachers (15yrs+ experience in the classroom)
COST: £300 for interactive talks, £600-900 for student workshops or available as part of one of our ThoughtBox Memberships. 



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Becoming Me

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Becoming Me explores the concept of identity, understanding where the labels come from that we are given – from the media to our own cultural context – and how our identities are both consciously and unconsciously shaped by the world around us.

By engaging in a series of challenges and discussions focusing on the impact of social media, globalisation and social culture on our identities, this interactive workshop  asks students to question the influences of our environment on identity, mental health and happiness.


Need Or Greed?

The world doesn't belong to us, we belong to it.

Need or Greed? immerses students into the world of consumption by challenging them to consider the choices we are being asked to make when it comes to what we buy and what we do with our ‘stuff’ when we no longer want it.

By engaging in a series of challenges and discussions focused on the food and textile industry -as well as taking a peek into our rubbish habits - this interactive workshop  will ask students to start questioning their own habits, engage with the effects of their actions on other people and understand the differences between need and greed.

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Connecting the Dots

We are all co-creators of the world in which we live.

Understanding some of the challenges that we are facing in our current societies begins by joining the dots on how these issues are all connected. Connecting the Dots will invite students to explore some of the biggest challenges we are facing today, such as immigration, homelessness and climate change, turning the issues inside out to find out what is really going on.

By engaging in a series of challenges and discussions, this interactive workshop will ask students to start questioning the links between passports and politics, homelessness and climate change and economics and emotional health.



immigration talk

Where do we all belong?

Understanding some of the choices (or lack of) that people have to make when leaving their home is just one step in engaging more empathically with the global refugee crisis.

This one hour talk opens the box on what it means to be a refugee, exploring some of the causes of mass migration and how we are being influenced in our responses and reactions to immigration and refugees. 


Is our help actually helpful?

Although volunteering overseas is a popular activity for young people, have you ever stopped to question the impact of our actions? Is volunteering always a good thing to do, especially when working as an unskilled volunteer in a different country and culture?

This one hour interactive talk opens the box on volunteer travel, exploring some of the positive and negative ripple effects of volunteering and encouraging students to question the choices they make before they make them, 

Global Cultures talk

What is Culture?

Have you ever thought about what 'culture' actually is or what it means? Have you questionned how it might shape who you are, what you wear or eat, even the way you think or how you see the world?

This one hour interactive talk opens the box on our cultural identity, exploring some of the ways that culture is embedded into our daily lives whilst challenging some of the cultural stereotypes that exist by turning them inside out.


Where do we all find happiness?

What does it mean to be happy? Is it a destination or a journey? Where can we find happiness and how can we best support our emotional health in order to be open to what makes us happy?

This one hour interactive talk explores some of the stigma surrounding mental health, opening the box on how we are actively 'sold' happiness within our societies and examining more authentic approaches to finding what it actually means to be happy. 

Waste talk

Where shall we put all this stuff?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your 'stuff' when you throw it away? Because there is no such place as 'away'...

This one-hour interactive talk opens the box on our wasteful habits, exploring the untold stories and lives involved in dealing with our rubbish as well as the social and environmental cost of our rubbish.


What on earth are we eating?

Have you ever questionned what goes into some of the food that you eat? Wondered who is making it? Or what happened to it on its journey to the supermarket shelf?

This one hour interactive talk opens the box on some of our food choices, thinking not just about what we are eating now, but also what our food choices may look like in the near future.