Robert Harris is an Australian who is passionate about the culture and the history of France and was, for many years, an acknowledged leader in the world of international civil society organisations. A president of several NGOs at UNESCO in the 1980s, and at the UN Economic and Social Council in the 1990s, he is the co-founder of Education International. After the political divisions of the Cold War, he participated in the foundation of the Council of Global Unions. For 17 years he was spokesperson for the trade unions on education, training and employment policies at the OECD in Paris, participating in the World Economic Forum in Davos and Geneva, and in conferences for the organisation of the G7, G8 and G20 summits.
Written by Robert Trevennel Harris
Former Australian Prime Minister and trade union leader Bob Hawke died last month at the age of 89. Educational International paid tribute to his long service as Chair of the EI Committee of Experts on Membership. Looking back in time to the origins of EI, the Committee of Experts was...“Bob Hawke and the origins of Education International”, by Robert Trevennel Harris.
The events of 1968 in France, which shook the fifth Republic to its core, are sometimes mentioned in connection with the current yellow vest movement. A more relevant historical comparison is 1848 - the year of the "People’s Spring” revolutions."Industrial Revolutions, Rebellions and Civil Society: Lessons from History", by Robert Trevennel Harris.