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Developing Global Leadership for the Networked Information Age


#Connexions is a Texas-based platform housed at one of the premiere R1 research institutions in the world. We drive multisector, interdisciplinary, and international partnerships that encourage creative and diverse solutions for the information space. In an era defined by rapid information evolution, our mission is to educate leaders and foster a dynamic community that explores critical issues, innovates unique solutions, and challenges current narratives shaping our hyper-connected world.

Our yearly conference is dedicated to unraveling the complexities of information disorder, civil (dis)engagement, and the digital (r)evolution. We invite thought leaders, scholars, and professionals from diverse fields to engage in a multifaceted exploration of how these phenomena affect social dynamics, governance, political movements, regional conflicts, and everyday life.

Our Vision

Our vision

For the network age, we need networked leaders. At #Connexions, we aim to both nurture up-and-coming leaders and bring together experts globally who are already effectively leading and innovating in the information space. Through collaborative discourse, cultural education, technical skills development, innovative and interdisciplinary exchange, #Connexions endeavors to empower individuals and organizations to develop expertise, growth mindset, and strategic vision for our volatile and highly complex international environment.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • #Connexions serves as a collaboration network, bringing together diverse minds to address global challenges from multiple perspectives.

Global Mindset
  • We strive to encourage critical thinking and develop globally minded leaders, recognizing the interconnectedness of our world and preparing individuals to navigate the complexities of a networked society.

Innovative Solutions
  • We embrace the opportunities and challenges the information revolution presents and seek to harness the technologies and products of the digital age for the purpose of improving the health and security of our information environment.

Leadership Development
  • Through conferences, workshops, and collaborative initiatives, #Connexions is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of world leaders equipped to address the inescapable chaos of the network age.

Our programs

#Connexions Experts: From Grozny to Mariupol
Martin Klus - Slovakia episode on SlavX
#Connexions Experts: Anton Shingarev
SlavX hosts interviewing Robert Freedman
Public Programming

We've developed a variety of programming designed to increase public scholarship and make foreign policy accessible to a broader audience. Our Experts speaker series, launched in Fall 2023, is one example of our aim to offer substantive programming by experts in their field and region. We are always adding more, so check back for announcements throughout the year!

Bravehearts: The Story of the Chechen Fight for Independence#Connexions Experts
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For all our exchange programs, we offer workshops on a variety of topics from design thinking to social media marketing to tools for tracking disinformation.

State Department exchange fellows at UT Austin
State Dept exchange fellows at KLRU studios
State Dept exchange fellows at KLRU studios
Vision-building opportunities

We are driven by the conviction that cross-cultural experiences and connections positively impact leadership development. In any exchange programs that we run or contribute to, we do our best to provide inspiring experiences that encourage creative thinking and both personal and professional growth.

From the Forty Acres to the World

We partner locally with Texas Global, the College of Liberal Arts, and institutions around Austin to create opportunities for real-time exchange between UT students and faculty and individuals in other countries. (Fun fact: we were using Zoom for virtual exchange before Zoom became globally popular.)

Participants at the American Center in Moscow/US Embassy taking part in a virtual exchange with UT Austin students for the Diplomacy at Texas series
Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin in the studio talking with the American Center in Moscow for the Diplomacy at Texas series
Students in the American Center in Moscow participating in a a virtual exchange with students at The University of Texas at Austin


Our partners

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Connect with us

Burdine Hall, 2505 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78712

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