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Carl  Hobert

Carl Hobert

Best-Selling Author 


How good do you really have to be, to invent the term “Global IQ”? You have to be Carl Hobert – very good at what he does, and passionate about it, too. The fall after graduating from college, Hobert began teaching in France. Then, he lived, studied and worked in Spain, backpacking around Europe and North Africa on a tight budget while there. He’s lived on two continents, and traveled in four. During his travels, he has caught toxoplasmosis, experienced geo-political conflicts in Chad, Rwanda and the DRC firsthand, and confronted drug smugglers in Mexico. Read More >

Hobert not only managed to survive and press on, he’s also written a best-selling book, Raising Global IQ: Preparing our Students for a Shrinking Planet (Beacon Press) advocating improved health care and education for youth from the projects in Harlem to the poverty-stricken slums of South Africa, giving a voice those he calls “losers of the zip code lottery.”

Hobert has directed Boston University’s Global Literacy Institute, but will be taking sabbatical this coming year. According to colleague and friend Stephen Bosworth, Former-Dean of the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Former-Ambassador to South Korea, the Philippines and Tunisia, and President Obama’s Special Envoy to North Korea, in Raising Global IQ, “Carl Hobert offers reasoned and informed proposals to address one of the most vexing and important problems of our time. Why do Americans in general know so little about other countries and other cultures? How can we design our teaching and learning environment to better prepare (people) to live in an increasingly inter-connected and competitive world?  This is an important book for anyone who cares about—and fears for—our future.”

This coming academic year, Hobert will be touring both the US and abroad discussing Raising Global IQ: Preparing Students for a Shrinking Planet. Something that will be featured in his speaking engagements will be the topic of his upcoming book. Hobert wil discuss his role as an educator of US youth – a variety of ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds – in helping to improve US counter-terrorism efforts.

His Global IQ work has been widely featured in the The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and a host of scholarly journals. Hobert draws on his over thirty years of corporate and government consulting, and focuses on three main ideas that are critical to success in the US and abroad.

Trained as a multilingual negotiator with a B.A. and M.A from Middlebury College, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Tufts University Fletcher School. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and is presently studying Arabic. Over the last 30 years, Hobert has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in issues ranging from intergroup conflicts in the workplace, to the US – Mexico drug war, and ethnic struggles in Rwanda, Chad, Malaysia and the Middle East. He has taught negotiation to hundreds of government leaders, corporate executives, academic administrators, professors and teachers, and college undergraduate and graduate students around the world. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Raising Global IQ: Preparing Our Students for a Shrinking Planet

In Prof. Hobert’s interactive lecture, which can also be a webinar, participants learn about the complex challenges facing American educators, parents and corporate leaders as they seek to improve the global competency of their children, their communities or their workforces. During the lecture, Prof. Hobert presents creative pedagogical solutions to help improve children’s / communities’ Global Intelligence Quotient (GIQ) by presenting five key portions of his Global IQresearch and findings:  1. Foreign language and cultural fluency, including teaching / acquisition of such non-western languages as Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, all considered by the U.S. State department to be “critical languages”, as well as the more traditional European languages such as Spanish and French; 2. Technology and media literacy as means to make international issues more alive in classrooms, living rooms and boardrooms; 3. Expanded international exchange programs and other forms of cross-cultural engagement; 4. “Getting to Yes” problem solving and exciting, participatory “Intellectual Outward Bound” case study-based role play exercises, focusing on global, national and local crises, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, immigration reform, and bullying, and; 5. Important local, national and international service-learning opportunities.

International Students & Colleagues: Effective Ways to Find, Welcome & Mentor Them in Our Schools & Corporate Climates

Prof. Hobert has developed effective international branding and recruitment to expand: 1. International student enrollment in US schools and universities, and; 2. International professionals’ employment in US for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations. Hobert teaches participants how to provide comprehensive support for international students and professionals before and when arriving in the US, including effective orientation sessions, creating a caring study or work environment, providing strong ESL training and establishing a local, national and international support network. In addition, he teaches schools, companies and organizations how to develop “global classrooms” with advanced distance learning techniques, achieving better idea -haring with others here and overseas before, and after, their arrival.


Hobert argues that the greatest challenge of the 21st century is educational inequality around the world. Reflecting on over 30 years as an educator in the US and overseas, he explores some of the kinds of educational repression and suffocation children face, noting that there is a huge gain to be had if a society educates boys and girls and ushers those who are better-educated into the labor force.

How to Increase Your International Student Enrollment - Carefully

Hobert addresses effective international branding and recruitment of US high schools, colleges and universities, to expand international student enrollment in US schools and universities. He teaches participants how to provide comprehensive support for international students, including how to plan effective orientation sessions, and create a caring and supportive academic and social environment.

Why Students Should Study the World Every Day

This generation of students is full of passion to change the world, but they need tools to do so more effectively. Hobert explores the importance of creating “Global Issues” courses and discussion groups, focusing on important and often-complex modern day global issues. He demonstrates with personal stories how his “Intellectual Outward Bound” conflict resolution role-play exercises have helped thousands of students and adults to understand our rapidly changing world, and to hone their own, personal conflict analysis, management and prevention skills, as well.

Preventive Diplomacy: Training a New Generation for Peace

Thwart Terrorism with Education

Teach Deeply: Why We Need to Educate American Students About the World

International Conflict Resolution: Improving Corporate Executives’ Negotiation & Conflict Resolution Skills