Structure & Orientation of the Conference
The Conference is conceived as a dynamically structured space to encourage engaging participation, conversation and deep dialogue in areas of concern to all of us...with the aim to move the human agenda of sustainability forward.
Avoiding a ‘talking head’ Conference, this Conference (or Unconference) is designed with an attempt to capture the spirit of a carnival…of ideas, discourses and actions. There is no conventional flow of topics but a 'collage' of dialogical and sharing spaces (using globally tested methodologies).
Participants will be invited to converse, dialogue and share ideas, concerns, questions, strategies...to move the thinking about the critical issues and concerns that affect humanity away from the mainstream orientation and in the direction of spiritually-engaged sustainable future(s).
The effort is to involve ALL in the Conference…All are perceived as participants and audience. And it is really up to all the participants to actively engage and to make the Conference an engaging learning experience. And a success. There are no limits to the level and depth of engagement. While all those who will be present are experts in their own right, we would prefer that participants meet as friends with concerns, with knowledge and experience to exchange in a conversation and dialogue process. In short, a student should be able to dialogue with a Nobel laureate.
These panels involve eminent persons who have carried the concerns of all humanity as part of their reflection, deliberations and work. It is structured to allow exchange between panellist and participants.
Concurrent sessions covering some key issues that affect humanity. These are more to raise concerns and questions of present trends and challenges.
These are guided sessions allowing anyone to engage in deep conversations on issues, following up on the daily large-scale dialogue sessions.
These sessions cover: Opening, ‘overview’ keynote and a closing, ‘ways forward’ keynote.
Of course, there will be an opening and closing ceremony, with the involvement of children.