These events taking place around the world will celebrate the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” world campaign and the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development inviting their participants and membership to “Do One Thing” themselves and to share their experience on the Facebook page and Like the page.
7-14-21 and 28 May
Location: New York City, USA
The French Institute Alliance Françise (FIAF) is New York City’s premier French cultural and education center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. The FIAF produces the biennial World Nomads Festival celebrating the phenomenon of 21st-century transculturalism through the arts and scholarly discussion. The Festival offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and artistic expression among traditional and contemporary cultures. This May, the fifth edition of the Festival arrives at a particularly suitable time to celebrate the many facets of Tunisia. The films featured in the series explore the place of women in Tunisian society before and after the fall of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. With award-winning features, gripping shorts, and insightful documentaries, this series provides an important window into one of the world’s most watched countries post-revolution.
Location: Dortmund, Germany
The International Union of Socialist Youth is a political youth organization representing about 150 member organizations from more than 100 countries. It is an international youth NGO which has a consultative status at the UN ECOSOC. At the IUSY World Council, taking place on 8-9, May the organization will update its political agenda and discuss its position on recent political events. During these discussions, the organization will take the opportunity to promote the global campaign “Do One thing for Diversity and Inclusion.”
Location: New York City
On 15 May, the Harvard Club of New York City hosted the event “Living Together Beyond Cultural Divide: a Daunting Challenge in Modern Societies” in support of the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign. The event was organized around a conversation with Jean-Christophe Bas, Senior Advisor Strategic Development and Partnerships & Deputy Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Mr. Bas, among many other achievements, has been spearheading the expansion of the activities of the Alliance of Civilizations in the Asia and Pacific Region (China; Korea; India; Australia; Malaysia); developing innovative programs with major world corporate partners (BMW Group; Vivendi; Silicon Valley firms); launched the world campaign on Diversity and Inclusion, developed leadership development programs with major partners (League of Arab States; British Council; Organization of Islamic Conference : Institute of International Education….). Mr. Jean-Christophe Bas is the author of EUROPE A LA CARTE (Editions du Cherche-Midi), a book of reflections on European identity published in English and in French in November 2009 at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, with contributions of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, the CEO of Euronews and seventy prominent leaders from around the World. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Bas served as Development Policy Dialogue Manager at the World Bank and set up innovative mechanisms of strategic dialogue on Development and Poverty eradication between the World Bank and key decision makers around the World.
Location: New York City
The FIAF (French Institute Alliance Française) is hosting the World Nomads Tunisia Festival a concert reflecting a variety of musical traditions from Arabic folk, jazz to contemporary Indian classical music. The artist performing on 15 May is Ghalia Benali one of the most remarkable, multi-faceted talents working in Tunisia. http://www.fiaf.org/worldnomads/tunisia/2013-05-15-ghalia-benali.shtml
The evening’s following event of the World Nomads Tunisia Festival organized by French Institute Alliance Française will be a DJ set located at the CATCH rooftop bar. The DJs Zinga, Raouf and Ogra are all members of the Tunis-based electronic music collective: Waveform. Experience the collective’s freethinking and festive music, echoing the Revolution’s call for freedom, while taking in beautiful nightime views of the New York City skyline. http://www.fiaf.org/worldnomads/tunisia/2013-05-15-tunisian-djs.shtml
Location: Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
In order to celebrate the launch of Google Art Project and UNAOC’s “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign while welcoming 2013 International Museum Day, Jintai Art Museum of the Yiyuan Society will host the event “Art, Technology and Sustainability.” This event aims to highlight the prominent role played by museums and cultural institutions in driving cross-cultural dialogue, sustainable culture and public participation through presenting diversified portfolio of culture, interactive technology and sustainability practices. In partnership with world leading 3D printing company Stratasys and UK sustainability-advocating organization Julie’s Bicycle, Jintai will showcase wide range of art collection, cultural presentations, Google’s cutting-edge technology, 3D printing technology as well as the sustainable practices.
“From cultural diversity to human identity” is a multidisciplinary event organized in Belgium on 13-17, May by Terra Curanda. The event will be organized around various events: an exhibition of a collection of more than 20 artworks following the theme of cultural diversity, a collective work between various artists, a conference with the participation of international students, professors and guests and side events of music performances and poetry readings in various languages. www.terracuranda.org
Location: Jos, Nigeria
New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation will host a Conference on “Diversity and Inclusion” at the Crudan Guest House in Jos, Nigeria, on 21, May, to mark the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. On 17, May the Foundation will host a one-day “Awareness and Community Mobilization Event” for Secondary School Students in Plateau State, in collaboration with Creative Minds International Academy, Jos. During the Awareness and Community Mobilization Event, handbills, flyers, banners and other printed Information Education and Communication Materials will be distributed. The foundation will spread the word through radio and Television adverts, jingles, handbills and posters to promote the campaign.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development http://www.un.org/en/events/culturaldiversityday/
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
YES Event Management will be organizing multiple events on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and promote the event among youth and art NGOs. The events will provide speeches by professors, art professionals and professionals in the field of culture and discussion on the “Intercultural Dialogue role in life.” Special musical performances by students, covering different folklores, performances by professional singers and an exhibition of pictures collected from various youth showing intercultural diversity will be organized. In addition, Yes Event Management will set up seminars by US expatriates in Azerbaijan on ”Cultural diversity in foreign country.” Other events such as a masterclass on culturology and cultural diversity, a promotional activity celebrating Indonesian Day, a football match among national and international students from Baku and a Ceremony and concert at Baku University will be provided on 21, May.
Location: Odessa, India
“Lead Your Future Through Cultural Exchange” is nine days long training project about leadership skills and group diversity management organize by Jeevanrekha Parishad. The program is focused on practical skills and knowledge sharing and serves development and exploring young peoples’ leadership capacity. It is designed to maximize the learning of the main topic through workshops and simulations. Training course encourages participants to explore different organizational leadership characteristics, to share and learn from management practices and to experience acquired skills, which prepares them for their future responsibilities. Thirty participants from Odisha and 6 participants from Italy will come together in order to discuss issues related to leadership, cultural values, peace and solidarity. The project will be shared platform for providing participants with the skills of leadership, which is one of the most important components in order to become a good leader in a competitive world. The objectives of the project is to share different leadership experiences across cultures, to help participants understand leadership behaviors, qualities and strengths, assist discover and improve leadership and decision making skills and abilities, establish cooperation between the participants representing different countries and culture and to promote equality and integration through games and sports along the lines of the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign. The activities include: city games in slums of Bhubaneswar, an excursion to the Bhubaneswar National Zoo, a celebration of the RAJA Hindu Festival and presentations, workshops and simulations on cultural diversity.
In 2006, Vivendi launched a vocational program for sound engineers in Mali aimed at bolstering cultural production capacity through the promotion of local African talent. Since then, this program has taken place every year in Bamako, in the studio of Salif Keita, the Universal Music France great singer-songwriter. This year Vivendi produced an album, “Made in Bamako” with the exceptional participation of Salif Keita and recorded by the interns during the 8th training session held in November, 2012. The album, released in January 2013, highlights the ability of these interns to record and mix the works of young and promising Malian artists, as well as more experienced ones. The tracks are available for play on the website “Culture(s) with Vivendi”. The interns will receive the 2013 training session in Paris and will be honored on 21 May.
Foundation for Cultural Diversity is the parent organization for African Views Organization and has the capacity to serve as an “umbrella group” for many ethnic and cultural associations. Foundation for Cultural Diversity has been collaborating with various organizations to celebrate “Cultural Diversity Day” in various ways since UNESCO proclaimed 21 May, the “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.” The Foundation is teaming up with the UNAOC in support of the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign to bring together people from all cultural, social, religious, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to inspire our diverse communities to come together in a positive and inclusive spirit through the AV social media radio. The events are expected to bring individuals from multicultural communities and representatives of ethnic based groups together from various part of the world and share experiences on diversity, discuss ideas of inclusion, highlight challenges for rapprochement, and celebrate their differences.
Religions for Peace Latin America and the Caribbean in lines with the campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” will invite the inter-religious councils in the region and their associated networks of women and youth to hold activities on the week of 21 May with the participation of representatives of the various religious communities of their countries. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrated on 21, May provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to “live together” better, and is also a reference day on activism to bridge the gap between cultures, which is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development in the world.
As part of the “Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion” campaign spearheaded by the UNAOC in partnership with UNESCO and many organisations around the world, Global Dialogue Foundation is running a free online workshop for civil society organisations to strengthen the voice of civil society actors and give them the opportunity to play a bigger role. Over the past twenty years, globalization, technology, the resurgence of religions and tremendous migration flows have indeed radically changed the fabric of most societies that are increasingly diversified and fragmented. This creates tensions, radicalization and sometimes, the risk of conflict. The workshop is based on the premise that civil society actors are becoming increasingly necessary for building inclusive societies. The civil society as a role in raising public awareness and encouraging dialogue and understanding among people and communities beyond cultural divides. The 60-minute workshop session gives the opportunity to explore possibilities around becoming a partner in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Civil Society Country Chapter program.
Location: Jos, Nigeria
The New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation will host a Conference on “Diversity and Inclusion” on 21 May to mark the United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development at CRUDAN Guest House, Jos, Nigeria.
Location: Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Mornington Peninsula Shire and Colourfest Films celebrate World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development at Council Chambers Mornington on the occasion of the Colourfest Multicultural Film Festival. Colourfest films focus on culturally diverse Australian stories. Colourfest promotes films that involve processes of authentic storytelling – where the writer, director or producer is a member of the community of which the story is about. This year, there are two categories for short films: Australian Stories: Films made in Australia featuring stories and characters from culturally diverse backgrounds. And I am Diaspora: Films reflecting the migrant experience from around the world – particularly the post colonial movements of people of colour.
OOFRAS (Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) invite occupational therapists to do one thing for diversity and inclusion as part of their day-to-day work environment, organize a local Diversi-Tea Party event and submit photos to the Diversi-TEA Facebook Photo Album showcasing the diverse ways of preparing, sharing, and enjoying the virtually universal occupation on tea drinking. Occupational therapists promote participation and social inclusion; they thus contribute to the promotion of cultural diversity. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=535990023108966&set=a.535989863108982.1073741826.168932943148011&type=1&theater
10 Things Link: http://www.oofras.com/Cultural-Diversity-Day-May-21-pg22123.html
V♀TE Women In Politics is non-partisan organization dedicated to help women participate in politics and run for office. V♀TE is dedicated to helping women build the skills and infrastructure they need to become more effective leaders in political world and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for office. The organization V♀TE Women in Politics will be promoting the UNAOC “Do One Thing” campaign launching an advocacy campaign to its members to host events in their own country regarding the women equality and diversity.
Computing and Information Association (CIA) is a voluntary association of youth professionals in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and related discipline in Tanzania having for strategic goal the promoting of cultural diversity and Identity and local content development. The association will provide visits of Foreign cultural centers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Young individuals will be able, in small groups, to visit these sites and learn about other cultures and share experiences. The visits proposed include the Russian, Korean, Iranian and Chinese Centers. In addition, CIA intends to explore cultural diversity by developing multimedia contents such as video clips, animations, graphics and photos and share it with the rest of the world through social media tools such as Facebook. These clips and photos will be produced during museum visits and intercultural exchanges.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
To mark this World Day for Cultural Diversity on 21 May and the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign of the UNAOC and UNESCO, Deakin Equity and Diversity and the Center for Citizenship and Globalisation have engaged the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission to run a brief workshop on Cultural Awareness & Inclusion at the Deakin University Burwood campus. This workshop aims to build understanding of key cross-cultural differences, demonstrate effective techniques to minimise unconscious bias and strengthen respectful and inclusive behaviour around cultural diversity. It will also provide an outline of the responsibilities of education providers to eliminate discrimination under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. The workshop highlights the benefits of diversity for businesses, improvements in productivity and performance, innovation, customer and employee attraction, engagement and retention.
Location: New York City, USA
Columbia University on May 22nd will be celebrating “Do One Thing For Diversity” during its commencement ceremony. Columbia University is part of the Alliance program, a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three major French universities: École Polytechnique (math and science), Sciences Po (social sciences), and Panthéon-Sorbonne University (law and humanities). http://www.columbia.edu/cu/alliance/index.html For instance, Columbia University and Science Po offer a global undergraduate educational experience through their dual BA Program and gives the students the opportunity to immerse themselves in two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments by spending two years within a close-knit small college in a French regional setting and two years in a research university in New York City. Every year, around 200 students benefit from a range of 20 international dual degrees and joint programs in all disciplines, including Art History, Curatorial studies, International Affairs, Sustainable Development, Journalism and Financial Engineering. Dual degree programs are offered to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from all over the world.
The French Institute Alliance Françise (FIAF) is organizing a concert with one of the most exciting and influential Tunisian artists today, Emel Mathlouthi who gave voice to the Arab Spring through her powerful, fiery music. In this rare concert, Emel Mathlouthi will perform songs, banned in Tunisia under President Ben Ali, from her most recent album Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free).
Location: New York City, USA
Columbia University on May 23nd will be celebrating “Do One Thing For Diversity” during its commencement ceremony. The University will be granting degress to its Dual Masters Program students in International Affairs Students. The Masters Program is organized by Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Sciences Po. Sciences Po Columbia share the conviction that the best education for future policy experts and senior decision-makers in international affairs is the product of the combination of a solid multidisciplinary base in the social sciences and an in-depth specialization. Building on the complementary approaches of two prestigious institutions with rich and diverse academic traditions, Sciences Po and SIPA offer a dual Degree in International Affairs which allows students to spend one year at the partner university. http://www.sciencespo.fr/psia/content/dual-degree-columbia-university
Location: Florence, Italy
The UNESCO Centre of Florence is launching a posters and slogan contests to celebrate the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development as part of the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign. The poster competition promotes cultural diversity in that posters can be submitted in every language. The posters will portray cultural diversity and inclusion. On 24, May an exhibition event will be held in Florence to share the posters and announce the winner. http://www.centrounescofi.it/
In coordination with the launch of a photo website on spiritual diversity, Portraits In Faith is hosting an interfaith concert on 25 May. This event will be available online through a free online livestreaming.
Location: Milan, Italy
LOTUS CLUB is a non-profit organization established in Milan by the initiative of a group of young professionals and entrepreneurs belonging to the second generation of Sri Lankans living in Italy. It will launch on May 26th an event focusing on the value of integration of cultural diversities. The event will create a bridge to promote dialogue between two communities in Italy and Sri Lanka. The event will present a photography exhibit of Sri Lankan culture and landscapes and a batik exhibition by a Sri Lankan artist. The event will close with performances by typical Sri Lankan dances, Italo-Sri lankan musical ensembles, a film projection about Sri Lanka and testimonies on “Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development” delivered by guests of honour.
Location: Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
The Tri-State Multicultural Festival boasts the participation of a variety of performing groups who revel in their cultural heritage through music, song and dance. Members of the public are invited to sing along, learn to move to the rhythm of other cultures or try their hand at playing an intriguing native musical instrument. Food vendors, offering a variety of ethnic foods, bring to the community an explosion of aromas and flavors, from places far and near, to make anyone’s mouth water. Exhibitors and vendors, enrich the Festival with a variety of art objects, crafts, work and play gear, practical and ornamental items from different lands, for gift giving or home and workplace decor. The Tri-State Multicultural Fest, offers its residents, their families and guests an unparalleled opportunity to share their traditions while learning about the customs of others.
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
The 2nd World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku will be held from 29 May to 1 June 2013. http://www.bakuforum-icd.az/
At Baku, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development will be celebrated by thousands of participants and ministers from around the world. A celebration dinner will be hosted by the government of Azerbaijan and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. The participants will be asked to write a pledge for diversity and inclusion which will be placed in Chinese lanterns launched at the end of the evening. The evening will close with brief speeches on diversity and the announcement of the winners of the best slogan competition.
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
One of the events will be a workshop entitled “Urban policies for diversity in the 21st century: the Intercultural cities (ICC) paradigm.”
Participants in the workshop will engage in an intelligence game to assess and foster their competence to deal with intercultural dilemmas. The game has been used by a highly diverse Swedish municipality of Botkyrka (Stockholm County) to raise the intercultural awareness and skills of staff. The game involves identifying intercultural dilemmas in the daily work of various municipal departments, debating pros- and cons- of different solutions in relation to the fundamental identity and objectives of the city.
Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon
RECAAD-CAMEROON works to promote governance and civic participation for sustainable development. The organization will, in lines with the “Do One Thing Campaign,” organize a national symposium that will allow us to work with the leaders of some linguistic, ethnic, religious groups in country based in the Centre region of the country (including the Nation Capital), to sensitize them on diversity an inclusion and also get from them some practical propositions on how to promote inclusion among these diverse group so that our diversity should be considered as an added value in our developing process. Cameroon is a unique country in the world where people are mostly from different cultural, linguistic, political and religious backgrounds. Although the country and its government have been working very hard to promote peaceful live in country, it can be also mentioned that the diversity in the country has always been a source of discrimination with tribalism, nepotism and religious segregation.
Location: Kyassonko Business Centre, Masaka, Uganda
Cultural waves Uganda is a not-for-profit and non-government community based organization to improve the livelihood of women and girl children (with persons with various forms of disability ) in urban and rural areas through use of effect technologies as ways to improve their communities in terms of health, education, human rights and entrepreneurship. The organization will embark on the occasion of the “Do One Thing Campaign” of the UNAOC on a digital storytelling campaign called “Tell Your Story to the World.” www.culturalwaves.org
24 June- 1 August
Manhattan Multicultural Summer Youth Program brings together teens from the ages of 16 to 21 from different cultures, ethnicities, and faiths from around New York City to provide opportunities to engage with one another and create an environment where people can share, respect and value cultural differences. Ultimately, the goal is to create a shift in perspective from one of unawareness or preconceived notions, to one marked by an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the rich diversity that different backgrounds bring to the world. The Summer Youth Program increases intercultural awareness that can create lifelong respect for other cultures, thereby reducing racial, religious, and intercultural tension. Through exposure to people of a diverse range of backgrounds, teens in New York City will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of one another’s difference and similarities. www.mmcnyc.com
30 June — 5 July
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The 4th Annual Muslim Jewish Conference, MJC 2013 will bring together around 100 young activists, entrepreneurs and youth leaders from around the world to discuss pressing interfaith issues. The main conference goals are to provide the next generation with a positive outlook for establishing intercultural relations and sustaining Muslim-Jewish partnerships. This happens through the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences as well as the search for courses of action and jointly structured and planned projects. www.mjconference.org
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan
Youth from all over the world are welcomed to submit photos taken by them, to express youth in their vision. Best qualified and voted photos by juries will be exhibited on 12th August in an event organized by YES Event Management.
20 and 21 September
Location: Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
Organizers: New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation
This year, in marking the United Nations Day of Peace, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation and United Religions Initiative-(URI-West Africa), in collaboration with Creative Minds International Academy and the “Do One Thing Campaign”, will convene a Special Peace Education Summit of Educators and Students on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 centered on this year’s UN Peace Day theme of “Education for Peace”. The theme was chosen on the inspiration of the U.N. Secretary General’s Education First Campaign, an initiative to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education and generate additional and sufficient funding through sustained advocacy efforts. The 2013 Peace Day theme highlights education as an important path toward a more peaceful world as well as the crucial need for educational programming specific to the subject of peace. Achieving gains in education will have an impact on all the Millennium Development Goals as well, from lower child and maternal mortality, to better health, higher income and more environmentally-friendly societies. In celebrating the UN International Day of Peace, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation and United Religions Initiative-(URI-West Africa), will host an intercultural day, where students from colleges in Jos will be mobilized and supported to participate. The Intercultural Day will include traditional dances, fashion shows and Nigeria indigenous meals on display. This will help in bridging the widening gap between cultures and promote peace co-existence and development as well as combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures. The Intercultural Day Activities will be conducted on Friday, September, 20, 2013 at Creative Minds International Academy, Jos. This will followed by the convening of a Special Community Gathering for Learning Session on Peace and Reconciliation, on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Conference Hall of CRUDAN GUEST HOUSE, Jos, Nigeria, where religious leaders, teachers, community leaders and students shall assemble to dialogue as brothers and sisters on “living without wars” as we shall present “Lessons for Peace in Nigeria”. Through this, we hope to promote and create an atmosphere of dialogue that shall serve as a unifying symbol of peace in these turbulent times in Nigeria. This will help the participants to socialize across boundaries of culture and faith and experience peacebuilding from a faith-based community of youth, educators, students and leaders.
For further information visit: http://www.needcsi.org/2013/09/united-nations-international-day-of-peace-september-2013/
30 September — 13 October
3FF (Three Faiths Forum) builds understanding and lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs. The program will be running intercultural workshops in London schools. The sessions teach students about different faiths and beliefs, the diversity within and between different traditions and how to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds. The organization is also launching a collaborative project between artists from different cultural background: the Urban Dialogues Collaborations to work on commissioned collaborations. Since 2010, Urban Dialogues has each year commissioned three collaborative artworks by groups of artists of different faith and non-religious backgrounds. The finished artwork will be displayed at the Urban Dialogues Exhibition in London from 30 September to 13 October, 2013 later this year.
Location: Port Washington of New York, United States
Organizers: Yiyuan Society & World Policy Journal
Cultural diplomacy is acquiring new meanings nowadays and its importance is significantly growing with the rise of diverse players, the emergence of new technologies and practices, as well as other drivers of globalization that are creating new challenges and opportunities for the arts and culture in community. The Panel will focus not only on the cultural dynamics that are inherent in the conflicts of our times and the examination of past practices in the city, but also on the development of strategies and the mobilization of resources for the mainstreaming of philanthropy and private giving to arts and culture. The Panel allows policy makers, philanthropy organizations, cultural organizations and thought leaders to get to know each other in interdisciplinary and less formal settings.
For further information visit: http://www.worldpolicy.org
Location: Avignon, France
The international meetings organized at the Forum d’Avignon- Culture, economy, media, International Meetings have become, after five editions, an opportunity to echo the researches done by the think-tank throughout the year and a chance to express ambitious proposals to cultural decision makers from the entire world. 450 artists, philosophers, economists, digital and creative entrepreneurs, public and private decision makers from 40 different nationalities meet to dialogue, discuss and share their analysis and commitments. www.forum-avignon.org
More 2013 Activities:
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) will be providing video messages by staff members on their experience in learning about a culture different from their own. The messages will be about 30 seconds in length. This is in line with the objective of building fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa, by being culturally sensitive and being open to new cultural experiences. (We will post the video on our website and social pages on Facebook and Twitter.)
The Diversity Council Australia recognizes the value of cultural diversity as a significant benefit to a business’ bottom line through improved performance, innovation and access to new markets. The Diversity Council Australia encourages organizations to take positive action for cultural diversity. This year the Diversity Council Australia will partner with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation on the development of a workplace assessment tool to help organisations to self-diagnose potential barriers to cultural diversity and inclusion that may exist in the workplace. DCA is offering five organisations the chance to “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” by participating in the Capitalising on Culture: A National Survey of Australian Business Leaders research. The research will empower organisations to develop strategies to harness cultural diversity and better reflect customers in local and global markets in which organisations operate or plan to in the future.
The Youth Alliance for Justice and Peace is working on youth empowerment via entrepreneurship through the building of youth skills to efficiently fight against poverty and all other odd activities that will lead to poverty and worsening human conditions. The goal is to get youth in Sierra Leone off the back seats and help them sell themselves to help contribute in the economic line and thread of their country with quality entrepreneurship skills. The Youth Alliance is working diligently with other youth/youth serving organisations by building a tangible comprehensive cooperative partnership with these organizationes at national and international level to help both of us grow in a number of tangible ways.
The Intercultural Cities Joint Programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission has provided peer and expert support to cities in developing, implementing and assessing intercultural strategies for the management of diversity as an advantage, better integration of migrants and minorities, and engaging citizens in policy making since 2008. Focusing on the sustainability and effectiveness of the results, the intercultural city strategy includes establishing partnerships within cities by bringing together local authorities, professionals, social services, civil society organisations and the media – as well as at national and international levels. The Intercultural Cities model is now being applied in around 60 cities across Europe and the world (Mexico, Canada, Japan and Korea).
KICKFAIR is a project which uses the potential of football to develop various projects in the areas of education, learning and upbringing. The main thread which runs through all KICKFAIR projects is the focus on the youngsters themselves. The projects create areas where young people can take control and develop things together; where they can learn with and from each other; actively influence their own environment and build up new and positive perspectives for their own lives and those of others. To promote the UNAOC Campaign, KICKFAIR will start an advocacy photography project. The photographs will be portraits of young individuals and young leaders involved in the KICKFAIR projects. The young individuals will be asked what diversity means to them. On May 21st, a special communication section will be launced on the KICKFAIR Website and Facebook page promoting the day. http://www.kickfair.org/en.html
Najafi Global Mindset Institute has created an activity called “Beyond First Impressions” for organizations to use in individual coaching or team development sessions where the aim is to further multicultural understanding. This exercise invites individuals to deeply self-reflect on the multitude of ways they identify themselves, which parts are most meaningful to them, and how they best feel included in organizations. As a part of the institute’s commitment to the UNAOC world campaign “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” the institute will make this guide available on its website and promote it on social media. The institute’s goal is for individual participants and for organizations to deepen their understanding of diversity and to use this knowledge to make inclusion efforts relevant and meaningful.
inQUEST Consulting, Veteran Services Practice will write and publish a short piece for the ”Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” event on 21 May. On 21 May that piece will be pushed on Tweeter, Facebook, Linked In and Racing Toward Diversity magazine and the Diversity Executive magazine.
Inter Press Service News will use its social media platforms to engage its diverse global audience on the questions ”Why is diversity important to you?” and ”What do you do to support diversity?” At the same time, readers will be encouraged to visit the special section ”Civilizations find Alliances” on the IPS website, where they can read, social share and discuss stories from around the world that build a deeper understanding of diverse cultural contexts globally.
The British Council’s Diversity Unit is strongly committed to promoting equal opportunity and diversity in lines with the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign. They have developed an intercultural communications resource called the “Living Library.” The resource promotes intercultural dialogue across the British Council staff and engages people to learn from each other. The library is an intranet resource which allows people to share through “Living Books” their experiences and knowledge with people from different cultures. This library is a great resource to encourage conversations across cultures and foster staff engagement.