GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:  How to handle the complexity of our technology…

GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES:  How to handle the complexity of our technology, and make true progress for our social and environmental well being
Immediate Media Release | August 7, 2019 (updated on August 19, 2019)
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Workshop Date:  On Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | Venue: Salt Lake City Palace,  Utah
Room# 151 DEF | Time: 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
This Workshop is Sponsored and Organized by The Light Millennium, a part of the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 26 – 28, 2019 | #UNCSC2019;
and
co-sponsored by
Turkish Anti-Defamation Alliance
| TADA (New York); Julie Mardin Photography (New York),
Anuvrat Global Organization (Anuvibha, India) and Resilience Birthright, Inc. (California).
Email: Contact(at)lightmillennium.org  

Immediate Media Release (pdf) | FLYER | PROGRAMME (Booklet including bios of the Speakers)

The Light Millennium (LM) is proud to take a part in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference (formerly annual UN.DPI.NGO Conference) on “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities” in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 26 – 28, 2019.

This major annual UN Civil Society Conference has been providing great opportunities to NGOs / CSOs, academia, students and youth from around the world since 1948. With this background and in this environment, The Light Millennium is excited to take a somewhat unusual approach, by focusing on the unpredictable path of some of our solutions.

The LM’s Workshop title is: “GREAT GOALS, UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: How to Handle the complexity of our technology, and make sure true progress for our social and environmental well being” (GGUC).  This workshop will touch on the unintended consequences of some of our best ideals, as a means to raise our problem solving skills to an even higher level, and show sometimes the less grandiose, and more locally driven solutions, can be the safest and most effective in the long run.

The GCUC will be moderated by Mr. Sevgin Oktay, Representative of The Light Millennium to the UN Department of Global Communications & President TADA (New York), who also will make a brief speech in connection with the overarching Concept of the Workshop. Speakers of the session are:

• Ms. Julie Mardin, Researcher-Author, Digital Artist and Representative of The Light Millennium to the UN Department of Global Communications (New York);

• Dr. S. L. Gandhi, International President of Anuvrat Global Organization (Anuvibha, Anuvrat) & Representative to the UN Department of Global Communications (Mr. Arvind Vora, Anuvrat Representative to the UN Department of Global Communications, will present Dr. S.L.Gandhi’s Paper on his behalf); and

• Ms. Jessica Jane Robinson, CEO and founder of Resilience Birthright, Inc. (California).

Intercultural mediator Mr. Sevgin Oktay will conclude with his thoughts on the unintended consequence of allowing Hate Speech to flourish while one is upholding the noble right for Freedom of Speech, and how this dilemma could be exacerbated in our world of high speed communications. 

The GGUC Workshop will offer responses by each speaker to the following questions:

— How can we make sure our innovations and our solutions to the world’s problems do not infringe on our health and human rights?
— Why Zero Waste?

— Can responsible consumption pave the way for the eco-sustainability of the future?
— How to prevent the proliferation of hate speech within the contours of freedom of speech as related to communication technologies in general, and Internet of Things (IoT) in particular?

Following the presentations, attendees of the session will be encouraged to offer their own responses and their own ideas on what are the core issues that act as barriers to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 11 and the SDGs as a whole.  Please join us as we brainstorm on these and other interrelated questions.

The inclusion of hate speech as an area of discussion is perfect in the context of The Light Millennium’s core mission to uphold Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information.  Mr. Oktay, along with The Light Millennium, will try to resolve the problem by calling for a new SDG, one which will reduces conflicts and make our communities thrive.  SDG #18 would be called “Empathetic Speech.”   

Ms. Bircan Ünver, founder-president of The Light Millennium, on behalf of the Organization, will open the session with her Welcoming Remarks.

This Workshop sponsored and organized by The Light Millennium, and co-sponsored by Turkish Anti-Defamation Alliance | TADA (New York); Julie Mardin Photography (New York), Anuvrat Global Organization (Anuvibha, India) and Resilience Birthright, Inc. (California).

About the leading Organization: The Light Millennium, a New York-based (2001) 501(c)3 a charitable multi-media and culture organization, has been encouraging dialogue and upholding the rights for Freedom of Information and Freedom of Expression since 1999.  It has been affiliated with the UN Department of Global Communications (formerly UN.DPI.NGO) since 2005.

Immediate Media Release     
FLYER
PROGRAMME (Booklet)

Co-authors of the concept of this Workshop: Bircan Ünver & Julie Mardin
Banner designed by: Julie Mardin

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