Focus on the Future: Empowering Agents of Change

Organization: Institute of Global Education

Venue: San José Palacio Hotel

Location: San José, San José, Costa Rica

Event Date/Time: Mar 03, 2014 End Date/Time: Mar 04, 2014
Early Registration Date: Jan 24, 2014
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DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Are you worried about the pressing social, economic, environmental, political and spiritual challenges facing our world today? Then join us for our conference!

It is absolutely clear that dramatic changes in all dimensions of society (political, social, economic, and environmental) are imperative.  IGE is joining this effort by hosting Focus on the Future: Empowering Agents of Change in Costa Rica, March 3 and 4, 2014.  This conference will bring together change agents from around the world who want to make it a better place to live, to work and to be.  They will come from different sectors and generations and bring different issues, strategies, and points of view. Join us to learn from leading change agents and from one another how to empower ourselves and others.

From presentations by successful social innovators and from participative processes, participants will identify the needs of change agents and explore strategies to increase the effectiveness of efforts and actions.  You will learn about the huge numbers of change agents, around the world, who are working at local and global levels and are improving the world, one change at a time. You will also have ample opportunity for interaction with one another, learning, sharing and supporting each other.

Highlights of this conference include….

 

  • Visit the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE) to join their faculty for presentations and dialogue on peace and sustainability.   Presenters include:
  1. Prof. Virginia Cawagas, Coordinator, Peace Education Program, UPEACE
  2. Dr. Leban Serto, Coordinator of Peace Studies Department, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Northeast India
  3. Dr. Toh Swee-Hin, Distinguished Professor, UPEACE

 

  • Participate in a presentation sponsored by the Earth Charter International Secretariat (formed at Rio Earth Summit) on sustainable development at UPEACE, their international headquarters.  Presenters include:
  1. Prof. Mirian Vilella, Executive Director, Earth Charter International Secretariat and Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, UPEACE
  2. Dr. Neils Christiansen, Dean of Education, Institute for Global Education 
  3. Dr. Brian Down-Uribe, Dept. of Environment, Peace and Security, UPEACE; co-founder, The New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems

 

  • Keynote presentations, including:
  1. Dr. Richard Schneider, Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Institute of Global Education, dedicated to peace, social justice, environmental sustainability, and equal opportunity

Speaking on Focus on the Future – Empowering Agents of Change - We are all connected in one big web of life and have the power to make a difference, empowering ourselves and others is the key to creating a clear path for our shared future.

2. Andrew Harvey, internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, spiritual teacher and Founder/Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism

Speaking on Sacred ActivismThe fusion of deep spiritual knowledge and passion with clear, wise, action dedicated to a more loving, sustainable and peaceful world.

 

  • Participate in this exciting Peace Counts Workshop

Combining peace education and constructive journalism, the Peace Counts Workshop brings a milieu of hope to finding a vision of peace, highlighting reports on successful peace builders around the world and training programs to be used in educational settings to inspire students and enrich university curricula and non-formal education.

  1. Dr. Leban Serto, Coordinator of Peace Studies Department, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Northeast India

Venue

Residencial El Robledal
San José
San José
Costa Rica
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Organizations

Institute of Global Education
Box 2385, Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm
V1E 4R3
Canada
Earth Charter International Secretariat

UPEACE
Costa Rica

Conference Speakers

  • Dr. Richard Schneider, Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Institute of Global Education, dedicated to peace, social justice, environmental sustainability, and equal opportunity

 

  • Andrew Harvey, internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, spiritual teacher and Founder/Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism

 

  • Prof. Virginia Cawagas, Coordinator, Peace Education Program, UPEACE
  • Dr. Leban Serto, Coordinator of Peace Studies Department, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Northeast India
  • Dr. Toh Swee-Hin, Distinguished Professor, UPEACE
  • Prof. Mirian Vilella, Executive Director, Earth Charter International Secretariat and Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, UPEACE
  • Dr. Neils Christiansen, Dean of Education, Institute for Global Education 
  • Dr. Brian Down-Uribe, Dept. of Environment, Peace and Security, UPEACE; co-founder, The New Roots Institute for the Study of Food Systems
  • Dr. Bernie Starr – Psychologist, Journalist, Author, IGE Director, United Nations IGE ECOSOC representative
  • Rachel Witana, MBA – Pacific Caucus NZ Delegate for United Nations, Te Rarawa Tribe of New Zealand, Financial and Business Advisor, Gelcon Limited, Co-Founder of Grandmothers World Council and IGE Director
  • David Ram, MBA – Director of Indian Student Scholarship Program, IGE and Founder of the Ruth Foundation, India
  • Dorothy Argent, President IGE, Certified Career Management Professional, Consultant- Aloka Consulting and Training

Additional Information

Additional tour options!

Explore the beautiful country of Costa Rica while engaging with your fellow conference participant by joining in one day tours and three day tours.

Tour Options Include:

  • One day Tour (March 5th)

  • Get to know true costarrican culture by touring the capital city, San José, with this guided tour that will take you to all the main San José city attractions and have a real costarrican typical lunch.

  • Three Days, Two Nights Tours (March 6th through 8th)

  • Have an adventure in Costa Rica's gorgeous Pacific coast by visiting its tropical jungle and beaches and beaches. This tour includes a visit to Carara National Park (known for its Scarlet Macaw population) and guided hike through Manuel Antonio National Park to the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica among other fun and adventurous activities!

  • Meet an exquisite cloud forest high up in the mountains of Monteverde, this is where the quakers came to Costa Rica and founded their beautiful community. Learn about Costa Rican rural culture and walk through the "sky bridges" in the cloud forest!

  • Escape to Tortuguero, this remote location on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica well know for its navigable canals and turtle nesting. This is an option to truly escape the city and simply relax and enjoy the jungle, the beach and the wildlife!

  • Have an adventure with the Arenal Volcano. This active volcano will provide you with the adventure of a life time by visiting its National Park, climbing up its old lava trails, visiting its natural hot springs and having a boat ride on the lake!