Focus on the Future: Empowering Agents of Change

March 3-4, 2014 – San Jose, Costa Rica

Early Bird date extended: Our early bird registration deadline date has been moved to Febuary 14th! Register now to take advantage of our early bird fees!
Are you concerned about the pressing environmental, social, economic, and political challenges facing the world today? Each of us has the power to make a difference, to participate in improving our planetary future as agents of change.

We are at a critical juncture in history. It is absolutely clear that dramatic changes in all dimensions of society are imperative. Recognizing the fact that we are all connected and exist together in one big web of life, and we have the power to makes a difference locally and globally, is the key to creating a clear path for our shared future.

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.

Join our dialogue as we explore opportunities and solutions for a more compassionate and sustainable future!

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:
  • 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
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:
  • 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
Keynote presentations, including:
  • 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.
  • Andrew Harvey, internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, spiritual teacher and Founder/Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism Speaking on Sacred Activism – The 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.
Presenter:
  • Dr. Leban Serto, Coordinator of Peace Studies Department, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Northeast India
Listen to other inspiring presenters who will speak to the needs of change agents and explore opportunities and solutions for a more compassionate and sustainable future! Some of these speakers include:
  • Dr. Bernie Starr – Psychologist, Journalist, Author, IGE Director, United Nations IGE ECOSOC representative – Speaking on Critical Issues Facing Humanity Today and the Needs of Change Agents
  • Rachel Witana – MBA, Maori Caucus NZ Delegate for United Nations, Te Rarawa Tribe of New Zealand, Financial and Business Advisor, Gelcon Limited , President Grandmothers World Council and IGE Int’l Board Advisory Member – Speaking on the Grandmothers World Council for Peace and Sustainability
  • David Ram, MBA – Director of Indian Student Scholarship Program, IGE and Founder of the Ruth Foundation, India – Speaking on Youth and Community Service Initiatives in India
  • Dorothy Argent, President IGE, Certified Career Management Professional, Consultant- Aloka Consulting and Training – Speaking on Change Agents in Action – Inspiring Examples of People Making a Difference.
Interact and learn from one another, enjoy small group discussions and dialogue where we can share our stories and strategies on how to empower ourselves and others for a better future.

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