State of the Community

Citizens of Multilayered Identity and its sense of Community

The Dhillon Marty Foundation presents State of the Community, the fourth in a series of international conferences bringing together academics, professionals, and youths in order to create interconnected sustainable societies. The Conference aims to  broaden discussions of what sustainable citizenship looks like, and will focus on discussing key topics such as community development and innovative designs.

The 2 day conference will take place in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Center in Paris, France,  from November 21st to November 22nd. Each day includes morning and afternoon panels, with a general assembly afterwards. The symposium is also accompanied by interactive workshops and thematic exhibitions. Evenings with cocktail events and capstone discussions are anticipated.

During the symposium, you will have access to the various exhibitions and workshops, as well as have the possibility to meet with the speakers. Participating institutions will be part of a competition to come up with a Statement that encapsulates what it means to build a sense of community and belonging in a diverse population. The winning statement will be projected on the sculpture 5 Rivers of Equality designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

The 2016 State of the Community  is organized by the Dhillon Marty Foundation, in collaboration with UNESCO World Heritage Center. It is made possible with the partnership of the University of Tokyo, with the support of the Oregon University, Kengo Kuma Lab, Jun Sato Lab, and the Integrated Human Sciences Program for Cultural Diversity (IHS) at the University of Tokyo.

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