State of the Community 2017 Program


John Crowley


Chief of Section of Research, Policy and Foresight and Sector for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO.

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Yoshimasa Hayashi

Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Former Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 

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Lionel Veer


Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Netherlands to UNESCO.

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Georges Kepenekian


Mayor of Lyon City and Vice-President of the Metropole of Lyon, France.

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Eric Falt


Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Erin Moore

Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon.

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James S. Fishkin

Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication, Professor of Communication and (by courtesy) Professor of Political Science, and Director of Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford.

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Go Okui

Intern within the secretariat of the MOST programme in UNESCO, as a part of the credited PhD course work at Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies of Human Survivability of Kyoto University. Read more

(names in alphabetical order)


Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

9:30- 10:00 Registration
10:00-10:10 Opening Remark by Dhillon Marty Foundation
10:10-10:20 Opening Speech
10:20- 10:30 Presentation: Our Collective Future
10:30-11:30 Keynote Speech: Making Deliberative Democracy Practical
11:30-13:00 Panel I:  Technology: Opportunities and Challenges
13:00-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:00 Competition: 2017 Phrase of the Year
16:15-16:30 Visual Arts Performance

Vin d’honneur



Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

9:30-10:00 Registration
10:00-10:50 Keynote Speech
10:50-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Panel II: Identity, Why and for What Good
12:30-13:00 Award
13:00-14:30 Lunch Break
14:30-16:00 Panel III: Deliberative Democracy
16:30-16:40 Closing Remarks
16:40-16:50 Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks by Dhillon Marty Foundation

Salle IV, UNESCO, Paris

The conference will take place in French and English, and simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Program subject to change without prior notice.



Technology: Opportunities and Challenges

Exploring the solutions and challenges introduced by technologies - robots, artificial intelligence, and internet of things. In the 21st century of disruptive technologies, our need for security, food and shelter, and emotional contact are being addressed in rapidly changing ways. Brings new options to exercise democracy while undermining its survival. Technologies are allowing us to nurture our many identities with people from all over the world, thus creating many layers of complex portraits of human identities sharing physical and virtual space in very close proximity to people of many diverse identities.


Identity, Why and for What Good

Why do we care about identity? Going beyond communal identity - while individuality is important, when group identity is overemphasized, it creates the same dangers as the damaging nationalism of WWII. This is especially explosive in the economically strained conditions of OECD nations. Human needs, the reasons we need identities, and how they are developed are far more fundamental. For security and protection, we seek out community. For emotional support and expression we need the company of others. We must be fearless to embrace individuality when it opposes normative group identity and confident that the expression of one’s true self will find communal acceptance. At the same time, individuals must be subjected to limitations when value systems revert back to antiquated religious beliefs that encroach on democratic ideals. Archaic ideology must never supersede the “civic religious conviction” required for a thriving democracy. Therefore, identity is our primal need for our social wellbeing, security and safety. This cannot to overridden by communal identities.


Deliberative Democracy

Can we have a democracy of thoughtful empowerment rather than a democracy of sound bite manipulation? “Deliberative democracy” seeks to engage the general public in thoughtful and informed discussion. The process of deliberative democracy upholds key democratic values including political equality and deliberation. Is it possible? Is it practical to have critical thinking by citizens invigorate our democratic practices? Can new technologies and new methods play a role?



Our: Collective Future Project

Installation and event, September 12-13, 2017

“Our" is an installation and event by architect Erin Moore, in collaboration with author and philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore. “Our" is a framework made of nesting space for the larvae of solitary bees that houses the collective ecological future of the city as written in the futures of 100 individuals. Deconstructed into 100 bee nesting blocks distributed throughout the city, “Our" embodies the boundlessness of the ecological design site in architecture, the biodiversity of the living city, and the indivisibility of our ecological future.

Erin Moore is the principal of FLOAT architectural research and design and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. Moore uses her teaching, research, and design practice for ecological interconnection and to explore ways that architecture reflects and reinforces cultural constructions of nature.

Kathleen Dean Moore
 is an author, moral philosopher, and environmental advocate. Formerly Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, she is the author or co-editor of a dozen books, including Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril and Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change.