(names in alphabetical order)
Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017
|10:00-10:10||Opening Remark by Dhillon Marty Foundation
|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|
|14:30-16:00||Competition: 2017 Phrase of the Year|
|16:15-16:30||Visual Arts Performance|
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017
|11:00-12:30||Panel II: Identity, Why and for What Good|
|14:30-16:00||Panel III: Deliberative Democracy|
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.
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?
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.
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.