“Creating a Workable World” – Conference

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“Creating a Workable World” – Conference

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 - Sat, 10 Oct 2015
03:30 - 05:45

Location Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, United States

For full information and for registration, see The Workable World Trust website: http://www.workableworld.org/oct-2015-conf.html

Global problems demand global solutions. However, the present international system is incapable of coping effectively with problems such as climate change, the North-South economic gap, civil wars, terrorism, pandemic diseases and many others. Fortunately, creative thinkers have put forward numerous workable proposals for dealing with the major threats now facing humanity. Many of these will be addressed by a stellar group of experts at the “Creating a Workable World” conference to be held at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs on October 9-10, 2015.

Conference program:

Friday, October 9, 3:30 – 6:00pm (7:30-9:30 pm Film Showing)
3:30    Registration, Coffee and light refreshments
4pm   Welcome: Eric Schwartz, Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of MN
4:05    What is the Workable World Trust? Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Director of Workable World Trust
4:20    Musical Interlude: Maryam Yusefzadeh and Tim O’Keefe, local musicians
4:30    Conference Purpose and Overview: John Trent
5pm    Keynote Speech: Time for a New Global Governance Paradigm: W. Andy Knight, Director, Institute of International Relations, University of West Indies 7

7:30    Sneak Preview of the Forthcoming Film “The World is My Country,” the amazing true story of World Citizen #1 Garry Davis. Followed by a discussion with Producer/Director Arthur Kanegis. For further information:www.1.worldcitizen.com.


Saturday, October 10, 8:30am – 5:45pm
8:30     Registration, Catered breakfast
9:10    Welcome, Review of Friday Session, Introduce Saturday Program: John Trent
9:20    Minnesota’s Place in a Rapidly Changing World:
Mark Ritchie, former Minnesota Secretary of State; Director of Minnesota World’s Fair (Expo 2023) Bid Committee
9:30     A Workable System of Peacekeeping: Robert C. Johansen, Kroc Institute for Intl. Peace Studies, U of Notre Dame

10:15   Imparting Greater Legitimacy to the United Nations System: Charlotte Ku, Co-Director,  Center on Law and Globalization, College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
11:00   Coffee Break
11:15   A World Parliamentary Assembly: The Key to Global Democracy Andreas Bummel, Director, Committee for a Democratic U.N. (Berlin)

Noon   Civil Society Engagement in Global Governance and Promoting International Democracy: William Pace, Exec. Dir., World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy
12:45   Catered lunch
Note: those registered as students will be on their own for lunch. There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance (map will be provided). You may also bring your own lunch.
2:00    A Political and Psychological Strategy to Achieve a Workable World: Rabbi Michael Lerner, Network of Spiritual Progressives
2:45    The Politics of the UN’s Human Rights Regimes: Barbara Frey, Director, Human Rights Program, CLA, U of MN
3:30    Coffee Break
3:45    Musical Interlude: Maryam Yusefzadeh and Tim O’Keefe, local musicians
4:00     Meeting the Environmental Challenge:  Hilary French, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Program Officer, Climate Change and Resource Efficiency
4:45     Open Forum: opportunity for conference participants to share their thoughts
5:30     Concluding Remarks, Next Steps: John Trent

** All presentations will be followed by a Q&A session