UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and Boston Global Forum Create The Global Education Leadership Innovation Council

UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and Boston Global Forum Create The Global Education Leadership Innovation Council

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Boston, MA – The Global Education Leadership Innovation Council was recently created through a joint venture between the UNESCO-UCLA Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and the Boston Global Forum.

The Council will focus on educational management and leadership in an effort to encourage the adoption of new concepts, principles, solutions, initiatives, and ideas to innovate global education. These innovations in global education are expected to be fostered by the Global Citizenship Education Network and education institutions worldwide.

Council members are:

The Council is directed by multiple well-known educational leadership professors and scholars such as:

Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of The Boston Global Forum

Prof. Carlos Alberto Torres, Chair, UNESCO Chair, Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, UCLA

Prof. Patrick Winston, founder, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT.

Prof. Nazli Choucri from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Prof. David Silberweig from Harvard Medical School at Harvard University

Le Phuoc Vu, Chairman of Hoa Sen Group

Tuan Anh Nguyen, Assistant and Chair of the International Advisory Committee UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education and CEO of The Boston Global Forum, is the permanent member of the Council.

New Concepts and Ideas for Global Education

  1. Members of Global Education Leadership Innovation Council believe education is an inspiration to humanity. It is also a lifelong progression that should not only be made in schools but continue through events that involve all citizens in activities that promote social wellbeing.
  2. Global Citizenship Education Network encourages the implementation of new ideas and initiatives in global leadership, management and the mobilization of religions to cooperate in educating people to be more compassionate, humane and respectful.
  3. With the rapid development of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet the Council will strive to automate the transfer of knowledge transfer to every region and family region around the globe.

Global Education Leadership Innovation Council will:

  • Announce innovations, new solutions for governance reform and global education leadership.
  • Announce initiatives, solutions for education reform, educational revolution around the world.
  • Create models, new ways of doing things contribute to a profound renewal of global education.
  • Honor 10 global education innovation leaders annually.
  • Lead the Global Citizen Education Network to host the annual World Reconciliation Day

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, influential thoughts leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever they are most needed.

Boston Global Forum Marks Annual World Reconciliation Day, Sept. 9th

Boston Global Forum Marks Annual World Reconciliation Day, Sept. 9th

UNESCO and The Boston Global Forum Makrs Annual World Reconciliation Day, Sept. 9th

To Foster Global Peace, Security, Tolerance, Kindness on

 

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Boston, MA — September 9th is designated World Reconciliation Day by UNESCO Chair on Global Learning, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and The Boston Global Forum, and will be commemorated locally with a program at Harvard University.

 

World Reconciliation Day at Harvard University:

Time: 8:30 AM, September 9, 2017

Venue: Loeb House, Harvard University

Participants: Professors from Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, and universities in Boston;

Consuls-General from other countries in Boston

Business leaders in Boston

 

Program Agenda:

Introduce President Gov. Dukakis:  Professor Patterson

Opening Remarks by Michael Dukakis

The Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation: Professor Thomas Patterson

Recognize Professor Joseph Nye: Distinguished Global Educator for Peace and Innovation, Professor Carlos Torres.

The Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation: Professor Joseph Nye.

Announce excellent innovations and solutions for world reconciliation: Gov. Dukakis.

Announce and discuss the solution for world reconciliation 2017

            Solutions for the North Korean Peninsula

Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis

Introduce World Reconciliation Festival: Nguyen Anh Tuan

Closing Ceremony: Gov. Dukakis

The event is hosted by Tuan Anh Nguyen, CEO of The Boston Global Forum.

“The purpose of Annual World Reconciliation Day is to foster world peace, security and creativity to  make the world a better place with more tolerance and kindness,” Nguyen said in announcing the program hosted in part by the Global Citizenship Education Network (GCEN).

According to Nguyen, “The world’s great universities are urged to participate with a focus on events scheduled at Harvard University and UCLA. Other leading universities and cultural organizations are being scheduled to participate with events such as Reconciliation Concerts and a World Reconciliation Festival.”

September 9th events commemorating World Reconciliation Day Include:

  1. Publish and evaluate initiatives on reconciliation and peace: showcasing the best solutions.
  2. The Distinguished Lecture on Reconciliation: a world-renown authority will speak about reconciliation, focusing on ideas to reduce problems that lead to continual world conflict.
  3. The Global Educator Award for Peace and Innovation: Present the Global Educator Award for Peace and Innovation on World Reconciliation Day each year at Harvard and UCLA.
  4. Conciliation Concert: Call upon city and university symphony orchestras to participate with reconciliation concerts every September 9th and encourage
  5. World Reconciliation Festival: Put reconciliation into practice by communicating the benefits of reconciliation, elimination of hatred and value of tolerance. Discuss the quintessence of art and culture with an eye toward encouraging philanthropy.

World Reconciliation Day also calls for the United Nations and Vatican leadership to seek support from mosques, churches, temples, and pagodas around the world and join in on the World Reconciliation Festival, held online and live to encourage personal connections around the world.

The World Reconciliation Day Council along with the Global Education Leadership Innovation Council will select and honor the Global Educator for Peace and Innovation on that day as well.

Reconciliation Concerts 2017:

September 9th, 2017 performances will be recognized by the Global Citizenship Education Network as official 2017 Reconciliation Concerts:

Vietnamese Cheo Theatre, Quan Am Thi Kinh, Cheo Theatre

Cellist Tamas Varga, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, and Ambassador of the Global Citizenship Education Network, Tokyo.

Violinist Hyung Joon Won, Artistic Director of the Lindenbaum Festival Ensemble, Seoul.

World Reconciliation Day Council Members are:

Governor Michael Dukakis

Professor Marcello Suarez-Orozco

Professor Carlos Alberto Torres

Professor Joseph Nye

Nguyen Anh Tuan

Professor Thomas Patterson

Professor David Silsberweig

Professor John Quelch

Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki

Professor Koichi Hamada

 

About The Boston Global Forum

Established in 2012, The Boston Global Forum brings together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of highly regarded academic leaders, real-world experts, influential thoughts leaders, media experts and promising young leaders.

BGF’s immediate goal is to identify emerging threats to peace and stability around the globe, suggest realistic solutions, and identify possible actions that can be taken to avert armed conflict. The Forum’s ultimate goal is to lessen tensions, promote peace and security, and foster conditions that lead to greater social justice and broader economic prosperity wherever they are most needed.

Information Warfare Versus Soft Power

Information Warfare Versus Soft Power

By Professor Joseph S. Nye, Member of BGF’s Board of Thinkers.

CAMBRIDGE – Russia’s interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and its suspected hacking of French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign servers, should surprise no one, given President Vladimir Putin’s (mis)understanding of soft power. Before his re-election in 2012, Putin told a Moscow newspaper that “soft power is a complex of tools and methods to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of force, through information and other means of influence.”

From the Kremlin’s perspective, color revolutions in neighboring countries and the Arab Spring uprisings were examples of the United States using soft power as a new form of hybrid warfare. The concept of soft power was incorporated into Russia’s 2013 Foreign Policy Concept, and in March 2016, Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov stated that responding to such foreign threats “using conventional troops is impossible; they can be counteracted only with the same hybrid methods.”

What is soft power? Some think it means any action other than military force, but this is wrong. Soft power is the ability to get what you want through attraction and persuasion rather than threats of coercion or offers of payment.

Read the full article here

 

Today’s News…Who Do You Trust?

Today’s News…Who Do You Trust?

Today’s News…Who Do You Trust?

By Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA

It’s frustrating enough these days to keep tabs on world events, and an emerging challenge has added a new dimension to that frustration…what is the origin of the news and information that you get from traditional as well as online sources?

Communication experts from around the world gathered recently in Cambridge, Mass., to share thoughts, experiences, and best practices in combatting cyber-attacks and (often closely related) “fake news” as part of the Boston Global ForumG7 Summit Initiative Conference.

Following an introduction by former Massachusetts Governor and Chairman of Boston Global Forum Michael Dukakis, Nicola De Santis, Consul General of Italy in Boston, set the background for the morning’s discussions by noting, “We are laying the groundwork today to address the challenges of today’s societies.” De Santis went on to say that proceedings of the symposium will be presented for inclusion at the 43rd G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy.

As a veteran public relations professional now teaching the next generation(s) of PR pros, I found myself fascinated by…and concerned about…the channels through which often unsuspecting citizens receive what they believe to be news and information. More to the point, I found myself wondering how I and my colleagues, both professional and academic, can best prepare these future communicators to determine what is “fact” and what is “hacked.”

As the morning progressed, it became abundantly clear that the burden of proof lies squarely on the shoulders of the consumer. No longer can we rely solely on the traditional “gatekeepers” whose responsibility it is to ensure that what is being communicated to their audiences is verifiable and valid. The term “citizen journalist” has evolved as social media has become the dominant means of relaying news and information, and that “journalist” more often than not relies on his or her own “sources” for that news.

Canadian professor/philosopher Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message.” But, as is becoming more and more apparent, that medium can also be manipulated. Symposium participant Trey Herr, Cybersecurity Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, summed the dilemma up by saying, “The bigger piece of the puzzle is how do I trust the system that I am using?”

Therein lies the greater challenge for current…and more importantly…for future communicators. As cyber warfare escalates from individual computer system hackers who, for varied reasons, choose to manipulate information, to governments, how does one verify both the information itself and the source of that information?

According to Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer for Finnish cyber security and privacy company F-Secure, while criminal hackers are the largest in sheer numbers, government hackers “are much more serious. Although they are not so big in numbers, they have the capabilities and the resources [not available to individual criminal hackers].”

Once again the question bubbles up in my mind, “How to differentiate between fact and fiction if one’s own government is manipulating the information that is being communicated to its all-too-trusting citizens? And how do I, as an educator, help my students understand that erring on the side of caution must become second-nature to them as they pursue their career as communicators? How to recognize ‘fake news’?”

The phrase “fake news” has rapidly become as commonplace today as “rock-and-roll” was for my generation. As pointed out by Harvard University’s Global Citizenship Education Network Professor Thomas Patterson, “During the recent political campaign, fake news topped mainstream news in believability by the public.” And that “success” has been achieved through such tried and proven motivational techniques as repetition of message and reinforcement of beliefs.

As a former member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards, I was encouraged that the matter of ethics in communication was raised as part of the “fake new” discussion. In particular, the responsibility of institutions of higher education to implement fact-checking mechanisms and initiatives into their curriculum to instill in future communicators as well as business leaders the importance of honest and open communication as part and parcel of a democratic society.

My personal and reassuring take-away from the Boston Global Forum-G7 Summit Initiative Conference was that there is a recognition that cyber warfare is a serious threat to the ability of citizens of any country to remain educated and informed about events of significance to their own existence and that of generations to come, with fake news rapidly becoming a serious threat to that awareness.

My challenge, as an educator, is to help my students understand the role that they will play as communicators.

Ivy Ledbetter Lee, arguably the “Father of Ethical Public Relations,” said it best in his “Declaration of Principles” in 1906: “In brief, our plan is frankly, and openly, on behalf of business concerns and public institutions, to supply the press and public of the United States prompt and accurate information concerning subjects which it is of value and interest to the public to know about.”

Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, is Assistant Professor of Communication/Public Relations at Curry College in Milton, MA