Time: 2:30-7:00pm on Monday; 9am-1:30pm on Tuesday, 27-28 Oct, 2008
Venue: LSE Bankside House
Speakers: Professor Edgar Morin; Mr. Pierre Calame, etc.
Chair: Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
Professor Edgar Morin is a philosopher, sociologist and anthropologist, one of France's leading contemporary thinkers. Known for the transdisciplinarity of his works, he has a wide range of interests and dismisses the conventional boundaries between academic disciplines. He is also Emeritus Director, French National for Scientific Research Center (CNRS); Former President of the European Agency for Culture of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). See Professor Morin's view on Dialogue assumes equality.
Mr. Pierre Calame is General Director of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for Human Progress, a Swiss-based international foundation, mainly devoted to the mobilisation of knowledge and experience to help face the major challenges of the coming decade. He is one of the founders of the China-Europa Forum, and author of La démocratie en miettes: pour une révolution de la gouvernance and many books and publications. See a complete review of publications on www.pierre-calame.fr.
This meeting will bring together people, institutions, organisations, willing to take an active role in the continuation of the dialogue between the European and the Chinese societies.
The participants belongs to these five categories :
The method used is the conceptual mapping, allowing the display and use of real-time information
Prior to the conference: Each participant indicates his/her propositions of contacts, within European or Chinese networks, partners and the workshops/themes to which he/she would like to contribute.
First day: Based on the data collected, the organizers draw maps of existing and wished cooperations and display them in the meeting room. The participants work in groups, share with the others their own degree of involvement, exchange information, look for potential partners, make new suggestions.
Second day: An overnight compilation of the proposals by the organizers will make it possible to present the 'status' of the workshops in terms of partnerships identified to highlight points of convergence, to display gaps and to draw practical steps for the 'after-meeting' actions.
13:00 - 14:00 Participants arrival & welcome coffee at Balcony Room
14:00 - 15:30 Opening session
Professor Ngai Pun, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Guest speaker: Professor Edgar Morin, French philosopher Edgar Morin, on « dialogue »
16:15 - 17:00 Press conference
15:30 - 18:30 Work in small groups:
Participants' introduction followed by a group 'brainstorming' on existing, potential or yet-to-be-found partnerships to prepare workshops for the third biennial meeting in 2009
A coffee break will be served from 17h00
19:30 Dinner at the Novotel restaurant
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome coffee in the Balcony Room
9:30 - 11:30 Reconnection and collective overview and comments on the proposals
collected in small groups the day before. Interactive session.
A coffee break will be served from 11:30 to 12:00
12:00 - 13:30 - The China-Europa Forum's next steps: interactive session on
how to go further and how to put ideas in action
Closing speech on today's reality: in Europe, in China and in the relations between our societies.
13:30 Buffet lunch in the LSE restaurant
The China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) has been involved to hold The China-Europe Dialogue on Society -- the Northern Europe Regional Meeting (UK, Benelux and Scandinavia) for the 2009, which continues the work of the and is part of the dynamics of preparing for the Third, to be held in China in July 2009.
The biennial China-Europa Forums, held in China in 2005 and in Europe in 2007, gave a practical demonstration of how a dialogue between Chinese and European societies can take place, perhaps offering a prototype for similar dialogues in other parts of the world in the future. In the innovative format, experiences were exchanged between participants of the same professional category or between experts on the same themes from a wide variety of occupations and backgrounds, including public administration, NGO, and university.
The aim of the regional meeting is to spark exchanges of information and views and to offer new prospects of cooperation between institutions or networks and Chinese partners.
The China-Europe Dialogue on Society (27-28 October 2008, London) is funded by the Directorate-General for the External Relations (DG RELEX) and supported by the and the .
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