INTERDEPENDENCE DAY 2013
CivWorld ("Citizens Without Borders") will hold its eleventh annual Interdependence Day Celebration and Forum in Dublin, Ireland, this year, September 20 to 22.
Founded by Benjamin Barber and colleagues from 15 countries, Interdependence Day is an international effort to explore constructive approaches to global justice and peace.
Past celebrations have been held in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Mexico City, Casablanca, Istanbul, and Paris. The Dublin forum will be held in conjunction with Culture Ireland's THE GATHERING, connecting the Irish diaspora around the world.
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- Mayors Roundtable on Immigration: City officials from Belfast, Seoul, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and other cities from around the world share ideas for developing democratic immigration strategies.
- A forum on gender and education will include a screening of Girl Rising, a documentary film by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins telling the stories of nine girls from nine countries and their struggles to become educated. Film producer Kayce Jennings will be on hand to discuss the film.
- Music by Moya Brennan
- More than 20 youth members from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Palestine, Poland, Australia and the United States.
Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. He is the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement.
An internationally renowned political theorist, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Clinton, Howard Dean) and around the world (Germany, U.K., Libya, Italy).
Benjamin Barber's 17 books include the forthcoming If Mayors Ruled the World, to be published by Yale University Press in fall 2013; the classic Strong Democracy (1984) reissued in 2004 in a twentieth anniversary edition; the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld (1995 with a Post 9/11 Edition in 2001, translated into thirty languages) and most recently Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, published by W.W. Norton & Co. in March, 2007 (eight foreign editions).
Barber's honors include a knighthood (Palmes Academiques/Chevalier) from the French Government (2001), the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin (2001) and the John Dewey Award (2003). He has also been awarded Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships, honorary doctorates from Grinnell College, Monmouth University and Connecticut College, and has held the chair of American Civilization at the Ícole des Hautes Ítudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
He writes regularly for The Huffington Post The Nation, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, La Repubblica, El País and The Guardian. He was a founding editor and for ten years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly Political Theory. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and an M.A. and Doctorate from Harvard University.
Tim O'Connor runs his own advisory business
providing strategic advice and support to companies and organisations. His clients cover a range of sectors
from financial services to renewable energy. He also holds several not-for-profit positions, including
the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Gathering Ireland 2013.
He worked in the Irish Public Service from
1972 to early 2010, most recently as Secretary General (Chief of Staff) to the
President of Ireland. His career
also included almost 30 years in the Irish Diplomatic Service, in the
Department of Foreign Affairs. A
large portion of his career was spent working on the Northern Ireland Peace
Process, including the Good Friday Agreement. He has also served terms as
Director of the Africa Unit and of the Human Rights Unit in the Department of
foreign postings included the Embassies of Ireland in Bonn and Washington DC
and most recently, from 2005 to 2007, he was Consul General of Ireland in New
York, USA, with the rank of Ambassador. Mr O'Connor is the holder of Honorary Doctorates from
NUI Maynooth, the University of Ulster and Quinnipiac University (Connecticut,
Jacqueline Davis Jacqueline Davis is Executive Director of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where she has general supervisory responsibilities for the Music, Dance, Theatre, and Recorded Sound research divisions and the complementary circulating division.
She oversees exhibitions in the Center's two galleries and more than 200 public programs annually, including performances and lectures. Formerly, Ms. Davis was Director of the Lied Center of Kansas at the University of Kansas.
She recently completed a two-year term as President of the University of Kansas Theatre Advisory Board. Prior to her activities in the artistic sector, Ms. Davis served as a staff assistant in the Office of Senator Edward Kennedy. In 2003, 2007 and 2012, Ms. Davis was appointed to three-year terms as a Tony Award nominator.
In 2004, she was named Chevalier for Les Arts et Lettres by the French government. She is the recipient of the New York Women's Agenda's Galaxy Award and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Kansas. In 2011, she received the Global Interdependence Prize in New York for her work in engendering communication across cultures through the performing arts. In 2012, she received the HT Chen Dance Company Award for her commitment to the field of Dance. She is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Leadership Program.
Barnaby Spring Barnaby Spring brings a unique perspective to this year's Interdependence Day event. He is currently professionally engaged as a high school principal, educational leadership and instructional support specialist in the New York City Department of Education. Spring draws in "interdependent ways" from his diverse educational, artistic and political background to serve all ages, particularly struggling and disengaged urban and immigrant youth.
A professional actor/writer, Barnaby Spring is also a former Governor of the American Legion's state and national government study program "Boys State" (Nebraska) and nominee to the annual "Boys Nation" event (where former U.S. President Bill Clinton had some of his first political experiences as a young man including meeting then President John F. Kennedy). He graduated as a College Scholar of Cornell University, where he studied and presented an exit thesis on the Relation of Technique in the Experimental Sciences and the Creative Arts.
Pascal Derrien Pascal Derrien is Executive Director, Chief Blogger and in charge of "fun stuff in general" at the Irish Executives Network (IEN). He has been a member of the Irish Executives Network Governance team for the past three years, with a particular focus on the corporate engagement and alliances in the network.
Through the IEN Pascal sponsored the 'Inspire Ireland Competition' in 2011 and 2013 and is also running the Spot On and Bloggers in Residence program. A native of France, he's been in Ireland 15 years and has gained global leadership experience from his work with various corporations. He currently works with Microsoft.
Daphné L. Romy-MasliahDaphné L. Romy-Masliah, PhD, Baroness of Barnis Forbes, is an independent researcher in sociolinguistics. She has taught in France (IUT de Villetaneuse), Canada (McMaster University), Algeria (Université de Sidi Bel-Abbès) and Switzerland (Université de Geneve/ Département de l'Instruction Publique). She is a Board Member of the Editorial Committee of the French Journal <EM>Droit et Cultures.</EM> Her research focuses on international English, plurilingualism and multiculturalism, leading to several publications related to language and law.
Daphné has also held positions in CSOs as an international consultant for INGOs from 1990 to 2010 including the Kofi Annan Foundation and the Global Human Forum. She has just spent 14 months on a sabbatical leave which lead her to 20 countries around the world, to deliver presentations and lectures and to assess the material culture of cosmopolitanism in these various environments.
A friend of the Interdependence Movement since its very beginning, Daphné has participated in Interdependence Day events in Istanbul, Berlin and Los Angeles. Her blog is at cosmopolitanism.wordpress.com.
David BaileDavid Baile is the CEO of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) based in New York. Prior to joining ISPA in 2007, David enjoyed a 20 year career in the arts in Toronto in both management and consulting roles and in a variety of disciplines including contemporary dance, theatre, literary arts and music. For the 7 years prior to ISPA, David was the General Manager of Opera Atelier, an internationally renowned company noted for its period productions of baroque opera/ballet.
In addition to his professional involvement in the arts, David is also active with volunteer positions including the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and OPERA America. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Arts Management Program at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the years he's enjoyed successful terms as the General Manager of Factory Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille as well as the Executive Director of the Performing Arts Development Fund. He holds an Honours B.A. in Urban Development from the University of Western Ontario.
Kingsley AikinsKingsley Aikins is the founder and CEO of DiasporaMatters, a global consultancy that advises countries, companies and organisations how to develop strategies to connect with their Diasporas. Established in 2011 it has worked with a series of countries and companies and advised them on policies and programmes in philanthropy and remittances, trade and investment, education and tourism, culture and sport.
For 21 years Kingsley worked for The Ireland Funds, a global philanthropic network active in 33 cities in 13 countries and raised over a quarter of a billion dollars for projects in Ireland. He has a truly international outlook having lived and worked extensively in Ireland, UK, Australia, US, France and Spain. He has an honours Economics and Politics degree from Trinity College Dublin and has written and spoken extensively on Networking, Diaspora and Philanthropy.
Kayce Freed JenningsKayce Freed Jennings spent 20 years at ABC News, covering international and national news before co-founding The Documentary Group. She was on the staffs of Nightline, World News Tonight and 20/20, in London, Atlanta and New York.
At DocGroup, Kayce develops projects, helps oversee production and is senior producer on many of the company's films. She has also been a senior producer on a number of documentaries, including the Peabody Award-winning Out of Control: AIDS in Black America and Babyland
As a producer for Nightline, she covered Europe, the Middle East and Africa – and events such as the American raid on Libya, the 5-year anniversary of Zimbabwe's independence, the anti-nuclear movement in Europe, and "the troubles" in Northern Ireland. While at ABC, Kayce worked with all the major anchors, including Ted Koppel, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.
Kayce has close affiliations with a number of non-profits, including Teach for America, The Coalition for the Homeless and Concern Worldwide. She serves on the board of Win, an agency that serves homeless families, and she helped create The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution, in memory of her late husband, the ABC anchor.
John ScottJohn Scott is Dublin born and graduated from University College Dublin, in English Literature and Classics. Following graduation, he spent time studying with the Living Theater, with Julian Beck and Judith Malina. He then began dance studies with Irish National College of Dance and was apprenticed to Dublin City Ballet, where he worked with Anna Sokolow. He studied with choreographers Andy de Groat, Meredith Monk, Pablo Vela, Susan Buirge and Deborah Hay.
In 1991 he founded Irish Modern Dance Theatre and has brought the likes of Meredith Monk, Sarah Rudner, John Jasperse, Thomas Lehmann and Kyle Abraham to Ireland. His work has been performed in New York, Brazil, France, Sweden, Estonia, Croatia, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, the UK, Scotland and Bulgaria.
Scott has choreographed in Bilbao for Blanca Arrietta's company Cinco Cinquenta Cuerdas and in Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2003, he began an award winning dance project with the Dublin Centre for Care for Survivors of Torture and created several dance works, focusing on the healing power of dance.
Krzystof CzyzewskiKrzystof Czyzewski is a Polish practitioner of ideas, poet, essayist, culture animator and editor. He is co-founder and president of the Borderland Foundation (1990) and director of the Centre "Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations" in Sejny. In 2011 together with Borderland he opened an International Center for Dialog in Krasnogruda at the Polish-Lithuanian border. He coordinates intercultural dialogue programs in Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Indonesia, Bhutan and USA. He is a President of the Board of Eastern Partnership Congress of Culture.
He worked as an Artistic Director of European Capital of Culture for Lublin (candidature) and Wroclaw 2016. He has published books and essays and has been guest lecturer and speaker at various universities, including Warsaw, Harvard, Boston and Berkeley.
For his achievements in the field of innovative art and literature, cross-cultural education and community oriented activity, he has been awarded numerous accolades, including Medal of St. George (Cracow, 2002), Order of Giediminas (Vilnius, 2001), Cross "Polonia Restituta" (Warsaw, 2002), Dialog Award (Berlin, 2006), and Pontifex Award (Poland, 2008).
James Counts EarlyJames Counts Early is the Director of Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He has a BA in Spanish at Morehouse College and is an ABD Ford Foundation Fellow, of the Howard University History Department (Latin American and Caribbean History).
His career began in 1972 when he joined the African Diaspora Folklife Festival project as graduate school contract-researcher in Brazil and Caribbean. He went on to curate a number of events and festivals. In addition he is a radio producer with WHUR FM, as well as writer and host of "Ten Minutes Left", a weekly segment of cultural, educational, political interviews and commentary.
Shabana Basij-RasikhShabana Basij-Rasikh is co-founder and president of School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA) a nonprofit that helps young Afghan women access education worldwide and jobs back home, and the only girls' boarding school in Afghanistan.
Born and raised in Kabul, Shabana finished high school in the U.S. through the State Department's Youth Exchange Studies program. She went on to attend Middlebury, graduating magna cum laude in International Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 2011.
Shabana founded HELA, a nonprofit that empowers Afghan women through education. She raised funds across the U.S. to build a high school for girls in her ancestral village and wells in the outskirts of Kabul. She was selected as one of Glamour Magazine's Top 10 College Women in 2010, and received the Vermont Campus Compact 2011 award for outstanding public service.
In 2011–12 Shabana was National Gender Mainstreaming Advisor at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Kabul. She now focuses her attention on unlocking the economic potential of Afghanistan by improving its educational system to produce exceptional leaders, especially women. To date, SOLA helped 32 students from 15 provinces obtain scholarships to 34 schools estimated at $6.3 million.