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Creating a Workable World Conference

Event Details

Date: Friday, 09 October 2015 Time:
Friday 3:30 – 6:00pm / Saturday 8:30am – 5:45pm
Venue: University of Minnesota Speakers: Vijay Mehta and others

Creating a Workable World Conference

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.

Conference Registration Rates
Standard Rate, through October 1st: $100 (includes coffee breaks, Saturday breakfast & lunch)
Standard Rate, after October 1st: $125 (includes coffee breaks, Saturday breakfast & lunch)
High School / College Students (with Student ID): FREE (But pre-registration required. Since we will
be ordering food & beverages for coffee breaks and continental breakfast, based on your registration, we
expect a firm commitment. For advice about lunch on Saturday, see reverse page.)

HOSTED BY: the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
CREATED AND SPONSORED BY: The Workable World Trust

  • A Million Copies Initiative
  • A Peace of My Mind
  • Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota
  • Growing Communities for Peace
  • Human Rights Program, College of Liberal Arts,
  • University of Minnesota
  • Justice and Peace Studies, University of St. Thomas
  • Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
  • Minnesota Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Minnesota Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria
  • Minnesota Pachamama Alliance
  • Minnesota Move to Amend State Network
  • Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
  • Quiet Island Films / Beyond the Divide Film
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • United Nations Association of Minnesota
  • US Peace Memorial Foundation
  • Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27
  • Vincent L.

Friday, October 9, 3:30 – 6:00pm

– 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, Workable World Trust
– 4:20 Musical Interlude: Maryam Yusefzadeh and Tim O’Keefe, local musicians
– 4:30 Conference Purpose and Overview: John Trent, former Secretary General, International Political Science Association
– 5pm Keynote Speech: Time for a New Global Governance Paradigm: W. Andy Knight, Professor, International Relations, The University of Alberta & Director, Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies
– 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 discussion with Producer/Director Arthur Kanegis. FFI:

Saturday, October 10, 8:30am – 5:45pm
– 8:30 Registration, Catered breakfast
– 9:10 Welcome, Review of Friday Session, Introduce Day’s Program: John Trent
– 9:20 Minnesota’s Place in a Rapidly Changing World: Mark Ritchie, former MN Secretary of State; Director, Minnesota World’s Fair 2023
– 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, Professor of Law & Associate Dean, Texas A & M School of Law
– 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, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy
– 12:45 Catered Lunch (non-student registrants) 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, College of Liberal Arts, University 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, 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