Building knowledge societies: Theme of next 21st Century Dialogue, SeoulOn the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) and the visit of the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, to the Republic of Korea, the next session of the 21st Century Dialogues will be held in Seoul (Republic of Korea) at the Shilla Hotel on Tuesday July 27 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday July 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), as a joint event co-organized by KNCU and the Division of Foresight, Philosophy and Human Sciences of UNESCO.
As a major component of the foresight and anticipation programme of UNESCO, the 21st Century Dialogues and Talks have brought together, since 1997, leading experts, researchers, scientists and policy-makers from all over the world to discuss important transdisciplinary themes. An anthology of the 21st Century Dialogues and Talks has been published in English (Keys to the 21st Century), Chinese, French, Arabic, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. A second anthology, entitled The Future of Values has just been published in French and will be available in English in early August 2004, and in Spanish and Arabic in 2005.
The theme of the third session of the 21st Century Dialogues will be “Building Knowledge Societies” in relation with the theme of the first UNESCO World Report, to be published early 2005. It will explore the prospects made possible by the ever increasing importance of knowledge in our societies, in the fields of scientific research, basic and higher education, cultural diversity and democratic participation, among others. It will gather 26 experts, mainly from Asia but also from the rest of the world, whose specialization range from philosophy to ICTs, including fundamental sciences, pedagogy, prospective studies, etc. A debate between the participants and the public will follow each talk.
This meeting will be opened by the Minister of Education of the Republic of Korea, Byung-Young Ahn, and UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura. Following an introductory session (10.30 to 12 a.m.), moderated by Yersu Kim, with Jérôme Bindé, Gianni Vattimo and Kyong-Dong Kim, the main issues of knowledge societies will be tackled through five questions and a closing session:
July 27, 2 – 3.45 p.m. – session 1: What Do We Know of Knowledge Societies? Moderated by Dr Unna Huh, with Naoki Tanaka (Knowledge Societies: Outdated or New?), Nico Stehr (Can the Information Society Lead to Knowledge Societies?) and Wang Huijiong (From Knowledge Economy to a Culture of Innovation: Changes in the Nature and Practice of Knowledge);
July 27, 4 - 6 p.m. – session 2: How to Make Knowledge Societies Work for All? Moderated by Prof. Byung-Kook Kim, with Patrick Liedtke (Knowledge Societies Facing their Own Risks: Can Knowledge Be A Panacea?), Saskia Sassen (New Civic-Oriented Forms of Democratic Participation in Knowledge Societies) and Tu Weiming (Changes in the Status of “Bureaucratic Literati” in Knowledge Societies: Toward a New Role of Experts and Intellectuals):
July 28, 10 - 12 a.m. – session 3: What Do We Know in Knowledge Societies?: Science, Education and Lifelong Learning. Moderated by Dr Chong Jae Lee, with Goéry Delacôte (How and Where Shall Science Meet the Public?), Hung-Yul So (Scientific Culture in Knowledge Societies) and Roberto Carneiro (Teaching and Learning: Toward Lifelong Learning and E-learning for All?);
1.30 – 3.30 p.m. – session 4: Knowledge Societies and their Discontents. Moderated by Dr Heung-Soo Park, with Chaibong Hahm (From the Digital Divide to the Knowledge Divide: Potential Forms of Knowledge Exclusion), Susantha Goonatilake (New Technologies and the Shift to Asia) and Hélé Béji (What Values in Knowledge Societies? Universality, Knowledge and Cultural Diversity);
3.50 – 5.50 p.m. – session 5: Toward Knowledge Sharing? Moderated by Prof. Taik-Sup Auh, with Izumi Aizu (New Rights or New Rules for Individuals in Knowledge Societies? Governance with Netizens’ Participation), Paul Tiyambe Zeleza (Universities of the Future: Networks, Knowledge Sharing and Empowerment) and Ilkka Tuomi (Knowledge Sharing and the Idea of Public Domain);
6 - 7 p.m. – Closing session. Moderated by Dr Yersu Kim, with Subhash Bhatnagar (From the Network Society to Knowledge Societies: What Policy Is Necessary?), Jérôme Bindé (Future-Oriented Democracy in Emerging Knowledge Societies) and Jung-Uck Seo (A Vision of Knowledge Societies: A Korean View).