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Indonesia Commitment to Diversity

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika is the official national motto of Indonesia. The phrase is Old Javanese translated as “Unity in Diversity“. It is inscribed in the Indonesian national symbol, Garuda Pancasila (written on the scroll gripped by the Garuda’s claws), and is mentioned specifically in article 36A of the Constitution of Indonesia. It is a quotation from an Old Javanese poem Kakawin Sutasoma, written by Mpu Tantular during the reign of the Majapahit empire …

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Intercultural Innovation Award: Apply before September 30

The Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group, searches for innovative and sustainable projects around the world that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, making vital contributions to peace and prosperity. Ten organizations with potential for expansion and replication will be awarded funding and strategic support. Awardees will be announced at …

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Big Data: 20 Mind-Boggling Facts Everyone Must Read

Bernard Marr is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and business consultant in big data, analytics and enterprise performance. His new books are ‘Big Data’ ‘Key Business Analytics’. This is what he has observed: “Big data is not a fad. We are just at the beginning of a revolution that will touch every business and every life on this planet. But …

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The rise of radicalization

Very inspiring conversation with Leonard Lauder chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and one of the greatest philanthropists in the US  : “the greatest challenge in the world today is radicalization, being in religions, politics, cultures…we must enhance understanding among people and cultures, otherwise we will never have peace in this world…we must learn to compromise…”

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Avignon Festival

Founded in 2007, the Forum d’Avignon is a think tank and a place for encounter and dialogue for the cultural and creative sectors and to promote exchanges with economic and digital fields. As the only public outlet in Europe for cultural and creative professionals, the Forum d’Avignon wishes to share and appreciate the triple nature of culture: artistic, social and …

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MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) : Try Coursera

With a mission to provide universal access to the world’s best education, Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take. Anyone can choose from hundreds of courses created by the world’s top educational institutions. Watch short video lectures, take interactive quizzes, complete peer graded assessments, and connect with …

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Business and Good Society : the B Corp experience

Government and the nonprofit sector are necessary but insufficient to address society’s greatest challenges. Business must create value for society, not just shareholders. Systemic challenges require systemic solutions and the B Corp movement offers a concrete, market-based and scalable solution. Over 1,000 businesses have already joined this community, encouraging all companies to compete not just to be the best in …

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The Third Nishan Forum on World Civilizations

Opening Ceremony Jinan, Shandong University, May 20th, 2014 Remarks by Jean-Christophe Bas   Excellencies, Distinguished guests , dear friends, It is a great honor for me to attend the third edition of the Nishan Forum on World Civilizations and to address today its opening ceremony. I want to thank the organizers and their visionary leader Xu Jialu for their tireless effort …

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