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Blog post: Florin Munteanu



 “The Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations.

A High-level Group of experts was formed by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan to explore the roots of polarization between societies and cultures today, and to recommend a practical programme of action to address this issue. The Report of the High-level Group provided analysis and put forward practical recommendations that form the basis for the implementation
plan of the Alliance of Civilizations.

On 26 April 2007, former President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, was appointed as the High Representative for the AoC by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to lead the implementation phase of the Alliance.

The AoC Secretariat, which is based in New York, works in partnership with States, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to mobilize concerted efforts to promote cross-cultural relations among diverse nations and communities.”

To bring the concept of an Alliance of Civilizations to practical fulfillment, it is clear that education must be an important pillar.  Because of the variety of technical levels, of different levels of the integration of IT&C, of so different hopes and needs according to the cultural diversity, it is clear that it is a real need to redefined the meaning of “education”. For may personal point of  view, the principal problem to be solved is, to change the intentionality of educational process: form preparing a “spare part” for a “social mechanism” to grounding a HUMAN being, part of a holistic Consciousness at global level, that can fit  itself in a turbulent socio-economical environment, capable to co-evaluate with GAIA. 

In this perspective, I find Alliance of Civilizations a useful frame for our hopes. “The complexity and connectedness of modern life requires a holistic attitude toward knowledge and awareness of the significance, dignity and responsibility of each individual in the overall context of humanity. It also requires educational security, in which regional, class, gender and age equity in educational opportunity become vital goals to promote constructive social engagement over violence. In an increasingly inter-connected world, education for all is not only a vital objective, but also one that should be within reach.”  For all this, I am sure that we can find some opportunities to use our knowledge in reshaping the educational process, to build a bridge between rational and emotional intelligence, just to bring joy in our children’s
classrooms, not only to create "robots" for the efficiency of an economical global system.

I invite you to join me in designing "an Implexus approach to the Alliance of Civilizations".

Dr. Florin Munteanu, Center for Complexity Studies - UNESCO center

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