reclaiming public and private spaces in Athens and Piraeus in the most imaginative ways
Hellenic American University / Hellenic American College announces the:
1st International Conference on“Europe in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders”
September 23rd-25th, 2016 in Athens, Greece
The Conference seeks to examine issues in the ongoing construction of European identity, including notions of diversity and (physical and symbolic) borders. It will focus on critical investigations that draw on discourse theory or bottom-up textual analysis to investigate these topics from the following perspectives:
The Social Entrepreneurship Forum is an initiative of the Greek community of Social Economy and Social Entrepreneurship. After the successful event in 2014, this year’s Forum will take place November 9 & 10, 2015 at the Agricultural University of Athens (Iera Odos 75).
The Refugee Phrasebook is a multilingual tool for refugees who just arrived in Europe that provides basic useful vocabulary and sentences related to the most common immediate needs. It currently contains vocabulary in 28 languages, this way it can be of assistance even in case of deportation. The book is a project of Berlin Refugee Help, a collective of volunteers based in Berlin.
The continued and systematic disappearance of local varieties of plants will soon lead to the point where it will be a luxury choice as to whether or not we want to consume genetically modified crops.
When the local varieties of agricultural plants disappear, our dietary choices will also vanish, as we will be nutritionally dependent on genetically modified crops.
As local and endemic varieties of plants become depleted or endangered, reliance upon genetically modified crops (GMC’s) can develop. The implications of this are manifold and worrying. Communities need to be awakened, so as to take measures against a situation that is dangerously organized and rooted in efforts to control the world’s dietary sources.
This possible development must be stopped before it is too late.
To combat this, we must recognise the importance of preserving local, endemic and unmodified agricultural plants.
Sputnik Observatory is an educational, nonprofit organization focusing on studies of contemporary culture; its aim is to record, archive and promote ideas that formulate contemporary thought. Its creator is Jonathan Harris one of the most successful web designers who has won three Webbys, probably the Internet’s most prestigious awards and the ideas examined come from a broad range of subjects such as quantum physics, neuroscience, biology, economics, architecture, digital art, music etc. while the discussions hosted on the web site include some of the most important thinkers of our age;
Long Bets is a platform with projections for future events, based on the estimation of third parties; anyone interested can attempt a prediction for the future and this prediction can be disputed by someone else, thus leading to a sort of betting with the earnings being donated to charity.
The web site ic.org has been online since 1996 and it attempts to record the entirety of alternative communities that are spread all over the world. Although its main use is that of a directory, it also provides a lot of information about the philosophy behind the creation of such communities; its best application as a source of such information being its very detailed wiki.
When you are one of the world’s top financial publications and create a platform for public dialogue, this platform needs to meet very high quality standards; everyone who has tried to participate in a public discourse on the Internet knows that sooner or later, a discussion might lose track and degenerate into personal attacks, completely tearing down the concept of dialogue.