Global Visioning for a Common Future

"Global Visioning for a Common Future: Hopes, Challenges and Solutions"
Rabat, Morocco, on February, 4-5, 2011.

The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and the Rabita Mohammadia des Oulémas (Muhammadan League of Scholars) co-organized an international conference in Rabat, Morocco, on February 4 and 5, 2011. The theme was: Global Visioning for a Common Future: Hopes, Challenges and Solutions.

Conference Proceedings

Speakers from around the world presented ideas and proposals to enhance global visioning, they were asked to conjure up a compelling vision for a harmonious planetary future, to expose the impediments and obstacles that seem to make this vision impossible to realize, and to propose concrete and feasible steps towards the fulfillment of their vision. Participants and presenters explored the themes of Searching for Common Ground, Dialogue of Religions, The Power of Literature and the Arts, Education and Development, and Civil Society and Nonviolence.

The conference showed that it is possible for people and organizations inspired by various ideologies and cultures to find common ground and to agree on global solutions through dialogue. Consensus was reached concerning the fact that all human activities should have as the central and clear goal the enhancing of people’s happiness and their flourishing. We reaffirmed how important it is to realize that whenever something is put before human beings and is given priority, i.e.: profit, power, leverage or other selfish pursuits, human beings always suffer and often in catastrophic ways.

Education, development, the arts, politics, religions, finance, industry, technology, and all other endeavors should contribute to the well-being of all human beings. This is the idea we want to keep at the center of our activities for global visioning. Both organizations have expressed the desire to renew the experience and to hold more conferences for further exploration on this theme and a publication is in progress.

Below please find a list of the speakers at our conference (listed alphabetically by last name):

  • Dr. Ahmed Abaddi
  • Dr. Nasr Arif
  • Dr. Assia Bensalah Alaoui
  • Dr. Abdel Illah Benarafa
  • Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter Sr.
  • Dr. M'hamed Hassine Fantar
  • Ms. Ela Gandhi
  • Mr. Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermes
  • Mr. John Marks
  • Ms. Katherine Marshall
  • Dr. Satoko Takahashi
  • Prof. Tadashige Takamura
  • Dr. Olivier Urbain

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