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REPORT ON THE tt30 ANNUAL MEETING

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

26th – 30th AUGUST, 2005

Globalization & the Unresolved C h a l l e n g e s
t o C u l t u r e s : a dialogue for all continents

by

KAFUI A. PREBBIE | kafui@onevillage.biz
oneVillage Foundation-Ghana-West Africa
www.onevillagefoundation.org

30pm that night in the order below: First Session… Presentation Of Work Done After a welcome address by Tobias Lengsfeld. Association of University Presidents and President of the Club of Rome. taking a global approach and a long-term perspective. The think tank works out an agenda of topics for research that are central for the future development of the world and indicates possible ways to meet these challenges of tomorrow. Zurich. the 5th Annual Meeting of tt30 was held in Rio de Janeiro.Where it all begun… A vigorous second selection procedure in July 2005 by the coordinating Team of tt30 – the young think tank/research group of the Club of Rome. He expressed the desire for the group to act as an active think thank to find solutions to the problems 2 . As one of the three -and the only from Africa. The forum of the Club of Rome provides for young women and men from all over the world to think about the World’s problems (the Problematique) and to search for solutions (the Resolutique). Prof Gurgulino de Souza (VP. VP. gave a brief history of the CoR.ended with the selection of three (3) persons on August 1. founder of tt30. 2005.is composed of independent men and women around the age of 30 (therefore tt30) who are concerned about the problems of today and committed to work towards the solution of these challenges. Intl. Previous meetings were held in Germany 2001. 2005 The bright sunny conference room of the Promenade-All Suites Hotel which provided lodging for participants nurtured a series of three (3) sessions which ended at 8. Brazilian Chapter and with the support of FGV (IBAPE & IBRE) and Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Italy 2003 and Jordan 2004. A warm welcome reception preceded the heavy schedules which were to start the following day. 20005. International Association of University Presidents) who also for 10yrs was the Head United Nations University in Japan.my selection was backed by an invitation to attend the next annual meeting in Rio de Janeiro. 2005. The young think tank (tt30) of the Club of Rome – a global non governmental catalyst for change. I left the University/Ghana and arrived safely in Brazil on the 25th August. Brazil from the 26th – 30th August. tt30 5th Annual Meeting… Upon invitation and under the High Patronage of Prof Gurgulino de Souza. Spain 2002. Brazil. 27th August. The think tank is guided by the fundamental principles of the Club of Rome: Holistic thinking. Switzerland.

CoR introduced project teams and reports of past years activities were delivered by the following: Web Problematique.the Technological Divides Project. Letters to the Future. “ICT for Capacity Building: Critical Success Factors” and had produced CD on the event. . Global Public Goods. founder of tt30. Germany was presented and the many more especially women were to join to feature ICT and Information Society Issues prominently. Rolando Burger and Ndidi Nnoli Edozien of the team also attended the Wiki Paedia Conference and were to use the knowledge to build a Wiki for the project group. Coordinator of tt30 and Deputy Secretary General. Researcher and Lecturer. lessons learned and various ways to improve the research and coherent capacity of the teams. Second Session… Problems Faced By Project Teams The second session exposed problems faced by project teams. 3 . Joerg Geiger. -the Knowledge Transfer Across Cultures Project. Third Session… Refining Content The final product of project groups were concretized and for . Technical University of Clausthal. The Technological Divide team which I was more inclined to. a multimedia version of the book will be made as a means to get to the wider audience especially children and or the youth. Sustainable Human: Process or Result. In the spirit of freedom of speech. As well. had made a considerable progress including assisting in the organization of a CoR/UNESCO Conference in May 2005. Overcoming Technological Divides. A few intellectual debates on the focus of the projects to meet the mission and vision of tt30 were generated and led on to the third session as below. the word “transfer” was to be changed to “sharing”. a paper by Ildiko Tulbure. Paris on the theme.the Letters to the Future Project. A re-branded publication is to be completed and will reflect the view of the concerns raised. USA for distribution. A brief history and summarized progress report on the activities of tt30 from Jordan 2004 to Brazil 205 was given by Tobiaz Lengsfeld. a book will be published before the CoR annual meeting this October 2005 in Vienna.of the 30% of the world population (6Billion) that live on less than US$2/day. Renewable Energy Technologies and Knowledge Transfer Across Cultures: A Comparative Analysis. opportunity was given for new projects to be suggested to stimulate intellectually divergent discussions and here are some that came up for consideration.

we set the following deliverables. ¾ Web of Problematique ¾ Overcoming Technological Divides and ICTs ¾ Global Economies Without Oil & Renewable Energies ¾ Knowledge Sharing Across Cultures ¾ Letters to the Future ¾ The Future of Democracy ¾ Holiteracy + Sustainable Human Implementation strategies were developed the whole day along the following parameters. 28th August. Sustaining Economies Dependent on Oil: Key Success Factors. As part of the Overcoming Technological Divides and ICT project team. ¾ Assist CoR/World Space Satellite Radio workshop in November at Tunis on the topic “ICTs for Development: Low Cost. votes were cast for topics to be dealt with or researched into for next year. At a Break-Out session. Beyond Sustainability. Cross Generation Dialogue. the session came to an end. Future and Democracy. USA for the production of US$100 laptops for Africa ¾ Publish a book to be launched at the next annual meeting in Nigeria on the topic “ICTs for Development in Africa: The Nigerian & Ghana Case Study” 4 . Democratizing Technology and Youth Protection Continuum.30pm. Holiteracy: Holistic Literacy. About 8. 2005 First Session… Redefining Concepts The voting process yielded and adopted the projects below for the next year and members by their experience and interest aligned themselves with the titles. ¾ Initiate discussions between Ministry of Communications and National Telecoms Regulatory Bodies in Ghana and Nigeria and MIT. ¾ Description of project ¾ Tangible product by the by the end of the meeting ¾ Further steps after meeting ¾ Added value to tt30 ¾ Project Coordinator/ Contact Second Session… Setting Deliverables The need to set targets for was paramount and all teams used this period efficiently for this.Future Index. Capacity Building and Sustainability.

Italy ¾ Todd Lester (USA). Paulo Skaf (President. Lagos. ¾ Dr. European Commission. ICT Unit. Scientists and Philosophers in Rome with the question of “what will happen to world resources if they continue to be consumed at the current rate? This lead to the writing of the book “Limits to Growth”. A challenge was thrown to the think thank to find solutions to the worlds problems for its sustainability. ¾ Ndidi Nnoli Edozien (Nigeria). Federation of Industries in Sao Paulo). Founder & CEO. ¾ Mr. His address hinged on Globalization and sustainability and emphasised that CoR started at a meeting of 36: Economists. Association of University Presidents) ¾ Mr. The good that satellite technology had brought to the world was also mentioned. Notably in this session. Sudan. Brazilian Chapter Members of tt30 were invited to attend the launch of the Brazilian chapter of the CoR. Growing Businesses Foundation. The event was set in motion that morning by Mr. “The world deserves a future but the rate of consumption of natural resources will not sustain the world” he said. Sao Paulo who hastened to add that there is a research on “Limits to Information” which will be published soon. Moreira CEO. Nigeria ¾ Rolando Burger (Italy). Intl. the recession of world economies and the oil crisis were mentioned. the treat of technology. Independent Consultant and Information & Advocacy Manager. Carlos Rodriguez Casal (Spain). 5 .Its was made up of. Embratel Telecom ¾ Carios Ivan Simonson Leal. ¾ Mr. NetlnSat SpA. Mayor of the host city. President of Fundaco Gutulio Vargas. Uwe Moller. Founder tt30 ¾ Prof. Spain. Tobias Lengsfeld. Gurgulino de Souza (VP. Prebbie (Ghana) – ICT Center. UEW (Project Coordinator/Contact) 29th August. Other speakers for this session included. José Serra. Seville. PhD Candidate. Chief Technology Officer. 2005… First Session… Launching of Club of Rome. First Session…How far we have come A set of presentations was made by distinguished CoR members including the Secretary General of the CoR. International Rescue Committee. ¾ Kafui A.

Technology Network of Rio de Janeiro) ¾ Rubens Ricupero (Former Secretary-General UNCTAD) ¾ José Aristodemo Pinotti (Secretary of Education of Sao Paulo) ¾ Roberto Giannetti da Fonseca (Director of DEREX. In defining globalization. Sao Paulo) Third session…Globalizing Democracy: making democracy available to all It was a Presidential Roundtable moderated by Hon. ¾ we have not been able to define global citizenship. Legitimization happens only when someone agrees with you. That’s they believe in you and give you the power to carry on leadership. When hope is lost. It also came to light. Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Former President of Brazil) The roundtable stressed that. ¾ Globalization is not new.Second session…Democratizing Globalization: making globalization work for all This was a roundtable on Democratizing Globalization: making globalization work for all. democracy disappears. we still use the abstract and 19th Century idea of Citizen. ¾ Cristovam Buarque (Senator. Governor of the State of São Paulo and highlighted issues on globalization. This is virtual and nothing exits as a citizen. Globalization is part of life and is here with us. 6 . This session was moderated by Ambassador Rubens Barbosa (Consultant. Members of the roundtable included ¾ The Hon. Globalization should have the basic concepts of humans and not of companies and nations. ¾ normally. José Sarney (Former President of Brazil) ¾ The Hon. information is available and makes people to believe or disbelief after they get informed. Legitimacy should be blended with efficacy to bring good Democracy for development. Globalization means including the whole of mankind thus the need arises human integration. elections give legitimacy and power. Rio de Janeiro) ¾ Paulo Alcântara Gomes (Pres. Luis Lacalle Herrera (Former President of Uruguay) ¾ The Hon. FIESP. Brazil). Geraldo Alckmin.FIESP. the greatest ideals of democracy had not been realized and that there was need to be careful of social exclusion. Federal Senate. Brasilia) ¾ Guido Mantega (President. BNDES. Development is what makes people happy and democracy is a process that brings about social solidarity and makes people happy. through ICT. Today. Speakers included.

Gurgulino de Souza and closing remarks by Host. Middle East and Americas. [Second Session… a roundtable dialogue for all continents After a welcome address by Dr.” The mission and vision of tt30 defines for the world. Europe. national think tanks 30…. i. the question time. a short address was given by Joerg Geiger. Africa. This necessitated a break out session after which team coordinators presented the details. The panel asked questions after and were addressed after which the session ended with some informal interaction with the panel. Bianor Cavalcanti of FGV and the sponsors.Asia. tt30 decided to also stimulate work in accordance with its goals on national levels: tt30 helps the process of building up a global “tt30 network”. Deputy Secretary General of CoR.] Conclusion… The impact of CoR in the Europe’s been profound and gradually so for other continents especially Africa which is gearing up for its first Chapter with the increasing participation from the region. 2005… First Session… Project Timelines and Milestones This was the final morning session.During the final session. Therefore. KUDOS TT30! 7 .e. national forums of the young generation.15pm. FIESP Director brought the event to an end at 7.. an order that ensures sustainability. 30th August. tt30 is aware of its limitations as an actor and in terms of achieving substantial changes on a global level.addressed a public gathering on the theme “ Globalization and the unresolved challenges to cultures: a dialogue for all continents”. tt30’s 2004 annual report captures this as “However. Opportunity was given for project teams to finalize work details with specific timelines and milestones to ensure the prompt delivery of tasks by members. Helio Jaguaribe of CoR on “Globalization and the preservation of cultures” Five members representing the regions of the world . This paved way for a presentation by Dr. many questions raised bothered around what transformation democracy/democratization has introduced which transfers into a tangible product for people of the world? An appreciation to sponsors by Prof.

Syria Inês Almeida Freire (Portugal). European Commission. Department of Geography. Spain. Project Manager. Germany. Taiwan). MA in Law and Diplomacy. Research Scientist. Brazil. UK Michal Miedzinski (Poland). Hanover. Ahmedabad. Deputy Secretary-General. Italy Mary Dengler (USA). Finland. Anand R. DC. Environmental Studies Program. Medford. Researcher and Lecturer. Todd Lester (USA). Research Professor of Management Science. Portugal. GEF/Small Grants Programme. Sweden. Greg Martin (South Africa). White (USA). University of Education. Andrew Wei-Chih Yang (Republic of China. Tufts University. Turku School of Economics and Business Administration. IndiCorps. New York. Ildiko Tulbure (Romania). NetlnSat SpA. Amercian University. Division of Industrial Relations. Damascus. Denmark. Switzerland. Dubai. Karlsruhe. Ljubljana. NY. Founder and CEO. Ghanem M. Beatriz Fernández Carrillo (Spain). Prebbie (Ghana). NV. USA Joerg Geier (Germany). Royal Holloway University of London. Founder and CEO. MIT Sloan School of Management. PhD Candidate in Political Science. USA. State of Nevada. Stockholm. Researcher in Solid State Physics. Brussels Office Co-ordinator and Researcher. DemocrIT Programme. Turku. CUNY. USA Ndidi Nnoli Edozien (Nigeria). Lisbon. Ghana – W/A Gergana Koleva (Bulgaria). Copenhagen. UK Michael Dorsey (USA). MA in Anthropology. Dartmouth College. Vali Contracting.Annex 1: ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE THINK TANK 30 (2005/06) Rawaa Al Saadi (Syria). Washington College of Law. Assistant Director. Technical University of Clausthal. Growing Businesses Foundation. Karlsson (Sweden). Jonás De Miguel Gómez (Spain). Geotechnical Engineer. Public Health in Developing Countries. Milena Raykovska (Bulgaria/Slovenia). USA. Hamburg. IST Scientific Officer. Brussels. Washington. Zurich. Club of Rome. Bolzano. USA. Jožef Stefan Institute. Tobias Lengsfeld (Switzerland). Zurich. ICT Centre. Amman. LSHTM. 8 . Founder and Executive-Director. United Arab Emirates. Seville. LLM in International Human Rights Law.. Brussels. London.. Sudan.. Nuseibeh (Palestine). International Rescue Committee. Germany Rolando Burger (Italy). Sylvia I. Chief Technology Officer. Ocean Desert Enterprise. PhD Candidate. Fundação Getulio Vargas. National Coordinator. Researcher. MA. Carlos Rodriguez Casal (Spain). Lya Mainé Astonitas (Peru). Dept. Aleksander Zidanšek (Slovenia). Project Manager. Lagos. Mouchel Parkman Ltd. European Regions Knowledgebased Innovation Network (ERIK). Cambridge. European Commission. Rio de Janeiro. Finland Futures Research Centre. Lecturer. MSc Candidate. Shah (India). Alexandre Linhares (Brazil). Swedish Defence Headquarters. Gordon Henrik Wollgam (Germany). Slovenia Alonso Garza Zorrilla (Mexico). of Operations Management. Copenhagen Business School. Lecturer. UK. Winneba. USA Christian Berg (Germany). Independent Consultant and Information & Advocacy Manager. Örebro University and Strategic Analyst. Kafui A. Corporate Organisation Manager. Directorate General of Joint Research. Felix Nolte (Sweden). Lockey E. MA. The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. Genesis Sky. Las Vegas. Enlargement Countries Relations Officer. NH. India. SAP Research Center. Legal Research Associate. CEO. Project Manager. Legal Counsel’s Office. Baker Hiyari (Jordan). Administrator. Switzerland. Ali Vali (India). AGBAR Group. Germany. Jordan. Eberhard von Koerber AG. UNDP. MBA Candidate. Belgium. Belgium. Nigeria Shahryar Eivazzadeh (Iran). Iran. Hunter College. Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Santiago de Chile.