The Place for Storytelling, to Exchange Ideas and be Creative
Welcome and why the Sunflowers?
Firstly something about the website image.
No flower can lift someone’s spirits quite like sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” sunflowers have an unmistakeable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months.
of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. These flowers are unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes that mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.
The idea behind the website
This website has been inspired by a period of reflection since the breakout of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Attempts to filter fake news and conspiracy theories. Above all, a period of researching the impact on the most vulnerable in the global supply chains, particularly in those countries that do not enjoy the benefits of welfare and social protection that citizens of wealthier countries enjoy, At the same time, many predict that the world will change. Unlike, the 2008-2009 financial crisis, we have to hope that the changes will benefit the most vulnerable who had to bear the brunt of the resulting so-called “austerity policies” introduced by many governments. Solutions have to be found to protect the Millennials and the Gen Z generations. Recognising the many constraints, including the way governments spend their money, it is essential that these groups have a chance to express their visions.
Post CONVID-19 cannot be business as usual that adopts the same solutions used to mitigate the problems caused by the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The younger generations need to push for change and transform the way our politicians think especially against the background of Why are so many of the world’s top jobs still held by grumpy old men?
Humanism, Tolerance, and Democracy
The format for this website has also been inspired by a study commissioned by the European Parliament namely: European Historical Memory: Policies, Challenges, and Perspectives 2013 that concluded that, among others, that if we do not understand our past (especially cultural differences), we will not as a Europe united through diversity be able to shape our future. One based upon the core principles of humanism, tolerance and democracy. These are also applicable in a global context. In order to understand our past to shape ideas for a future beyond COVID-19, the site will draw upon some of the ideas of Freeman Tilden. one of the first people to set down the principles and theories of heritage interpretation in his 1957 book, Interpreting Our Heritage; and current methodologies such as The Power of Community Storytelling.
Let’s get down to basics
This site is not sponsored by any political party, religious groups, nor is it geographically centered.
Fundamental to the way forward is the need for solutions to be founded in the principles of human rights. The majority of our governments are signatories to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the broad spectrum of international conventions. The Universal Declaration also formed the basis for many national Constitutions. The Rights-Based Approach is the foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030) that are to be universally applied and have been incorporated into regional policy agendas such as the European Union’s strategies for 2030 and 2050.
What it is and what it isn’t
This platform is meant to be constructive and stimulate creativity that can contribute to a vision for the future
It is not to be used for finger-pointing or blaming groups, political parties, or how governments responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Whilst people are free to express their fears for the future, the focus has to be on solutions and the World They Want
- The evolving COVID-19 situation, what we have learned and what is being done, by whom and sources of information.
- An overview of the international obligation entered into by our governments: Human Rights, The Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change
What can we learn from the 2008-2009 Financial Crisis?
- An overview of the measures that were used to mitigate the impact of the crisis – who gained and who lost.
- An impending repeat financial crisis had been foreseen before the one we are experiencing caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Ideas for a post- COVID-19 World
- A reality check on the situation pre-COVID-19. Government spending, poverty and unemployment.
- A new socially responsible world (humanism, tolerance and democracy), or business-as-usual? Insights into different emerging views.
- Outlines of ideas and opportunities to overcome the crisis, particularly from the perspective of the Millennium and Gen Z generations.
Creating a common vision
This constitutes the main purpose of the platform and will include:
- On-line thematic discussions
- On-line storytelling
- On-line conferences involving decision-makers
- Youtube channel (subject to funding
Who should participate?
Whilst this platform is primarily aimed at the Millennium and Gen-Z generations, the ‘twelderly generations are welcome to provide constructive comment!.
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