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CONFERENCE

AGENDA

7th ICCS International Conference & Gathering of the Elders

 

Day 1: Saturday 20th, 2021

Session A:

Indo-Pacific

(3 hours)

The Final Stand: How many ancient traditions are facing extinction of their way of life by an encroaching monolith culture.

9h00pm (PST) / 12h00am (EST)

 

5h00am (GMT) / 6h00am (CEST)

 

10h30am (IST) / 1h00pm (Singapore) / 4h00pm (AEST)

 

Description: 

In parts of Asia many Ancient Traditions have been suppressed for centuries and marginalised by invading foreign cultures. Furthermore, cultural norms which come along with capitalism, and western governance models combine to further diminish the authentic voice of elders, and the Ancient Traditions of those lands. 

How can Ancient Traditions re-discover their voice? How can they be heard, and recognised as a source of wisdom and custodians of Mother Earth?

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

  • Welcome  & Prayers from Maori Traditions (New Zealand)

  • Traditional ritual to protect the seed of Raglai people with Mang Lau

  • The Cham traditional medicine using forest herms and its fate in modern society with Nguyen Văn Thua &  Live chanting from Thailand with Dr. Boonchuay Doojai

  • Showcase of Karan Traditions from Pgaz K’ Nyau

Session B:

Europe & Africa

(3 hours)

Ancient Wisdom In Modern Times

2h00am (PST) / 5h00am (EST)

10h00am (GMT) / 11h00am (CEST)

3h30am (IST) / 6h00pm (Singapore) / 9h00pm (AEST)

 

Description:

Europe is one of the most developed regions of the world. The average European has more wealth, and a higher standard of living than Kings of old. Yet, with all this modernity and comfort has come obesity, mental distress, inner conflicts, a breakdown of family and custom, and a disappearance of wisdom, even as intelligence has been mastered. With ample intelligence and a lacklustre wisdom, how can the Ancient Traditions of Europe re-vitalise the wider society and its institutions? 

In Africa, it appears that Chritianity and Islam, as in Europe, have almost irradicated the animistic traditions of Africa, which are thousands of years old. Yet, just below the surface many Africans now are rediscovering the traditions of their ancestors, and are beginning to find the social space, and legal protection to express themselves through song, dance and ritual. The idea of the “Ka” , an universal spirit which brings all Africans together, is called upon to heal the African continent.  

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

  • Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times with Keynote speaker Judy Ling-Wong

  • Applying Ancient wisdom to modern challenges

       Speakers: Dr. Koenraad Elst | Dr Ramji Vaidya | Dr Mama | Nomagugu

       Chair: Drishti Mae

  • Hellenic Ethnic Religion, a religion of Logic and Humanism with Mr Kostas Kechagias from Greece

  • A Way to the Gods - Contemporary Approach to Slavic Theology with Przemyslaw Krol

Session C:

Americas

(1.5 hours)

Ancestral Wisdom & Scientific Knowledge

10h00am (PST) / 1h00pm (EST)

6h00pm (GMT) / 7h00pm (CEST)

11h30pm (IST) / 2h00am (Singapore) / 5h00am (AEST)

Description:

Over thousands of years humanity has cultivated wisdom. This wisdom has been passed down through tradition, custom, art, songs and rituals. The scientific method, a process to discover truth, and the laws of nature, is a modern source of wisdom. How do we fuse the methods and techniques of the ancients with the methods of scientific discovery. How can one inform the other?

 

Session D:

Americas

(1.5 hours)

Nature Between Two Paradigms

 

12h00pm (PST) / 3h00pm (EST)

 

8h00pm (GMT) / 9h00pm (CEST)

 

1h30am (IST) / 4h00am (Singapore) / 7h00am (AEST)

 

Description:

This dialogue aims to bring light to the crisis affecting biodiversity. In the heart of the world (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta), the native Kággaba (Kogi) people live by their original wisdom, which, unlike us, understands that humans are nature. The cooperation between the Kággaba people and the Tapir of the Sierra has allowed them to open a new way of protecting the land and biodiversity.

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

  • Opening Ceremony by Diana White Dove

       Chair: Robert Toth

       Speakers: Mindahi Bastida, Rutendo Ngara, Godelieve Spaas, Vernon Masayesva, Jhon                Briggs

Session E:

Americas

(1.5 hours)

Original Instructions

2h00pm (PST) / 5h00pm (EST)

10h00pm (GMT) / 11h00pm (CEST)

1h30am (IST) / 6h00am (Singapore) / 9h00am (AEST)

Session F:

Americas

(1.5 hours)

Sound, Plants & Humans

 

4h00pm (PST) / 7h00pm (EST)

12h00am (GMT) / 1h00am (CEST)

Description:

Join us as we explore the biodiversity of the Amazon. Plants are essential to human life, and the welfare of our planet. In this session we will learn from elders and experts as they share ancestral knowledge, and remind us of our interdependence with our plant relatives.

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

Chair: Santiago Soto

Speakers: Franz K. Flores, Mama Kogui

 

Day 2: Sunday 21st, 2021

Session G:

Indo-Pacific

(3 hours)

A thousand year old wisdom for the Modern World: what ancient traditions can teach us about living in harmony and with equality

9h00pm (PST) / 12h00am (EST)

5h00am (GMT) / 6h00am (CEST)

10h30am (IST) / 1h00pm (Singapore) / 4h00pm (AEST)

Description:

As Asia, and the Far East develops through industrialisation, and mass urbanisation, what can its own Ancient traditions inform its modern leaders on reaching a balance and building a society where harmony and equity are the cornerstones of life.

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

  • Welcome & Prayers (Agni Yotra) from India with Dr Rita Kamalapurkar

  • Young Leaders from rest of the world 

  • A brief introduction to the plight of the Indigenous people in Taiwan with Prof.  Kuan Chieh Tseng

  • Balinese traditions and its contribution to the global society - Prof. Ketut Ardhana

  • A Baki Ritual with speech and chanting from Prof. Ketut Ardhana

  • Closing remarks from Shekhar Patel

 

Session H:

Europe & Africa

(3 hours)

Sustainable Living 

2h00am (PST) / 5h00am (EST)

10h00am (GMT) / 11h00am (CEST)

3h30am (IST) / 6h00pm (Singapore) / 9h00pm (AEST)

Description:

To be sustainable is to allow all life to flourish, to maintain a harmony in the ecosystem of our lives. What can the Ancient Traditions of Africa and Europe tell us about living in harmony as individuals, as well as, instructing our institutions to build a society which enhances conscious living. 

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

  • How ancient traditions inform our role in modern society? Keynote Speech from Lyudmila Klasanova

  • Panel Discussion: Sustainable Living - A Deep Dive

       Speakers: Marko Hren - Slovenia | Inija Trinkūnienė - Lithuania | Kristoffer Hughes - UK | Siddartha Krishna - India |

       Chair: Sachin Nandha

  • Future Leaders Session: How young people are embracing ancient wisdom

Speakers: Jonathan Whoolley | Adriana Salazar Vega | Thokozani Ngcobo - South Africa |         Adam Krishna | Drishti Mae - Hindu UK

Chair: Akshaya Rajangam

Session I:

Global

(1.5 hours)

Global Keynote Speech

8h00am (PST) / 11h00am (EST)

4h00pm (GMT) / 5h00pm (CEST)

9h30pm (IST) / 12h00am (Singapore) / 3h00am (AEST)

Session J:

Americas

(1.5 hours)

The Rights of the Living Pristine Rainforest

10h00am (PST) / 1h00pm (EST)

6h00pm (GMT) / 7h00pm (CEST)

11h30pm (IST) / 2h00am (Singapore) / 5h00am (AEST)

Description:

Is it not time that the forest, as a living organism of this planet, has its own rights protected by law? A company is seen as a “person” under the law, then is it not time that we make our forests legal persons, who can enjoy the same rights that every human enjoys? Forests are living beings, and it is the duty of Ancient Traditions to inform, inspire and instruct our institutions to protect them under the law.

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

  • Opening Ceremony by Abitoonse Gigis

Chair: Ivan Vargas

Speakers: Leila Salazar López, Patricia Gualinga, Marcelo Zaiduni, Ninawa Inu Kui

Session K:

Americas

(1.5 hours)

Native Youth - Open Discussion

12h00pm (PST) / 3h00pm (EST)

8h00pm (GMT) / 9h00pm (CEST)

1h30am (IST) / 4h00am (Singapore) / 7h00am (AEST)

Sessions & Speakers Breakdown:

Chair: Jorge Enrique Gutierrez

Speakers: Keana Kaleikini, Xiye Bastida, Joshua Allison-Burbank

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