UNITED NATIONS DAY
1-4PM, Saturday, October 28
1-4PM, Saturday, October 28
UN Day is held every year on or near October 24th. This year I expect up to 120 people to attend. The date and location are set. The major alteration to the original plan will be that we can not incorporate a New Neighbors soccer/futbol game into UN Day.
UN DAY AGENDA
The three hour event will be a combination of a "World We Want" discussion and a treasure hunt.
By "World We Want," I am referring to events held a few years ago in relation to the United Nations Foundation's The World We Want campaign. In rooms throughout the world, people were seated at tables with each table marked with a sign for a different issue. The people at the tables were asked "What kind of world do you want to live in?" and they were instructed to conduct their conversation with their table's issue in mind.
Each table had a discussion moderator and at least one notetakers. With the conclusion of discussions at each table, the notetakers created reports and all the reports were submitted to the United Nations Foundation office in Washington along with the reports submitted from every location around the world that held similar events.
Our UN Day discussion will be a modified version of a World We Want event combined with our UNA-Orlando New Neighbors Project. With this in mind, we would make sure to allow time for everyone in the room to get to know each other even though most will arrive as total strangers.
As people enter the room, we can arrange their seating based on a region of the world whether it is a place where they were born or spent much of their life or it is just a place that they are particularly fond of for any reason.
For example, people from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, or Argentina would be seated together in a Central and South America section. People from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia would be seated in a Southeast Asia section. People from Ireland, Austria, and Lithuania would be seated in a Europe section, and so on. For people born and raised in the U.S., we could have sections for the Northeast, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, and so on. We'd even have a section for that rare breed of born-and-raised Floridians.
Following an issue-based discussion, people attending the event would be moved outside where we will conduct the first portion of a "treasure hunt." Teams would move station to station with instructions given in a different language at each station. This is an incentive for everyone to form into teams with the most number of languages represented within their team.
This initial seating arrangement will allow people to get to know each other who have come from the same region of the world but are living in Orlando now. Once everyone is seated, we could conduct "lightning round" discussions of each of the chapter's featured issues. By that I mean that 8-12 people at a table would hold mini-discussions on topics related to gender equality, displaced populations, economic inequality, and other issues.
Each table will have a discussion moderator and note takers. The moderator will guide the discussions. The note takers will track the conversation and create a report at the end.
People returning to the room will be seated differently than they were earlier. I still haven't settled on a seating arrangement for this middle session, but the discussion will be the same premise as the earlier session.
Everyone will move outside to finish the treasure hunt.
Returning to the room a final time, we would arrange the seating based on the Orlando neighborhood where each person lives. While the earlier seating by geo-region allowed people from other parts of the world to get to know each other based on their former home, this final seating will allow people to get to know each other based on their proximity to each other now.
The most important component of any event is the location. Usually, finding a location to hold the event is the task that takes up the most time and causes the most stress, and all other planning is on hold until a suitable location is found.
With this in mind, I always rely upon what I call "Space Monsters," meaning anyone who can find the best location for us to hold our meetings, events, and activities.
For our 2017 UN Day event, a perfect location would have the following features:
- parking for up to 60 cars
- a large assembly room with tables and seating for up to 120 people (maybe more?)
- adjacent rooms to allow for breakout sessions of any sort
- an outdoor area that would allow the option for indoor and outdoor activities
- audio/visual capabilities
- air conditioning (I've had people offer warehouse space in the past but with no seating and no A/C in the middle of summer)
As of now, 4am on Wednesday, August 9th, I am aware of three general options
- Orlando Police Department
- the Mexican consulate (or other country consulates in Orlando)
- Orange County community centers (specifically Dover Shores or Engelwood where we have held large events in the past)
I have contacted the Orlando Police Department and am waiting for a response. For the consulates, I know that many of them are required to hold community outreach events, which makes me think they would enjoy participating in an event such as this one. The OC community are a good choice if we are able to find nothing else.
Once the location is determined, we will need people to help with all the logistics involved with organizing a large event.
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