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 to describe the world that they 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 notetaker. 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 on October 28th will be a modified version of a World We Want event and, as is common with all of our events, we will 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 will arrange their seating based on a region of the world whether it is a place 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.
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 can conduct "lightning round" discussions of each of the chapter's featured issues or hold a discussion focused on just one issue. 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.
Following the issue-based discussion inside, people attending the event will move outside where we will conduct the first portion of a "treasure hunt." Teams will 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.
Returning to the room, people 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 seating will be 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.
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