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SIGNIS WORLD CONGRESS 2013
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Programme of the SIGNIS World Congress 2014

  Tuesday
25/02
Wednesday
26/02
Thursday
27/02
Friday
28/02
Saturday
01/03
  SIGNIS WORLD CONGRESS    
      SIGNIS ASSEMBLY OF DELEGATES & FUTURE SEARCH
07.30 Mass Breakfast Mass Mass Mass
08.00 Breakfast Departures to Vatican Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
08.30
09.00 OPENING PAPAL AUDIENCE PLENARY 2:
A Vision of the Future: Challenges of the New Generation
Delegates’ Future Search
(Closed session)
Free time for others
Delegates’ Future Search
(Closed session)
Free time for others
09.30
10.00 SIGNIS regional meetings
10.30 Break
11.00 (W9) Being a Catholic Communicator: A Dialogue between Generations

(W10) R U Ready 4 the Radical Radio Revival?

(W11) Creating TV with the New Generation in the Middle East

11.30
12.00
12.30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13.00
13.30
14.00 Delegates’ Future Search
(Closed session)
Free time for others
14.30 PLENARY 1:
The Emerging Digital Culture: Ethical and Spiritual Perspectives
Show & Tell
PLURAL+
Delegates’ Future Search
(Closed session)
Free time for others
Assembly of Delegates
(Session open to observers)
15.00 Break
15.30 (W5) Multimedia Journalism in Diverse Cultures: Forming Catholic Journalists for a New Era

(W6) "Not Notions - But Emotions" (The CREC Method)

(W7) Best Practices in Media Literacy Education

(W8) Harnessing the Energy of Youth in Video

16.00 Break Break
16.30 (W1) New Media, New Opportunities for ’Social’ Communication

(W2) Social Marketing: Positioning, Perception & Participation

(W3) Catholic Social Documentary: Past, Present and Future

(W4) Cinema and Spirituality

Assembly of Delegates
(Session open to observers)
17.00 Break
17.30 Show & Tell
CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
18.00   SIGNIS regional meetings Break
18.30   CLOSING MASS
19.00 Documentary film
"P. Carlos Crespi: Hombre de Dios, Apóstol de los pobres"
19.30 CLOSING CEREMONY    
20.00 Dinner Dinner Free Assembly Closing Dinner
20.30        
21.00 CREC Tribute to Pierre Babin   CLOSING DINNER    




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PLENARY 1
25/02, 14.30 – 16.00
Sala Giotto

The Emerging Digital Culture: Ethical and Spiritual Perspectives

What new spiritual and theological challenges and opportunities await us as communicators?

Moderator:
Frank Frost (USA)
Producer, Frank Frost Productions

Keynote presentation:
Fr. Antonio Spadaro SJ (Italy)
Editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, He is the author of Cyberteologia. (Cybertheology: Thinking about Christianity in the Era of the Web) 2012

  Responses from:

Dra Leticia Soberón (Spain)
Vice-Director of Universitas Albertiana (Barcelona), and Co-funder and CCO of www.dontknow.net

Prof Gianna Cappello (Italy)
Digital Media and Education Sociology, University of Palermo, Italy. President of MED (the Italian Association for Media Education)

Mons. Paul Tighe (Ireland)
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications

WORKSHOP 1
25/02, 16.30 – 18.00
Sala Giotto

New Media, New Opportunities for ’Social’ Communication

The Plenary panelists join others in exploring how Catholic communicators are responding creatively and imaginatively to the opportunities of digital communication.

Moderator:
Jim McDonnell (UK)
Director of Development, SIGNIS

 

Speakers:

Mat Tombers (USA)
Head of New Media, Odyssey Networks

Charles Ayetan (Togo)
Journalist, lawyer, blogger, film critic and media trainer

Edgar Rubio (Mexico)
CEO of Media Affairs, a visual communication and digital marketing company

Thaddeus Jones (USA)
Coordinator of News.va, Pontifical Council for Social Communications

WORKSHOP 2
25/02, 16.30 – 18.00
Sala Raffaello

Social Marketing: Positioning, Perception & Participation

Creative uses of social marketing and fundraising based on case studies of the making of the film Soegija and the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign in Malaysia.

Chair:
Lawrence John Sinniah (Malaysia)
President, SIGNIS Asia

 

Speakers:

Fr. Yoseph I. Iswarahadi (Indonesia)
Director of Studio Audio Visual Puskat, Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 2002. Vice President of SIGNIS Asia 2009-2013.

Adeline James (Malaysia)
Creative director of Public Media Agency (PMA), in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

WORKSHOP 3
25/02, 16.30 – 18.00
Sala Bramante

Catholic Social Documentary: Past, Present and Future

A look at the evolution and the future perspectives of Catholic social documentary based on two documentaries from Radharc and from Maryknoll.

Moderator:
Jerry Martinson (USA)
Vice-President, Kuangchi Programme Service, Taiwan

 

Speakers:

Larry Rich (USA)
Former Executive Producer of radio and TV for Maryknoll.

Peter Dunn (Ireland)
Director, the Radharc Trust

WORKSHOP 4
25/02, 16.30 – 18.00
Sala Borromini

Cinema & Spirituality

An exchange of experiences on how cinema can put us in touch with a world of rich spiritual experiences.

Moderator:
Luis Garcia Orso (Mexico)
Film reviewer and author, Former President of SIGNIS Mexico

 

Speakers:

Catherine Wong (Hong Kong)
Film reviewer, TV producer and journalist at Hong Kong Diocesan Audio Visual Centre

Davide Zordan (Italy)
Film critic and organizer of the International festival Religion Today since 2000

Frank Frost (USA)
Producer, Frank Frost Productions

DOCUMENTARY
25/02, 19.00 – 20.00
Sala Giotto

Padre Carlos Crespi: "Hombre de Dios, Apóstol de los pobres"

This documentary from Audiovisuales Don Bosco (ADB) relates the life and images of Salesian missionary Fr Carlos Crespi, pioneer of the use of film for education and evangelization in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador.

Show & Tell: PLURAL+
26/02, 14.30 – 15.00
Sala Giotto

PLURAL+ is a youth video festival focusing on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion; it was created in 2009 as a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). During this presentation we will highlight two winning videos from PLURAL+ 2013.

Presenter:
Jordi Torrent (Spain)
Project Manager for Media and Information Literacy and Education initiatives at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

WORKSHOP 5
26/02, 15.30 – 17.00
Sala Giotto

Multimedia Journalism in Diverse Cultures: Forming Catholic Journalists for a New Era

A sharing and exploration of the future of Catholic journalism in the multimedia digital era and the role that SIGNIS might play. Introductory remarks from Francis Rocca from CNS in Rome will be followed by contributions from journalists from other parts of the world.

Moderator:
Tony Spence (USA)
Catholic News Service

 

Speaker:

Francis X. Rocca (Italy)
Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service

WORKSHOP 6
26/02, 15.30 – 17.00
Sala Raffaello

"Not Notions - But Emotions" (The CREC Method)

"Everything you ever wanted to know about giving a communications workshop - but were too afraid to ask."

Speaker:
Seàn Patrick Lovett (South Africa)
Vice-President of CREC International and Director of English Programmes Vatican Radio

WORKSHOP 7
26/02, 15.30 – 17.00
Sala Borromini

Best Practices in Media Literacy Education

Exploring and sharing the best practice in media literacy education from different parts of the world.

 

Speakers:

Del Hernandez (Philippines)
Graduate School of Education, Ateneo de Manila University

Agatha Ferei (Fiji)
Executive Director of Fiji Media Watch

Prof. Gianna Cappello (Italy)
President of MED (the Italian Association for Media Education)
Fr Sebastian Koladiyil SDB (Kenya)
Director of Don Bosco Youth Educational Services (DBYES), Nairobi
WORKSHOP 8
26/02, 15.30 – 17.00
Sala Bramante

Harnessing the Energy of Youth in Video

The workshop features winners of the annual Plural + competition of 5-minute films to trigger discussion and self-reflection.

 

Speakers:

Frank Frost (USA)
Producer, Frank Frost Productions

Larry Rich (USA)
Former Executive Producer of radio and TV for Maryknoll

Show & Tell: MIDDLE EAST PANORAMA
26/02, 17.30 – 18.00
Sala Giotto

A panorama of Christians in the countries of the Middle East.

Presenter:
Jacques F. El Kallassi (Lebanon)
General Manager of Tele Lumiere, Chairman of Noursat

PLENARY 2
27/02, 09.00 – 10.30
Sala Giotto

A Vision of the Future: Challenges of the New Generation

Catholic communicators look forward together, exploring the challenges of responding creatively in a new digital and multimedia era.

Moderator:
Sean Patrick Lovett (South Africa)
Director, English Programme, Vatican Radio

  Speakers:
Chainarong Monthienvichienchai (Thailand)
Executive Director of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Communication (St. John’s University, Bangkok), Chairman of the Asian Communication Network
Daniela Frank (Germany)
Executive Director of CAMECO (Catholic Media Council)
Charles Ayetan (Togo)
Journalist, lawyer, blogger, film critic and media trainer
Mat Tombers (USA)
Head of New Media, Odyssey Networks
Karen Kesawathany Arukesamy (Malaysia)
Journalist, The Sun newspaper, Kuala Lumpur
WORKSHOP 9
27/02, 11.00 – 12.30
Sala Giotto

Being a Catholic Communicator: A Dialogue between Generations

A dialogue and encounter between three experienced communicators and members of the new generation on the possibilities of working in Catholic communications.

Moderator:
Sebastian Koladiyil (Kenya)
Rector of Don Bosco Youth Educational Services (DBYES), Nairobi

  Speakers:
Chainarong Monthienvichienchai (Thailand)
Executive Director of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Communication (St. John’s University, Bangkok), Chairman of the Asian Communication Network
Paul Samasumo (Zambia)
Director of Catholic Media Services in Zambia
Gaston Roberge (India)
Founder of the Chitrabani Communication Centre and the Educational Media Research Centre in Kolkata
WORKSHOP 10
27/02, 11.00 – 12.30
Sala Bramante

R U Ready 4 the Radical Radio Revival?

The workshop explores how to revive radio into an online multi-media hub of the social media and ICT network.

Moderator:
Seàn Patrick Lovett (South Africa)
Director English Programme, Vatican Radio

  Speakers:
Moses Hamungole (Zambia)
Head, English Africa Programme, Vatican Radio
Bernardo Suate (Mozambique)
Head, Portuguese Service Vatican Radio
WORKSHOP 11
27/02, 11.00 – 12.30
Sala Raffaello

Creating TV with the New Generation in the Middle East

In an area filled with conflicts, how can you use the media to sow peace and what are the challenges? Young producers communicate their experience with Christian TV in the Middle East, the opportunities and the changes they are able to make in their society with their peers.

Moderator:
Marie-Therese Kreidy (Lebanon)
Director of Programming, Tele Lumiere/Noursat

  Speakers:
Christian Nasrani (Lebanon)
Producer, NourKids TV Channel
Ralph Tawitian (Lebanon)
Producer, NourKids TV Channel
SIGNIS DELEGATES FUTURE SEARCH
Sala Raffaello

"Encounter, Inspire and Renew for a Culture of Peace – Reshaping SIGNIS"

27th February – 1st March 2014

The conference is by invitation only

In our rapidly shifting media landscape the members of SIGNIS, spread over 100 countries, need to constantly re-discover their focus and common ground as an International Association.

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In 2011 SIGNIS passed a benchmark, ten years since the merger of Unda and OCIC in November 2001. By 2013 we would have completed two cycles of planning together, cycles that were initiated in 2008. The SIGNIS World Congress 2014 in Rome, Italy is the opportune moment to take stock. Asses our shared past and co-create our common future.

Entitled "Encounter, Inspire and Renew for a Culture of Peace – Reshaping SIGNIS", the SIGNIS Future Search (27 February – 1 March 2014) will gather the elected delegates of SIGNIS and members of staff along with key stakeholders and partners who invested time, energy and resources in SIGNIS to co-create the future of SIGNIS.

A Future Search is a large scale strategic planning intervention with a difference: it does not depend on an external "expert". The experts are the participants and the conference will explore their past, present, future, common ground, and create a shared agenda for action. This shared process provides a proven way to release creative energy leading to concrete actions that experience has shown can transform organizations and communities.

More information: www.futuresearch.net

Focus Question

It is important that a Future Search focuses on a question (or statement) that clearly states what we would like to achieve. The following ’Focus Question’ sums up the aspiration of what we, as SIGNIS, would like to accomplish:

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In shifting media and cultural environments how can we include all generations in a community of communications professionals that engage in co-creating SIGNIS to achieve our mission?

Objectives of the Future Search

- To define a clear common strategy and direction for SIGNIS for 2014-2018.
- To establish a culture of planning, monitoring and evaluation based on concrete objectives
- To produce clearly defined goals and benchmark for a common strategy.
- A clear mandate, direction and verifiable objectives for the General Secretariat.

Expected Outcomes

- Common ground consensus and concrete grass root activities that promote a culture of peace.
- Renewed engagement with shared operational responsibilities that complement local initiatives.
- Realistic targets with appraisal indicators for General Secretariat, Board and Regional Delegates.

Long Term Outcomes (Hopes) of Effect on SIGNIS

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- Focused objectives with concrete programmes.
- Increased grass root members’ critical participation in Association’s management of goals.
- Increased horizontal (member to member) partnership and co-action.
- Increased (professional) partnership with likeminded NGOs, INGO’s at local and international level.
- Increased professional and effective capacity to influence change.