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Who Should Attend

All those working on integrating character education, through and via their organization.

  • Policymakers working to create jobs through innovative partnerships with business, schools and government
  • National Associations and Non-Profits promoting character education
  • Educators (teachers and administrators) with community and school programs working at the local level
  • Philanthropies looking for the best options to fund successful, scalable programs
  • Business executives with a concern for lack of performance character traits in their employees


Conference Structure

  • Two and one half-days in-person in Geneva, Switzerland, hosted at the International School of Geneva’s Arts Center, for up to 400 attendees.
  • Streamed live and on-demand video for those unable to attend in person, for up to 1,000 attendees. October 22 and 23, only.


October 22, 2014 (all times in GMT +1)

9:00 – 9:45 Introductions, welcome, setting the stage

  • Greetings and introduction (10 mins): Charles Fadel (Founder and Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign and author, “21st Century Skills”)
  • Welcome (5 mins): Vicky Tuck (Director, International School of Geneva (ISG))
  • Key remarks (30 mins): Importance of Character Education to OECD and all countries – Andreas Schleicher (Director, Education and Skills Directorate, OECD)
9:45 – 10:45 Presentation: Why Character Education? Exponential technologies and their impact on humankind – Charles Fadel (Center for Curriculum Redesign)
11:15 – 12:00 Presentation: Human Enhancements redefining what it means to be human – Richard Sandford (Researcher, U. of Bristol)
12:00 – 13:00 Presentation: Developing Courage – Bernard Harris (First African-American astronaut to perform a spacewalk)
14:00 – 15:00 Presentation: Wilful Blindness and the need for deep integrity – Margaret Heffernan (author, “Wilful blindness” and TEDGlobal presenter)
15:00 – 15:45 Presentation: Education, “Bildung” and Mindfulness Han de Wit (Acharya, Shambhala; representative of Sakyong Mipham for Europe)
16:15 –17:00


Presentation Leadership for humanity's best instincts – Carsten Sudhoff (Founder, The Circular Society, and former Chief Human Resources Officer, World Economic Forum)
17:00 – 18:00 Presentation (via video): Intellectual Virtues: What they are and Why We Need Them.”- Barry Schwartz (Professor, Swarthmore College, and presenter)


October 23, 2014 (all times in GMT +1)

8:30 – 9:30 Presentation: OECD’s Research on “Social and Emotional Skills” – Dirk Van Damme (Head of CERI, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD)
9:30 – 10:30 Presentation: Assessing Character – (Shanette Porter for) Camille Farrington (Professor, U. of Chicago)
11:00 – 11:45 Presentation: The Pornified Life: What is the impact of these hook-up messages and what can be done? – Mary Anne Layden (Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania)
11:45 – 12:45 Presentation: Moral and social development priorities in child-raising – Richard Weissbourd (Director, Human Development and Psychology program, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
13:45 – 14:30 Discussion: Courage: can it still blossom in an era of over-protection? Gerard D’Aboville (First person to cross the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by rowing, solo; author, “Alone”)
14:30 – 15:30 Presentation: Awakening student curiosity – Dr Conrad Hughes (Director of Education, ISG)
16:15 – 17:00 Presentation (via video): The importance of Mindset – Eduardo Briceño (CEO, Mindset Works, collaborator of Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on “Mindset”)
17:00 – 18:00 Presentation (via video): How Schools Can Develop Character: Teaching for Social / Emotional Learning – Linda-Darling-Hammond (Professor, Stanford University)



October 24, 2014 (all times in GMT +1) – In-Person, recorded but not live streamed

8:30 – 9:00 Presentation: Character education framework for the 21st century (Charles Fadel, Founder of CCR)
9:00 – 10:15 Panel with delegates’ participation: The role of Foundations Simon Willis (Chief Executive, Young Foundation); Tatiana Filgueiras (Director, Ayrton Senna Foundation); Muhammed Chaudhry (CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation).
10:45 – 12:00 Panel with delegates’ participation: How do we best teach Character in school and outside of school? Facilitator: Conrad Hughes, ISG, with: Kathleen Scully-Hodges (Newton Country Day School); Robert Harrison (International Baccalaureate); Michele Bruniges (New South Wales Dept. of Education).
12:00 – 13:00 Co-Design of “The Geneva Declaration: Character education for the 21st century” (All participants, led by CCR)


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