At the invitation of former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Antanas Mockus, the Institute’s Lois Holzman and Dan Friedman will be among the headliners at the biennial International Conference on Citizenship Culture in Bogotá, October 18-19, sponsored by Mockus’ organization Corpovisionarios por Colombia. This year’s event will focus on The Role of Culture in Controlling Violence and will include presentations by leading Colombian academics and non-profit leaders, who will address the role of performance, culture and forgiveness in creating new roads to peace.
Holzman’s talk All Power to the Developing, will introduce a cultural approach to psychology, where people are supported to create their own and their community’s social / emotional / intellectual / cultural development. Friedman’s presentation, Self-Organized Performance as a Means of Creating Citizenship Culture, will introduce the 35-year history of the Castillo Theatre (where he’s the artistic director) and UX.
Mockus, the former two-time mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, was recently a headliner at the Institute’s Performing the World conference in NYC, where he was interviewed by Independent Voting’s Jaqueline Salit to discuss the recently brokered pact with FARC rebels and his role in the “Si!” (“Yes!”) popular referendum in support of the peace pact that would end more than half-a-century of civil war.
Trained as a mathematician and philosopher and a former university president, Mockus and Corpovisionarios por Colombia have advanced a Citizenship Culture approach, which among other things reduced homicide rates by 40% and made the city safer for women. During his tenures, Mockus directed a wide range of cultural “interventions.” One involved hiring 420 mime artists in white gloves and berets to impact the horrendous traffic jams across the city by playfully ushering jay-walkers across the street.