Preparing for a Great World Forum Experience
World Forum Protocols
Everyone Participates. The driving force of the World Forum is that every delegate has something of value to contribute. There is no division of experts and learners — everyone has knowledge and experience and everyone can benefit from new information, stories, and strategies. As a result, every effort is made to encourage delegates to get to know each other, to share ideas, and to establish lasting professional friendships. We believe the world will be a better place for our children if people reach across boundaries to understand and appreciate each other.
Everyone Connects. A primary goal for the World Forum is for all delegates to make connections with new colleagues and friends for life from other parts of the World. Many features of the World Forum are designed to make this easier for you, including the following activities:
Community Breakfasts – ALL delegates staying at the Sheraton Hotel will receive a complimentary breakfast each morning in Caspian Room 3404-3506 on the fourth floor, where all World Forum events take place. Sit with and get to know new people each morning.
45 Minute Refreshment Breaks – Breaks are intentionally long so that delegates have plenty of time to network.
No Host Lunches and Dinners – This is a great way to meet new friends and get to know delegates from around the world. Each day, menus of restaurants in the hotel complex and Macao neighborhoods will be displayed at the Registration Table, offering you a selection of dining choices for lunch and dinner. Sign up for a restaurant of your choice, meet your dining group, and enjoy food and conversation. Each participant pays for their own meal.
Visiting Macau- a Guide to What to See and Where to Eat – compiled by Joanne Georgeson, World Forum National Representative, Macau and Sherwin Lucas, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel. Check out what they recommend to see and do, and where to eat, while you are in Macao.
World Forum Language. The 2019 World Forum will be conducted in English. If you have special requirements, please notify us well in advance so we can accommodate you as best we can. In your conversations and contributions to sessions, keep in mind that English is not the first language for many delegates. Try to speak clearly with a minimum of jargon. In sessions and networking opportunities introduce yourself in your first language as well as in English, if you are comfortable doing so. Incorporate your first language into your conversations so that others have the opportunity to hear many languages during the World Forum. World Forum will facilitate making connections among people who are most comfortable speaking languages other than English. At registration delegates will be offered colored stickers to adhere to name badges that will indicate languages spoken.
World Forum Attire. Dress code for the World Forum is business casual. Bring a light jacket or sweater for the evening.
World Forum Time. All World Forum sessions and activities start at the exact time noted on the program. Don’t miss out! Please plan to arrive a few minutes before the starting time of each activity.
Welcoming New Delegates. Everyone who is attending their first World Forum will have a “New Delegate” ribbon attached to their name badge. Everyone who has attended World Forums in the past will have an “Ambassador” ribbon. If you are a new delegate, we encourage you to seek out ambassadors for help navigating this new and exciting experience. Ambassadors are asked to seek out new delegates to welcome them and encourage engagement.
World Forum Perks
Upon arrival at the Sheraton, these are some of the items you will receive:
All About Me Blocks. Preschools from around the world have participated in an art activity that connects children, block play, and the 2019 World Forum participants in a sharing and collaborative project using wooden block shapes as a physical metaphor for self and identity. This project was carried out by our World Forum sponsor Guidecraft.
Lanyards from India. Sunderji’s Institutions in Maharashtra, India is providing the Block Print Fabric lanyards for the 2019 World Forum. Led by Executive Director, Masarrat Tavawalla, Sunderji’s Institutions operates early childhood programs as well as teacher training programs.
Delegate Bags from Africa. The World Forum Foundation contracted with Quilts for Empowerment (www.quiltsforempowerment.org) to create delegate arrival bags in colorful African fabrics. Arrival bags are sponsored by KinderCare Education.
World Forum Journals. A journal with the program of the 2019 World Forum has been created by our sponsor Lakeshore Learning Materials. It is designed so each delegate can personalize their journal as a record and momento of 2019 World Forum.
World Forum Opportunities
International Children’s Art Exhibit. Macao, China will mark the twelfth anniversary of the World Forum International Children’s Artwork Exhibit. Please contribute to the success of the exhibit by bringing one or two original pieces of children’s artwork from your country to donate to the exhibit. Artwork can be no larger than 11″ x 14″ (30.5 cm x 35.5 cm), and be suitable for wall mounting. The exhibit is unable to accommodate three-dimensional pieces. Artwork will become a permanent part of the exhibit, cannot be returned, and may be used for additional purposes at the discretion of the World Forum Foundation. You will be asked to complete a Submission Form during on-site check-in that will be displayed along with the artwork that will indicate the child artist’s name, age, country, and organization.
Children’s Book Exchange. World Forum creates the opportunity to share on a global basis. Bring your favorite children’s book. During on-site registration, you can add your book to those brought by others so delegates can view them throughout the week. On Thursday morning at 7:30 am, there will be a random drawing among those who participate to see which book you get to take home with you.
Bonnie’s Global Café. Visit Bonnie’s Global Café in Tian Shan 3001 for conversations and connections.
Lakeshore Community Room. Come to the Tian Shan 3001 room to decorate your journal and to converse with and take photos of your old and new friends.
Community Playthings Block Playground. Take time to play and relive your childhood building with blocks in Pre-Function Area A.
International Dance. Plan to get down and have lots of fun at the always popular International Dance on Tuesday evening in Caspian 3401-3501. Hot music is being selected by Dhirendra Lamsal (pictured on right) and his National Representatives Dance Team. Dress is very casual or traditional (you decide). Come prepared to dance and have fun.
20th Year Celebration Gift Exchange. 2019 World Forum is a celebration of 20 years! Bring a small gift from your country or your personal story (a cultural item, something you’ve created, a momento from your program, your favorite mug, a story, a quotation) to the Celebration Reception on Monday evening. Do not spend more than $10 US for this. Wrap it with a note that shares why you chose this gift, include your business card or contact information so the delegate recipient can thank you. As you leave the Reception, you will be randomly gifted if you contributed a gift. Please make a connection with another delegate through this exchange.
World Forum Papparazi. Help capture the World Forum experience for the “Time to Say Goodbye” slide show at the closing session. You can submit two photos per day to be considered for inclusion in the slide show as well as for posting on the World Forum website. Names of individuals contributing photos to closing slide show will be listed at the end. Email your photos each day to [email protected]
World Forum Logistics
Getting Help. Every day the registration desk will serve as a help desk where you can turn for assistance. World Forum Staff wearing red sashes will be there to assist you.
Getting Credit. Visit WorldForumFoundation.org/certificates/ to download your 2019 World Forum Certificate and your Center Tour Participant Certificate.
Networking. Pack plenty of business cards and program brochures to share with the people you meet. We also ask that you bring along a family or work photo to show other delegates.
Companion Tickets. If you bring a companion with you who does not plan to attend the World Forum and you wish to have him or her join you at either the Welcome Reception on the evening of Monday, April 8, or the Closing Luncheon on
Thursday, April 11, you may purchase tickets at the Registration Desk during the event. Tickets are very limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to purchase these ahead of time:
Photo Release Policy. By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in still and video photography without compensation or notification.
Substitution Policy. If you cannot attend and wish to send a substitute, call +1(844) 260-5805 (toll-free) or send an email to [email protected] no later than March 15, 2019.
Cancellation Policy. Notice of cancellation must be submitted via email to [email protected] Registrations cancelled prior to February 1, 2019 will be refunded, less a US $100 service fee. Registrations cancelled after February 1, 2019 will be refunded, less a US $100 service fee, ONLY if someone on the waiting list is able to take your place. Alternatively, you could transfer your registration to another person or apply your registration fee to the 2021 World Forum. Tour fees are non-refundable.
If you have questions or need more information, call +1 (844) 260-5805 (toll-free) or send an email to [email protected].