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World Forum Protocols
The underlying 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 is an expert on their setting and everyone is a learner. 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 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 food 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 Forum events take place. Try to sit with and get to know new people each morning.
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 in Pre-Function Area A offering you a selection of dining choices at noon and in the evening. Sign up for a restaurant of your choice, meet your group, and enjoy dining together. Every participant pays for their own meal. You can also sign up ahead of time online.
45 Minute Refreshment Breaks – Our breaks are intentionally long so that delegates have plenty of time to network.
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 attempt to 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.
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. Likewise for ambassadors. Please seek out new delegates to welcome them and encourage engagement.
World Forum Gifts
Upon arrival at the Sheraton, these are some of the items you will receive:
All About Me Blocks. Preschools from around the world participated in an art activity that connected 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. Participating schools received a gift of wooden block pieces and teacher guidelines to help facilitate the art activity, which encouraged children to draw themselves, family members, and friends on pieces of wood. This project was carried out by our sponsor Guidecraft.
Indian Lanyards. Sunderji’s Institutions in Maharashtra, India provided 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. Creating this Fabric is considered one of the most effort-consuming arts of India. This process involves a lot of manual work including processing and using natural dyes, and even using the paste of vegetables. Records show that as far back as the 12th century, several centres in the south and on the western and eastern coasts of India became renowned for their excellent printed cotton. In the medieval age, printing and dyeing of cottons was specially developed in Rajasthan, India. Today, India has numerous printing centres with their own block making skills and history.
African Arrival Bags. The World Forum Foundation contracted with Quilts for Empowerment (www.quiltsforempowerment.org) to create delegate arrival bags in colorful African fabrics. Here is the report from Mary Ann McCannon of Quilts for Empowerment: “Quilts for Empowerment (QFE) is honored to have been given the commission to make the arrival bags for the 2019 World Forum. This has provided our women with the opportunity to earn valuable income to support themselves and their families. All eleven women live in rural, Western Kenya and are impoverished. Most have also suffered the isolating and painful consequences of having an obstetric fistula. Thankfully, all have been successfully repaired. Our Program Director Norah Otondo, also a fistula survivor, closely supervised production. She is seen in the photo teaching the women to quilt using a stool as a table. Our two trained seamstresses, Carol and Metrine did the machine stitching with Ann, Everlyne, Tabitha, Esther, Norah A, Nancy, Ivy, Rose, and Rita assisting. Half the money received has been paid to these women and the other half put into their income-generating support group. The women will collectively decide how to spend the group money. It must benefit everyone, such as buying livestock or land with profit-sharing. Many thanks for this genuinely lifechanging opportunity for the women and their children.” African arrival bags are sponsored by KinderCare Education.
World Forum Journals. A journal with program of the 2019 World Forum has been created by our sponsor Lakeshore Learning Materials. It is designed so that delegates can personalize them into a momento of the experience.
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.O ne of the best parts of the World Forum is the opportunity it provides for sharing on a global basis. We would like to facilitate this process by asking you to bring with you 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 polaroid 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.
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:
Click here for the Opening Ceremonies and Reception only
Click here for the Closing Ceremonies and Luncheon only
Click here for both
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].