GOUNESCONFERENCE – The first ever heritage conference on Facebook

GoUNESCOnference (GoUNES.CO) is a new GoUNESCO initiative that aims to foster an ever-growing community of heritage enthusiasts, students, experts and organizations. The objective is to use Facebook as an innovative and virtual tool to encourage creative expression and ideas to promote heritage and cultures of the world. It is also an ideal tool to tap the young generation a.k.a millennial on key heritage-related topics.

GoUNESCOnference (GoUNES.Co) is innovative because it is an online conference where experts (or subject matter experts) from different parts of the world can share their expertise on a specific topic and answer questions from any part of the world. It acts a tool for sharing and discussing important heritage topics using Facebook live. It is impactful because it is accessible to all. Anyone can join the session and ask questions to experts. It is accessible also for people who miss the session. In fact, if someone misses it, he/she has the opportunity to watch the session on Facebook Event Page.

We hope to create an environment that enables engagement among the heritage community from all over the world.  Our vision is to provide a platform for various heritage organizations to participate and drive relevant discussions. The element of engagement is crucial to our initiative because GoUNESCO strives to encourage and promote greater understanding of heritage by offering enthusiasts fun ways of engaging with it. We truly believe that heritage is for all.

Format & Expected Audience

GoUNESCOnference is an online conference, currently organized on the Facebook Live platform. There are 3 different sessions on 3 heritage-related topics based on a theme. Each session is by a speaker/expert/organization and lasts about 45 minutes each. Each session is coordinated by a GoUNESCO session coordinator who introduces the expert on FB Live and moderates the questions to the experts. Participants can ask the expert questions during a specific session on the topic through a Facebook post on the Event Facebook Page or through Facebook Live or by sending a message to the GoUNESCO session coordinator or to GoUNESCO.  Experts answer questions using Facebook Live. At the end of the session, the coordinator makes a summary of the entire session.

Past Conferences

25 May 2018

Theme – Living Heritage

Speakers

  • Alvaro Menéndez Soler, Cultural Heritage Expert (Spain)
  • Giorgio Andrian, UNESCO World Heritage Expert and Consultant (Italy).
27 October 2017

Theme

The topic of the conference was World Heritage Site Management and World Heritage Site managers from three different countries/continents participate. Click here to see the proceedings.

Speakers

Jane Gibson, World Heritage Coordinator, Durham, UK

Time of Session: 1130 AM GMT
To know more about her and the conference, please click here.

S.V.P Halakatti, Senior Advisor, Indian Heritage Cities Network & Former Director (Archaeology) at ASI, New Delhi

Time of session: 1:30 PM GMT
To know more about him and the conference, please click here

Colleen Swain, Director of the World Heritage Office for the City of San Antonio, USA

Time of session: 8 PM GMT
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26 May 2017

The first GoUNESCOnference was organised on 26th May 2017. The theme of the conference was Heritage Conservation. It saw an engagement from over 2600 participants. To know more about the conference reach, please click here.