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Welcome to Media Democracy in Action, Produced by The World’s Stage and Project Censored.

We need to find better ways to work together–to synergize at the bottom the way big companies are doing it at the top–and translate what we know into more effective messages that will resonate with the consumers we want to activate as citizens.” –Danny Schechter, The News Dissector,  Globalvision

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” — H. L. Mencken

What’s possible when media keeps the diverse populations informed about their role in global issues? At a time when we’re more connected than every before, we can use our technology to bring us closer together while working better, together as we overcome our misunderstandings through more-informed discussion.

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We need to find better ways to work together–to synergize at the bottom the way big companies are doing it at the top–and translate what we know into more effective messages that will resonate with the consumers we want to activate as citizens.” –Danny Schechter,  Globalvision

 This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box.” –Edward R. Murrow


–Monday, May 15– 

1 p.m. Introduction and Welcome: Mickey Huff: Fake News / Real News / Misinformation and the Need for a Comprehensive Critical Media Literacy Education

What’s being called Fake News goes deeper than just Fake News. It’s a distraction meant to keep us enslaved as mass consumers constantly at battle with ourselves and with others. How do we navigate the onslaught of Misinformation, Hype and Lies to enable Media of Service? Since we all want a more responsible media, we should all find the way to bring it about.

2 p.m. A Call to Action: Robert McChesney: As media continues to spin out of control, there are only a handful of multi-national corporations and advertising agencies controlling over 90% of the news and information we receive.  The Opportunity in the Madness When we Get our Act Together and Build together. It’s easier than you think.

3 p.m. The science of systems: How learning from Science (Especially Biology) can Enable Better Systems of Service: Guest Presenter: Chuck Woolery (not the game Show host…)

Industrial Age thinking has taught us that everything is independent, when in reality, we now know that everything is connected and therefore, inter-dependent. With this knowledge, how can we build and create systems of service dedicated to fairness, ethics, quality of life and human rights?

4 p.m. Uncovering the Stories that are Suppressed and Censored to Enable a better understanding of us all;       
Featuring Joseph Sorrentino, Writer/Photographer on the Hidden Stories of Central American’s migration and human rights abuses.  George Carlin said that “America was founded on the biggest oxymoron. America was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free.”  All joking aside,  America is a land of immigrants. Whether it’s from Eastern Europe or South East Asia, America was built by immigrants.   We seek to have a better understanding of the root cause of so many fleeing their nations and this conversation hopes to have an understanding of the root cause for so many people leaving Central America and how they are suffering human rights abuses on their way toward what they hope is a better life.   

5 p.m
.  Taking it to the Streets…and The Classroom (or “How a former Punk Rock Comedian transformed to Educate the Youth on Sustainability and their role in the future featuring  Dave Street.”)

Dave Street is a man on a mission.  There was a time when he could be found performing comedy at major punk clubs in New York City, writing for his friends, The Misfits, and hanging out with the “real deal” in the New York City rock and roll scene.  But Dave has transformed from speaking about injustices in-front of punk audiences to empowering and informing young students around the New Jersey/New York school systems.  He’s performed at New York Earth Day events, created initiatives  such as “Slam Dunk the Junk” and continues to be a major force as he educates the youth about the the importance of being good to our planet, the environment and the importance of ecology and sustainability.

As someone whose always been at street level, you will hear what’s working and why it’s working from the perspective of someone whose been deep in the trenches all his life.

6 p.m.    Media is NOT a Weapon!  Michael Caporale:  Media that Nourishes our Lives because life is not a Debt Sentence: When what we are told to believe is a Lie: Perception, Reality, and a Enabling News Ecosystem that Serves us: Michael Caporale and Steven Jay

As corporate media has failed us, a new type of media that serves us must be born. So what are the actions that citizens, social activists and progressive thinkers can do to build a media system that truly represents us–the people, instead of the corporations?

–Tuesday, May 16, 2017–

What we now want is closer contact and better understanding between individuals and communities all over the earth, and the elimination of egoism and pride which is always prone to plunge the world into primeval barbarism and strife… Peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment…”  –Nikola Tesla

Kristina Shull / Soros Justice Fellows Photo Shoot 2016 shot at Open Society foundation office in Manhattan NY on May 10th 2016

1 pm CIVIC (End Isolation) and Overcoming the misunderstandings of first-hand migrant accounts from detention not covered by corporate media:

CIVIC is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. CIVIC envisions a world without isolation because we believe isolation is the key component to oppression. Throughout history, the voices of those who have been colonized, exploited, and marginalized are rarely heard because those who are in power develop systems of isolation. These systems have taken many forms, such as Nazi concentration camps, Japanese internment camps, South African apartheid, and Jim Crow segregation laws. But we must not make the mistake and assume that this is merely history. Structures of isolation, oppression, and racism are as alive today as they were 100 years ago. The current U.S. immigration detention system is designed to isolate us from one another in an effort to keep this system a secret from the American public and prevent widespread organizing against it.

2 p.m. The Opportunity for Solutions based media at a time of overwhelming distraction: Mickey Huff, Peter Phillips

Steven Jay The Producers of this Forum, Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips of Project Censored and Steven Jay of The worlds Stage discuss, in an open forum, the steps needed in order to enable a comprehensive critical media literacy and media of service.

3 p.m. Creating a Healthy Media Ecosystem starts with a Healthy Society: John Coombs, Global Health Clinics, Auckland, New Zealand

At a time of so much global uncertainty, there are many preventative steps we can take to enable personal and community well-being. This intriguing session with personal health pionner John Coombs of Global Health Clinics in Auckland, New Zealand hopes to answer the important questions: What’s possible when we have a health system that works, where we are born into a world and kept healthy all of our lives.?

Special Added Bonus: The Biology of Belief and Enabling Healthier Communities: Dr. Bruce Lipton: ATTN MEDIA OUTLETS: All shows are available for licensing from their respective producers.

As some of the science fiction of yesterday is now the science fact of today, many new developments in the worlds of quantum physics, quantum biology and personal health have been tested and proven to benefit our lives. Understanding how some of these new scientific breakthroughs enable healthier lives is paramount to evolving the fields of personal health to higher levels to enable a healthier society. Dr. Bruce Lipton and friends discuss many of these new discoveries and opportunities for evolved health and well-being.

4 PM: Media Makers Making Conscious Decisions  Special Guest: Liz Gunn, TV New Zealand

Our corporate media systems provide a myopic view of the world by showing (and creating) trainwrecks, car wrecks and sick societies based on a failed worldview. As our world is really a system of systems working harmoniously together, we are told that we are independent of one another when that is furthest from the truth. How can communities overcome the misconceptions and stereotypes handed down to us by corporate media whose only goal is to keep is constantly consuming products in order to be happy.

5 p.m. Nonviolence: our road to individual, social, and global health: Michael Nagler, Metta Center for Non-Violence and Gandhian Scholar

Michael Nagler developed the first course in Non-Violence at The University of California, Berkeley Campus and is a Gandhian scholar in peaceful Non-Violent living.  This insightful conversation will bring us to understandings how Non-Violence is a better way forward for us all.

6 p.m. How can Conscious Media Enable A healthier Society: Lisa Garr of THE AWARE SHOW

Albert Einstein said that “In a few weeks the media can enable people to put on uniforms to kill or be killed all for the sake of a few corporations.” While media can push people apart from one another, it can also be key to enable us to get closer to our true potential. We will examine what’s been working in Conscious Media and how we can all work together to enable more awareness and higher consciousness in society.

–Wednesday, May 17–

This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box.” –Edward R. Murrow

1 pm.To be, or not to be. Featuring Actor/Director/Producer Aki Aleong: Keeping it Real: To tell a story properly, it is important for the casting to truly represent the ethnicity of the character the actor is portraying. But in Hollywood’s standards, Box Office results are more important than getting the story right As Hollywood mis-represents a true representation of the characters, how can producers and creatives enable the production company of the future, one that is not only sustainable, but treats their characters authentically without assassinating their true essence?

2 p.m. Learning from Woodstock, the Summer of Love and the spirit of the 60’s: Ken Davidoff

Before there was Woodstock, there was Miami Pop.  The Miami Pop Festival featured artists who spoke the language of the 1960’s, the words and energy of love, of rebellion, of holding trust to power, of freedom: From Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, the 60’s were the era where the music reflected what was going on in the hearts, minds and spirits of the youth, a generation that experience the assassinations of JFK, RFK, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King., Jr.   During this tumultous and revolutionary time, Ken Davidoff  captured the spirit of change when he photographed iconic artists doing their thing…during the Miami Pop Festival (produced by Michael Lang who also produced Woodstock) held PRIOR to Woodstock, as well as the Palm Beach Pop Festival held a short time after Woodstock.  This presentation is not about going backwards, but instead, learning from the spirit of change during a most revolutionary era of the last century.

3 p.m. The Role of Media in Eliminating the Stigma of People With Disabilities: Msafari  Msedi, Tanzania

Africa is a Continent of many resources and one of its greatest resource its its talent pool of creative individuals who are the change they wish to see in the world. During this special presentation, we will hear from a few creative individuals who are taking their passions out of the laboratory and into their communities.

4 p.mThe Future is in Your Hands: Data for Democracy

Is the future of social action decentralized and if so, how can it enable the results we are seeking?  Data for Democracy is a decentralized organization that utilizes data for social impact. Data for Democracy brings together an active, passionate community of people using data to drive better decisions and improve the world in which we live. 

Data for Democracy began as an experiment in December 2016, when people from around the world began to collaborate on data-related problems. With no rules or formal organizational structure, the focus was on getting real and impactful work done with minimal delay.

As of March 2017, the community increased to over 1200 evolunteers spanning a wide range of locations and timezones, and continues to grow every day. These volunteers apply their diverse skills and interests to an equally varied array of projects.

Our corporate media systems provide a myopic view of the world by showing (and creating) trainwrecks, carwrecks and sick societies based on a failed worldview. As our world is really a system of systems working harmoniously together, we are told that we are independent of one another when that is furthest from the truth. How can communities overcome the misconceptions and stereotypes handed down to us by corporate media whose only goal is to keep is constantly consuming products in order to be happy.

5 p.m. Overcoming Potentially Lethal Racial and Cultural Stereotypes: Dr. Dale B. Taylor, Neuroscientist, Professor, Therapist, Author

How does media selection and reporting of events impact the thinking, behavior and life experiences of the people who hear and/or read those news reports? That is both the overriding and the underlying question to be addressed by this presenter. Within this framework, certain other more specific issues will be dealt with by examining the content and impact of actual examples from media reports and from the speaker’s own experience.

Some of those issues can be stated as follows: Do traditional media reporting practices have a disproportionately positive or negative effect on public perceptions of members of specific racial, ethnic, religious or national groups within American society? Do the media play a role in creating or perpetuating “implicit bias” against individual members of any identifiable demographic, such as “young black males?” How does media reporting and non-reporting of race affect the treatment of individuals by employers, educators, and especially by the police?

In seeking solutions, comparisons will be drawn with other societies where negative media stereotyping is not practiced or where there has been a strong government-sponsored effort to overcome formerly divisive racial policies by encouraging their citizens to be inclusive and treat all people with dignity and respect.

6 p.m. New Systems, New Platforms: Music Outside of the Influence of Corporate Control: Steven Jay and Shahid Buttar, Musician, Founder of the DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency, and author of songs including NSA vs USA and Ferguson to Jerusalem).


–Thursday, May 18–

It is time for individual citizens and their organizations to take an active role in the shaping of the cultural environment and to focus on the production of information and culture” –The People’s Communication Charter in Holland, 1999

1 p.m. Get Up, Rise Up, Build the New: Project Censored’s Mickey Huff interviewing Peter Dale Scott, and David Talbot, Founder of and Author of numerous books 

It is our capacity as individuals to participate, with full awareness and guarantee of our freedoms and rights, in civil life that creates democracy. And as such it must be developed and defended against power.

2 p.m. Enabling Critical Media Literacy Education Featuring Nolan Higdon of Project Censored.

Nolan Higdon will clearly articulate how to enable a critical media literacy education.   His academic work focuses on nationalism, propaganda, and critical media literacy education. He sits on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation, Sacred Heart University’s Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, the Union for Democratic Communications Steering Committee, and the Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. Higdon is ta co-founder for the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. He has contributed chapters to Censored 2013-2017 as well as Stephen Lendman’s Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III (2014). He has published articles on media and propaganda including “Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind (2013),” “Millennial Media Revolution (2014),” and “Justice For Sale (2015).” He has been a guest on national radio and television programs.

3 p.m. The Power of LOVE as a Driving Force: Featuring Jon Anderson of the rock band, “YES”

Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the singer/songwriter of the world-acclaimed progressive rock band, Yes speaks of his influences, his desires and the power of love as the way forward.

4 p.m. Analog Awareness with Mark Metz

Publisher of Conscious Dancer Magazine and founder of the Dance First Association explains with vinyl records, what’s working and what’s not, the core somatic and cultural differences between analog and digital media at a time of rapid change.  Learn the reasons why vinyl recordings are one of the fasted growing and lucrative sectors of the music industry at present.  Learn how vinyl records are a key to better atmosphere in the home and more.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.  The Tremendous Power of Women’s Voices: Frieda Werden, Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS)

According to Rights Info at Press freedom is vital for our human rights, and a crucial part of a free and fair democracy. While there are wonderful stories from female journalists, many are not heard or shared effectively. Women’s Investigative News Sharing Network (WINGS) and Media Democracy in Action is proud to share some of the stories as well as an understanding of the obstacles facing female journalists from around the world. Please join a talented group of women from over a dozen nations as we delve into new opportunities and possibilities for these amazing reporters and news gatherers.

–Friday, May 19–

We need to intermix and cross-wire media heterogeneous elements–media reform, low power FM, high art cinema, PBS and NPR, film festivals, music samplers, archives, radical gaming, video installation, net art, long form investigative documentary, Internet cut-ups, cable access, bloggers and beyond” –Patricia Zimmerman, Professor of Media Studies, Ithaca College’s Park School

1 p.m. Going from Idea to a Successful Podcast Series: Featuring Richard Spisak of PNN: Progressive News Network and Special Guests

2 p.m. The Role of Arts in Rebellion:  Being True to Yourself: Herb Gart and guests

Herb Gart was front and center during the folk music rebellion, a time when artists picked up guitars instead of guns, demonstrating the power of song as a vehicle of social change. It was the sometime violent and predominantly turbulent 1960’s that helped to spark the protest song movement, and Herb Gart was representing some of the top singer/songwriters of the time. Janis Ian, Don McLean, The Youngbloods and countless others were part of his songwriting armada, a unique group of singer/songwriters whose words and music are still as important today as they were yesterday. A Conversation with music manager Herb Gart shows us what a bit of inspiration, a lot of talent and great spirit combined with calculated movements can do to spark a generation of changemakers……still at it after all these years.

3 pm. Media Literacy in a Digital World: Understanding the Media Military Industrial Complex:

Justin Schlossberg, TNI, London While the Web started as a place for people to work better together and overcome misunderstandings, it has become a giant TV set, filled with noise, half truths, misinformation and lies. While many of our tech companies provide the appeanace that they are helping us search information and have more efficient lives, many are actually in-bed-with the military industrial complex keeping, maintaining a stranglehold on our abilities to break free of many of the systems that suppress and stifle us. With this in mind, how can we co-create systems dedicated to thriving communities and cultures? What actions can we take to build and create more effectively?

4 p.m. The Future is in Your Hands: Freedom, Privacy, Security: Shahid Buttar,EFF

5 p.m. Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than you Think.  The Future is in your hands: Featuring Special Guest, Public Advocate and Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader

n his most recent book, “Breaking Through Power,”  Nader draws from a lifetime waging—and often winning—David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. This is classic Ralph Nader, a crystallization of the core political beliefs and commitments that have driven his lifetime of advocacy for greater democracy.  In this presentation, Nader presents the inspiration to enable the ideas into actions.

Media Democracy in Action on The World’s Stage has been a presentation of The Worlds Stage and Project Censored. A very special thank you to all presenters and participants and corresponding organizations and a very special thank you to everyone at Free Speech TV!

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