Future Worlds Center

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Future Worlds Center
FWC logoMedmRes.jpg
Type Civil Society Organization
Location
Founder
Yiannis Laouris
Main organ
Board of Directors
Affiliations Institute for 21st Century Agoras
Budget
1,000,000 Euro annually
Staff
20
Volunteers
>50
Website http://www.futureWorldsCenter.org
http://www.FutureWorlds.eu/wiki

Future Worlds Center (FWC) is a non-profit, non-Governmental independent organization active in programs with future orientation in areas related to positive social change, social entrepreneurship and transformation.

Founding history[edit]

Future Worlds Center was founded in 1991 as Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute. In the late 90's, it expanded its operations pioneering in a number of humanitarian, multicultural and peace related projects,.[1][2] At the end of 2005, with a new Constitution, it evolved into a larger organization with a pure international orientation integrating all humanitarian, peace, and multicultural activities under one umbrella.

Notable Operations[edit]

According to its new Constitution, Future Worlds Center is an incubator of ideas, projects, social entrepreneurs and organizations committed to socio-technical reforms[3]. Since its inception it has envisioned, designed and implemented more than 100 projects[4], employed more than 200 young scientists[5], and founded several organizations, including CYBER KIDS[6], [7], Technology for peace, the Cyprus Safer Internet Center along with the Cyprus Safer Internet Hotline and Helpline, the Cyprus Community Media Centre[8] funded by the United Nations, Youth Power[9], Cyprus NGO Platform "Development"[10], the Cyprus Refugee Council[11].

Innovations in Education[edit]

The organization has developed the curriculum for CYBER KIDS, a chain of computer learning centers, that started in Cyprus and expanded in 7 countries in the early 90s. CYBER KIDS was a mass-scale experiment to achieve massive social change in a whole country.

Future Worlds Center also implements many EC-funded projects that conduct research and inform societies about the safer use of the Internet; Cyberethics,[12] Cyprus’ Safer Internet Center, which includes a Hotline[13] and a Helpline.[14]

Promoting regional peace[edit]

Future Worlds Center pioneers in envisioning, designing and implementing projects that promote the culture of peace and reconciliation in Cyprus, the region and the globe. The Technology for peace[15], [16],[17] initiative in 1997, founded by Yiannis Laouris and Harry Anastasiou members of the Cyprus Conflict Resolution Trainers Group aimed to capitalize on the proliferation of the Internet as a means to break the communication barriers between the northern and the southern parts of divided Cyprus. Other notable peace projects include the Youth promoting Peace[18], Civil Society Dialogue, the Act Beyond Borders[19], Everybody's song[20], and many projects funded by HasNa Inc.[21].

Active promoter of the MDGs[edit]

Future Worlds Center is leading a number of pan-European efforts, which aim to promote the Millennium Development Goals within Europe and in Sub-Saharan countries. It was a founding member of the Cyprus Islandwide Development NGO Platform[22] and the Cyprus Community Media Centre.[23] The Accessing Development Education project[24] has collected teaching materials or guidance books on topics like Development Education,[25] Global citizenship, Human Rights, Millennium Development Goals and many others from across Europe into one central depository. The Teach MDGs project[26] focuses on increasing awareness and public support for the Millennium Development Goals by actively engaging teacher training institutes, teachers and pupils in developing local oriented teaching resources promoting the MDGs with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and integrate these into the educational systems of countries across Europe.

Supporting vulnerable groups[edit]

Future Worlds Center is the implementing organization of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in Cyprus. Its Humanitarian Affairs Unit implements projects that aim strengthening asylum for refugees and asylum seekers on the island.[27] This Unit has founded the Unit of Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture. As of January 2018, a spin-off was created and the Cyprus Refugee Council was created.

Notable Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Building A Multi-Ethnic and Multi-National Cyprus to Promote European Values and Regional and International Peace
  2. ^ Extending EU Citizenship to the Eastern End of Europe
  3. ^ http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/Future_Worlds_Center_Vision_and_Mission
  4. ^ http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/List_of_Future_Worlds_Center_Contracts
  5. ^ http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/Future_Worlds_Center#Future_Worlds_in_a_snapshot
  6. ^ www.cyber-kids.net CYBER KIDS Wiki
  7. ^ www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/CYBER_KIDS CYBER KIDS page at Future Worlds Wiki; previously named Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute
  8. ^ http://www.cypruscommunitymedia.org Cyprus Community Media Centre Website
  9. ^ http://youthpowercyprus.org/about-us/member-organizations Youth Power website
  10. ^ http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/CYINDEP:_Cyprus_NGO_Platform_%22Development%22 Cyprus NGO Platform "Development" page in Future Worlds Wiki
  11. ^ https://www.facebook.com/cyrefugeecouncil/ Cyprus Refugee Council in facebook
  12. ^ the Cyprus’ Safer Internet Center
  13. ^ Cyprus’ Safer Internet Hotline Archived 2011-07-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Cyprus’ Safer Internet Helpline Archived 2012-08-03 at Archive.is
  15. ^ Tech4Peace
  16. ^ Laouris, Y. (2004). Information technology in the service of peacebuilding: the case of Cyprus. World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, 60(1-2), 67-79. Article in World Futures about the project.
  17. ^ Laouris, Y., & Laouri, R. (2008). Can information and mobile technologies serve to close the economic, educational, digital, and social gaps and accelerate development?. World Futures, 64(4), 254-275. Includes a MAP of all groups supported
  18. ^ http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/Youth_Promoting_Peace Youth Promoting Peace; has organized >40 events in which thousands of people have participated.
  19. ^ Act Beyond Borders
  20. ^ Everybody's song
  21. ^ http://www.futureworlds.eu/wiki/HasNa_Inc. Four media-related projects
  22. ^ List of national development platforms
  23. ^ Cyprus Community Media Centre Page
  24. ^ Accessing Development Education
  25. ^ Development Education initiative in Europe
  26. ^ Teach MDGs website
  27. ^ Strengthening Asylum for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cyprus Project Page
  28. ^ Anna Lindh Award to Future Worlds Center

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