TEWS 2000 opened the new millennium with a series of events aimed
establishing the concerns youth around the world have for the future
what they want adults to do today to help them meet the challenges
At this milestone in modern human history, understanding the status,
concerns, potential, and ambition of those who will live the majority
of their lives
in the next century is critical. Why? So that adults now can work
to build a world
that provides our children with the best chances to meet the challenges
possibilities of the future.
Listening to the Future, was an International
Survey of middle and secondary
school students representing industrialized, middle income and
developing countries.(A) Survey questions focused on the greatest
and predictions for the next 50-100 years. "What do youth believe
adults can do or
should do to best prepare the world, society and young people?" "Where
make the grade?" "In what areas is society failing and
where do we need the most
work?" The survey will also ascertain youths' beliefs about
the role of science and
technology literacy in the present and in the future.
Shaping the World, the International Essay Contest focused students'
on the interaction between society, science, technological development
responsibility. Eight essay contest winners from around the world
as TEWS 2000 Envoys of the Future. In June, 2000 they traveled
with an adult chaperone, all expenses paid, to host the International
Youth Conference and attend the Millennium Gala.
Earth On-Line, International Internet Youth Conference on the
eve of the
Millennium Gala , focused on science, technology, society and human
During this day-long event (24 hours), June 27 and 28, young people
world will shared ideas, stories, images and solutions for issues
that surfaced as the
most distressful and the most hopeful from the survey. Muhammad
Dr. Mae Jemison were live guests on-line.
Official TEWS 2000 International Internet Youth Conference sites
in locations across the United States and other parts of the world.
participants were also able to log on from their computers at home,
work or school.
The Reality Leads Fantasy Millennium Gala held June 29, 2000 in
Chicago highlighted the need for adults to commit to forge a legacy
and vision that we will be proud to pass to our children.
Our societies' fantasies reflect and shape our past, present and
future. Uses of
science and technology also reflect and shape our realities today
and what we
dream and will make real in the years to come. The Millennium Gala:
Leads Fantasy centered on six noteworthy adults whose actions have
the lives of others through their work in fantasy, business and other
reality leads fantasy. Each one of our adult Envoys to the Future
are known and
respected in their fields of expertise and have a strong commitment
to our youth
and paired with a youth Envoy for an adventure during the day. Our
were Avery Brook, Stephen DeMasco, Leon Lederman, Kathleen Kennedy,
Teresa Gomez, and Mallar Solai. The evening was hosted by Charles
and event Honorary Chairs were Bill Kurtis and Donna Lapietra. Nichelle
made a special appearance. The evening ended on a high note at the
on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
(A) Examples of countries: Industrial _ United States, France,
Japan, Australia, Sweden, Canada; Middle Income _ India, South
Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Portugal; Developing/Least
Bolivia, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Senegal.