This year's conference theme is A Place to Stand.
Archimedes (287 - 212 BCE), a Greek mathematician, scientist and engineer, said "Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth" as he asserted the principles of the lever. Sometimes this quotation is translated as "Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world."
The idea behind this quotation inspired this year's conference theme. In our complex, confusing and challenging world, it can be difficult to imagine what to stand for, or how to cultivate or shape a place to take a stand. It can feel impossible to imagine real solutions for big problems such as climate change, the growing population and its demands on our planet, or world hunger. It can feel daunting to envision our own role as changemakers and to believe that we can, indeed, make a change in our world that will "move the whole world".
And yet, we see evidence everywhere in history and in this current age, of this very truth. Individual people are always the force behind real change. People who stand for something, who make a small step and remain committed to a path, who speak a word of peace and hope... these people have initiated ripples that have spread out across our planet to create sustainable, real, enduring change. Think about inspiring changemakers like Mother Teresa, William Wilberforce, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai, Malala Yousafzai... there are so many people who have cared enough to stand up and take a step towards something better, and the lives of millions of people have changed as a result.
That is the spirit of CISSMUN IX and GINAsia 2018: A Place to Stand. How can we understand the problems facing our planet at this point in time, and how can we respond in real ways that allow us to fulfill our role as changemakers? For peace, for justice, for truth, for sustainability, for the future. For us and for others.
A Place to Stand: join us in January 2018.