Building the Future, Together: Deilight's Founder to address leading British-Asian academic convention

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Last updated: August 18th, 2022

Building the Future, Together: Deilight's Founder to address leading British-Asian academic convention

Following in the footsteps of thought leaders, peace activists and fellow CEO's, Deilight's Founder Ian Clarke will be giving a landmark lecture on the value of human difference and follow on Q&A session at this years UK-Japan Student Conference in London.

"There's so much we have in common with our friends in Japan and in particular the UK-JP Student Conference", says Ian explaining why he was honoured by the invitation to help build a better future together with the Conference's organising committee. "Here is a community of outstanding, highly motivated, young academics who value truth and knowledge with passion above all else - not arbitrary differences like our skin colour or the country we were born in. They represent the most important thing in our world today - it's future. That's why I was delighted to be invited to address the conference to emphasise across borders the many things we have in common over and above the few things that divide us that all too often make the headlines."

What is the UK-JP Student Conference?

Taking place between 21st and 29th August in London, UK-JP is an exciting summer programme for students, by students. Ian's lecture is scheduled for 12:30pm on Monday 22nd August, with follow on Q&A through to 2pm BST.

Spend just over a week in London attending lectures by experts on numerous exciting topics, exchanging ideas with fellow students from leading institutions across the UK and Japan. In addition to the academic exchange, there will be plenty of social events and time for you to build lasting connections that transcend national borders.

2022 Theme: Building the Future Together

Apathy, cynicism and fear tend to be the dominant attitudes towards the future in civil society and public discourse. These negative emotions are fundamentally rooted in a sense of disempowerment – that we, as individuals, have no way of making a difference to various global and national problems and no way of navigating many disorienting changes as time marches on. In this year's conference, we aim to challenge those feelings and by meeting the future– both the challenges it presents and potential it holds– head on.

​At the same time, we believe that in an ideal society everyone is valued and no one is left behind. Our societies will be much stronger when the full spectrum of human difference within them is meaningfully recognised. If people feel that their individual uniqueness is not a barrier to social participation, they will feel like they belong to a community. In turn, that sense of belonging will engender a desire to contribute to the progress of that community. 

This years Conference theme - "Building the Future, Together" - is all about exploring what the future holds for both the UK and Japan, as well as the wider world in which we live. A series of discussions and debates focusses in on issues pertaining to equality, justice and inclusivity across different areas of societal developments ranging from robotics, healthcare systems, business, education and more.

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