Fostering Inclusive Ecologies of Knowledge: Education for Equitable and Sustainable Futures

22-26 July 2024, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

The Congress is designed to be inclusive and welcoming of our common humanity. A call for submissions is now open on the theme, Fostering Inclusive Ecologies of Knowledge: Education for equitable and sustainable futures.

The final extended submissions deadline is Wednesday, May 15, 2024. However, you are encouraged to submit your proposal as soon as possible for our peer-review process to give a decision. A positive decision will allow us to provide you an invitation letter to support your USA visa application. It may take several months to schedule your USA visa interview appointment depending upon your location. You can check here the visa appointment wait time for your location in a country.

Global development is at a crossroads. Unsustainable ways of inhabiting the Earth are pushing the future of humanity and the planet to the brink. Dominant development models, based on the quest for control and exploitation of natural resources, have led to irreversible environmental destruction and biodiversity loss, threatening the very existence of humanity. Global economic growth over the past several decades has seen a greater concentration of wealth, widening inequalities and further undermining social cohesion and stability within and across societies. And while digital technologies have connected us more closely than ever, they are also contributing to social fragmentation. The fault lines that characterize current global development patterns threaten our collective futures. In 2021, the United Nations Secretary-General affirmed that “humanity faces a stark and urgent choice: a breakdown or a breakthrough.” The same year, the report from the International Commission on the Futures of Education further highlighted that we are faced with an existential choice – a choice between continuing on an unsustainable path or radically changing course.