“I have had certain encounters with important leaders of the world. Some of them refuse to listen; others listen but don’t pay attention, but say, “What can we do?” and so we decided to turn to tomorrow’s leaders today.” — Elie Wiesel
From Indifference to Action, Dublin, Ireland - 2014
Continuing in the spirit of the Tomorrow’s Leaders Conference convened by the Elie Wiesel Foundation in Venice in May of 1995 and Boston in December of 2000, the Tomorrow’s Leaders III Conference took place in Dublin, Ireland in June of 2014.
The intensive Conference of 40 International Junior and Senior college students focused on themes of ethics and responsibility. The goal of the Conference was for prominent international personalities, including Nobel Laureates, government leaders, writers, scientists, artists and journalists, to explore ethical dimensions and connect with the power of young people. The themes and topics of lectures, breakout sessions and films or workshop presentations included: bearing witness through storytelling, developing a strong ethical compass, transcending trauma, and taking responsibility for one another. The week-long conference was a great success through its vast discussions on the role of ethics in today’s technologically- advanced world.
From Indifference to Action, Boston - 2000
The Elie Wiesel Foundation, in association with Boston University, brought together 40 outstanding young people from across the nation to take part in a conference to discuss the challenges faced by today’s youth. The conference focused on ways to become more effectively engaged in their community and to motivate others to move from indifference to action. At the conference, participants considered potential strategies by which education, media and politics could be used to advance youth development, in conjunction with the importance of respect for ethnic and religious diversity.
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity believes in nurturing new generations. We believe the Conferences for Tomorrow’s Leaders inspired young people to build a better, more harmonious and humane world.
A young People's Conference on International Understanding, Venice - 1995
The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity sponsored a conference in Venice, Italy that brought together outstanding young people from five regions of the world – Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Africa and the United States. The youth worked with experienced facilitators and experts to examine the meaning of democracy and the roots of disputes outside their own regions as well as at home. Conference participants explored such issues as: Are there common threads among ethic conflicts in different parts of the world? How does the hopelessness born of poverty and illiteracy contribute to the appeal of violence and fanaticism for young people? The Venice Conference provided young leaders with a chance to learn from those who have shaped the policies that replaced fear with hope.