Miwako's EYE


Due to my lazy nature, it took some time to complete the competent communicator book, but I finally made it. The next track for my speech training seems more challenging and interesting. Even though the path to go through this journey seems so tough, with the people who have gone through the path before me and those who are going with me,  I hope it is  fun and there will be a lot more learning along the way.




Miwako's EYE



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Lior のバースデーパーティに向かったところ、子供さんたちもエスタミネーに来られていてご本人も長く通ってくれ、昨年教授となって高知に転勤したMさんとばったり!相変わらず精悍で若々しく英語力もバッチリ。エスタミネーの元生徒さんと会うことほど私の心を踊らせるものはありません。いつか高知に遊びに行きますね〜。


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Happy birthday Lior

Miwako's EYE


先日大阪の私の拠点である若い知り合いと話をしていたら、彼は現在メディアアートと関わっていて、よくヨーロッパに行っていると言ってました。つい先日もこの写真の街、フランスの Enghien-les-bains に行って次のプロジェクトの段取りをしてきたということです。

この街はユネスコのCreative Cities Network のひとつだそうで、街ぐるみでメディアアートを通して街を活性化しているそうです。

それでこのユネスコのCreative Cities Network というのを調べてみると、

Urban areas are today’s principal breeding grounds for the development of new strategies, policies and initiatives aimed at making culture and creativity a driving force for sustainable development and urban regeneration through the stimulation of growth and innovation and the promotion of social cohesion, citizen well-being and inter-cultural dialogue.

In this way cities respond to the major challenges with which they are confronted, such as the economic crisis, environmental impacts, demographic growth and social tensions. 

Not to mention that cities are today home to more than half the world’s population and three quarters of its economic activity, including a large share of the creative economy.

The crucial role of cities in promoting sustainable development focused on people and the respect of human rights is notably recognised in the post-2015 Development Agenda which includes among its 17 goals a specific objective to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’ and identifies culture and creativity as one of the essential levers for action in this context.

It is first and foremost at local level that culture and creativity are lived and practised on a daily basis. It is therefore by stimulating cultural industries, supporting creation, promoting citizen and cultural participation and approaching the public sphere with a new perspective that public authorities, in cooperation with the private sector and civil society, can make the difference and support a more sustainable urban development suited to the practical needs of the local population.

In this context, cooperation and the sharing of experience and knowledge is crucial for making creativity a lever for urban development and conceiving of new solutions to tackle common challenges. In this regard, UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network offers unparalleled opportunities for cities to draw on peer learning processes and collaborative projects in order to fully capitalize on their creative assets and use this as a basis for building sustainable, inclusive and balanced development in economic, cultural, environmental and social terms.








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