June 21, 2011 – Jerusalem, Israel – Led by internationally acclaimed recording artist Shakira, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and comedienne Sarah Silverman, the speakers in the first plenary session of the Israeli Presidential Conference presented their own prescriptions for bringing about "a better tomorrow." The panel also included Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, and Professor Dan Ariely of Duke University.
"The best decisions we can make for a better tomorrow are those about educating and caring for our children," said Shakira, who is visiting Israel for the first time at the invitation of President Shimon Peres. "Israel is the perfect place to discuss education and our future because it is the melting pot, the location where all nations and religions were born. We are all inheritors of Abrahamic culture, therefore we are all Israel."
Through her Barefoot Foundation, a U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organization, which is devoted to ensuring that every child can exercise his or her basic right to a quality education, Shakira is one of the world's leading advocates for securing a proper education for children all over the world.
Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, who is participating in the conference for a second time, highlighted the importance of giving the young generation a voice; educating them and ensuring that freedom prevails. "It is essential that we harness technology for that purpose, so that we can spread it through the internet and through the culture to ensure that real change is made. Social and technical innovations must always work together to ensure a better future."
In her remarks, Sarah Silverman, the American comedienne, writer, actress, singer and musician, noted that the differences between Israelis and Palestinians is not as great as thought to be. "My recipe for a better tomorrow would be to raise an entire generation without hate," she said. "The solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a simple 'buddy movie formula.' If you have these two hostile entities, find a common goal, and work together to fulfill it, in the end they will realize that they have much in common."
Facing Tomorrow 2011, the third annual Conference under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, is taking place in Jerusalem from June 21-23. Attended by more than 4,000 people from around the world, including numerous VIPs, the Conference focuses on the vital issues, initiatives and decisions that must be implemented today in order to guarantee a better tomorrow for the world, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel
About Facing Tomorrow 2011
Facing Tomorrow 2011, the third annual Conference under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, will take place in Jerusalem, June 21-23, 2011. The Israeli Presidential Conference took place for the first time in May 2008, one week following the 60-year anniversary of the State of Israel. Attended by more than 4,000 people from around the world, and dedicated to designing a better tomorrow, the 2011 Conference will focus on the vital issues, initiatives and decisions that must be implemented today in order to guarantee a better tomorrow for the world, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel.