Lectures at 10am, Crossroads United Church, 690 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd

FREE SPEECH

The author TIMOTHY GARTON ASH has written a book entitled FREE SPEECH - Ten Principles for a Connected World. Ash created a website located at Oxford University that Ash developed to promote better free speech on a broad range of sensitive political topics that crosses all cultural divides.

If you go to www.freespeechdebate.com , you will see the scope of the diverse topics that people from the world can comment on and discuss online. Many of the cited topics mentioned on the above website could not be discussed openly in some face-to-face conversations in some communities around the world.

In this regard, listen to the tone and topics of media service coverage in North America and it becomes easy to understand how vulnerable FREE SPEECH and fact-based reporting has become in our world.

Most of you may have heard of the global movement labeled Age-Friendly communities. This global movement started by the United Nations seeks to make all communities around the world friendlier places to live, work and play for older adults in the years to come.

The City of Kingston through the current municipal strategic public policies has been working for at least five years, to develop many new local progressive public policies and new municipal services designed to address the changing needs of our expanding and rapidly aging population. These complex public policy issues of how to make Kingston more Age-Friendly ought to be of potential interest to a broad range of older citizens and their family supporters given the fact that there will be a provincial, municipal and federal elections happening in our community during 2018-2019.

Related to this Age-Friendly community movement is the Age-Friendly University movement that came to my attention from viewing theDublin Ireland Community University (www.DCU.ie) website.

Dublin University in Ireland since 2012 has been promoting globally, the concept and principles of making colleges and universities more attractive to older adults in the 21st century.

In this regard Dublin University is hosting a conference on New Frontiers in Aging, March 13-14, 2018. This upcoming conference is one of many conferences taking place around the world this year all with different focuses on how universities and community stakeholders all benefit when universities, colleges, and communities become more Age-Friendly.

Local organizations like Later Life Learning has for over 30 years in Kingston been a community leader in seeking to address the changing later life learning interests of older adults who choose to remain physically active, intellectually challenged, and socially engaged in their local community.  Perhaps the topics of what public policy decision-makers and local institutional governing bodies are doing to make both our community and our local academic institution's more age-friendly could become the subject for a future local lecture series?

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