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This Club of Amsterdam Newsletter
focuses on 'Senior Citizens & future Technology'. It includes articles
well as information
about the conference.
More information at: http://www.clubofamsterdam.com
Club of Amsterdam Conference about
Senior Citizens & future
Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2003, 18:30-22:15
For information about the VIP Reception (17:30-19:00), please visit
the Ticket Corner
Where: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Prins Bernhardplein 200, Amsterdam [next
Ticket information: http://www.clubofamsterdam.com/ticketcorner.html
Program information: http://www.clubofamsterdam.com
Docampo Rama, Senior
Philips Design: "The presentation will be about Technology
Generations. TG is about understanding the generational mind set of
people when it comes to technology, which has shown to influence their
their attitude, behaviour and usage substantially. Research has shown
that the formative period of each generations has a big impact in the
way they relate with technology now and in the future. In the presentation,
I will indicate the value of this knowledge for innovation, branding
and marketing concept development and how it enables businesses (including
marketing) to avoid stereotyping of their target groups and rejecting
seniors as potential."
Thie, Physician, specialised in public
health, KITTZ: "In the near future, seniors will form
the largest group of consumers in modern western countries. They will
also be the largest consumer group for facilities related to well-being,
housing, and care. Senior citizens wish to live in their own home for
as long as possible. They want to stay in control over their own life
and they wish to fully participate in society as independent citizens.
How can technology facilitate them to achieve their goals? How can we
connect products and services with the possibilities and needs of senior
citizens? How can products and services stimulate and support their
independence and social participation, instead of creating unnecessary
barriers? Technology can play an important role in the solution of social
problems. Technology can also provide useful, comfortable, convenient,
and safe products. Technology can support to service delivery. Home
automation (domotica), smart living, applications of ICT (Information
and Communication Technology) and design for all, are the main issues
in this presentation."
The speakers at the conference
With Mili Docampo Rama (keynotes), Senior Strategy Consultant,
Philips Design, Jan Thie (keynotes), Physician, specialised
in public health, KITTZ, Elisabeth Weinberger, Coordinator
of the Ambassadors Project of SeniorWeb, Mei Li Vos, Politicologe,
Infodrome @ United Knowledge, Hugo
de Bruin (HDB Interactive)
and our Host Henrik Brameus, CEO, Benitel
The conference language is English.
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Articles about the future of Senior Citizens & future
A letter from 2028, In the Age of Creativity
by Glen Hiemstra, Futurist.com
The Day Begins
It is 2028, a warm day in June here in Seattle, Washington. My smart alarm
has awakened me a few minutes late. During the early morning the alarm
was scanning the net when it noted that auto traffic had come to standstill
on Interstate 405 due to a construction accident. After checking with
the intelligent assistants of the other participants in my morning face-to-face
and confirming that a delay of an hour was expected, the alarm programmed
an additional hour of sleep, which I greatly appreciate. I am 78 years
of age, and even in my good state of health and arrested aging, an extra
bit of sleep is most welcome.
Not so long ago, at the turn of the century, a person my age who was not
retired was considered either most unlucky, or an eccentric. Now, just
twenty-eight short years later the culture has made a 180-degree turn.
A 78-year old who is not working is considered either unlucky or eccentric.
This is quite a shift, as you can imagine.
This is just one of the changes that we now are getting used to. To the
young the new world seems pre-ordained, as though this is the way it has
always been. But we who lived with you back in 2000 know how much the
world has indeed changed. Though it is early to make such conclusions,
suffice it to say that we now live in the latter stages of the techno-socioeconomic
revolution that began about 1970 and is now essentially complete. Like
the last such revolution driven by telephones, electricity, and automobiles
more than a century ago, this revolution has in many ways changed everything.
There were many drivers both social and technological, but the technologies
that stand out now are digital, biological and nanotechnological advances.
As in such revolutions through history, they have changed how and where
and when we work, where and how we live, how we make and buy and sell
things, how we communicate and travel, and how long and how well we live.
It really is a new day, just as you suspected it might be.
Now that I am up, I ask my assistant to report on the grant proposals
that came in yesterday. He reports that he has read them, explored the
entire web sites of each applicant organization, compared the reports
to our general guidelines, researched the success of similar projects
over the past 10 years, and made a preliminary annotated recommendation
on each proposal. I am most appreciative, and tell him so. Did I mention
that my assistant is a computer, one of the many $1000 machines we have
which surpass the human brain in processing capacity, a threshold we passed
nearly a decade ago?
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Implications of an Ageing Society
by United Nations / Division for Soc. Policy and Dev.
Dissolving the Boundaries of Age
We have reached a significant crossroads, the closing of one millennium
and the beginning of another. This is a momentous occasion by all accounts.
Yet what is remarkable is what awaits the world in this new era as it
undergoes a demographic revolution. The world is changing as it ages,
and just as older persons have been agents of that change, they must also
be its beneficiaries.
At the same time, we must rethink rigid distinctions that define age and
give it boundaries. Everyone, individually and collectively, is joined
in this single human venture, and everyone will respond, in their own
way, to the opportunities as well as the challenges. Ageing is not a separate
issue from social integration, gender advancement, economic stability
or issues of poverty. It has developed a connection with many global agendas
and will play, increasingly, a prominent role in the way society interacts
with economic and social welfare institutions, family and community life
and the roles of women.
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Towards A Society for All Ages
by UN, Division for Social Policy and Development
Background The concept of a society for all ages is rooted in the Programme
of Action adopted at the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen
in 1995. At the Summit, Member States explored the meaning of "a society
for all". Viewed as the fundamental aim of social integration, it is a
society where "…every individual, each with rights and responsibilities,
has an active role to play". By integrating "age" into a society for all,
the approach becomes multigenerational and holistic, whereby "generations
invest in one another and share in the fruits of that investment, guided
by the twin principles of reciprocity and equity"
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