"Free Connected Minds" Conference
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Phoenicia Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
“Free Connected Minds” (FCM) is a conference that aims at exploring a fresh set of ideas related but not limited to effective interactive debates on imperative concerns that impact collective thinking in addition to the development and advancement of the ever-important notion that is freedom of expression.
FCM’s concept is designed to accomplish the following goals:
1) To encourage development of critical thinking and interpretive skills;
2) To expose the audience to ideas, concerns, and achievements that have helped shape present global communication and explore areas where improvements can be made;
3) To promote awareness and intellectual curiosity;
4) To help enhance the rapidly growing interactive international discourse and actually produce results.
On the fourth anniversary of the assassination attempt on Dr. May Chidiac, the May Chidiac Foundation (MCF) – a non-profit organization mainly dedicated to training, research, and education on issues of media, democracy, and social welfare – launched the May Chidiac Foundation-Media Institute (MCF-MI) a non-profit organization aiming at bridging the gap between academia and media industry, thus providing the professionals and the young generation with state-of-the-art, technical facilities, and training programs in order to improve their “market-readiness” and competitiveness.
The foundation’s contribution is articulated not only around the media institute, but also around applied actions such as launching the MCF-MI Media Awards, organizing workshops, seminars, and conferences related to best practices and freedom of the press.