J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-30-2018

Can capitalism be compassionate?

For an individual a concept like Kurtosis would have no meaning. Private ownership allows for exchange between individuals. An objection may be that we are dealing only with numbers, but if those numbers were actually pointing to individuals, and referred to each individuals’ height, then the Quicksort process could still not be compassionate, kind, or just. If I, as an individual, were to choose my own method to sort those individuals’ heights, then I could choose a method that is compassionate or that is not. There is no method, or rules of conduct, that the sickly individual could observe which would at the same time allow him or her to secure food without making it more scarce for others. 

We can consider how individuals seek other individuals to partner with and marry. Most would not object to allowing individuals to choose their own partner, but we would be likely to object if one partner forced another partner to be with them. They were simply pursuing their own individual interests. Many thousands of years ago, the individuals of the human species in their technological infancy could only look at those outside of their immediate family, or perhaps tribe, as competitors for the scarce resources nature chanced to provide. It is only when one human conceives that he or she, or his or her immediate family or tribe, could be better off by exchanging with another individual from an altogether different family or tribe, that compassion can begin to develop between humans outside of immediate families or tribes, because they no longer need to view each other as competitors for scare resources, they’ve developed a new abstract relationship- a relationship of exchange for mutual benefit. 

Individuals who engage in a great deal of trade with one another tend to have strong relationships, and to share similar interests. Those individuals who do not engage in trade with one another have no such mutual interests. 

Keywords: [“Individual”,”partner”,”process”]
Source: https://www.quora.com/Can-capitalism-be-compassionate

Love And Compassion Will Save Us When AI Takes Our Jobs

As artificial intelligence swiftly creeps into the mainstream, it will take over jobs. The first to go will be things like data analysis and retail operations, followed by more complex endeavors like driving. The advent of AI is often discussed as something of a selective guillotine falling on our employment ecosystem: Either your job is knocked out, or its spared. A former Google, Apple, and Microsoft employee turned venture capitalist with a speciality in artificial intelligence, sees a more humanistic way to integrate AI into our economies. Lee, during the height of his career, put work above all else, he tells the audience at TED 2018 in Vancouver. 

As he worked on artificial intelligence systems, he thought of them as ways to streamline routine work to create more room for innovation, and his job, as one of the early developers of these technologies, was to innovate faster and better to support this future. That changed when Lee was diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma several years ago. He was given just several months to live, and as he underwent chemotherapy, he read books on how people approached the end of life. He’s now in remission, but his experience with life-threatening illness caused him to think about work in new ways. It’s a nice idea, and certainly true-we’re facing a shortage of teachers, whose jobs will be crucial in bolstering young peoples’ abilities to participate in modern economies, and caretakers for the elderly will become ever more important as lifespans extend. 

The jobs that Lee cited during his talk as replacements for those made redundant by AI are notoriously underpaid, and often lack critical benefits like health care. If we’re going to follow Lee’s recommendation, we should be sure to do so alongside implementing stronger financial securities for people working these jobs-ideally, in the form of a universal basic income and universal benefits. 

Keywords: [“job”,”work”,”Lee”]
Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/40558634/love-and-compassion-will-save…

Exclusive: Illinois Khilafah Conference “Capitalism is to Blame”

The 2012 Khilafah Islamic Conference got off to a rocky start. The conference was originally scheduled to be held at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, however after the Chicago Daily Herald reported the agenda and location of the event, all hell broke loose with the owner of the Meadows Club, who was inundated with countless calls and emails from the public opposed to this conference. Angry residents warned that there would be large protests if he allowed the conference to be held at that location. The owner conceded and cancelled the event, which then moved to a new location, The Lexington House, Hickory Hills, IL. According to the American Muslim Forum for Democracy, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the group that hosts the meeting, is a radical origination that promotes world-wide jihad, and targets young children to join their movement. 

The following excerpt comes from AMFD’s 2009 call for Muslim organizations to denounce and condemn the Hizb-ut-Tahrir. American Capitalism has caused all that is wrong with the Muslim world today. The Capitalist System was created to restrict Muslims. Jews and Christians will not be happy with Muslims until they adopt their way of life. Obama failed on two issues, Palestine and dealing with the entire Muslim world. 

That they are a peaceful non-violent movement while viewing the diagram on the overhead projector showing the structure of the Sharia governing cabinet, it listed a private secretary in charge of Jihad. To my surprise, I found myself being the only American reporter at the conference along with two other foreign reporters. We were not allowed to use any video or audio equipment while the conference was being held. Afterwards Dr. Mohammed Malkawi aka Abu Talha took questions from us and consented to audio recording of the interview. 

Keywords: [“Muslim”,”Conference”,”held”]
Source: http://rebelpundit.com/exclusive-illinois-khilafah-conference-capitalism…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-19-2018

Doing Good through Government

In fact the good created by these governments far exceeds all the good accomplished by churches and charities in our society. When we think about some of the greatest moral achievements in our history, it is often the American people acting through their government that brought them about. It is government that has saved millions of lives through public health programs to eradicate diseases. On any measure, the good works accomplished by government have far eclipsed those of churches and other charities. In contrast, the federal government alone spends over $200 billion a year on programs aimed at poor and low-income families, including welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and housing subsidies. 

Government also funds much of the anti-poverty and anti-hunger work done by charitable groups and non-profit human service organizations. Catholic Charities USA, which provides emergency food and shelter to the poor, gets 65% of its budget from the government. 2 So it is clearly the government that is carrying the bulk of the load in caring for the neediest people in our society. So while most of us do not think of it this way, government is actually one of the main ways that we act as good people in the world. Our contributions to government in the form of taxes go to fund a wide variety of programs and services that have eliminated enormous amounts of suffering and vastly improved millions of people’s lives. Democratic government is in part a manifestation of our desire to be responsible moral people, and it is the primary institutional mechanism that we use to make the world a better place. 

One of the best examples of government as a moral instrument is the way we use it to express compassion and caring toward one another. 

Keywords: [“government”,”program”,”people”]
Source: http://governmentisgood.com/articles.php?aid=11

Survival of the fittest?

After so many years of Social Darwinism, Hurricane Katrina could reawaken the American people’s appetite for compassion in government. In my view, it is likely to have as traumatic an impact on American political life as the Great Depression of the 1930s. So Social Darwinism has remained in the American psyche, sometimes submerged in the current, sometimes coming to the surface like a log in a fast-flowing river. Never before had government so directly shored up the lives of individual Americans at every social level and class. These days, we Americans are totally ignorant of our own political and social history. 

American tax payers have spent 4 trillion that’s Trillion dollars on social welfare programmes over the past 35 years. Sarc, New York, USA. Amen! Though in the short term I am not so certain, there are many Americans rather satisfied with the status quo and not too keen on asking serious questions about the role of the individual, the responsibility of the state, the meaning of public policy in a new millennium that will require dialogue and cooperation if mankind is able to survive. J. 

Young, Atlanta, USA. From one so entrenched in American journalism reading the BBC is a breath of fresh air. Greg Burton, Atlanta, GA USA. The question is, do Americans want it differently. With jobs now being outsourced by American companies and the resurgence of other worldwide industries to supply to the USA the prognosis for the American is not good. 

You are correct that American society rests on a foundation of social Darwinism. Millions of Americans are deeply convinced that the federal government is a bloated, ineffective and culturally alien institution. 

Keywords: [“American”,”Social”,”government”]
Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4230372.stm

Engaging the Other

Edgewood College joins the Common Bond Institute in hosting Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion, a participatory conference addressing the toxic polarization around social and political issues in the United States. Facilitators representing the socio-political spectrum from right to left will guide opportunities for deep listening and compassionate dialogue, as well as practical action planning to increase civility in public discourse. In addition to immigration and violence, conference participants will determine many of the specific topics to be addressed through interactive roundtables. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Bonnie Carroll, military veteran, 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and founding president of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Farha Abbasi, founder, Muslim Mental Health Conference and the Mental Health First Responder Training for Faith and Community Leaders; Managing editor of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Michigan State University. 

John Steiner, Bridge Alliance board member and trans-partisan activist. Barbara Simonetti, past board chair, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Registration will begin in the Predolin lobby at 3pm. Conference sessions, including opening remarks, round-table discussions, a World Café, and a plenary session will occur from 4p-8:30pm. Lunch is provided to all registered conference participants. 

For driving directions to the College during the Monroe Street Construction, please visit: Directions to Main Campus. 

Keywords: [“conference”,”Health”,”Mental”]
Source: http://diversity.edgewood.edu/Engaging-the-Other

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-10-2018

Socialism, Once in Power, Outlaws It

Socialism on the other hand has no checks and balances against greed. Socialism therefore cannot produce a people who are free to be compassionate. Although socialism is viewed as compassion, it doesn’t allow room for compassionate giving because by definition, under a socialist system, there shouldn’t be any need for anyone to have to give compassionately. Socialism has to keep people poor in order to justify its own existence. Socialism strips the individual of their right to own private property. 

To give freely is treasonous because, in theory, under socialism there is no need for people to be compassionate. Unlike compassionate capitalism, compassionate socialism cannot exist. It’s an oxymoron because socialism as absolute economic law only has what it’s taken from the people; it has no capital outside what socialism has taken without compassion; creating no real margin of abundance for individuals to give compassionately from. The Bible does not preach or foster socialism as an absolute economic law or morality. Socialism has no room and sees no need for compassion once it holds power. 

The socialist only sees the capitalist as his or her enemy, upholding socialism religiously, without opposition. Socialism is seen as true compassion and therefore the only compassion anyone truly needs. 

Keywords: [“Socialism”,”give”,”compassionate”]
Source: https://www.xyz.net.au/capitalism-needs-compassion-socialism-power…

Blue Print for How to Build A Culture of Empathy?

We’d like to come up with a blueprint for building a culture of empathy and compassion. The more empathy you receive, the more space you have to give it. Develop training that deepens the individual components of empathy. Change all social institutions to actively support empathy. Go to the pain, suffering, fear, alienation with awareness, presence and empathy. 

Have TV moderators using empathy to bring people together. I take heart that there are many people bringing forward empathy. Local level with skilled moderators, who want to get people heard. Want to talk with peoples who’s letters confused me. I don’t understand this lack of empathy around the world. 

This group used reflective listening to deepen empathy for each person. Edwin told story of visiting Tea Party and Republican State convention to talk with participants about the role of empathy in their lives. 

Keywords: [“Empathy”,”people”,”Culture”]
Source: http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/How-To-Build-Empathy/index.htm

Halcyonic by HTML5 UP

This is Halcyonic, a free site template by AJ for HTML5 UP. It’s responsive, built on HTML5 + CSS3, and includes 5 unique page layouts. Yes! Halcyonic is built on the Skel framework, so it has full responsive support for desktop, tablet, and mobile device displays. Halcyonic is licensed under the CCA 3.0 license, so use it for personal or commercial use as much as you like. 

Duis neque nisi, dapibus sed mattis quis, rutrum accumsan sed. Suspendisse vitae magna eget odio amet mollis justo facilisis quis. Sed sagittis mauris amet tellus gravida lorem ipsum. What We Do A subheading about what we do Sed mattis quis rutrum accum. What People Are Saying And a final subheading about our clients. 

Keywords: [“sed”,”quis”,”Halcyonic”]
Source: http://www.copyblogwriter.com/compassionate_capitalism_how_corporations…

Culture of the New Capitalism

The distinguished sociologist Richard Sennett surveys major differences between earlier forms of industrial capitalism and the more global, more febrile, ever more mutable version of capitalism that is taking its place. Only a certain kind of human being can prosper in unstable, fragmentary institutions: the culture of the new capitalism demands an ideal self oriented to the short term, focused on potential ability rather than accomplishment, willing to discount or abandon past experience. Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics. His recent publications include The Corrosion of Character and Respect in a World of Inequality. 

Keywords: [“Sennett”,”more”,”how”]
Source: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300119923/culture-new-capitalism

The Compassionate Librano

On the prowl sort of whereas an Alligator is any woman out there ready to devour or destroy the reputation, livelihood and well being of any male she has her sights on – without due course, due diligence, due evidence, or due process. We’re due they, the radical feminists, were due to say. No more holding the door open, paying for dinner, compliments, drinks or whatever. I would belch, fart, grunt, swear, and scratch my ass – wiggle me nuts – tell dirty jokes, well perhaps not, and – y’know all of those things that define a male – in front of you. I would think twice about working with a woman because you just never know. 

No defence, no evidence, just hearsay and buddy you are screwed. 

Keywords: [“due”,”well”,”woman”]
Source: http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2018/01/the-compassiona-2.html

UPC’s Seventh Annual Conscious Eating Conference: What are the Most Compassionate Choices?

You are cordially invited to attendUnited Poultry Concerns’ Seventh Annual Conference. Conference Synopsis: United Poultry Concerns’ 7th Annual Conscious Eating Conference brings expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and other animals. We will explore the ethics of eating and the effect of agriculture on animals and the planet, and why it matters. 20 pre-registration for all others, $30 at the door the day of the event. Food: Registration includes a continental breakfast of vegan pastries & fruit, delicious vegan lunch, and all-day coffee & tea. 

Keywords: [“Conference”,”vegan”,”animals”]
Source: http://upc-online.org/forums/2018

The C word

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The idea is this: the increase in standards of living brought by capitalism mainly benefit the rich, so companies should put more effort into developing products and services for the poor. Both these bargains are bound up with capitalism, which is centred not on the free market or the accumulation of wealth, but instead on the idea of false choice. Yes, you may buy from or work for a number of companies, but they are all motivated by the same desires and thus, really, you only have one choice. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”companies”,”Creative”]
Source: https://maryrosecook.com/blog/post/the-c-word-2

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-01-2018

Definition of Capitalism by Merriam-Webster

Communism is one of our top all-time lookups, and user comments suggest that’s because it is often used in opaque ways. In some sources, communism is equated with socialism; in others, it is contrasted with democracy and capitalism. Part of this confusion stems from the fact that the word communism has been applied to varying political systems over time. When it was first used in English prose, communism referred to an economic and political theory that advocated the abolition of private property and the common sharing of all resources among a group of people, and it was often used interchangeably with the word socialism by 19th-century writers. The differences between communism and socialism are still debated, but generally English speakers used communism to refer to the political and economic ideologies that find their origin in Karl Marx’s theory of revolutionary socialism, which advocates a proletariat overthrow of capitalist structures within a society, societal and communal ownership and governance of the means of production, and the eventual establishment of a classless society. The most well-known expression of Marx’s theories is the 20th-century Bolshevism of the U.S.S.R., in which the state, through a single authoritarian party, controls a society’s economy and social activities with the goal of realizing Marx’s theories. Communism is often contrasted with capitalism and democracy, though these can be false equivalencies depending on the usage. Capitalism refers to an economic theory in which a society’s means of production are held by private individuals or organizations, not the government, and where prices, distribution of goods, and products are determined by a free market. It can be contrasted with the economic theories of communism, though the word communism is used of both political and economic theories. Democracy refers to a system of government in which supreme power is vested in the people and exercised through a system of direct or indirect representation which is decided through periodic free elections. Democracy is contrasted with communism primarily because the 20th-century communism of the U.S.S.R. was characterized by an authoritarian government, whereas the democracy of the 20th-century U.S. was characterized by a representative government.

Keywords: [“Communism”,”theory”,”democracy”]
Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capitalism

South Africa: ‘Compassionate Capitalism’ Wanted

Johannesburg – THE caring face of the mining industry is to be showcased in a new annual SA-based conference, the first of which will take place over two days in Cape Town in September. The Global Mining Conference is to be organised by the South African Mining Development Association, which mainly represents the interests of junior miners, and it will be a way for the association both to boost its own profile and to lead a discussion on transformation in the global mining industry. “The conference will be different from the existing Mining Indaba, as it will not be about business as usual,” said Radebe. “It will be about seeking to transform global mining culture.”It will look at compassionate capitalism – and at recently introduced laws in SA that will encourage any investor to build a sustainable economy. She said the world had moved on from the times when mining companies would invest in new mines, dig out the minerals and then disappear, “leaving behind ghost towns. One theme of the conference would be the participation of local communities in sharing the spoils of mining ventures. The conference will also look at taxation, venture capital and issues related to access to funding, as well as topics such as education and skills, corporate governance, and health and safety. “It will be global in character, and the aim is to ensure that everyone there will take home something useful.”On the education challenge, we have expertise sitting in the mining industry that is not being used by academia. “Meanwhile, we also have unused mining rights that have become available under the mining charter, and want to showcase these to the junior mining industry. We will look at the potential for them to partner players, to turn unused assets into productive assets.” Radebe said the conference was expected to attract mining executives, bankers, analysts, as well as those involved in beneficiation and in procurement. The executive director of the World Bank, Paolo Gomez, is expected along with a number of leading players in the industry – as well as some of its critics from nongovernmental organisations and agencies such as the Industrial Development Corporation that are potential funders for mining projects. Radebe promised fewer speeches and more discussions, including the thorny topic of running mining operations in conflict zones.

Keywords: [“mines”,”conference”,”industry”]
Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/200506240130.html

Two-faced capitalism

Admittedly, even fewer, just 5%, named CSR in its own right as the single most important criterion; but one might add to this the additional 24% who said that the reputation and integrity of the brand, to which good corporate citizenship presumably contributes, matter most. From an ethical point of view, the problem with conscientious CSR is obvious: it is philanthropy at other people’s expense. Advocates of CSR typically respond that this misses the point: corporate virtue is good for profits. The trouble is, CSR that pays dividends, so to speak, is unlikely to impress the people whose complaints first put CSR on the board’s agenda. Profit-maximising CSR does not silence the critics, which was the initial aim; CSR that is not profit-maximising might silence the critics but is unethical. Unlike some advocates of CSR, Mr Benioff says he opposes government mandates to undertake such activities. In any case, if Mr Benioff is right, and CSR done wisely helps businesses succeed, compulsion should not be needed. Lack of compulsion is exactly what is wrong with current approaches to CSR, say many of the NGOs that first put firms on the spot for their supposedly unethical practices. This week Christian Aid, with Davos in mind, published a report claiming to reveal the true face of CSR†. The charity is “Calling on politicians to take responsibility for the ethical operation of companies rather than surrendering it to those from business peddling fine words and lofty sentiments.” It regards CSR as a “Burgeoning industry…now seen as a vital tool in promoting and improving the public image of some of the world’s largest companies and corporations.” The report features case studies of Shell, British American Tobacco and Coca-Cola-all of them, it says, noted for paying lip-service to CSR while “Making things worse for the communities in which they work.” Shell, says the report, claims to be a good neighbour, but leaves oil spills unattended to. “Instead of talking about more voluntary CSR in Davos, government…should be discussing how new laws can raise standards of corporate behaviour.” Ten years on, instead of declaring victory, as well they might, disenchanted NGOs like Christian Aid are coming to regard CSR as the greater sham, and are calling on governments to resume their duties.

Keywords: [“CSR”,”corporate”,”firm”]
Source: http://www.economist.com/node/2369912

JR Test Site News for 01-18-2018

Enlightened Capitalism

Adam Kendall Woods hand-painted a custom artwork for coffee mugs and other items at Starbucks’ Ferguson store. Ramping up to the occasion, the store recently received a form of recognition rarely afforded among the coffee giant’s 10,000-plus U.S. locations: unique, custom-designed artwork applied to dozens of coffee mugs for use in the store as well as ones for sale to customers. Working from the company’s Seattle HQ, Starbucks visual designer Adam Kendall Woods used wet-blooming watercolors to spell out the word “Ferguson” in vivid, emerald green lettering-minus the letters US in the middle, which he left white. “It tells a story, and you get it right away. The typeface is a classic called Clarendon that has history within America’s National Park system. Using all lowercase gives it a human, friendly quality and so does the crafty watercolor look.” Along with mugs, Woods says other merchandise will be printed with the artwork and it may eventually become a mural inside the Ferguson store. Usually only stores in massive markets like Los Angeles or Brooklyn get custom-branded merch, but Starbucks is treating Ferguson as a special case, worthy of deeper community ties. Alongside cafés in Chicago, Phoenix and Queens, Ferguson is an “Opportunity store” opened in the last year in low- to middle-income areas where Starbucks hopes to become a driver of employment and economic development. Each opportunity store was constructed with an additional room adjoining the standard café. This room can be reserved for free for civic meetings or book clubs; since last fall the Ferguson store has hosted “Coffee with a Cop” meetups to foster common ground between the public and the local police force. Opportunity stores serve “Young people, people not in school and not employed, looking for a way to get their foot in the job market, that basic experience to get them there,” says Starbucks public affairs associate Alisha Damodaran. Baristas and store managers volunteer as instructors, with primary instruction coming from members of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. In 2015, Starbucks publically committed to hiring 10,000 opportunity youth across the United States by 2018 and has already reached that number; they’ve since partnered with 50 companies around the country to expand the goal to 1 million opportunity youth hires by 2021. In early February, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced the company would hire 10,000 refugees across its 75 U.S. markets-a complement to its current initiative to hire 10,000 U.S. military veterans. “We announced in December that we’re opening 10,000 more stores in the next five years,” Damodaran says. “That’s globally. With 20 to 25 people in each store, that’s a lot of jobs we need to fill.” Woods’ design will debut at the Miami Beach Gay Pride in early April and will appear at parades and in stores nationally throughout the month.

Keywords: [“store”,”Starbucks”,”Ferguson”]
Source: http://www.cityartsmagazine.com/enlightened-capitalism/

ICR Announces Agenda for Its 2017 Conference

NEW YORK-()-ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm serving over 500 private and public company clients, today announced the agenda and panels for the ICR Conference 2017 at the Grand Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida. The annual growth company event will commence with private company presentations on Monday, January 9th and feature public company presentations and panels on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 10th and 11th. “The ICR conference brings together industry leaders to speak on some of the most significant topics for the year ahead,” said Tom Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, ICR. “Once again our presenters will offer key insights regarding strategies and trends through standard investor presentations, interactive group breakout sessions and engaging panels. All of these elements make the event unique and important each year.” Among the many conference highlights are three industry panels which will cover areas such as Omni Channel Innovators, The Power of Data and Enlightened Capitalism. Hear from pioneers and leaders who have answers for winning in today’s digital economy. Today’s consumer wants to be recognized, and understanding your data is the key to unlocking that relationship. Hear from leading restaurant technology companies on how they are helping operators maximize sales and drive loyalty. Smart businesses understand that strong corporate values and working toward a greater good are intrinsic to building positive employee culture, driving customer loyalty and increasing brand equity – all of which translate into higher revenues and a stronger bottom line. Hear from panelists on why social consciousness is a key strategy for profitability and growth. A comprehensive conference schedule can be found by visiting www. The ICR Conference is a unique platform where public and private company management teams, institutional investors, sell-side research analysts, investment bankers, private equity professionals and select media connect with one another with the goal of understanding consumer trends and public company prospects as the year begins. The event is one of the largest investment conferences of the year, featuring presentations by more than 150 public and private companies, with attendance regularly exceeding 2,300. About ICR. Established in 1998, ICR partners with companies to optimize transactions and execute strategic communications programs that achieve business goals, build credibility and enhance long-term enterprise value. The firm’s highly differentiated service model, which pairs capital markets veterans with senior communications professionals, brings deep sector knowledge and relationships to more than 500 clients in approximately 20 industries. Today, ICR is one of the largest and most experienced independent communications and advisory firms in North America maintaining offices in New York, Norwalk, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Keywords: [“company”,”ICR”,”Conference”]
Source: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161230005188/en/ICR-Announces-Agenda-2017-Conference