Aleksandar Protic interviewed by USA UNESCO (USFUCA)


Albert Gianatan: You are highly involved in the promotion of peace—lecturing at places like Oxford and Cambridge, presenting the Tesla Memory Project at the UNESCO Headquarters, studying in detail how intercultural communication works. How did you become interested in this field? Was there a moment of epiphany or has this passion steadily grown over the years?

Aleksandar Protic: I grow up in multicultural Belgrade, a crossroads between East and West. In a time of the Yugoslav wars, as a child I wrote peace poetry. After seeing the war consequences, I have transformed poetry into action and I became a peace activist. Active boy scout and judoka in my childhood, I was constantly learning about diversity, respect and accuracy. Afterwards, studying in universities in three continents, my passion was always observing, comparing and analyzing communication, its forms and expressions. Formally, I completed my Masters degree in cross-cultural communication at Sorbonne.

Albert Gianatan: Most people can agree that communication and education are benevolent goals, but what is it precisely about cultural understanding and UNESCO’s work in it that really intrigues you? What is it that drives you to study it, speak about it, take action to promote it?

Aleksandar Protic: My enthusiasm towards UNESCO is twofold : first of all, UNESCO’s noble goals are a constant source of inspiration reminding us that there is always more to be accomplished. I am very enthusiastic about the organization’s idea, since the foundation: peacemaking by many means, and investing in education, culture and science instead of arms.

Secondly, it seems to me that one of the most important developments which occurred in the last decades in the field of youth cooperation with governments is precisely the UNESCO’s Youth Forum. It is the only place where young delegates can implement their ideas into the highest level decision making-bodies.

Additionally, I consider that Mr Guy Djoken’s example of cross-cultural peacebuilding is very precious and our UNESCO Clubs are very lucky to have him.

Albert Gianatan: Why do you believe that intercultural understanding and communication are effective mechanisms with which to advance peace?

Aleksandar Protic: Effort to understand diversity guides us to reconciliation, even though peace could not be created with a one-time act. It is actually the communication which helps us to provide information, to process it, and to improve decision making in order to improve the relationship.

In a more global level, Communication was defined by UNESCO as an essential tool for reconstructing civil societies torn apart by conflict.

Albert Gianatan: What is the single most meaningful endeavor you have led or participated in thus far?

Aleksandar Protic: The most meaningful endeavor would relate to some personal effort and action, therefore, this is not the place I would use to talk about it.  Nevertheless, I will mention something I am proud of concerning our Tesla Memory Project: Educating young people all over the world about Nikola Tesla, transmitting them an example of a great person, and a great role model who first transformed his own world, and then the world we all live in.

Albert Gianatan: For anyone out there who desires to make a change in this field but does not know what to do, how do you recommend they start?

Aleksandar Protic: Lao Tzu considered that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. If everyone starts by making positive changes in its own life and surroundings, it will make a multiple difference.

Speaking more about organizing synergies, I would underline that UNESCO Clubs give the extraordinary possibilities to young people to become members of a great network, to relate to amazing people, to earn valuable knowledge, experience, and symbols. Joining the UNESCO Club family would definitely be my recommendation in terms of group activism.

Albert Gianatan: How does the future of cross-cultural communication look? What role do you see yourself playing in the overall picture?

Aleksandar Protic: Global communication, including the cross cultural communication, is already tending toward virtual communities and therein lies its future. However, communication is our own responsibility in despite of its form.

I would aspire that my role doesn’t change the direction, but to enlarge its impact: always contributing to assertiveness, culture and education.

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cooperation with Indian Cultural Center


UNESCO Club at Sorbonne University in Paris and Indian Cultural Center in Belgrade signed their cooperation agreement. Both parties agreed to exercise their best efforts to establish ties of friendship and cooperation, promote mutual understanding, collaboration, cultural and personnel exchanges and work toward more formal, complex, and binding cooperation.

President of the Sorbonne University UNESCO Club, Aleksandar Protic, and the president of Indian Cultural Center in Belgrade, Predrag Nikic signed this agreement on 12/11/2013, in the office of Indian Cultural Center.

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Guy Djoken receive award and deliver lecture at Sorbonne University


Sorbonne University UNESCO Club  have the honor to announce :

That Mr. Guy Djoken, Chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Clubs, Centers & Associations and Executive Director of UNESCO Center for Peace will receive a Cross-cultural Ambassador recognition from Sorbonne University UNESCO Club, on 12/11/2013.

Mr. Guy Djoken will also deliver his lecture at the Cross-cultural communication Master program at Sorbonne University Malesherbes Center at 11h30 in lecture Hall 17.

Sorbonne University Presidency representative, along with the Master CIMER director Marketa Theinhardt and UNESCO Club Sorbonne will welcome Mr. Guy Djoken.

You are welcomed to attend. Nota bene : Subject to availability of places priority is given to Master CIMER students.

Sorbonne University UNESCO Club award by the title of honorary Cross-cultural Ambassadors, personalities making a particular intercultural impact.

The Cross-cultural Ambassadors are committed and have generously contributed to the understanding and intercultural communication, making important contribution in the following fields: education, culture, science and communication and information.

The honorary title of Cross-cultural Ambassadors is reserved for individuals who have distinguished themselves in favor of multiculturalism, but can also reward a great personal commitment to human rights, peace and social justice and to greet an exemplary career.

In each discipline, candidatures are coming mainly from the proposals of UNESCO Club members, but the club is open to consider the candidates being recommended from Sorbonne University colleagues, colleagues from other UNESCO clubs, the French Federation of UNESCO Clubs, or UNESCO.

The title of Cross-Cultural Ambassador is purely honorary, without material gain, with only purpose of acknowledging an important intercultural contribution.

Lisa Bluhm about Nikola Tesla


Medium logo, Tesla Memory Project

Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. Throughout space there is energy.  — Nikola Tesla, 1892

  Nikola Tesla can be regarded as one of the most influential scientists of today. Nikola Tesla was a pioneer in many fields and his ideas were beyond their time but they allowed him to invent technology that paved the way for the future of modern society. Nikola Tesla invented and patented the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery. He also developed the three-phase system of electric power transmission. He invented the Tesla coil, which is an induction coil widely used in radio technology.

Tesla was a pioneer in many fields.  The Tesla coil, which he invented in 1891, is widely used today in radio and television sets and other electronic equipment. Among his discoveries are the fluorescent light, laser beam, wireless communications, and wireless transmission of electrical energy, remote control, robotics, Tesla’s turbines and vertical take-off aircraft. Tesla is the father of the radio and the modern electrical transmissions systems. He registered over 700 patents worldwide. His vision included exploration of solar energy and the power of the sea. He foresaw interplanetary communications and satellites.

Without Nikola Tesla’s inventions and Patents one must ask themselves if we would live in the same world and society today. Nikola Tesla has given to this world much more than any man of wealth and power could. He has provided this world and modern day society with things like Alternating current, X-rays, Radio, Remote Control, Electric Motors and Lasers. He has changed the face of the planet in more ways than one man ever could.

The electric motor has been one of Tesla’s inventions that have an impact of almost everybody in the world. Ranging from household appliances such as a kitchen blender or a washing machine to power tools in garage. Everybody in the world to some small extent has come into contact or has been influenced by one of Nikola Telsla’s inventions. Motor Cars, ceiling fans, power tools, weaponry used in wars. Nikola Tesla affects the daily lives of so many people around the world.  Nikola Tesla’s Alternating Current induction motor is utilised throughout the world in industry and household appliances. It sparked the industrial revolution at the turn of the century.  Electricity today is generated, transmitted and converted to mechanical power by forms of his inventions. Nikola Tesla’s greatest achievement is his polyphase Alternating Current system, which is today lighting the entire world.

Nikola Tesla was a true visionary and because of his inventions society has been able to move forward into a technological age where people can have more freedom to be able to listen to their car radio on their way to work, watch the evening news on their TV, children using ceiling fans in school on a hot day, using appliances in the kitchen to help prepare a meal or simply turning on the light switch to light a room on a dark evening.

Nikola Tesla helped create, shape and revolutionise the world we live in today.

Lisa Bluhm

Griffith University Gold Coast Queensland Australia