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Old 02-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Youth Conferences!

This thread is for discussion of the international youth conferences called by the House of Justice for North America. If you are planning to attend, post here!

Conferences for North America:

Aguascalientes, Mexico
Atlanta, USA
Boston, USA
Bridgetown, Barbados
Chicago, USA
Dallas, USA
Durham (NC), USA
Oakland, USA
Phoenix, USA
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
San Diego, USA
San José, Costa Rica
San Salvador, El Salvador
Toronto, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
 
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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News about the Youth Conferences

Many of these Conferences have already occurred... for news about them see:

114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service
 
Old 09-08-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Youth conference in Nairobi Kenya

 
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YOuth Conference Sri Lanka



Under the banner of “Spirit of Service Stimulating Purposeful Action”, the youth conference began. Inspired by the vision of Bahá’u’lláh, 800 young people from 12 localities across the island came together to consult on the ways and means of community building. The gathering was remarkable for bringing together youth from ethnic groups that have been embroiled in armed conflict for the last two decades in an environment distinguished, instead, by unity.

Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Syria Youth Conference

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Under the banner of “Spirit of Service Stimulating Purposeful Action”, the youth conference began. Inspired by the vision of Bahá’u’lláh, 800 young people from 12 localities across the island came together to consult on the ways and means of community building. The gathering was remarkable for bringing together youth from ethnic groups that have been embroiled in armed conflict for the last two decades in an environment distinguished, instead, by unity.

Kadugannawa, Sri Lanka Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service

There needs to be a great big Syrian Youth Conference like this one.

Ya Baha'ul'Abha!
 
Old 09-09-2013, 09:30 PM   #6
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There are some great stories out there and pictures, well done to all!

Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/community-news...nga-header.jpg

http://news.bahai.org/community-news.../kananga-5.jpg



https://www.facebook.com/groups/2209644753/

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Old 09-12-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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Hello friends,

I had the good fortune of attending the youth conference in London this summer! It was a wonderful, inspiring experience. I couldn't have imagined it was possible for so much energy and joy to flow through one place if I hadn't witnessed it myself.
 
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Hello friends,

I had the good fortune of attending the youth conference in London this summer! It was a wonderful, inspiring experience. I couldn't have imagined it was possible for so much energy and joy to flow through one place if I hadn't witnessed it myself.
It is great to be a youth and attend these functions, they are so inspiring.

Those days of youth are far gone

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Youth Conference in Vancouver, Canada



Filling a gymnasium at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, were about 770 young people, from Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon in Canada and from Alaska in the United States, who had gathered to consult about how they could contribute more devotedly to the needs of their communities. They had come in groups by bus, car, ferry, and plane, and some combined several of these modes of transport. One group from Alberta arranged for a bus to travel from Calgary to Vancouver, and to pick up youth along the way. The 1,000-kilometre journey was long, with some delays, but filled with entertaining stories and heart-warming songs shared by both the travellers and the bus driver.

Vancouver, Canada Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
Old 09-16-2013, 07:29 AM   #10
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Why they post group pictures in such a small size? What is use of it for anybody?

Can anybody share guidelines from UHJ for photographing youth conferences? (I heard that such document exists) Maybe there is an answer on my questions.
 
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Anton,

Thanks for your post!

If you search the site for the photos I posted.. You'll see there are many many other photos..

114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service

I've been posting the group shots because they convey the enthusiasm at the conferences!

The Universal House of Justice encouraged all these conferences in the past few months!

Also there's Youth Conference set for Moscow between September 26th and 28th!

Are you going to attend?
 
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Hi, Arthra,

Thanks for your reply! I understand and appreciate your intentions. Unfortunately, I still don’t understand how can anyone see anything (even enthusiasm) in a 450*255 picture where 770 faces squeezed in!

Yes, my question was about official pictures of the conferences. They are all microscopic at 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service It all looks like as Baha’is don’t have modern digital cameras and still use something back from 2000’s. Nowadays any cellphone camera can do better than this!

P.S. No, I’m not going to attend Moscow conference.
 
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Photos of Conferences

Yes, my question was about official pictures of the conferences. They are all microscopic at 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service It all looks like as Baha’is don’t have modern digital cameras and still use something back from 2000’s. Nowadays any cellphone camera can do better than this!

. . While we may not have high tech photos available yet, after viewing briefly the photo from each gathering listed in Art's post of the link, where hundreds of youth have gathered, or will soon gather, in over a hundred localities around the entire planet, my spirit is so uplifted just to know that while the world news pretty much gives us negative impressions of things going to hell everywhere, these conferences are evidence that in the midst of all the mud and muck, the Lotus Flower is blooming above it all and a new world order is spreading out in stark contrast to the collapse of the old. THIS is the direction of the future. "Youth can move the world" Clearly, in these photographs, however grainy, there is evidence of this being so. Its effects shall be far-reaching into the future from the relationships built across great distances for the lifetimes of these good folks fortunate enough to have attended and participated in these gatherings.

. "They arrived in waves. The energy was palpable as busload after busload of youth entered the conference venue, smiling and sometimes cheering in expression of their excitement and joy. 550 conference participants, from across ... etc, etc, etc... ;-)

Allah'u'Abha!

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:31 AM   #14
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Yes, my question was about official pictures of the conferences. They are all microscopic at 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service It all looks like as Baha’is don’t have modern digital cameras and still use something back from 2000’s. Nowadays any cellphone camera can do better than this!

. . While we may not have high tech photos available yet, after viewing briefly the photo from each gathering listed in Art's post of the link, where hundreds of youth have gathered, or will soon gather, in over a hundred localities around the entire planet, my spirit is so uplifted just to know that while the world news pretty much gives us negative impressions of things going to hell everywhere, these conferences are evidence that in the midst of all the mud and muck, the Lotus Flower is blooming above it all and a new world order is spreading out in stark contrast to the collapse of the old. THIS is the direction of the future. "Youth can move the world" Clearly, in these photographs, however grainy, there is evidence of this being so. Its effects shall be far-reaching into the future from the relationships built across great distances for the lifetimes of these good folks fortunate enough to have attended and participated in these gatherings.

. "They arrived in waves. The energy was palpable as busload after busload of youth entered the conference venue, smiling and sometimes cheering in expression of their excitement and joy. 550 conference participants, from across ... etc, etc, etc... ;-)

Allah'u'Abha!
Dale - Way to go! I thought that needed to be quoted, This is an amazing time with so many Youth on Fire, the world is in change that is for sure. May we all ride the spiritual waves that these youth are pushing out!

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Most Great Waves

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Dale - Way to go! I thought that needed to be quoted, This is an amazing time with so many Youth on Fire, the world is in change that is for sure. May we all ride the spiritual waves that these youth are pushing out!

Regards Tony
Yeah, Tony, we need a bunch (1000s) of Baha'i spiritual surfers to ride the Most Great Waves... ;-)
 
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It is an amazing phenomena, God be praised
 
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Hi, Arthra,

Thanks for your reply! I understand and appreciate your intentions. Unfortunately, I still don’t understand how can anyone see anything (even enthusiasm) in a 450*255 picture where 770 faces squeezed in!

Yes, my question was about official pictures of the conferences. They are all microscopic at 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service It all looks like as Baha’is don’t have modern digital cameras and still use something back from 2000’s. Nowadays any cellphone camera can do better than this!

P.S. No, I’m not going to attend Moscow conference.
I'm pretty sure that the photos are small in order to help people with very small bandwidth internet be able to see something rather than a "red X". Broadband isn't available everywhere in the world! It also helps to not overload the servers at the World Centre, which are not really designed as online photo galleries. I've seen larger versions of many of these photos around (facebook, etc.), so they are available, but you have to search a bit more.

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Hi, Simeon,

It’s hard to believe that you are serious. But at least you are trying to give some answers on my direct questions and not talking about ‘spiritual surfers’ as did one person here. So maybe you can hear and weigh without bias my reply on your words here.

I’ll talk only technical stuff and logic and not any of that ‘spiritual waves’.

Please, just go on Baha’i World News Service and pick a most recent news article

1. You can see for yourself that they do post high resolution pictures there without any fear of overloading their servers.
2. And Bahá'í Media Bank is actually designed as online photo gallery. But you cannot find photos from youth conferences there.
3. Yes, small bandwidth internet was hard to tackle large pictures. But they found acceptable technical solution for that problem years ago. They just put subnail pictures on a webpage and give hyperlink for high resolution ones. So anybody can enjoy fast page download and see large pictures when necessary. Same principle still used at the above-mentioned BWNS page as you can see.
4. Broadband is rapidly becoming available everywhere. Even my mom installed it some years ago! Please, let us assume that the main Baha’i website did not stuck in a dialup era.

I don’t have trouble believe you that you have seen larger versions of many of those photos. I’m just asking one simple question here, why we cannot see them on official Baha’i website?
 
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Hi, Simeon,

It’s hard to believe that you are serious. But at least you are trying to give some answers on my direct questions and not talking about ‘spiritual surfers’ as did one person here. So maybe you can hear and weigh without bias my reply on your words here.

I’ll talk only technical stuff and logic and not any of that ‘spiritual waves’.

Please, just go on Baha’i World News Service and pick a most recent news article

1. You can see for yourself that they do post high resolution pictures there without any fear of overloading their servers.
2. And Bahá'í Media Bank is actually designed as online photo gallery. But you cannot find photos from youth conferences there.
3. Yes, small bandwidth internet was hard to tackle large pictures. But they found acceptable technical solution for that problem years ago. They just put subnail pictures on a webpage and give hyperlink for high resolution ones. So anybody can enjoy fast page download and see large pictures when necessary. Same principle still used at the above-mentioned BWNS page as you can see.
4. Broadband is rapidly becoming available everywhere. Even my mom installed it some years ago! Please, let us assume that the main Baha’i website did not stuck in a dialup era.

I don’t have trouble believe you that you have seen larger versions of many of those photos. I’m just asking one simple question here, why we cannot see them on official Baha’i website?

The pictures are great as far as I am concerned, I look at the Spirit behind the Photo, the spirit that caused the Youth to be there! They are all magnificent photo's

You can ask your questions, we may not have an answer, so you can go look elsewhere to find it!

Thus Why do you find the need to rubbish others comments and appreciate what we have, not what we could have?

Or is one offering their service to do all the photography at all these places?

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Or is one offering their service to do all the photography at all these places?
Tony, can you explain this? You lost me here.
 
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Tony, can you explain this? You lost me here.
I thought you may be a photographer/Technical person wishing to take on the service to post better photos?

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Hi, Simeon,

It’s hard to believe that you are serious. But at least you are trying to give some answers on my direct questions and not talking about ‘spiritual surfers’ as did one person here. So maybe you can hear and weigh without bias my reply on your words here.

I’ll talk only technical stuff and logic and not any of that ‘spiritual waves’.

Please, just go on Baha’i World News Service and pick a most recent news article

1. You can see for yourself that they do post high resolution pictures there without any fear of overloading their servers.
2. And Bahá'í Media Bank is actually designed as online photo gallery. But you cannot find photos from youth conferences there.
3. Yes, small bandwidth internet was hard to tackle large pictures. But they found acceptable technical solution for that problem years ago. They just put subnail pictures on a webpage and give hyperlink for high resolution ones. So anybody can enjoy fast page download and see large pictures when necessary. Same principle still used at the above-mentioned BWNS page as you can see.
4. Broadband is rapidly becoming available everywhere. Even my mom installed it some years ago! Please, let us assume that the main Baha’i website did not stuck in a dialup era.

I don’t have trouble believe you that you have seen larger versions of many of those photos. I’m just asking one simple question here, why we cannot see them on official Baha’i website?
Feel free to offer your services to the BWC, if you would like to help modify/upgrade their websites. They are always in need of more volunteers. Knowing many of the people working on this personally, and being familiar with the high rate of turnover, I realize that getting all of the conference reports and photos (and now a few videos) posted in a timely manner, along with everything else the IS Department is responsible for, is a Herculean task.

The number of photos for the 114 conferences is considerably more than for any individual news story and I'm sure there is much more demand for downloading them than those for a typical story. It seems quite reasonable that this would be taken into account when posting the stories. Or perhaps it is merely lack of time. I think the 41 Regional Conference photos were the same way, but I notice that they now have links to download larger versions. In time, they may do the same for the Youth Conferences.

That said, they have now posted 29 of them in larger size. I hope that satisfies you for now. Youth arise to serve as conferences draw to a close - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Seems that the issue is more time-related than it is due to any bandwidth limitation. I stand corrected. ;-)

There is now available a set of downloadable and streamable videos from 24* of the conferences:

Videos from the 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service

*as of now -- more may be added later
 
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Thanks for sharing this page with videos! I didn’t know that it exists.

Yes, I agree that time-related explanation looks more reasonable. I think that there is maybe some more to it from technical point. After our discussion here I’ve noticed that they used special module to post pictures on regular BWNS pages and don’t use one on part of the website dedicated to the youth conferences 114 Youth Conferences - Bahá'í World News Service So maybe they need time and human resources to install that module there as well. I admit it may take some efforts. And now they just post pictures there as they fits the width of the webpage.
 
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Youth Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh



Bangladesh is said to be the most densely populated place on the planet and is home to a rich cultural and literary heritage. It was here, from 21 to 23 September, that over 500 young people gathered from across the country, in the capital Dhaka—one of the fastest growing cities in the world. There, on the grounds of the Gonoshasthaya Kendra Centre, the participants spent three days consulting on the contributions youth can make to the community-building process in their neighbourhoods and villages.

Dhaka, Bangladesh Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Youth Coinference at Kuching Indonesia



Along the banks of the Sarawak River, on the western part of the island of Borneo, lies the city of Kuching, capital of the state of Sarawak. It was there, from 14 to 16 September, that 650 youth, inspired by Bahá’u’lláh’s vision for a world founded on justice and unity, gathered to consult on the ways in which they can contribute to the development of their communities.

Participants wearing beautiful traditional attire formally ushered Continental Counsellors Lori McLaughlin Noguchi and Ircham Hadi Sujadmiko—representatives of the Universal House of Justice—into the main hall of the conference venue. After a moving devotional programme, and a welcome to all the conference participants by region, the song Belia Harapan Dunia (Youth, Hope of the World), which was composed especially for the gathering, was shared:

“Youth are the hope of the world
Building our communities
Fulfilling God’s wish…
Let’s all come together
To nurture the young”

Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service
 
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Art, it might be better to post the Asian Youth Conference reports in the Asia forum (and get some more traffic over there).

EDIT: Actually, I'll just make a thread for these over there myself a bit later. (Already made one for S. America and Europe.)

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I enjoyed reading this posts was very informative, thanks!
 
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Mostly I visit in different countries that are live in whole world. All the areas are very nice in looks and the creation of GOD is very impressive. In this big world we make our culture and traditions that are we use to create difference between residents. However the South America is very nice country and the meeting in this state is held very nicely. I attend May youth meetings and that are very informative to get any decision.

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