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For the second year in a row, an international colloquium was held at the Chateau de Versailles, France, bringing together personalities of a wide variety of accomplished viewpoints, persons representing different cultures and schools of thought who analyzed and synthesized the implications of the 21st century. This year's gathering - a cultural Davos - took place from 14 to 16 June 2001. This second colloquium in the series "Rencontres de Versailles" adrssesed the general theme of "Great Regions of the World and Globalization: Historical memory/ learning/ power/religions."

Last year the "Rencontres" drew together some 350 guests from around the world, representing 50 countries. They included government ministers, intellectuals and leaders of major industries as well as religious personalities. This year the participation was similarly diverse and extensive. The richness and diversity of the discussions and the enthusiasm of the participants are the most prominent characteristics of these "Rencontres".

LDI President Jan Visser was invited to and participated in this year's international colloquium. He spoke during the first day of the meeting, 14 June 2001, when the theme "Historical memory and knowleldge: New pedagogies resulting from new information techologies" was being explored. Visser's contribution focused on "The Conditions of Learning in the World of the Twenty-first Century." Both a summary of the paper and a full-text version are available online in PDF format.