2015 UK India Exchange on World Heritage: Communicating Values and Developing Audiences Digital Workshop 13/05/2015

2015 UK India Exchange on World Heritage: Communicating Values and Developing Audiences Digital Workshop

An Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) and GOUNESCO digital workshop. Through a series of online papers innovative approaches to digital interpretation and youth engagement with World Heritage sites will be discussed from the UK and Indian perspective.

The project is the result of a collaboration between an Ironbridge researcher and the founder of GoUNESCO and is funded by the University of Birmingham India Travel Fund. This digital workshop is a follow up to an UK India exchange April/May 2015 and aims to provide a springboard for future collaborations and conversations.

Whilst this event is free, registration is required as space in the video-conferencing room is limited.


Jamie Davies, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

R.S.V.P. jgd475@bham.ac.uk


Information about the confirmed speakers (virtual/in person):

GoUNESCO: Youth World Heritage Engagement – Ajay Reddy (Bangalore, India)
Ajay is the founder of GoUNESCO. Ajay started the GoUNESCO travel challenge in 2012 with a few friends. It is now a global challenge with participants from across the world. GoUNESCO, has helped revolutionize heritage travel in India, making a fun learning experience for travelers of all ages. It is unique as it is a digital and social media based initiative, which a global reach, however Ajay has also developed an innovative approach to heritage engagement, through sports, with the organizing of marathon events at World Heritage Sites.

Digital Interpretation in India – Gautam Shewakramani (Mumbai, India) (VisiMeet)
Gautam is the founder of AudioCompass. AudioCompass is a Mumbai-based mobile travel guide founded by Gautam back in 2011. AudioCompass’ exists to make it easy to uncover the stories of places across the world. The company’s core product, the AudioCompass mobile app, makes sightseeing hassle free. It puts a personal tour guide on your phone, containing thousands of audio clips narrated by local, expert guides. AudioCompass is available as a free app download, and subscriptions are included in holiday packages sold by the largest travel agencies in India. AudioCompass was recently recognized by Conde Nast Traveller India as one of the 15 game changing ideas that is “shaking up India’s travel scene”. In India, AudioCompass is recognized as the official audio tour app by Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism), and is the official audio guide provider at UNESCO sites such as the Taj Mahal.Gautam previously worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting and at Deutsche Asset Management. He received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Value Education for Culture, Peace and Human Development – Alesia Koush (Florence, Italy) (VisiMeet)
Alesia has just completed here Masters in Human Rights, Migrations and Development at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Ravenna Campus. Her thesis was on Value Education for Culture, Peace and Human Development. Alesia currently works for Life Beyond Tourism, Florence which is a not for profit organization which promotes sustainable tourism.

The Changing Definitions of Global and Local in World Heritage Properties and its Implications- Somi Chatterjee. Delhi, India (VisiMeet)
Somi is a Conservation Architect from Delhi, with degrees from the Bengal Engineering College (Bengal Engineering and Science University), Shibpur and the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She has worked on the World Heritage Sites of Hampi and Khajuraho and other heritage sites like the Radha Kanta Math, Puri. She started as an independent consultant since 2010 with the framing of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Hampi World Heritage Site, done as a team of two (with Saparya Varma). The CCP was intended as a plan document to provide guiding framework for all interventions and decision-making processes pertaining to all cultural resources of Hampi. As an extension, she was involved with framing the Retrospective Statement of Outstanding Universal Values and assisting in Periodic reporting for Hampi World Heritage Site. After her stint with Hampi, she project consultant for INTACH Delhi Chapter for Statistical support and Data analysis pertaining to Visitor Management for nomination of Delhi as a World Heritage City.

Final speakers to be confirmed soon


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