Research and Educational Outreach
Looks a lot like Mnajdra Temple in Malta, doesn't it
On the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, the legacy of an advanced prehistoric culture survives in monumental architectural and artistic achievement that offers us the most complete window on the pivotal era of the European/Levantine Neolithic. They give us a glimpse into another world. As new learning emerges from the Göbekli Tepe excavations in southeastern Turkey, the study of Archaeology has come to include other sciences to better understand how we came to be who we are today. By bringing experts and researchers together in international multi-disciplinary focus, The OTS Foundation is helping to forge new frontiers! It's not just Malta anymore, but that is where we started .
From its inception in 1994, The OTS Foundation held its focus on the prehistoric heritage of the islands of Malta and Gozo: a legacy that was not fully understood locally when Malta first became an independent Republic. For seven thousand years, every major power that sailed the Mediterranean had occupied and ruled in Malta. Suddenly, a scant handful of people became responsible for managing a mind-numbing volume of cultural heritage. Ill-understood, monumental archaeological sites that are among the most ancient and significant ruins in Europe remained "under the radar" for a long time.
We are extremely proud to have played a role in bringing Malta's UNESCO World Heritage Temples into their own. Over the years, operation of OTSF non-profit cultural tourism to Malta channeled benefits back to the islands. Our proudest achievements include:
* The initiation of a conservation expert group meeting that launched both plans for protecting the monuments and the creation of Heritage Malta
* The production of educational materials for both teachers and students in Malta to grasp a better understanding of their prehistoric heritage
* The organization of a conference that revived excavation, research and scholarship about Malta's Temple Period
* The administration and organization of world class educational travel in Malta
* The inception of a series of international multidisciplinary conferences on Archaeoacoustics: sound behavior in ancient space, that are launching a new field of study.
We introduced a program of continuing education for architects, helped back-breed prehistoric cattle, set up visiting lecturers, funded the University of Malta's Archaeology Laboratory and sponsored its first PhD graduate in Archaeology. We have consulted for television documentary film producers in the USA and Europe, and created a lecture for the Smithsonian Institute Associates.
Now, we are producing accessible virtual outreach for everyone!
For Ove Torbjorn Strandquist,
who once gave a child $50 and said:
"Do something that means something."
Top scholars, researchers and high-profile leaders were among 25 women selected by the Global Listening Centre (GLC) for recognition as exceptional listeners who emphasize to the word the significance and power of listening. This year’s highly esteemed honorees include Jill Biden, Renee Fleming, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Angela Merkel, Amina J. Mohammed, Dilma Vana Rousseff, Ursula Van der Leyen, as well as accomplished but less publicly-known figures. A complete list of the international honorees and their backgrounds is available with the link button.
The award ceremony included a short introduction to archaeoacoustics, and live performance by internationally renowned pianist Daniel Levy, dance by Shari Ram Amani of Indian Raga and a dedicated composition by Carlota Barros entitled “Give Me a Listening Heart”.
GLC’s Chief Global Strategist and Director, Mr. Sardool Singh, who initiated the endeavor has long been dedicated to the cause of empathic listening and peace-making. When asked about his contribution, Sardool says “all credit goes to the educators and leaders who are making a significant contribution in this field for the betterment of the world and from whom I get the guidance, support and motivation.”
With centers in Albuquerque, London and Mumbai, the Global Listening Centre is a dedicated premier international non-profit organization, which promotes the noble cause of listening worldwide and encourages individuals, organizations and institutions to work together to meet the urgent challenges of society. Holding as its core purpose: to promote the merits and power of listening and provide listening solutions to transform lives for the benefit of society and environment, the organization welcomes collaboration and partnership with organizations having a convergence of interest in studying, researching and promoting the practice of listening as well as advancing innovative technology for enhancing effective listening.
For more information, please visit globallisteningcentre.org.
2021 Top Outstanding Women Listeners in the World Awards Presented Saturday 09 October 2021