of the Light Millennium-2007
the 7th Anniversary with multi-participations
from walks of life globally...***
This is a global multi-media alternative
platform for ALL for Greatness in Humanity...***
on the Web in August 1999, accomplished
its first e-publication in January
2000, incorporated on July 11,
2001, and granted "tax exempt"
status effective on July 11, 2001.
Year since its Introductory Issue
Light Millennium has become associated
with the Department of Public Information
of the United Nations effective as of
December 12, 2005.
Light Millennium is built on the first article of the United States
Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech, in
conjunction with the Universal Human Rights
Article #19, on Freedom of Expression. It invites
citizens of the world to submit, in an
appropriate artistic medium, ideas and
experiences that will help foster better
understanding and connections between
people of different cultures and beliefs. Since
January 2000, LM has been publishing and
presenting a diversity of ideas without
censorship through writings, images and
music that promote the well-being of the
world and its inhabitants.
Light Millennium was introduced on the web in August 1999 by Bircan
Unver as a global multi-media platform
inviting individuals to represent themselves
and their communities. In January 2000,
LM brought in multi-volunteer participation,
and was formally incorporated as a “not-for-profit”
organization on July 17, 2001. Individuals
or organizations that share the same objectives
as LM are encouraged to participate in
our platform as writers, researchers,
editors, activity or event organizers,
and fundraisers. Contributors range from
7 to 90 years old, come from all over
the world, and have backgrounds in various
disciplines. LM formally celebrated its
7ty Anniversary on June 8, 2007. However,
LM is in its 8th year since its Introductory
issue (1999), and has upheld the philosophy
that all ideas can stand side by side
as long as we respect and have tolerance
for each other, and for other ideas, cultures,
LM is a Charitable & Public Benefit organization and has relied
on 100% volunteer work and in-kind sponsorships
gathered for public events. To this date,
LM has been formed and developed with
the voluntary efforts of its founder and
supporters, supplemented by four fundraising
The organization has e-published 20 issues of Light Millennium
in English, 14 issues of ISIK BINYILI in Turkish, 2 issues of Turkish-Greek
Synergy in English and Turkish (a total
of 36 original e-publications
as of January 2007), and since 2000, has organized numerous events
including panels, conferences, lectures,
special screenings, literary readings,
poetry events, story nights, and campaigns
(for Fugen Gulertekin & Tsunami Aid/Sri
Lanka). The Light Millennium TV series
was launched at Queens Public Television
by Bircan Unver under the umbrella of
the Light Millennium in January 2000,
as a monthly series (for ”LMTV”
videography, please see>http://lightmillennium.org/bu_videography.html).
LMTV broadcasts independent programs on
arts, culture, freedom of expression,
peace and global issues.
The Light Millennium has become associated
with the Department of Public Information
of the United Nations, effective as of
December 12, 2005.
The LM has participated in the 59th United
Nations DPI/NGO Conference from 6-8 September,
2006, titled ”Unfinished Business:
Effective Partnerships for Human Security
and Sustainable Development.” LM
Youth Representative Jeanene Mitchell
(2006) was one of the panelists at the
Multigenerational Workshop of the Conference
on Turkey’s environmental NGO’s.
Furthermore, LM sponsored a Special Poetry
Event during the Conference, on 7 September
2006. Titled “UN Millennium Development
Goals Speak Through The Arts,” the program addressed
key themes of the Millennium Development
Goals through original and anthologized
On behalf of the organization, Bircan Unver is a member of the
60th United Nations DPI/NGO
Conference Planning Committee, and related
two subcommittees for the conference titled "Climate Change: How It Impacts Us All" which will be
held in New York from Wednesday 5 September
to Friday, 7 September 2007.
The Light Millennium web site has been visited in over 120 countries since April
14, 2005. As an open global alternative
platform, the Light Millennium has been
formed by over 700 volunteer content contributors
since January 2000.
From January to December 2006, the number of total visitors of
the LM web site is 953,252; annual average of the 2006 hits is 13,735,798.
For daily/monthly average visitors & hits of the LM web site
for 2007, visit: http://www.lightmillennium.org/webalizer/web/.
"What is especially interesting is that [the Light Millennium]
publishes articles by people with great
experience and provocative points of view,"
Professor and Former New York Times Foreign
Correspondent Stephen Kinzer said to Queens
Chronicle newspaper (March 25, 2004).
"Many private web sites and blogs
are filled with one person's ramblings.
Light Millennium is the opposite of that.
It's an increasingly sophisticated online
magazine that provides insights that people
won't find in many other places."
The Internet is one of the main platforms for creating global connections.
LM started with a core audience of Turks
and Turkish-Americans and provided a link
to a global community of thinkers interested
in peace, humanitarian issues, dialogue
and international cooperation. In recent
editions, the audience has broadened and
contributions are now received from all
over the world.
Historically, Turkey has been a bridge between Europe and Asia;
between Islam and Christianity; between
Democracy and Religion. Bringing those
old Turkish traditions to the Internet,
LM has the potential to be a bridge for
humanity, spreading the message of peace
and tolerance to all cultures and all
Please send your submissions for the current or upcoming issues
(Note: To avoid typographical errors, please remember MilleNNium is spelled with
double N. Thank You.)
Please read the Publishing Policy>
And also Publishing Criteria of the
before submitting your works to be published.
Governing Body of the Organization:
Founding President: Bircan Unver, Main Representative of the organization
to the Department of Public Information
of the United Nations.
Vice President: Dr. Samuel Paley
General Secretary: Figen Bingul
Business Planner: Burak Alpaslan
Board Members: Edward Foster, Prof., Stevens Institute of
Technology, and Akif Kirecci, Asst. Prof.,
Stevens Institute of Technology
Advisory Board (in alphabetic order):
Prof. Sultan Catto,CUNY-Graduate Center
Serpil Guran, PhD, Research Scientist, New Jersey State
Prof. Hayrettin Kilic, Green Tank for the Trunch Foundation
Stephen Kinzer, Former NY Times Foreign Correspondent &
Lecturer in Journalism at Northwestern
Prof. Talat S. Halman, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
The Light Millennium representatives to the Department of Public
Information of the United Nations (2007):
Bircan Unver, President
Tomris Azeri, Main Representative
Figen Bingul, Alternative Representative
Annelle Sheline, Youth Representative
LM-Kids Corner Representative:
Irem Lara Unal, North Carolina
Burcu Yilmaz, North Carolina
Updated on July 6, 2007