5 4 Unlike festivals and markets, the intention of the conference is to exchange, discuss, and share. In 1977, the Rockefeller Foundation brought together a group of concerned public service broadcasters from ten European and North American countries in Bellagio, Italy. Not satisfied with the images carried across national borders by popular commercial entertainment television, the group sought to establish a new arena of international communication through an exchange of public television programs that would broaden the images we have of each other and present a more accurate representation of our diverse cultures. This resulted in the formation of INPUT. INPUT was founded on the principle that every culture is valuable and deserves respect and recognition. It stimulates an increased awareness of cultural, societal, and national sensibilities as they relate to public television programming from around the world. It has an impact internationally on the delegates attending the conference and, through dialogue, on their colleagues back home. This professional development enriches program selection and thereby benefits the delegates’ respective public television audiences. Sometimes there is debate and disagreement regarding the merits of a screened program. There can be controversy, especially with programs that examine religious beliefs, cultural norms, and accepted or unaccepted behaviors. For example, INPUT has screened a program about “honor killings” that had been banned from broadcast in its country of origin. Helsinki, Finland (INPUT 2014) Calgary, AB, Canada (INPUT 2016) An annual INPUT conference has been (or will be) held in the following locations: 1977 - Bellagio, Italy 1978 - Milan, Italy 1979 - Milan, Italy 1980 - Washington, DC, USA 1981 - Venice, Italy 1982 - Toronto, ON, Canada 1983 - Liège, Belgium 1984 - Charleston, SC, USA 1985 - Marseille, France 1986 - Montreal, QC, Canada 1987 - Granada, Spain 1988 - Philadelphia, PA, USA 1989 - Stockholm, Sweden 1990 - Edmonton, AB, Canada 1991 - Dublin, Ireland 1992 - Baltimore, MD, USA 1993 - Bristol, United Kingdom 1994 - Montreal, QC, Canada 1995 - San Sebastian, Spain 1996 - Guadalajara, Mexico 1997 - Nantes, France 1998 - Stuttgart, Germany 1999 - Fort Worth, TX, USA 2000 - Halifax, NS, Canada 2001 - Cape Town, South Africa 2002 - Rotterdam, Netherlands 2003 - Aarhus, Denmark 2004 - Barcelona, Spain 2005 - San Francisco, CA, USA 2006 - Taipei, Taiwan 2007 - Lugano, Switzerland 2008 - Johannesburg, South Africa 2009 - Warsaw, Poland 2010 - Budapest, Hungary 2011 - Seoul, South Korea 2012 - Sydney, Australia 2013 - San Salvador, El Salvador 2014 - Helsinki, Finland 2015 - Tokyo, Japan 2016 - Calgary, AB, Canada 2017 - Thessaloniki, Greece 2018 - Brooklyn, NY, USA Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY (INPUT 2018) “In the forty years of this conference, since its inception, it has only come to the U.S. six other times.” Judy Tam, President, INPUT INPUT has no paid staff. It is organized and conducted entirely through voluntary efforts of its International Board of Directors and its many friends and supporters. INPUT has no paid staff. It is organized and conducted entirely through voluntary efforts of its International Board of Directors and its many friends and supporters. Anyone involved with public media is invited to attend. The cost to participate as a delegate is nominal. Thessaloniki, Greece (INPUT 2017)