Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2017


Please note that this programme is subject to change.


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AEUB 2017


Training Tasters

Initiatives of Change teams and partner organizations in different parts of Europe have developed workshops and training courses that have been effective in responding to polarization and building trust.

The ‘Training Tasters’ offered during this event will give participants an opportunity to experience some elements of these courses.

If interested, the facilitators will let participants know how the full training can be taken, or how to invite the programme to their communities. The aim is to expand the use of these tools much more widely, to learn from each other and to promote cross-border collaboration.

1. My Piece of the Peace – Creators of Peace

We will provide a space for women to explore what peace is, what qualities we might need to take leadership for peace, and how a fresh perspective on the issues we care about can help us empower ourselves and others. There will be time to reflect, discuss concerns close to our hearts and hear stories of women who followed the courage of their convictions to initiate change in their communities. You will also have a chance to connect with Creators of Peace women and find out how to get involved with our worldwide network.

Facilitators: Valerie Tikkanen, Mer Ayang


2.  Sharing Vision - an Honest Dialogue between Cultures - Italy                     

This Training Taster is based on the practical experience of the work of Pace Adesso/Peace Now in Italy and will give participants tools in the multi-cultural dialogue and migrants social inclusion field. It will touch on topics such as: Overcoming cultural Barriers through Dialogue, Honest Dialogue between Different Cultures, and

Popular Wisdom and New European Citizens.

Facilitator: Cristina Bignardi


3. Hope in the Cities – Sweden

Welcome to a journey of creating hope in Sweden! It is a country which has enjoyed peace for more than 200 years, but which is witnessing growing violence and despair nowadays.  Sweden has received in recent years the highest numbers of refugees per capita, situation that adds to the complexity of the country’s challenges. In this Training Taster we will be sharing our learnings of building-trust across inter-ethnic, intergenerational and governance divides in some strategic communities.

Facilitators: Rishabh Khanna and Hassan Mohamud


4. Story-telling on Experiences of Polarization and Trust - Switzerland

“‘Homo sapiens’ might be ‘Homo narrans’, the storytelling person. What differentiates us from animals is the fact that we can listen to other people’s dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires and defeats – and they in turn can listen to ours,” writes Henning Mankell. Participants in this workshop will learn practical tools for crafting stories and explore how to use storytelling to address polarization and build trust in their own context.

Facilitator: Brigitt Altwegg


5. Transforming our Conflicts – UK

This workshop will draw on participants’ own experiences of conflict at a personal, familial as well as community level, in order to identify and develop the skills and resources effective in conflict transformation.

Facilitators: Jo Berry and Neil Oliver


6. Listening Roadshow - UK

How to re-establish communication within divided communities? The ‘Listening Roadshow’ has been developed in a post-Brexit Britain that is polarized between ‘Leavers’ and ‘Remainers’. It creates an environment in which everyone has a chance to have their say, and everyone has the chance to listen - and together begin to envision a common future. It is a simple format that could be adapted for use anywhere.

Facilitators: Chris Evans & Ashley Muller


7. Mindfulness through Playfulness - a Physical Theatre course - Ukraine

Research the common-human underneath any cultural difference - with MASK WORK

Learn to listen to yourself and understand others - with MINDFULNESS

Look at how we can remain playful even through difficult times - with PLAY of Physical Theatre (a body perspective on heady things)

These are some of the London Physical Theatre School's approaches to Building trust and Tackling polarization

Facilitators: Lana Biba and Txema Perez (London Physical Theatre School)


8. Non-violent Communication (NVC) Approach to Dialogue - Ukraine

In times of conflict and broken relationships the usual reaction humans have is to react through violence, which causes more damage.  Dialogue practices that we are promoting are based on non-violent communication approach, which is aimed at achieving greater understanding and builds connections between people and groups.  It is through empathetic listening, understanding the feelings and needs of another person and honest self-expression that we can reach out and build bridges.

Facilitators: Olena Kashkarova and Vladyslava Kanevska


Community groups

The community groups are intended to give the opportunity to get better acquainted with other participants and to make sure everyone is heard and has a chance to share their own perspective and thoughts on Europe.

Every community group consists of 10 to 12 members and the meetings are guided by two facilitators. The groups will meet twice a day: once in the morning before breakfast to share a moment of silence and their morning reflections and once in the afternoon, after tea. We strive to make as diverse groups as possible regarding age, culture and nationality. Our aim for the whole conference is that each participant discovers his or her unique purpose and contribution in Europe today. We hope the community groups can help us all in this search for our personal role and calling – connecting the intimate and the global.


Quiet time

In the mornings before breakfast, all participants are kindly invited to take time to reflect in silence and listen within. Some guiding questions are offered to base the reflection on. Gathered in our community groups for this time of quiet and reflection, we will have some time together to share our thoughts and ideas stemming from this personal time for reflection. The personal time alone in silence in the early morning can help each one of us to connect to the bigger picture to find our role and calling in Europe today. NB: the first morning reflection will take place in the Bay Window of the Main Hall with all forum participants, the others in the assigned space of community groups.


Afternoon sharing in community groups

Every afternoon after tea, participants will meet in their community groups. This is a time to get to know the other participants and reflect on the conference so far. The community groups are also a place where our personal life stories will be shared and we can exchange about the many challenging issues facing Europe and how it affects our personal lives and how we could potentially make a difference for the better.