There is currently a bill before the U.S. House of Representatives to establish a Department of Peacebuilding. This historic measure will augment our current problem-solving options, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict. The legislation will pass from bill to law under one condition: that a wave of citizen interest rise up from the American people and make itself heard in the halls of Congress. During the 20th Century, over 100 million people lost their lives to war — most of whom were non-combatants. Now, at the dawn of the 21st century, the extent and current speed of nuclear proliferation makes the achievement of non-violent alternatives to war the most urgent need of the human race.
The Olympia Summer Academy, an intensive summer school in comparative and international politics for graduate students, young professionals and senior undergraduates, proudly presents its 2018 program. The 17th Olympia Summer Academy will take place from July 8 until July 18, 2018, in Nafplion in southeastern Greece.
Second Europe – Western Balkans Youth Meeting: The Berlin Process – a new impetus for youth work?
Seminar / Conference
23-26 May 2018 | Podgorica, Montenegro
What has been the impact of the Berlin process in the field of youth? How can we contribute to moving further ahead? This seminar will explore these questions focusing on the themes of youth participation, civic education and social inclusion.
The Balkan Youth Forum is a non-formal learning program for youth from diverse types of Balkan states, designed by a very young team of alumni of the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship program, aged 18 to 21 and funded by the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund. It brings together 2 participants, aged 16 to 18, from each Balkan country for an intensive week of lectures, debates, workshops, simulations and meetings with representatives of the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant institutions and organizations. BYF combines peer-to-peer learning, edutainment and volunteering. The purpose of these activities is helping participants form a more profound understanding of the past and present of the Balkans, to shape a personal opinion on the importance of cooperation and to inspire them to take action. At the end of the program, the participants will present their own projects for sustainable cooperation between their communities, which they will later implement in their own countries with the help of their BYF mentors.
As part of the project “Divided Past – Joint Future”, implemented by 19 organizations in 6 countries of the Western Balkan and Turkey, during the month of March and April in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a National Campaign entitled “Embracing Damage” is being implemented.
First, theoretical part is behind us! Workshop “Embracing damage” that Omladinski resursni centar Tuzla – ORC Tuzla organize for youth in Tuzla!
Workshops are part of National campaign “Embracing damage” within project “Divided past – Joint future” funded by European union.
The second meeting to discuss a study presentation: “Process of Reconciliation in Western Balkans and Turkey: A Qualitative Study”, Kosovo.
This qualitative study was conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey under the Divided Past- Joint Future. The project brought together 18 regional civil society organizations, including the LENS organization from Kosovo, which is the carrier of Kosovo’s realization.
The National Workshop for generating social and innovative ideas developed ideas to solve current problems through business or project ideas that parallel contribute to the processes of building peace and reconciliation.
Presentation of the study: “The Process of reconciliation in the Western Balkans and in Turkey: Quality study”, Kosovo.
This quality study was held in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and turkey under the Divided Past- Joint Future project. The project made together 18 civil society organisations in the region, including the lance organisation from Kosovo, which is the carrier of implementation in Kosovo.
Inside Out is a global participatory art project whose goal is to send strong message to the world by presenting portraits of different people, initiated by French photographer JR who stated that “if we don’t know anything about people, we don’t have the right to judge them.” After winning the TED price in 2011, JR expressed wish to change the world by turning it “inside out”. Since 2015 over 127 countries participated in the project and more than 250.000 portraits were taken.