‘The Authority, Leadership, and Peacemaking’ conference put on by Diaspora for Peace has been moved back a day. See the attached flyer for more details:
Attached and pasted below, please find a flyer for a conference that may be of interest to you. It is a unique experiential learning event for Arab and Jewish Diaspora communities and affected others, in the US to consider the role of Diaspora communities in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how they may contribute to the peace process. This approach (Tavistock conference methodology) goes beneath the surface to explore the more covert, often unconscious emotions that may serve to fuel the conflict. The website (www.diasporaforpeace.com) goes into more detail. I would greatly appreciate your willingness to post this notice, and forward it individuals, groups and organizations with members who may be interested in attending or in supporting the conference. It is often helpful for more than one person from an organization to attend, as this way of working is also useful in developing leadership capacity and understanding organizational dynamics.
Lucy Nusseibeh is the founder and Director of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy. She spoke as one of the Panelists during a session on Deepening Cultural Dialogue and Understanding that was moderated by Rajmohan Gandhi, President of Initiatives of Change International on 21st July 2009 at the Caux Forum for Human Security in 2009 in Caux. Listen here…
MEND recently concluded its video conferencing project for the promotion of active nonviolence. Through a series of about 40 meetings, this project was able to successfully link youth from the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza despite the physical barriers imposed by the Israeli occupation. In these meetings the MENDers (youth members of the Active Nonviolence Network) were able to discuss the merits and relevance of nonviolent action in the context of the Palestinian national struggle. Video conferences with participants from Gaza were limited due to the deteriorating security situation resulting from conflict with Israel. During this time, movement within Gaza became more dangerous and access to electricity and the internet increasingly unpredictable. Despite these challenges the project was very successful in expanding the network of MENDers, which more than tripled in size as a result of the project. In addition to the main goals of linking Palestinian youth and expanding the Active Nonviolence Network, the project also cultivated links between MEND and other NGOs which were asked to help publicize the project. The result has been many new potential partners for future MEND projects.
Diaspora for Peace will put on the ‘Authority, Leadership and Peacemaking: The Role of the Diaspora‘ conference from April 15-18 at the Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center in Dover, MA, USA.
MEND is a Palestinian NGO based in East Jerusalem, with a network working to promote active nonviolence and civil participation. By empowering and educating youth and adults throughout Palestine, MEND has been working to promote alternatives to violence since its establishment in 1998. MEND encourages a participatory, progressive and positive way for the Palestinian people to create and instill change in their society. Our projects have included partnerships with Sesame Workshop creating outreach educational materials for Palestinian children, with Search for Common Ground producing a radio soap opera that promotes active nonviolence, and over thirty other projects with schools, with youth, and with women involving innovative approaches to problems of violence, developing curricula, and especially emphasizing the need for individual awareness of choice and development of potential. We have held several international summer camps, and have recently organized national conferences around the issues of media, nonviolence and human security. Much of our work has also involved innovative use of media.
For more information about MEND, please visit http://www.mendonline.org.
Last weekend MEND Director Lucy Nusseibeh attended the MENAPPAC (Middle East and North Africa Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict) conference in Beirut. The purpose of the meeting was to expand the existing Arab Partnership for Conflict Prevention to include other countries and form a more comprehensive regional network. MENAPPAC is part of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). Read more about MENDs involvement in MENAPPAC here.