MBBI Conference 2017

‘Keeping People at the Heart of Conflict in Charge’

Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) builds capacity for peacebuilding at the grassroots and advocates for mediation  at the highest levels . This Peace Conference will bring all these aspects together, in a unique and creative space, for all the people involved to participate in Dialogues.
Through this conference, MBBI is creating a community of people committed to keeping every stakeholder to conflict in charge of sustainable peace. This is the first of a series of such gatherings.

  1. Why should I attend this conference?
  2. Why is this theme important? 
  3. What is the design of the day?
  4. What is on the agenda?
  5. Sounds great, what’s in it for me?

1 Why should I attend this conference?
Humans are interdependent and every challenge we face is interconnected.  This complexity asks for every stakeholder to an issue to be involved.
MBBI is looking for ways to learn from each other in an open dialogue, share our needs and the needs of our communities and organizations, in a safe space, focusing on sustainable peace for development.
The conference will provide a space in which people can share their personal stories around this central theme. Personal stories include how the theme is having an effect on you, what you would like to change to make this better and what is stopping you. Find out what another perspective can do to change this.
This conference is uniquely structured to mirror a multi-stakeholder process. The conference offers a place to network with MBBI members, mediators, peacebuilders, and professionals from all fields. You will be able to meet with those affected by conflict on the ground, those who negotiate peace, and members of the military – to widen perspectives on how to address violent conflict.

2 Why is this theme important?
The theme of the conference is, ‘keep people in the heart of conflict in charge’, because war, religious differences and ideological disputes continue to strain efforts to achieve social order around the globe. The global community currently faces a number of critical issues such as environmental degradation, climate change, poverty, mass migrations and deepening social tensions. These have become the norm.
Through years of trial and error, we are forced to recognize that military solutions alone cannot succeed, that legal processes alone take too long to implement, and diplomacy alone fails to touch those who suffer the most from violence. It is imperative that we work together and add the people at the heart of conflict to the table.
Thankfully international laws and practices have changed to create space for civil society. That is the beginning of this major shift toward people-centered peacebuilding.

3 What is the design of the day?
This conference is an interactive process.  15 inspirational panelists will share their insights and experience in 3 sessions. Following each panel there will be structured interaction for all participants and panelists together. In this part you take leadership of your own development: exchanging experience and insights with others in dialogue. We ensure a carefully designed and informal process.

4 What is on the AGENDA?
Thursday 11.00-12.00 Welcome with light lunch
Thursday 12.00-13.00 Opening of the conference
Thursday 13.00 -15.00 Missing pieces
Panel 1: the first five Panelists will each talk about their experience of how they kept people at the heart of conflict in charge and what the missing pieces were in this process. Together they will be interviewed for a maximum of one hour. This will be followed by the first interactive process of all 200 participants working in groups of four. Each interactive process will include a dialogue, explore your own unique needs and that of your organization and tickle your mind and creativity. This creates change.
Thursday 15.30-17.30 Ownership for prevention
After a short break we continue with Panel 2: second five panelists will share again how they kept people in charge, but this time they will focus on how ownership works for prevention of more conflict. Their talks will again be followed by a different interactive process in different groups of 4.
Thursday 18.30-21.00 Conference Dinner
With an Indonesian buffet in the Peace Palace, the dinner is a place to interact and reflect on the day.
To be able to share and exchange the enormous experience and quality and diversity of all the participants and panelists, this evening will be an opportunity to find others on certain themes or regions. During the day you can let us know what subject or region you would like to find and/or share your experience on, and sign up.
Friday 9.30 Opening day 2
Friday 10.00-12.00
 Incubating Innovative interaction
Friday morning we wind up panels with Panel 3 and the third interactive process, along the theme incubating innovative interaction. This session has the aim to discover your and our collective next step towards more connection with and among all stakeholders.
Friday 12.00-13.00 High Level event and Partnerships for the future
Friday 13.00-14.00 Lunch
Friday 14.00-17.00 Mr Padraig O’Malley
On Friday afternoon it is finally time for you to sit down, absorb, learn and be inspired. ‘The Peacemaker’ is a documentary about the work of Padraig O’Malley, who has mediated and convened most well known conflicts of our time – from Northern Ireland to Kosovo, Nigeria to Iraq. Mr O’Malley will join us, together with the filmmaker Jim Demo. After the film Mr O’Malley will talk about his current work with refugee youth in Europe and there will be Q and A, Please find more information and a trailer of the film on the panelist page.
Friday 17.00 -18.00 Goodbyes and Champagne, because there will definitely be something to celebrate together!

5 Sounds great, what is in it for me?
We all have an impact on sustainable peace. By attending the conference you will experience creative design, network with professionals across sectors and be inspired by the panelists and participants.
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Date: October 5
Time: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Date: October 6
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Peace Palace

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