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MEPEACE Chat - March 4

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Event link: http://mepeace.org/events/mepeace-chat-march-4

You are cordially invited to take part in the third and final workshop in our current three-part series on the topic 'Freedom and Peace'. The workshop will be held on Sunday, March 4 at 20.00 Jerusalem time in the MEPEACE Chat.

Freedom is a highly controversial and ambiguous concept. While we all might agree that there cannot be lasting peace, not even serious efforts at conflict mitigation, without a certain notion of freedom, we may at the same have very different notions of what freedom actually is, what it is supposed to be, what it is supposed to entail. Besides that, we can distinguish between several different kinds of freedom. There are personal freedom, economic freedom and political freedom, for instance. And there is positive and negative freedom (a distinction - conceptualized by the political thinker Isiah Berlin). We might have a bias towards a specific kind of freedom, and this bias might narrow our view on the other available and desirable 'freedoms'.


In our first workshop of this series eight weeks ago, we strove to find definitions for freedom we can all live with. We acknowledged that it is not easy to find a common definition and admitted that 'freedom' is a concept more complicated than we think. In the second part of our event series, one month ago, we applied concepts of freedom to the reality in the Middle East, in other words, to the reality we are here to change. We contemplated a future in freedom and peace, and considered ways to implement wide-ranging freedoms for everyone living in that region.

In the third and last instalment of this series we will aim at creating a practical blueprint for action based on the ideas we developed in the first two workshops. We will try to find ways to promote the idea of wide-ranging freedoms on the ground, we will strive to create a plan for turning our ideas into action, be it here on mepeace.org, or on the ground, where we live.

Let's learn from each other, let's be teachers and students at the same time, and hopefully, in the end, find a sort of consensus on how to turn our ideas into practice. After this workshop, everybody is encouraged to delve deeper into the topic, by highlighting the topic in a discussion, by writing a blog about freedom and what it can mean for conflict mitigation, or by chatting with fellow peacemakers about it.

During the workshop, we hope to find meaningful answers to the following questions:

How can we spread our ideas of freedom on mepeace.org?

How can our ideas of freedom be turned into action on the ground, in our respective communities?

What are the obstacles that could be encountered when actively promoting particular kinds of freedom? How could these obstacles be dealt with?

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Please note that the event will start on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 20.00 Jerusalem time, in the MEPEACE Chat.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please don't hesitate to contact the event moderator Oliver Haack at oliver@mepeace.org.

We are looking forward to your participation!

The MEPEACE Events Team

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