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MEPEACE Chat - February 5

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MEPEACE Chat - February 5

Time: February 5, 2012 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: MEPEACE Chat (http://www.mepeace.org/chat)
Event Type: mepeace, chat, workshop, freedom, peace, conflict, mitigation, management, mutual, understanding, coexistence
Organized By: MEPEACE Events Team
Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2012

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Event link: http://mepeace.org/events/mepeace-chat-february-5

You are cordially invited to take part in the second workshop in our current three-part series on the topic 'Freedom and Peace'. The workshop will begin on Sunday, February 5 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're also going to talk about in the workshop). 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 four 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 this upcoming second part of our event series, we will apply concepts of freedom to the reality in the Middle East, so to say, to the reality we are here to change. Let's think about a future in freedom and peace, and let's consider ways to implement wide-ranging freedoms for everyone living in that region, where freedom and peace are still absent.

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 integrate our concepts of freedom into Middle Eastern reality. After this workshop, which will, as stated above, be the second in a three-part series, 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 just by chatting with fellow peacemakers about it.

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

How is the current state of 'freedom' in Israel and Palestine? Which particular kinds of freedom lack the most?

How can each of us promote freedom in Israel and Palestine, a region so torn by conflict?

How does freedom connect with the long-term goal of peace in the Middle East? Can there be peace without the implementation of wide-ranging freedom(s)?


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Please note that the event will start on Sunday, February 5, 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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Comment by Adina Podolsky on February 5, 2012 at 7:34pm

what countries are you all talking from ?

Comment by Adina Podolsky on February 5, 2012 at 7:31pm

yes, I'm here

Comment by Adina Podolsky on February 5, 2012 at 7:30pm

hi from adina

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