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MEPEACE Chat - January 8

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MEPEACE Chat - January 8

Time: January 8, 2012 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: mepeace.org/chat
Event Type: mepeace, chat, workshop, freedom, peace, conflict, mitigation, management, mutual, understanding, coexistence
Organized By: MEPEACE Events Team
Latest Activity: Jan 8, 2012

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Event link: http://mepeace.org/events/mepeace-chat-january-8 
You are cordially invited to take part in the first workshop in our new three-part series on the topic 'Freedom and Peace'. The workshop will begin on Sunday, January 8 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 is 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'.


This Chat Workshop will start with a 'blank page'. That means that we do not pretend to know what freedom is, we do not pretend to really know what it means for us and our fellow human beings, and we have no common idea why and how it could be important for conflict mitigation and management, and finally peace. Our goal is to find a definition we all can live with, even if that may mean that each of us has to make some kind of compromise, for the sake of accomplishing a basis for mutual understanding and co-existence. The main objective of this three-workshop series is to figure out a kind of 'freedom' that is of advantage to all citizens instead of working for the benefit of only one group in society, or a small privileged elite.

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 a working definition of freedom in relation to conflict mitigation. After this workshop, which will, as stated above, be the first 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. Your action after each workshop is also a good basis for the respective upcoming workshops in the series, which will focus on 'freedom' in relation to conflict mitigation in the Middle East in particular.

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

What is freedom?

Why might it be difficult to find a common definition of what freedom is supposed to be?

How does freedom relate to conflict mitigation and conflict management, and, in the end, peace?

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Please note that the event will start on Sunday, January 8, 2011 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 Oliver Haack on January 8, 2012 at 11:58am

Sure, Irit.

Do join -- even if you can't make it on time. After the Chat Workshop, we will also have the 'premiere' of a new event type -- the 'Meeting for Hope'.

See you tonight!

Comment by Irit Hakim-Keller on January 7, 2012 at 10:07am

very interesting and important.

8pm is too early for me. I hope to join around 9 -if it is ok.

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