So its been over a week since I arrived home from the Anna Lindh Forum and I have spent most of the time since I came home cathcing up with college and work. It dose not feel like I got home over a week ago!
I really enjoyed the experience of the Forum. I learned lots and made lots of connections. I got to know the other members of the Irish Network of Anna Lindh, of which I am now a member! So expect blog posts about the Irish Network.
I did have some criticisms about how the forum operated. Especially in the Agora sessions, but I was delighted in the closing ceremony to hear so many recommendations from the various sessions.
The Forum did change my outlook on art and music bringing people together, well the music bit anyway! (See the video from the concert)
The Forum in my mind was a success. It was great to work with the web and press team of the Anna Lindh Foundation in running the blog and there was a great sense of solidarity.
I learned loads from the other particpants and those who presented at the Forum. Hopefully contacts made at the Forum will lead to more projects, more changes, and more inprovements for people and society across the Euromed!
So I arrive in Barcelona and the blogging goes quiet…. Whats the deal you ask?
Well Anna Lindh Foundation have set up a group blog where a bunch of us are blogging our experiences at the Forum. There are some cracking blog posts over there so do check it out.
Tonight I met with some of the members of the Irish Network of Anna Lindh and I hope to get to know them better back in Ireland and get working with them a bit as well as with the Foundation.
Good afternoon from a warm Barcelona. I have reached my destination (unlike my luggage) and I am ensconced in my hotel room waiting for things to start across the road at the CCIB.
I may have neglected to inform you why I’m actually here. Well apart from blogging over on Conference Blog (shhh its not live yet! 😉 ) I will be giving my thoughts on the blogger trainer i did last year.
From the Programme
Intercultural Dialogue 2.0.
Xavier Baro (ALF Bloggers Network)
Room (127) – 5 March at 18:00
The session will focus on the presentation of the new Intercultural Dialogue Tool Kit developed by the ALF for training bloggers. The main aim of the Tool Kit is to engage social media as innovative tool to promote Intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean area. The workshop will
introduce the manual, have a short practical phase and
present some results of the first training course. Other four
bloggers who participated in the pilot training course will
attend the workshop and give a vision from their side:
Carmel Vaisman (Israel), Ahmed Youssry (Egypt), Stephen
Spillane (Ireland), Majd Beltaji (Palestine).
It should be fun.
Its now time to head for the Opening Ceremony which will be happening in half an hour!
Well tomorrow I am off to Barcelona for the Anna Lindh Foundation Forum 2010. I will be live-blogging and tweeting about the forum, with the help of a few others. I know I am not a big user of twitter at the moment, but college is taking up a lot of the time I would have spent on it, so I will be back to it tomorrow.
You too, though, will be able to see whats happening and pass on your comments as the plenary sessions will be webcast. I received an email about it today.
JOIN THE DEBATE
‘Bridging the Gap in Mutual Perceptions between people across the Mediterranean’
09.30 to 11.00 AM CET Friday 5th March 2010
Join the debate with live web-cast and blog at:
The debate will be broadcast live from the Anna Lindh Forum in Barcelona, involving an audience of over 900 civil society representatives from the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.
You can also follow us at www.twitter.com/AnnaLindh to get the latest quotes and updates, and join the online discussion using the hashtag #forum2010
Do join in! It will be interesting to hear what you think!
- ALF Forum 2010 (stephenspillane.com)
Yesterday I posted that I was attending the Cities, Migrants and Diversity: “Valuing Diversity, Understanding Migration” Workshop at the Anna Lindh Foundation Forum 2010, but today I have decided to tell you about the other Workshops available if you attend! It was a tough decision for me to make.
First up is Education, Intercultural Learning & Youth: “Learning to live together in diversity” This did intially appeal to me, considering my membership of Scouting Ireland, but in the end the other one stood out more. This Workshop will cover:
- Intercultural dimension of the non-formal education in the Mediterranean context
- Teacher trainings and other tools to deal with diversity
- Youth policies for intercultural dialogue
It should be interesting.
Next up is Cultural & Artistic Collaborations: “Creativity for Dialogue”. Now because my interest in Art has been heightened, this one also appealed to me, but not as strongly. This will cover:
- Mobility as a pre-condition for intercultural dialogue and exchange
- Networking: cultural platforms and networks
- Translation and the challenge of understanding the other: the state of the art
The next choice is Creating Spaces of Peace and Co-existence: “Restore Trust, Rebuild Bridges”. Now this would be an interesting workshop. Now unfortunately I didn’t think I would be able to use what I would learn from it. This will cover:
- Revitalize reconciliation processes and confidence building in conflict areas with intercultural and non-violent means
- New patterns to deal with the social consequences of the economic crisis in multicultural contexts
- Application of intercultural approaches for a culture of peace based on understanding, justice and respect
- Follow-up of the ALF initiative “Restore Trust, Rebuild Bridges”
The next one is Religion, Spirituality and Values: “Inter-religious dialogue & common values for action”. This is currently an issue in Europe, and one I am interested in. How I would approach it would be difficult though. So hence why I didn’t pick it! This workshop will cover:
- Educational professionals, civil society actors and religious leaders as active agents for the promotion of coexistence and interreligious respect
- Spaces of encounter: dialogue and exchange between religious and secular communities
- Developing working tools for inter-religious dialogue: trainings, mapping exercises and practices
And as a reminder the Cities, Migrants & Diversity: “Valuing Diversity, Understanding Migration” will cover:
- – Migrations and mutual perceptions in the Mediterranean: challenging stereotypes
- – Migrants and immigrated communities as key actors of development and intercultural action
- – Intercultural approaches in dealing with strengthening social cohesion and solidarity in multicultural urban contexts
There are some really good chances to learn at this event. I hope to learn alot.
Don’t forget to check out the provisional programme for the Forum!
If you intend on attending the Anna Lindh Forum 2010, you must register! The deadline is fast approaching by the way. You must register by 12th February 2010, 20.00 GMT.
As part of this process you must pick which workshop you want to attend in the Agora. The choice is from:
- Education, Intercultural Learning and Youth: “Learning to live together in diversity”
- Cultural & Artistic Collaborations: “Creativity for Dialogue”
- Creating Spaces of Peace and Co-existence: “Restore Trust, Rebuild Bridges”
- Cities, Migrants and Diversity: “Valuing Diversity, Understanding Migration”
- Religion, spirituality and values: “Inter-religious dialogue and common values for action”
It was a fairly hard decision to make for me. Considering my past work on diversity and identity, I decided to go for the Cities, Migrants and Diversity workshop. It will be about the following:
- Migrations and mutual perceptions in the Mediterranean: challenging stereotypes
- Migrants and immigrated communities as key actors of development and intercultural action
- Intercultural approaches in dealing with strengthening social cohesion and solidarity in multicultural urban contexts
It should be interesting.
Of course in the medina there will be chances to find out more things and learns loads!
That consists of
- Intercultural Fair
- Best Practice
- Project Ideas
- Self-organized sessions (network and/ or partners’ meetings)
- Artistic Exchange
Im getting really excited about it!
By the way if you wish to attend, these are the criteria you must fill:
he participants should:
- be a resident in one of the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean;
- have knowledge/experience in at least one of the fields of the Anna Lindh Foundation;
- be strongly motivated to encourage intercultural dialogue;
- be able to communicate in English or French;
- pay a participation fee (Euro 30 for ALF members; Euro 100 for non-members).
More information in the info pack (pdf)
- ALF Forum 2010 (stephenspillane.com)
- ALF Training: Culture, Identity and Dialogue (stephenspillane.com)
- Intercultural Dialogue (slideshare.net)