MBBI will host its 8th Congress in the Hague—the International City of Peace and Justice. As a celebration of our 10th anniversary we sincerely hope you can join us at the The Peace Palace in The Hague to work on concrete issues that can contribute to peace. The essence of this working conference is to have an open debate, to engage and encounter and to develop steps that may bring a contribution to peace with a diverse group that usually does not connect.
We aim to:
- Gather thoughtful and expert individuals from around the world who deal with social conflict on a regular basis
- Connect different expertises, experiences and levels of society that are currently disconnected
- Create a transformation through working together on real cases for a concrete outcome
- Nurture collaboration between diverse participants
- Include and promote music, theatre and art
- Highlight the role of women leaders
- Develop MBBI as a state-of-the-art 21st -century peace organisation
We are gathering: a group of people with primary experience in peacebuilding—experts, victims, politicians, and business-people; a broad group of representatives of relevant disciplines and backgrounds; and a multi-tier – top down, the grassroots and in between – to work with us on concrete questions. As mediators we will facilitate this inclusive process and work towards an outcome that has an impact for peace at the grassroots, for the people mostly affected by conflict.
Who should participate:
- Opinion-makers and people with impact that have experienced conflict resolution on a daily basis or have experienced (are experiencing) severe social conflict
- Stakeholders in existing conflicts, politicians, human rights advocates, directors-general of government ministries, mediators, directors of companies, religious leaders, journalists, heads of NGOs, diplomats, government officials, negotiators, doctors, etc.
The Congress’ concrete questions will come from: people from the heart and the grassroots of conflict, people that have tried to resolve conflicts with and without success, and people that run businesses in conflict zones. They will give us answers from their perspectives. Participants of the Congress will work, uniquely across sectors, to develop these answers into concepts that may have an impact. This is not an academic endeavor, but rather a practical and analytical business model.
Our objective is to find answers to questions and to have an open debate, create encounters and engagement to develop recommendations, that we may for example offer to policymakers around the world. The outcome of the conference will tell us how to move forward with this process that we engage in. We seek structure along three issues: 1. How the past influences today and tomorrow, 2. Responsibilities today, and 3. Tasks for tomorrow.
The Congress will explore the following questions: What is needed for peace—what works and why? Does humanity need to learn to listen, or learn even new ways of resolving conflicts, how do we bridge the gaps between people and communities, do we need to change boundaries and states? It is clear that conflicts are part of being human. What if we could turn the energy of conflict into creativity and new ways to to live together, even if we do not agree on everything? Is this not the biggest challenge we face? The knowledge and technology for all our challenges is available or can be found, but if we don’t bridge the gaps how can they be put to use for all of us.
Please join us. Early Bird Registration for the Congress will begin in February 2017.
Congress logo design competition winner to be announced.
Conference Information, Pricing, Agenda, and Travel Arrangement information coming soon.