On February 13th, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) presented a Positive Peace Workshop at the 3rd Advancing Community Cohesion Conference hosted at Western Sydney University in Parramatta City.
The conference brought together hundreds of Australian and global delegates to discuss challenges to community resilience and social cohesion by addressing them through social, economic, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual/gender identity perspectives.
Professor Sev Ozdowski, Conference Convener and Director, Office of Equity and Diversity at Western Sydney University and Positive Peace workshop attendees with Charlie, IEP Director of Partnerships.
“This Conference is designed to achieve practical outcomes and inform participants’ ongoing work in the social cohesion space, contribute to policies and strategies at national, state and local levels as well as provide opportunities to build new networks to facilitate partnerships and collaboration,” said Professor Ozdowski, Director of Equity and Diversity at Western Sydney University.
In a two-part workshop, IEP presented its latest research findings and introduced the foundations for Positive Peace activation. To achieve social cohesion, Positive Peace and systems thinking can contribute by providing the framework for understanding progress for peacefulness at the local level.
The Positive Peace Workshop called for participants to look at how IEP’s research on the Positive Peace Report and activation of the eight Pillars of Positive Peace provide an interconnected approach to foster community cohesion.
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Charles Allen, IEP Director of Partnerships facilitating the ‘String Game’ where each of the eight Pillars are shown to be interconnected and important for the functioning of society.