Are you working on transforming difficult situations?
Our Intensive Dialogue Training is a training workshop offered by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.
Lillehammer, Norway – May 28 to June 3, 2017
No vacancies left
“I’ve learned that there is a particular structure to how we can approach dialogue. I will certainly use that going forward in the work that I do.”
-Peter O’Sullivan, Resettlement Officer, UNHCR
Navigating diversity: tools and methods to transform conflicts to manageable levels
The goal is to give a theoretical and practical insight in the use of the Nansen Dialogue method and convey tools which can be used in the field.
What can this workshop do for you?
This workshop will provide you with theoretical and practical insight into the use of the Nansen dialogue method, and equip you with dialogue- and conflict transformation tools for field work.
These tools help dialogue workers spot and identify conflict mechanisms and has proved effective in a wide range of situations, making it easier to improve trust and relationships between groups and individuals.
“To be able to create a participant-oriented process and be able to include everyone takes exceptional skills of the facilitators. This was a large group and it’s amazing how effortlessly it developed into a community.”
-Rev. Samuel Kobia, Executive Office of the President, Kenya
Who is it for?
The workshop is intended for practitioners, who may be working on resolving conflict or preventing its escalation. You may need to create an inclusive space where people can safely talk about disagreements. You may have a role in the humanitarian aid sector, or perhaps your focus is more targeted, such as the integration of refugees and migrants. You are interested in exploring how to use dialogue as a means to transforming difficult conversations.
How will the workshop help your work?
The workshop will equip you with the skills, practical tools and knowledge you need to be able to use dialogue to resolve standoffs in communities, workplaces and other settings. It will sharpen your communication- and problem solving skills, and show how to pave the way to sustainable peace.
Throughout the workshop you will learn how to become an active listener, how to map and address conflicts and you will be able to test your new dialogue facilitating skills in role playing scenarios.
“Much of what I’ve learned in the workshop is applicable both to personal life and work setting. Learning about how to preserve people’s dignity in a conflict has been an eye-opener to me.”
-Gasper Gjeluci, Senior Program Officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) office in Albania
What is dialogue?
Dialogue is a conversation based on humility, respect and openness which allows us to learn about each other. By learning about each other, unmanageable situations can become manageable. Dialogue enhances relationships in a community and strengthen the social fabric. Dialogue opens the door to peaceful co-existence.
“The conflict mapping we did was extraordinarily useful both for the real-life situation we’re dealing with, and generally professionally for work purposes, but also personally.”
-Lori Amy, co-founder of the NGO OTTOnomy
Who are we?
The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue has more than 20 years’ experience in facilitating complex dialogue processes in conflict and post-conflict environments such as Afghanistan, the Western Balkans, Iraq, Kenya, Palestine, Israel and Ukraine, and in providing dialogue training for communities and dialogue workers. Click here for feedback from one of our workshops (video, text).
Workshop facilitators: Christiane Seehausen and Tatjana Popovic
Christiane Seehausen is a senior adviser at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue. Christiane is a trained nurse, has a bachelor degree in multicultural communication and further studies in development aid studies, leadership, pedagogical adaptation and coaching.
Her career has taken her to many different places and professions, from supervising nurses in development aid projects in Latin America, to working as director for an integration office for recently arrived refugees to Norway. She participated in a project on developing a new national integration program, and then travelled across Norway teaching and explaining the program to social workers. Following this experience she developed and taught a one year study in culture and communication at the university college at Lillehammer.
At the NCPD Christiane is responsible for developing and conducting the basic and advanced dialogue training programs. She runs these programs in Poland, Iraq, Kenya, Russia and Norway. She has initiated and implemented the use of dialogue in multi-ethnic societies with the aim of preventing conflicts, and participated in a project for developing public spaces for dialogue in Norwegian municipalities.
Tatjana Popovic holds MA in Peace Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, and is an independent consultant and experienced trainer within the conflict transformation field. Over the last 16 years she has facilitated a number of inter-ethnic dialogue trainings for teachers, education ministry counsellors and local authority representatives in the Western Balkans, where her work has contributed to cross-border cooperation and reconciliation. She has also coordinated the long-term dialogue process in South Serbia.
Her previous positions includes Regional Initiator of the GPPAC network (Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict). Coordinator of Bujanovac – Lillehammer Schools Cooperation project, the joint venture of Lillehammer Kommune and Bujanovac municipality; and five years as Director of Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia.
Tatjana has worked with several international organisations, such as Responding to Conflict UK, where she worked as Assistant Trainer at a ten-week Working with Conflict course. She has also worked with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden and at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway, where she has co-facilitated a number of dialogue workshops. Her trainings focuses on dialogue, conflict analysis tools, negotiation, mediation and creation of strategies for change.
Birkebeineren Hotel & Apartments, Lillehammer, Norway
May 28 through June 3
NOK 8750/EUR 950 including meals and accommodation Travel and personal costs are not included in the price
All candidates must write a brief motivation letter, which will be essential in the selection process
The number of participants is limited to 22
CLOSING DATE: 12.00 CET on May 5th.