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Aeub's framework and final programme
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Aeub's framework and final programme

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The 100th memorial of the start of WWI and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall is a unique occasion for European-minded political leaders, historians and thinkers to address Europe's …

The 100th memorial of the start of WWI and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall is a unique occasion for European-minded political leaders, historians and thinkers to address Europe's unfinished business.
Recent developments have underlined the need for and urgency of such a reflection.

Europe's unfinished business means the lack of articulation of the European project in accessible language and the lack of fostering a European spirit by way of European history school textbooks, frequent joint war commemorations and appropriate celebrations on the Day of Europe each 9 May. Is this situation not an open door for a revival of narrow nationalism?

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  • 1. Initiatives of Change Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business | 1 Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business through actions for a more peaceful, more united Europe Caux, Switzerland, 27-28 June 2014 Overview: Framing the Conversation The 100th memorial of the start of WWI and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall is a unique occasion for European-minded political leaders, historians and thinkers to address Europe's unfinished business. Recent developments have underlined the need for and urgency of such a reflection. Europe's unfinished business means the lack of articulation of the European project in accessible language and the lack of fostering a European spirit by way of European history school textbooks, frequent joint war commemorations and appropriate celebrations on the Day of Europe each 9 May. Is this situation not an open door for a revival of narrow nationalism? Europe's unfinished business means unresolved cross-border or dormant internal regional conflicts, unhealed wounds which have caused a string of armed conflicts in Europe over the last 25 years. Peace is unfortunately as relative a notion in Europe today as it is in other continents. The 2014 Crimean crisis comes as a particularly brutal reminder of this fact. Europe's unfinished business means new countries applying to join the European Union without having fully appropriated the deep peace process that forms the basis of the European project. This plays a role in the current lack of cohesion of Europe and puts a question mark on its future. The Caux approach The approach of the seminar will be participatory and emergent. Participatory because each person brings valuable knowledge and insights to the table, and emergent because the interaction of these contributions will, we hope, lead in new directions. Through a combination of short contributions from speakers, interactive plenaries and participatory workshops, we seek to co-create new approaches to Europe’s unfinished business. The daily schedule for the seminar illustrates our philosophy in practice. With an emphasis on conversation and discussion rather than long speeches, we hope to facilitate genuine dialogue among a diverse group of individuals, all active in addressing the questions that matter for Europe. An invitation We invite you to join the conversation: seeking inner wisdom, reflecting on the role of personal responsibility and integrity; creating relationships of trust; discerning together where this is guiding us towards action, individually and collectively. We invite you to experience this new approach!
  • 2. Initiatives of Change Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business | 2 Seminar Overview Plenary sessions Both days will begin with plenary sessions. The first day’s plenary will focus on setting the context for the seminar and building connections between participants. The plenary on the second day will start to draw out threads from the first afternoon of working group discussions and create cross-fertilisation between them to enrich the ongoing discussions later in the morning. The final plenary will draw together the next steps from each working group to capture the overarching direction of discussions and identify any key connection points between them. Working Groups The working groups will be a facilitated space for exploring different perspectives, exchanging expertise and moving towards actionable next steps. The working groups will be oriented around four main themes. Working Group 1 – Changing Paradigms in the Eastern Regions of Europe Main Hall Eliminating age-old rivalries, acknowledging Russia and Turkey as key contributors to Europe’s past and future, which ‘creative efforts’ are needed to lastingly pacify those regions? Working Group 2 – The Challenge of Immigration Room 300d In spite of the Schuman declaration’s intentions, economic imbalances have continued and are leading to massive migrations which challenge identities. Envisioning initiatives to raise the standard of living in poorer countries, and initiatives for smoother integration of ‘newcomers’ to Europe. Working Group 3 – Ethnic Identity and Minority Rights in a Democracy Room 300e Drawing from positive experiences like Alto Adige/South Tyrol to prepare solutions for current unresolved issues: how to repair past mistakes and create a respectful and positive environment for ethnic minorities? Working Group 4 – War-based or Peace-based Identities Room 400 In order for Europe’s youth to grow up as good national and European citizens, speeches and writings about the past need to be carefully revisited. How to make European values and vision a central reference in a common foundation for teaching of history and European civic instruction? Space for Reflection and Sharing All conference participants are invited to join in the pre-breakfast reflection and shared silence in the Bay Window of the Main Hall starting at 7.15 am. For many people a daily reflective practice is an essential source of wisdom and direction. In this pre-breakfast session, in the bay window overlooking the lake, there will be a short input followed by a time of collective silence. The space for reflection has been central to the Caux approach over 70 years, recognizing that wisdom of action relies not only on our capacity for analysis, but also attentiveness to inspiration and the space to find what is right, not who is right. 'Give us the inner listening that is a way in itself, and the oldest thirst there is.' – Rumi
  • 3. Initiatives of Change Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business | 3 'In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and that which is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth'. - Mahatma Gandhi 'The life around us, in this age, is preeminently one of rush and effort. It is the age of the express train and electric telegraph. Years are crowded into months, and weeks into days. The stream has already entered our churches, and stirred their quiet pools. Meetings crowd on meetings. The same energetic souls are found at them all, and engaged in many good works beside. But we must beware that we do not substitute the active for the contemplative, the valley for the mountain top'. – Frederick Brotherton Meyer If you intend to participate, please enter the hall in silence and be in your seats by 7.15 am. The presenter will speak in English. Translation will not be available through the headphones. If you need help, please sit with someone who can give a whispered interpretation. Evening Programme The evening is designed to offer a less intensively discussion-based programme, at the same time contributing to the reflection on the themes of the seminar. Different options will be proposed simultaneously, based on films or presentations followed by a debate on a theme linked to the European issues. Films and presentations will all be facilitated. Short film - Visions d’Europe/De Charlemagne à Schuman, a presentation by Initiatives of Change Lorraine of a European historical perspective, reflecting the vision of a region which suffered in many European wars. Room 300c Facilitator: Charles Danguy Short film – For the Love of Tomorrow, the stunning story of one woman’s change of heart and her relentless initiatives to reconcile France and Germany. Room 300d Facilitator: Antoine Jaulmes Presentation – From Polarization to Participation, can people make a difference in/through European Institutions?, a case study of the INGO Dialogue Toolkit at the Council of Europe. Can people make a difference in/through European Institutions? How the IofC representative helps to make a difference through one of the European Institutions by using the INGO Dialogue Toolkit. Room 300e Facilitator: Christoph Spreng Presentation – My Journey to the Great War and Back, encouraging children to explore different perspectives on history through language by asking them to write from the perspective of a foreign soldier in the First World War - in that soldier's language. Main Hall Facilitators: Thandi House/Birgit Piegeler-Hughes Meals The opportunity to share meals together is not an incidental by-product of living in the same conference centre. They are as much the life and blood of the real conversations of Caux as the programmed sessions. We encourage you to use these as much as possible to take conversations further, connect with others in the Centre in a more informal way.
  • 4. Initiatives of Change Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business | 4 Detailed Programme THURSDAY 26 JUNE 14h00 onwards Early arrivals Main Hall 18h30-19h15 Dinner Dining Room 20h15-21h30 Introduction to Caux-Initiatives of Change Main Hall FRIDAY 27 JUNE 08h00-08h45 Breakfast Dining Room 09h15-10h20 Arrivals/registration and welcome coffee Reception/ Main Hall 10h30-12h15 Opening Plenary Today’s Challenges in Europe Antoine Jaulmes, France, President of the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation Cornelio Sommaruga, Switzerland, Former President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Honorary President of IofC International Catherine Guisan, USA, Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota Aurora Martin, Romania, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Open discussion Facilitator: Robert Lancaster Main Hall 12h30-13h15 Lunch Dining Room 14h00-15h45 Working Groups (see page 2 for more details) Session 1: A Collective Vision WG1 – Changing Paradigms in the Eastern Regions of Europe Moderators: Angela Starovoytova/Catherine Guisan Main Hall WG2 – The Challenge of Immigration Moderators: Cristina Bignardi/Kojo Jantuah Room 300d WG3 – Ethnic Identity and Minority Rights in a Democracy Moderator: Aurora Martin/Jens J. Wilhelmsen Room 300e WG4 – War-based or Peace-based Identities Moderators: Antoine Jaulmes/Thandi House/Birgit Piegeler-Hughes Room 400 15h45-16h30 Coffee Break and networking time Terrace 16h45-18h15 Working Groups Session 2: Creatively Confronting the Issues (same rooms) 18h30-19h15 Dinner Dining Room 20h15-21h30 Evening Programme (see page 3 for more details) Short film - Visions d’Europe/De Charlemagne à Schuman Facilitator: Charles Danguy Room 300c Short film – For the Love of Tomorrow Facilitator: Antoine Jaulmes Room 300d
  • 5. Initiatives of Change Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business | 5 Presentation – From Polarization to Participation, can people make a difference in/through European Institutions? Facilitator: Christoph Spreng Room 300e Presentation – My Journey to the Great War and Back Facilitators: Thandi House/Birgit Piegeler- Hughes Main Hall SATURDAY 28 JUNE ) 07h15-08h00 Space for Reflection and Sharing The Personal Dimension of Change – A European Perspective Facilitator: Charles Danguy Main Hall Bay Window 08h00-08h45 Breakfast Dining Room 09h15-10h30 Plenary Emerging Patterns Towards Next Steps Facilitator: Robert Lancaster Main Hall 10h30-11h00 Coffee break and networking time 11h00-12h15 Working Groups Session 3: Engaging in a Collaborative Way Forward (same rooms) 12h30-13h15 Lunch Dining Room 14h00-16h00 Closing Plenary Plans and Commitments Facilitator: Antoine Jaulmes Main Hall 16h00-16h45 Networking coffee and departures Terrace
  • 6. Initiatives of Change Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business | 6 ABOUT THE PANELISTS Catherine Guisan teaches political science and political philosophy in the USA and Europe. She is the author of Un sens à l'Europe: Gagner la paix 1950-2003 (Paris: Odile Jacob) and A Political Theory of Identity in European Integration: Memory and Policies (Routledge: 2012). Cornelio Sommaruga is a Swiss jurist and diplomat, who was for 12 years President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). As a Swiss and humanitarian diplomat as well as honorary President of Initiatives of Change International, he has stood for human dignity and security, tolerance and dialogue, conflict prevention and inter-personal reconciliation. Aurora Martin is a professor, researcher and senior advisor in International Relations. She closely works with the National Council for Combating Discrimination in Romania and the European Center for Security Studies, George C Marshall. She also teaches in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Antoine Jaulmes is the President of the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation. An engineer by profession, a historian by passion and European by conviction, he suggests that 2014-2018 could be the time when Europe would overcome its mental blocks and become the anchor for world peace which the founding fathers of Europe had in mind. FACILITATORS Angela Starovoytova, Ukraine, Executive Director, Foundations for Freedom (F4F) Birgit Piegeler-Hughes, Germany, translator, interpreter and tutor, co-founder of Evident Language. Charles Danguy, France, President of IofC Lorraine Christoph Spreng, Switzerland, IofC Delegate to the Council of Europe Cristina Bignardi, Italy, Consultant Project Management, Pace Adesso Peace Now Jens J. Wilhelmsen, Norway, former member of the Caux Foundation Board and author of The Art of Reconciliation – Witness of an Epoch on 3 Continents. Kojo Jantuah, Ghana/Denmark/UK, Founder of Identity Pathfinder for Reconciliation and Development Thandi House, United Kingdom, translator, interpreter and tutor, co-founder of Evident Language Robert Lancaster, Australia/UK, process design and facilitation COORDINATION TEAM Adrian Dan Pop, Romania, AEUB contact developper Antoine Jaulmes, France, AEUB head of project Gracia Laurent, France/Mexico, AEUB conference coordinator

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