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Presentation at Encounters 11 Conference in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science, Porvoo, Finland (April 2011). Innovative learning and conflict transformation in N. Ireland

Presentation at Encounters 11 Conference in Haaga-Helia University of Applied Science, Porvoo, Finland (April 2011). Innovative learning and conflict transformation in N. Ireland

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  • 1. Campus Encounters 2011 Porvoo, Finland Dr Alan Bruce Universal Learning Systems Dublin 14 April 2011
  • 2. 1. Setting the Scene
    • Impact of change
    • Peripheral development in Europe
    • Globalization
    • Learning and community
    • Learning and civil strife
    • Conflict transformation and N. Ireland
    • Dimensions of innovation
    • Competence and creativity in a multicultural Europe
  • 3. Initial questions
    • Learning in chaos: where are we?
    • End of history or start of the unknown?
    • Hidden lives, silent voices: secret communities?
    • Fractured identities: who are we?
    • Values and vision: why do we need sustainable development?
  • 4. Antonio Gramsci
    • The old world is dying.
    • The new world struggles to be born.
    • Now is the time of monsters.
  • 5. 2. Impact of change
    • Patterns of constant transformation
    • Permanent migration and mobility
    • Flexible structures and modalities
    • Outsourcing and end of job norms
    • Knowledge economy
    • Structural inequalities
  • 6. Framework of change
    • Globalization
    • Stratification
    • Labor market upheaval
    • Rights and inclusion
    • Access, quality and innovation in education
  • 7. Globalized imperatives
    • Urbanized futures
    • Permanent exclusion and inequality
    • Invisible otherness
    • Trajectories of developmental progress
    • Embedded violence
  • 8. The periphery hits back
    • Spectres at the gates
    • Searching for meaning
    • Searching for values
    • Lampedusa to London: the trek of despair
    • Learning systems and critical reflection
    • Asserting identity: from gästarbeiter to citizen
  • 9. Urban nightmares?
  • 10. 3. Learning innovation and community
    • Commodification of knowledge
    • Impact on education systems (Freire, Illich, Field)
    • Impact on work (Braverman, Haraszti, Davis)
    • Impact on community: alienation and anomie
  • 11. Innovation and creativity
    • Core of innovation: ability to assess critically and express freely
    • Fundamental: ability to ask questions that challenge existing relations
    • Innovation: re-examination of existing reality by posing viable alternatives
  • 12. Learning and inclusive communities
    • Creating shared meaning in uncertain times
    • Providing support and inclusion
    • Valuing difference as a critical advantage
    • Shaping futures not reacting to them
  • 13. US perspectives
    • Constitutional rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
    • All men are created equal… but
    • Final frontiers: integration and assimilation
    • Uncertain directions: from Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo
  • 14. European perspectives
    • Rights of man: liberty, equality, fraternity
    • Thematic mythologies: social inclusion
    • Hidden pasts: colonialism, fascism, exterminism
    • The Union in crisis
  • 15. Common trajectories
    • Demographic changes: ageing and work
    • Women and labor market participation
    • Immigration
    • Cultural and religious difference
    • Urbanization
    • Stress and conflict
  • 16. 4. N. Ireland: roots of conflict
  • 17. History as nightmare
    • Divided identities
    • Cultural difference
    • Inequality and injustice
    • Ethnic and religious conflict
    • Partition of Ireland 1921
    • Constant rebellion: the Civil Rights struggle and 1968
    • Europe’s long war: 1969-1994
  • 18. The fractured island
  • 19. The troubled nation
  • 20. Attempting solutions
    • Peace process: 1990s
    • Belfast Agreement 1998
    • Innovative politics: power sharing
    • Policing
    • Shared space
    • Common language: divided identities
    • Divided learning
    • Prejudice, discrimination, sectarianism
  • 21. Constructing shared learning
    • Overcoming mistrust
    • Emphasis on those who participated, experienced, suffered
    • Origins of Expac
    • The Messines project
    • Role of EU: Peace and Reconciliation Program
    • Role of US: learning exchange and IFI
  • 22. 5. Conflicts of Interest and RCN
    • Curriculum development
    • Workshop based seminars
    • DVD footage – multimedia
    • Distance learning support
    • Case studies
    • Personal testimony: guest lecturers
    • Conflict transformation training
    • Mediation skills
  • 23. Starting point…..2007
  • 24. Engaging learners
    • Community uptake
    • Republican groups
    • Loyalist groups
    • Interaction and conflict
    • Addressing identity
    • Comparative analysis
    • Adult education methodology
  • 25. Modules
    • Origins and nature of conflict
    • Case study: Balkans
    • Conflicts and human rights
    • Case study: Spain
    • Sectarianism and discrimination
    • Case study: European Union
    • Reconciliation and change
    • Case study/practicum: South Africa
  • 26. Methodology
    • Expert external testimony/witness
    • Media and film
    • Site visits
    • Debate
    • History and identity
    • Shared learning projects
    • Academic inputs
    • Learning support and application
  • 27. Apprentice Boys’ Hall: Derry
  • 28. Learning outcomes
    • Mediation skills
    • Approaching the other
    • Understanding historic legacies
    • Dialogue and acceptance
    • Defining trust
    • Creating shared learning and action
    • Community action and sustainability
  • 29. Belfast 2009
  • 30. Teachers, Derry 2010
  • 31. Learners
    • Community groups
    • Teachers
    • Ex-combatants
    • Local government officials
    • Mediators
    • Ex-prisoners (political)
    • Probation staff
    • Adult educators
  • 32. Rural Community Network
    • Established 1991
    • Supporting rural communities in transition
    • Addressing equity and shared engagement
    • Programs and initiatives
    • Dealing with legacies of violence
  • 33. RCN key objectives/programs
    • Social justice
    • Self-determination
    • Working and learning together
    • Sustainable communities
    • Participation
    • Reflective practice
  • 34. Rural Enabler Program
    • Dealing with sectarianism, racism and division in rural communities
    • Established 2010
    • Shared learning initiatives
    • Cooperative enterprises
    • Addressing exclusion and fear
    • Accessing quality learning
  • 35. Developing linkage: Greece
  • 36. Developing linkage: school debates
  • 37. Embedding learning
    • Accreditation: QUB 2011
    • European application: Balkans, UK
    • Rights, diversity, community
    • Conflict resolution methodologies
    • Technology and e-learning
    • Dealing with hatred and conflict
    • Sustainable, innovative learning
    • Future directions
  • 38. Continuing threat: April 2011
  • 39. Communities empowered
    • Relevance
    • Sustainability
    • Cogency
    • Academic depth
    • User friendliness
    • Progression and deepening
    • From reconciliation to transformation
    • Lessons for Europe
  • 40. From hope to reality
  • 41. Kiitos!
    • Dr. Alan Bruce
    • ULS Dublin
    • [email_address]