Along with the Berlin Center for integrative Mediation, CSSP, and the Center for Peace Mediation at the Viadrina University (cpm), inmedio berlin is running a project in Odessa which seeks to strengthen and support agents of dialogue and help to build an inclusive netowork of dialogue facilitators. Shaken by the violence in Eastern Ukraine as well as by the tragic events of May 2nd, 2014, when about 50 protesters died in an occupied trade union building, the city of Odessa is struggling to maintain its tradition of peaceful coexistence of different political, religious and ethnic groups. Our joint project attempts to support several groups of local mediators and psychotherapists in reaching out to political opponents and in creating an inclusive network of dialogue agents that promotes a constructive way of dealing with the tensions in the city and beyond.

Besides other activities, we conducted a conference and a workshop with local mediators and psychotherapists in which the participants developed conflict analyses and had room to exchange professional experiences and collect ideas what contribution mediation, dialogue and trauma work could make in order to improve the tense situation and how respective interventions had to be prepared. In 2015 we supported reach out to individuals from opposing polical camps who at a later stage founded an inclusive dialogue platform, the ‚Civil Initiative Space for Dialogue‘ which bridges various gaps in society. The group has conducted various dialogue activities in Odessa in 2016. We will continue our support in 2017 and attempt to reach out beyond Odessa and conduct dialogues in eastern Ukraine.

For more information please contact Dirk Splinter.

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