The first-ever Generations For Peace Institute Forum was held on 28 and 29 November 2014 in GFP’s Conference Centre in Amman.
The Forum gathered 31 discussants: GFP volunteers-practitioners, the volunteers-representatives of GFP locally registered associations and satellite offices, representatives of GFP’s local partner organisations, and a small number of researchers from the University of Oxford who had previously conducted research for Generations For Peace Institute.
Being a pilot event, the Forum 2014 focused on successes and challenges of Sport For Peace in general, and the Sport For Peace model as applied by Generations For Peace in particular. In total, eight moderated panel discussions tackled a variety of subjects within the main theme, with both panellists and moderators providing a wide range of perspectives and sharing their personal experiences of peace building.
In addition to the participants in Amman, each panel included a number of panellists who have provided their contribution in real-time engaged through social media platforms. Further helping the social media engagement, a series of virtual “Meet-Ups” was organised in a few selected countries during which the GFP volunteers have met in a single location, connected through social media, and engaged in exchange of experiences with moderators and panellists in Amman and those contributing online. Their questions were put up at the end of each panel discussion for responses provided by either panellists or audience present in Amman.
The GFP HQ social media team supported the Forum by helping channel all communications and respond to the comments being submitted online. They were supported in that effort by a special “Volunteer Social Media Team” composed of GFP volunteers from seven countries, who not only provided support in English but also in all local languages engaging to GFP Facebook Country Pages and Twitter.