DEADLINE: NOV 11, 2011 (from Sherry Gray: Please, readers, if you have an idea, do contact me soon, even if formal proposal not yet ready).
The 24th Nobel Peace Prize Forum March 1-3, 2012
"The Price of Peace"
Robust workshops have long been a hallmark of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. At this time we are inviting proposals for the all-important workshops that support the theme "The Price of Peace" and that expand the discussion of the keynote speakers. We expect to host 30-40 such workshops during the 2012 Forum, described in the Overview on p. 5-6. The Proposal Form is on p.4 in attached file.
Theme "The Price of Peace"
Peace is not free. Peacemakers, be they individuals, organizations, or countries, pay an enormous price in time, money, blood, sweat, and tears. How and why do they do this?
Honored Nobel Laureate President F.W. de Klerk of South Africa
Location Augsburg College and University of Minnesota campuses
Proposals must be received by Friday, November 11, 2011 at the email address below. Applicants will be notified by late November regarding the status of their proposals. Workshop leaders will receive complimentary conference registration at the Forum.
Send Proposals to:
Maureen K. Reed, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Prize Forum
651-491-8052 (cell) 612-330-1318 (work) reedm(at)augsburg.edu
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is sponsored by Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN; University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Minneapolis, MN; Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD; Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; Luther College, Decorah, IA; and St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
March 1: Business Day, addressing "The Price of Peace" and the inter-relationship of stability and business success. The program includes keynote addresses by international business executives
o Saki Macozoma, who was imprisoned in Robben Island, held posts in Pres. Nelson Mandela's government, and now leads Liberty Holdings, one of South Africa's largest financial institutions
o Alf Bjørseth, whose international renewable energy company Scatec seeks to "make the world a little cleaner"
o and daytime workshops related to themes of peace and business.
March 1: Arts and Music Day, exploring how the arts contribute to peace and global understanding. The program includes
o an evening production of Benjamin Brittan's powerful War Requiem
o and daytime workshops related to the themes of peace and the arts.
March 2: Education Day, exploring how youth affect and are affected by conflict and conflict resolution. The program will feature remarks by Pres. de Klerk and presentations by
o Andrew Slack, founder of the Harry Potter Alliance, whose virtual armies fight for social justice with the greatest weapon - love
o Joe Cavanaugh, founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers which has built positive school communities for 25 years
o and daytime workshops related to themes of peace and education.
March 3: Global Studies Day, featuring the presentations by
o Pres. F.W. de Klerk
o other international figures
o and daytime workshops related to themes of peace, global policy, and politics.
Workshops will be an essential element of each day of the Forum. Based on extensive feedback from our audience through the years, the criteria we seek for workshops are listed below.
General Criteria : All Workshops
From a process standpoint, the workshops will:
o Be 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours in duration
Leader presentation time 20-30 minute maximum
Discussion time 40-50 minutes
o Include 20-40 attendees/participants
o Be highly interactive
o Feature facilitated discussion (if the presenter desires)
From a content standpoint, the workshops will feature presenters who:
o Are "practitioners" (i.e., they have created or led novel interventions that have advanced peace or stability, as broadly defined)
o Can articulate the need they perceived, the motivation behind their work, and the process they used to implement their idea/intervention
o Are comfortable revealing their successes as well as their challenges, failures and fears
o Can vigorously engage students/participants and deliver the "wow"
o Strictly avoid promotional content
NPPF Workshop RFP 2012.docCriteria Specific to Each Day
Business Day (Thursday, March 1, 2012) Invited Topics and Real World Examples of:
o The price of peace/conflict from a business perspective
o The price of peace/conflict from a business leadership perspective
o Business and political stability/upheaval
o South Africa and business challenges post-apartheid
o Business challenges in the aftermath of social upheaval
o Corporate responsibility and sustainability
o Business ethics and human rights
o Reconciliation as it applies to business
Arts & Music Day (Thursday, March 1, 2012) Invited Topics and Real World Examples of:
o The price of peace/conflict from an artistic perspective
o Artistic expression and political stability/upheaval
o Arts, music, poetry and literature in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa
o The motivation of pacifist composers and musicians
o Poetry and literature as expressions of peace/conflict
o Reconciliation as it applies to music and the arts
Education Day (Friday, March 2, 2012) Invited Topics and Real World Examples of:
o The price of peace/conflict from an educational perspective
o The price of peace/conflict from a leadership perspective
o Education and political stability/upheaval
o Educational challenges in the aftermath of social upheaval
o Virtual or electronic interventions in peace/conflict
o Reconciliation as it applies to education and educational settings
Global Studies Day (Saturday, March 3, 2012) Invited Topics and Real World Examples of:
o The price of peace/conflict from a political or policy perspective
o The price of peace/conflict from a leadership perspective
o South Africa and political challenges post-apartheid
o The price of peace in/for Norway
o Political, governmental, health, and other challenges in the aftermath of social upheaval
o Reconciliation nationally, regionally or internationally
Note: Workshop presenters on this day will be giving their workshops twice.