SATURDAY, JUNE 23

OPEN DAY: DIVERSITY OF DIALOGUES

 

Saturday June 23rd is a festive day in Norway, celebrating midsummer and the joy of summer light. With this inspiration, participants from conflicts and post-conflict situations will share their reflections of success and failure. Is there an urgency of dialogue to defend democracy? What is the consequence of lack of trust in a democratic society?

The program includes a seminar on the role of sports in dialogue and peace building. Open Day will also showcase examples of how to use dialogue to build trust and to prevent disruption and conflicts. You will witness a real dialogue session and also learn how dialogue can change urban space through a Open Public Dialogue.

Lillehammer Dialogue City culminates with the traditional midsummer celebration at Maihaugen Museum.

SPORTS, DIALOGUE AND PEACE

Nelson Mandela once argued, that sport had the power to change the world. According to the Olympic Charter, one of the main principals of the Olympic Movement is to facilitate sport to promote a peaceful society.

This section, organised in collaboration with the Norwegian Olympic Museum, the Norwegian Confederation of Sports and the Lillehammer Olympic Studies Center, aims to shed light on how sport has been and is able to foster dialogue and mutual understanding despite conflicts and to adress limitations and opportunities.

DIALOGUE ON STAGE

In this session, participants are welcome to witness a live, unique and powerful dialogue process on stage. Participants from many countries in the world will share their stories of dialogue from war and conflict. Building trust during or after conflicts is a delicate matter that requires skills and stamina. It all happens on stage, but it is designed as if it was a closed session where core questions of discrepancy are unfolded. Active listening and questions will encourage openness and sincerity.

OPEN PUBLIC DIALOGUE

Following the previous session Dialogue on Stage, participants will join a public dialogue session simulation and actively share of their opinions and perspectives to the issues discussed. This session is designed to create an atmosphere of listening and questioning, to improve understanding of a disputed topic. The session also provides an introduction on how to change urban space and public debate through self-organized community dialogues.

UNTIL 2020: CLOSING REMARKS

Official closing ceremony, with a summary of core conversations, achievements and policy recommendations. What have participants to Lillehammer Dialogue City experienced? What is their personal commitment for dialogue and peace.

JOINT SESSION

Interested participants of the Lillehammer Dialogue City will meet in a joint session with participants of the BMW 12th Global Table for Responsible Leaders. Dialogue practitioners attending the Lillehammer Dialogue City will share of their experiences and recommendations for how to use dialogue to build trust and to prevent disruption and conflicts.

MIDSUMMER CELEBRATION

We welcome everyone to join the traditional midsummer celebration with music and unforgettable surroundings at Maihaugen Outdoor Museum.

Maihaugen, photo: Jørgen Skau