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We can all observe that tensions and growing divisions are endangering our societies. Hate speech, social media filter bubbles, incitement to antagonise each other based on cultural, social, economic and religious differences have become everyday phenomena. Therefore, finding ways to bring people together is more important than ever.

At the 7th NOW Conference „Space for Encounter – Overcoming Division“ Mayors, young citizens from all ways of life, community workers, innovative NGOs, renowned researchers and practitioners, social entrepreneurs and urban planners from the Middle East to Northern Europe will come together to work on how social cohesion and youth participation in wide-reaching decisions can be brought forward at the local level.


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Preliminary Agenda


Sunday, 16 February 2020

Special Agenda for Youth Participants & Mayors


Welcome Dinner

19.00


Monday, 17 February 2020

Opening

9.00

Sparkling Inputs: Involve the Youth!

For the format “Sparkling Inputs”, we invited speakers whose extraordinary personal journeys and meaningful contributions to overcome division left a mark on us. These motivating speakers share their inspiring stories and motives behind their work and also introduce new perspectives and showcase solutions and ideas on how to cope with division.

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09.30

Sparkling Inputs: Diversity & Polarisation

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10.45

Coffee Break

11.15


NOW Promising Practices I

Each community is different. But the challenges of living together are often similar in different local contexts. The series NOW Promising Practices showcases living examples of how to strengthen inclusive social cohesion in diverse communities. We understand practices as methods or ways of action which are adaptable to other local contexts. It is not about describing a project but about explaining how municipalities or local civil society actors tackle societal challenges.

11.45

Lunch

13.00


Sparkling Inputs: Encounter enables Cohesion

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14.00

Workshop Phase I: From Knowledge to Action

During the conference, we will gather different insights on how we can overcome division in our communities. But how can we transform this expertise into action? The workshops will focus on how we can act to actually change something on the local level. This format serves as a laboratory to deepen the understanding of our conference topics and allow participants to experience the themes first hand.

14.30

Coffee Break

16.00


Sparkling Inputs: Insights from Practitioners

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16.30

NOW Promising Practices II

17.00

Encounter with All your Senses

18.00

Dinner

18.30


Evening activity

20.00


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Sparkling Inputs: Acceptance and Identity

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9.00

Workshop Phase II: From Knowledge to Action

09.30

Coffee Break

11.00


Community Hour

11.30

Lunch

12.30


Sparkling Inputs: Bursting Filter Bubbles

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13.30

Collective Wrap Up

14.00

Coffee Break

15.30


Closing

16.00

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