iCoCo, 3FF & British Council dialogue event
On Thursday, a group of 25 students got together for a discussion on race and identity.
The dialogue was organised by iCoCo, The Three Faiths Forum (3FF) and the British Council and tested out new and exciting dialogue methodologies for difficult conversations. The methodologies have been developed by iCoCo and the British Council over the past 8 months and aim to help people to create a safe and non-adversarial space for dialogue. The tools are particularly useful for people wanting to facilitate dialogue around controversial and difficult topics in highly diverse or difficult contexts.
Over 5 hours, the group, drawn from 3FF’s Undergraduate ParliaMentors programme discussed pertinent questions about dialogue and identity, ranging from the role of modern democracies in facilitating pluralism, the relationships and dynamics between minority and majority in diverse societies and what morals have to do with all of this.
Undergraduate ParliaMentors is an initiative that equips students of different faiths and beliefs with the skills, experiences and networks they need in order to advance in leadership careers. Participants are mentored by parliamentarians and create social action and community empowerment projects with support from leading NGOs. They also receive training and attend events that widen their professional and social networks.
The dialogue tools will be finalised in the next two months. For more information on them, please check back on the iCoCo website, follow us on twitter, or visit the British Council website. For more information on the ParliaMentors Programme, please visit: http://www.3ff.org.uk /mentoring/.
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