Live the other, experience yourself!
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 30 Nov 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The training course - "Live the other, experience yourself!" took place in the center of Italy - Arezzo (Tuscany) in the little medieval village, called "Rondine Citadel of peace", from 28 September to 4 October. The project had a duration of 6 days and involved 27 participants from 6 different countries, from European Union and EECA countries (Italy, Spain, Germany, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) and 3 trainers from Italy, Georgia and Lebanon. The training program "Live the other, experience yourself!" presents a progressive laboratory work on oneself and on the other, from a personal and a cultural point of view. The aim of the training was to allow the different parties represented in a conflict to lay the groundwork for possible future mediation or compromise, based on the understanding of the other and on empathy. The conflicts called into question are very different from each other but also linked in many ways: civil strife, social, ethnic claims, territorial disputes, cultural distances, armed clashes, frozen relations, etc. Often the parties involved in a collision do not know the other party, but simply their own reasons. This training course wanted to disrupt the mechanism that nourishes and intensifies the conflict, to initiate a process of dialogue and understanding between individuals and parties. Acquiring the knowledge about the other is linked with the rediscovery of oneself, through a mix of activities that materialize cultural exchange and relationships. Trainers came from years of experience in the approach to the conflict and peacebuilding, have guaranteed to the project's validity and effectiveness. "Live the other, experience yourself!" was designed as a training away from philanthropic or political ideologies to focus, instead, on the daily individual potential in an empirical and tangible way. Through the training sections, the route allowed each participant to relativize their position, making curious and friendly approaches towards the others. From knowledge comes the recognition of the other which was the final goal of "Live the other, experience yourself!".

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