The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue’s vision is a society where people meet across conflict lines to build trust and strengthen the work for lasting peace. This is based on a strong belief in people's capacity to change their own situation and in the recognition that conflict is a natural part of all societies.
Conflicts are characterized by competing truths, interests, and perspectives, and they have inherent potential for change and growth. To counteract segregation and exclusion and to prevent violence, there is a need for safe arenas where people can meet across different identities and opinions without fear of threats, violence and harassment.
The mission of Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue is to provide safe space and promote dialogue to counter polarization and violence.
What Is Dialogue?
Dialogue is a form of conversation based on respect and openness. Listening with attentive presence is at the core of dialogue. Instead of arguing and commenting, in dialogue you are encouraged to ask questions to understand more. To ensure inclusion of all participants, the dialogue is facilitated by someone who is trained for the task.
Facilitating a dialogue means facilitating inclusive conversations where all participate on equal terms and are listened to, regardless of status, power, and level of knowledge. Participants experience a community where they are met with respect and interest and are given opportunities to express what feels important to share with others.
Dialogue Requires Time
Dialogue processes are required to continue over time in order to create lasting changes. The energy and commitment inherent in conflicts are actively used to achieve constructive change. The goal is not to find quick solutions, but rather to build relationships, understand the causes of conflict and to create a shared platform.
Hence, the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue usually collaborates with local partners and actors.