New Literacy Lab
learn, unlearn & relearn
peace & conflict
Peace is the new literacy. When the ugly head of war has a thousand faces, when everyday conflicts become entrenched in the system, when disagreement over a single issue breaks up a whole community, friends and families, we need a new literacy to help make sense of the world.
Is peace literacy just being able to express ourselves and to read others? Does it matter how we compose our ideas, beliefs, values and identity?
Our formal – often very expensive – education may, at most, touch on how wars are waged and won (or lost) and their devastation, but it omits how to avert or survive war or even just everyday conflict.
“The illiterate … are not those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn,” said Alvin Toffler, futurist and philosopher.
Join us this summer in the New Literacy Lab, to meet like-minded fellows and to explore how we can, together, learn, unlearn and relearn for peace.
New Literacy Lab
The upcoming Fellowship is designed as a Lab. At the Lab, we will:
examine fundamental concepts of peace and conflict
discuss the need for conflict sensitivity and peace literacy
apply conflict analysis tools to everyday situations
dissect learning – what, where, why, how and we learn
design toolkits for promoting peace literacy
The Peace Fellowship will be conducted largely in Cantonese. 活動主要以廣東話進行。
How does it work?
Connect The 12 Peace Fellows will have plenty of time to get to know each other and work together.
Apply Fellows will practise with different tools to analyse everyday conflict, including conflict mapping, PIN model and the Do No Harm framework.
Experience Learning comprises knowledge and experience. Fellows will be immersed in the experience of learning and unlearning, with the focus on peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Imagine Building peace and transforming conflict require imagination. Fellows will be tasked to imagine a society where everyone is peace literate.
Create Putting imagination into action. Fellows will work in teams to design and test toolkits for promoting peace literacy, be it a board game, a simulation experience, or a metaverse game. Have your say in how learning should be!
Having worked across humanitarian, social innovation and private sector, Fiona brings multi-disciplinary experiences and skills to the team. Born and raised in Hong Kong, the social and political changes that took place in Hong Kong in recent years prompted her to re-think conflict and peace, and inspired her to seek new narratives in and for our community. Fiona co-founded Dialogue Hour Hong Kong with two friends in 2019 to explore meaningful dialogue for difficult conversation.
Jenn’s passion lies in accompanying the people who are changing the world to help them work and live with resilience and better accomplish their purpose. She is a facilitation, training, resilience, and peacebuilding professional with 20 years' experience working on peace and capacity building programs in Thailand, Southeast Asia, and beyond.
Johnson, Ching-Yin YEUNG is a Hong Kong human rights advocate, chairperson of Amnesty International Hong Kong, former convener of now disbanded Civil Human Rights Front, and former student leader. He works professionally as regional campaigner at the Clean Clothes Campaign, which advocates a workers-center, ethical and sustainable fashion industry. He obtained a LL.M at the University of Hong Kong, and his dissertation was about Foreign NGO Law in China. His areas of interest are civic space, business & human rights, mass movement, and digital campaigning. Johnson is a coffee geek and an occasional rock climber.
An art and design commentator, an installation artist, an independent curator, King was actively involved in arts policy and art/design curriculum development in Hong Kong. King loves to produce experimental videos, explore possible forms and approaches for installation art, as well as initiate collaboration among students, teachers, designers and artists through curating exhibitions and publishing projects. He co-founded theDesigns You Don't Know What to Do With Association and Community Museum Project.
King led the Art and Design in Education and Social Design Programmes of the School of Design and was Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the School before his retirement from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in May 2022.
Stephanie is a leadership development expert, learning experience designer and group facilitator, currently working for a global NGO where she focuses on trauma-sensitive practices in classrooms and organisations. She brings years of experience in creating innovative and immersive leadership programmes for participants ranging from teachers and high school students to NGO and corporate and staff in Hong Kong, Jordan, Oman and beyond. She is particularly passionate about taking an equity- and systems- centred perspective in all of her work, in order to create spaces where people can reconnect with their sense of agency, pursue a collective approach and spark transformative change in their communities.
Prior to founding Peace Generation, Teresa worked in journalism, banking and law. She has a growing engagement with peace, having completed mediation training, graduate studies in international peace and published papers on community security, impasse in peace processes and business and peace. She is also an adviser to several other civil society organisations.
Duration and Commitment
The Fellowship is a team experience, your full commitment and active participation is key to the success of the fellowship. You are expected to attend the following sessions:
Orientation day: 25 May 2023 (2-6pm)
New Literacy Lab: 5-9 June 2023 (Full day Monday to Friday)
Lab test run sessions: 17 June, 24 June, 8 July 2023 (10.30am – 1.30pm)
Experiment launch day: 15 July 2023 (10.30am – 1.30pm)
You should be:
An undergraduate or graduate student in a Hong Kong tertiary education institution
Able to commit to the full programme
Interested in the intersection between peace and social, political and cultural issues in Hong Kong
Open-minded and passionate about learning and meeting people
Deadline for application: 11:59pm, 6 May 2023 (Saturday) (updated)
Interview period: A suitable candidate will be invited for an interview within 2 weeks of receipt of application
Confirmation of successful application: 9 May 2023 (updateded)