Significant changes resulting from COVID plus political and constitutional makeover are sweeping through the territory.

In tumultuous times like this, how do we make sense of values like freedom, justice and democracy? How do we recover hope and a sense of direction? What can we do to mend the divides in society and reinstate trust in one another?

The Peace Fellowship invites young people to examine these questions through the peace lens and to draw lessons from other places that have experienced significant social unrest and political changes.

This second cohort of Peace Fellows will first explore the possibilities of peace in a workshop setting, and then work in teams to identify opportunities and formulate plans that will turn into peace actions in the Peace Lab.

We are looking for 10 university students who are open-minded, enjoy meeting people and are interested in Hong Kong social, political and cultural issues to join this new cohort of Fellows.

Workshops and Peace Lab

The summer fellowship consists of two parts: 

  • Part 1 Workshops (28 June – 2 July): 5 consecutive days of workshops and other group activities on different subjects related to peace and conflict 
  • Part 2 Peace Lab (3 July – 30 July): a Peace Lab that takes place over 4 weekends in July during which Fellows will work in teams to develop solutions to social issues

Participants are required to attend all sessions in Part 1 and the weekly mentorship sessions and final presentation sessions in Part 2. The Peace Fellowship will be conducted in Cantonese supplemented with English.

Guest speakers
Michael Alar
Michael Alar
Conflict Transformation
Thomas Gnocchi
Thomas Gnocchi
Transitional Justice
Kimling Lau
Kimling Lau
Nonviolent communication
Susi Law
Susi Law
Participatory Democracy
Warren Luk
Warren Luk
Community Participation
Margaret Ng
Margaret Ng
Justice
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Salt@ Corrupttheyouth 好青年荼毒室
Justice
Peace Lab mentors and motivators
Grace Hui
Grace Hui
Motivator
Howard Ling
Howard Ling
Motivator
Cesar Harada
Cesar Jung-Harada
Mentor
Warren Luk
Warren Luk
Mentor
Marat Yu
Marat Yu
Mentor

Part 1: Workshops (28 June – 2 July 2021)

The workshops and other group activities in Part 1 are designed to provide a safe space for learning and discourse on peace and related topics relevant to Hong Kong. Speakers and facilitators are experts from different fields. The interactive nature of the sessions will help deepen discussion on topics including:  

Is Peace Possible?
We will look at what peace means. Fellows will learn the differences between positive and negative peace and their application, the conditions that are needed to sustain peace and the importance of understanding and realisation of peace through everyday living in tumultuous times. 

Conflict and Violence: The Inevitable?
Is conflict inevitable? If so, is violence also the inevitable outcome of conflict?  We will discuss different types of violence, including direct, structural and cultural violence. We will also take a deeper look at the dynamics of conflict and how it helps reveal values and needs and provide opportunities to transform relationships.

Mending the Divide
Mediation, arbitration and negotiation are common means for tackling conflicts, with emphasis on the outcome. For social conflicts, where opinions are polarised, community dialogue can be an effective tool to connect people and (re)build trust. We will discuss the different means for tackling conflict and for building trust, and provide training on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an approach to communication with practicable technique that helps discovery of needs of oneself and others in conflict. 

Participatory Democracy
Democracy is indispensable if peace is to sustain in a society. What else is there beyond the episodic casting of votes at a polling station? We will explore and compare different formats of community participation in other places and Hong Kong and how they enable meaningful and vital public engagement in decision-making. 

Justice and Peace
Justice is widely regarded as being fundamental to a well-functioning society. What then is the role of justice in social systems beleaguered by conflict? We will explore the different mechanisms for addressing violations and providing redress, including transitional, restorative, and social justice, in a panel discussion. The panelists will draw on case studies and discuss their relevance to Hong Kong today.
 

Part 2: Peace Lab (3 July – 30 July)

To build peace, we need imagination, dedication and creativity. The Peace Lab is designed to help Fellows to test their ideas and put them to work.  

In the Peace Lab, Fellows will identify problems in our society, examine the causes and work in teams to develop actionable solutions that address the problems. 


How does it work?

Understand the issue: Fellows will research a social issue and speak with stakeholders to understand the causes and dynamics of the issue 

Identify solutions: Working in teams, Fellows will identify means to address the issue and develop actionable plans

Integrate peace values: Values that are at the core of peacebuilding, such as inclusivity, respect, trust, nonviolence, sustainability, will be key design considerations of the solutions 

Build and test out prototypes: Teams will test out the prototypes with end-users and refine the design 

 

Duration and format:

The Peace Lab will commence after the 5-day workshops. It takes place over 4 weeks from 3 July to 30 July, 2021. During the 4 weeks, each team will work under the mentorship of the Peace Generation team and external mentors to develop the solution. Fellows are welcome to learn at their own pace and work after hours or on weekends.

Fellows are expected to: 

  • Work closely with other team members in person or online
  • Spend an average of one day per week on developing the solution
  • Attend a weekly face-to-face/online meeting with mentors 
  • Attend in-person final presentation sessions to share their issues and solutions with other Fellows, mentors and motivators 

Eligibility

We are looking for 10 Peace Fellows who are: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate students in Hong Kong tertiary education institutions
  • Able to commit to the full programme (Mandatory sessions include all workshops and activities in Part 1, and weekly mentorship sessions and final presentation sessions in Part 2)
  • Interested in the intersection between peace and social, political and cultural issues in Hong Kong
  • Open-minded and passionate about learning and meeting people

Application

Complete the application form now if you are interested in becoming a Peace Fellow. In the application form, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A short statement about why you would like to be a Peace Fellow
  • A letter from your future self about Hong Kong in 2051
  • Any other information that would awe us!

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 23 May 2021 (Sunday)

Want to know more? Join our online briefing session (14 May 2021) or get in touch by email at info@peacegeneration.hk

Key dates
  • Online briefing session: 3.30pm – 4.30pm 14 May 2021 (Friday)
  • Deadline for application: 11:59pm 23 May 2021 (Sunday)
  • Interviews for selected applicants: week of 24 May 2021
  • Confirmation of successful application: week of 31 May 2021
  • Workshop week: 28 June - 2 July 2021 (Monday - Friday), 10am - 4pm daily 
  • Peace Lab: 3 - 30 July 2021