Zero-COVID measures and political and constitutional makeover have affected the community in superficial and fundamental ways. Social distancing has, over time, impacted not just queuing and seating arrangements but also economic activities and sense of belonging or isolation in the community. How do we build a community that is resilient enough to look beyond differences and to look out for one another in times of crisis? How do we develop innovative ideas for building our community?
The 2022 January cohort of Peace Fellows explored the possibilities of peace in Hong Kong in a series of workshops, facilitated discussions and community visits. They then worked with civil society organisations to identify opportunities and formulate actionable solutions to social issues.
Peace can happen anywhere if we respect and understand each other, spend time caring for our neighbours, and have honest conversations with ourselves.
We can only achieve peace if we adopt a peaceful and open attitude towards communication. And peace is not a binary but a spectrum – it takes the efforts of many stakeholders for our society to reach a relatively peaceful place.