Re-examine and Rethink Hong Kong through a Peace Lens

COVID mutation, 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 Peace Fellowship invites young people to examine these issues through the peace lens and to draw lessons from places that have experienced significant social and political changes.

Peace Fellows will explore the possibilities of peace in a workshop setting, and then work in teams to identify opportunities and formulate actionable solutions to social issues.

We are looking for 12 university students who are open-minded and interested in social, political and cultural issues to join this new cohort of Fellows.

Workshop Week and Peace Lab

The January fellowship consists of two parts: 

  • Part 1 Workshop Week (3 – 7 January 2022): 5 days of workshops and other group activities, including an overnight camp on 6 and 7 January, on subjects related to peace and conflict
  • Part 2 Peace Lab (8 January – 18 February 2022): an experiential lab that takes place over 6 weeks during which Fellows will attend 4 half-day in-person sessions on 22 January, 29 January, 5 February and 18 February and work in teams to develop solutions to social issues

The Peace Fellowship will be conducted largely in Cantonese. 活動主要以廣東話進行。

Guest speakers
Cho
Cho Man-Kit
Nonviolent Communication
Hui Po Keung
Hui Po-Keung
Peace vs War Mentality
Paddy Ng
Paddy Ng
Community Participation
Salt
Salt@Corrupt The Youth 好青年荼毒室
Community Participation
Health in Action
Health in Action
Health for All
HER Fund
HER Fund
Gender Equality
Mobile Co-learning
Mobile Co-Learning
Alternative Learning

Part 1: Workshop Week (3 – 7 January 2022)

The activities are designed to provide a safe space for interactive learning on peace and related topics. 

Sustainable peace and the community: What are some emerging forms of community, and how do these new communities change the ways we participate in public affairs? How do we sustain peace through community engagement?

Conflict transformation: How do we better understand the dynamics of the conflicts in our communities? How does it help reveal values and needs and provide opportunities to transform relationships?

Civil society and peacebuilding: What roles do civil society organisations play in community participation? How do civil society organisations enable meaningful and vital public engagement in decision-making?

Building trust for peace: Why is trust necessary for tackling conflict? How can we reinstate trust in one another so as to build community resilience?

Part 2: Peace Lab (8 January – 18 February 2022)

Peacebuilding requires imagination and commitment. The Peace Lab will help Fellows test their ideas and put them to work.  

How does it work?

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

Identify solutions: Fellows will identify means to address the needs 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: Fellows will test the prototypes with end-users and refine the design 

Duration and format:

The Peace Lab will commence immediately after the workshop week. It will take place over 6 weeks from 8 January to 18 February 2022, during which each team will work with the Peace Generation team plus external mentors and advisers.

Fellows are expected to: 

  • Work closely with team members in person or online
  • Spend an average of one day per week on developing the solution
  • Arrange regular meetings with mentors/advisers
  • Attend in-person workshops on 22 January, 29 January, and 5 February
  • Attend an in-person final presentation session on 18 February

Eligibility

We are looking for 12 Peace Fellows who are:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students in Hong Kong tertiary education institutions
  • Able to commit to the full programme (Mandatory sessions include a pre-fellowship meetup on 29 December 2021 (2 – 5pm), and all sessions in Parts 1 & 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 being a Peace Fellow.

Application deadline: 11:59pm, 5 December, 2021 (Sunday)

Want to know more? Join our online briefing session on 22 November 2021 or get in touch at info@peacegeneration.hk

Key dates
  • Online briefing session: 3.30 – 4.30pm, 22 November 2021 (Thursday)
  • Deadline for application: 11:59pm, 5 December 2021 (Sunday)
  • Online interviews for selected applicants: From 1 December 2021
  • Confirmation of successful application: Week of 6 December 2021
  • Pre-fellowship meetup: 2 – 5pm, 29 December 2021 (Wednesday)
  • Workshop week: 3 – 7 January 2022 (Monday - Friday)
  • Peace Lab: 8 January – 18 February 2022