Have you heard that there are hormones that influence the conflict and are affected by it?
Have you seen the horizon lately?
In a series of short lectures events throughout Israel, inspirational female and male lecturers, from diverse fields and arenas, will present solutions, thoughts, ideas and perspectives aimed at bringing a new spirit into the fixation surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Opening Event:
April 24th, Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Port
Doors open at 19:00
Event starts at 20:00
The event will be simultaneously translated to English and Arabic and transcribed in Hebrew
Prof. Dan Ariely | There is craziness in logic
We are accustomed to thinking that ideologies or land disputes are the issues that administrate the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but what if we are completely wrong? Prof. Dan Arieli, the “Rock Star” of behavioral economy and one of the most popular lecturers in the world, in a lecture about the irrational motives that administrate the political issues.
Riman Barakat | The Jerusalem bubble
Sometimes you need to distance yourself from home in order to get perspective: after she returned from many years of study in Cairo, Riman Barkat looked at Jerusalem, the city of her birth, with a renewed view, and her heart was broken by the depth of the fraction that she saw between the two neighbouring communities, the Israeli and the Palestinian. In her lecture Barkat, a Palestinian peace activist from the east of the city, will tell us why she thinks that specifically a divided and complicated Jerusalem will initiate the genuine hope for reconciliation and how all this is related specifically to hipsters.
Michal Engelberg | Disputes are good for facial skin
Will confronting a person with the deep concealed significance of his political choices make him change them? Michal Engelberg will tell us about a real psychological experiment that was carried out lately in Israel, which exhibits results that are nothing less than revolutionary, and she will point out an exciting direction of action for the near future.
Prof. Eran Halperin| Imagine something that you have never seen
Countless struggles are eroding Israel: from the enormous rallies of the social protest, through the #MeToo campaign and until the demonstrations against corruption. Only one “tiny” issue was abandoned by the general public: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Will this collective repression make us miss golden opportunities for resolving this conflict? Prof. Eran Halperin, winner of the Erik Erikson Early Career Award (awarded to the youngest, most promising researcher in the world), has dedicated the last years to this question exactly and he returns with brilliant replies.
Roie Ravitzky | Allah is a mouse of a solution
For many years, we became accustomed to the fact that the struggle for peace, in its political significance, is the struggle of the secular people alone. But why? Roie Ravitzky, Manager of the Religious Peace Initiative, which organizes discrete meetings between Sheikhs from the Hamas and Rabbis from the Jewish Settlements, will arrive to tell us what has he learned from the historical meeting that he organized between the founder of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam and the Chief Rabbi of Israel, and how God, or at least his representatives on Earth, could lead to reconciliation in the near future.
Prof. Ruth Feldman | Everything starts in the sandpit
"Children see how their parents argue, and during their adulthood, they bring along this style to their workplaces, loves and wars¨. In a fascinating lecture, based on a research that she carried out on raising children in Israeli and Palestinian families, Prof. Ruth Feldman, a psychologist and a brain researcher from the IDC Herzliya and Yale Universities, will reveal how the education gaps can be resolved by means of hormones, what can we learn from social brain research and why Ehud Barak never had a chance to bring peace.
Maya Savir | Is our dispute something special?
What is the connection between seaweed and reconciliation? The author Mia Savir travelled to South Africa and Ruanda within the framework of her philanthropic work with the objective of teaching her partners there how to grow the nutritious spirulina seaweed as a solution to the serious problem of famine. She found communities who had undergone surprising reconciliation processes following long and bloody disputes, which seemed to be unsolvable, and asked to learn from them what reconciliation actually is. However are we really ready and prepared to learn from the experience of others?
Jerusalem ● Haifa ● Be’er Sheva ● Natanya ● Kfar Saba ● Rehovot ● Givatayim ● Tel Aviv
Who are we?
Behind this initiative stand young Israelis, among them some of the social protest leaders, who were joined by about twenty young men and women from different backgrounds, having vast experience in public activity, and arriving from diverse professional worlds: from the media, creative and marketing, through culture and art and until diplomacy and academia. They possess achievements both as individuals and as a team, among others they were granted local and international awards and they led civic processes and projects that received great public support and recruitment.
How can you measure hope? Apparently, it is possible!
The Opening Event will be accompanied by a unique research, the first of its kind, lead by the Applied Center for the Psychology of Social Change – The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. The research aims to examine the effectiveness of “Have you seen the horizon lately?” and the influence of the diverse contents provided therein. Event participants who will consent to volunteer and join the research will answer diverse questionnaires, before and after the event (long and short-term), in order to examine their indices of hope and involvement, alongside various aspects of emotions and perceptions related to the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.