The opening event of “Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?” was held on April 24, 2018 at Hangar 11, in the Tel Aviv Port. More than 2,000 people joined the event in order to get inspired about the idea that not only can reality change – sometimes it is actually much easier than it seems. Throughout seven fascinating short lectures, new and optimistic perspectives to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were presented to thousands of people who joined the events.
Prof. Dan Ariely
We are accustomed to thinking that ideologies or land disputes are the real issues behind the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, but what if we are completely wrong?
Prof. Dan Arieli, the “Rock Star” of behavioral economy and one of the most famous lecturers worldwide, will talk about the irrational processes that influence political issues.
Director, The Religious Peace Initiative
For many years, we became accustomed to the idea that the struggle for peace, in its political significance, is the struggle of secular people alone. But why? Roi Ravitzky, manager of the Religious Peace Initiative, which organizes discrete meetings between Sheikhs from Hamas and Rabbis from Jewish Settlements, will tell us what he has learned from the historical meeting 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.
What is the connection between seaweed and reconciliation? The author Maya Savir traveled to South Africa and Rwanda in connection to her philanthropic work, with the objective of teaching her partners there how to grow the nutritious spirulina seaweed as a solution to the serious issue of famine. She found communities who had 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?
High-tech entrepreneur, CEO and founder of the Palestinian Internet provider “Coolnet”.
“I want young people from the East and the West to come, sit, and start working together. I want to build the connections and unite the two sides of the city in these projects” says Hani Alami, a start-up entrepreneur from Ramallah. Will Palestinian high-tech succeed in stirring up the western part of the city and creating an Israeli-Palestinian link that will defeat the extremists?
Hani Alami will give an instructive lecture on both high-tech and contagious optimism.
Prof. Eran Halperin
Social Psychologist, Founder and Head of the Applied Center for the Psychology of Social Change
Countless struggles are consuming Israel: from the large rallies for social justice, passing through the #MeToo campaign, to the demonstrations against corruption. Only one “tiny” issue was forgotten by the general public: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Will this collective amnesia cause us to miss a golden opportunity for resolving this conflict?
Prof. Eran Halperin, winner of the Erik Eriksson Early Career Award (awarded to the youngest, most promising researcher in the world), has dedicated the last years exactly to this question and he came up with brilliant answers.
Strategic Consultant and Activist
Will confronting a person with the deep, concealed meaning of his political choices make him change them? Michal Engelberg will tell us about a real psychological experiment that was carried out in Israel, and which exhibits results that are nothing short of revolutionary. She will point out an exciting new direction for the near future.
Prof. Ruth Feldman
Psychologist and Brain Researcher
“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 the subject of raising children in Israeli and Palestinian families, Prof. Ruth Feldman, a psychologist and a brain researcher from the IDC Herzliya and Yale University, will reveal how education gaps can be resolved by hormones, what we can learn from social brain research and why Ehud Barak never had a chance to bring peace.