OBCP worked with a wonderful group of people at the 2018 International Rotary Conference in Toronto in June. Flavio Bollag of OBCP facilitated the Positive Peace Activity with co-facilitator Badari Ambatti on June 22-23, at the Peacebuilding Summit portion of the 2018 International Rotary Conference in Toronto. The conference brought together over 24,000 Rotarians from across the world as well as a number of international Rotary Peace Fellows.
Flavio and Badari presented on Experiential Peacebuilding and delivered the Positive Peace Activity, which offers an experiential means of exploring the 8 empirical factors that contribute to peace, as identified by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). For many of the 100+ participants, it was their first interaction with Experiential Peacebuilding and the idea of Positive Peace. Rotary International and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) have a partnership in Peacebuilding, as it is one of the focus areas of the Rotary organization. Rotary has expressed great interest in bringing this work forward to Rotary’s 2019 Peacebuilding Summit in Hamburg, Germany.