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ASIA PEACE INNOVATORS FORUM

Format

Forum Format

Phase 1
In Phase 1 (2019-2021), the Asia Peace Innovators Forum will include up to 90 Fellows, carefully selected to reflect a broad range of interests and specialties, but also synergies and opportunities to share related experiences.  Fellows have been selected from their work in five geographic categories: three priority Asian countries (Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand), other south- and east-Asian countries, and relevant countries from the rest of the world.  
During the covid crisis, Fellows have begun to meet online throughout 2020 for a series of both topic-based workshops and informal gatherings, as well as in closed platforms to exchange written materials including articles, feature interviews, and blog-style posts. Online platforms are keeping Fellows connected, giving them the opportunity to share experiences across sectors, cultures, and geographies.  Fellows thereby benefit from the guidance, space, and skills to explore new approaches to peace mediation and opportunities for cooperation.  These interactions will help devise plans and seed new pilot projects to advance peace and reconciliation in their countries, working collaboratively with other Fellows and broader networks both within their own countries.
Once international travel resumes after the covid-19 crisis, three cohorts of approximately 30 Peace Innovators each will meet for four-day workshops held at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar.  At the workshops, Fellows will devise plans to seed new projects to advance peace and mitigate conflicts in the countries in which they work.  Following each cohort’s workshop experience in Salzburg, Fellows will remain engaged in the Forum through the provision of curated online platforms and tools to exchange ideas, expand collaboration potential, and gain further insights into the work of other Fellows across the network. 
Knowledge and best practices will be further disseminated through social media, journalistic articles in local, regional and global media, and reports.

Phase 2
Phase 2 (2021-2022) will consolidate impact, promoting new and deeper ties across the network and generating collaborative projects among Fellows (both within their own countries and/or cross-border) addressing what they identify as the most promising opportunities for place-based peace innovation in the future. Of the 90 Fellows who participated in Phase 1, Salzburg Global Seminar will select two groups of 30 of the most promising and engaged Fellows (mixing across the cohorts) to take part in follow-up three-day workshops held in Asia in 2021 and 2022. These workshops will build on relationships established and ideas conceived in Phase 1 and invite Fellows to identify and propose concrete opportunities for collaborative projects and future network activities. As part of the workshops’ program, Fellows will undertake site visits to examine local examples of conflict prevention and peace mediation initiatives (not in situations of on-going conflict) and learn about valuable solution approaches.
Fellows selected for participation in Phase 2 workshops will also be expected to serve as ambassadors for the Asia Peace Innovators Forum by continuing to engage with other Fellows in their region during and after their participation, and by facilitating communication with the wider network of Fellows through continued online networking and network collaboration.

Please note that the application deadline for the Asia Peace Innovators Forum was the October 31. 2019.  Successful applicants were informed of their appointment in December 2019.