SDDP Act Beyond Borders Vision Building in Larnaca in 2010

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Act Beyond Borders: Vision of “what ought to be”
Act Beyond Borders: Vision of “what ought to be”
Report Title SDDP Act Beyond Borders Vision Building (Larnaka 2010)
Triggering Question “What are descriptors of a mutually beneficial co-existence of Israelis and Palestinians?”
Project Act Beyond Borders
Author(s) Anna-Maria Drousiotou
Editor(s) Yiannis Laouris, Larry Fergeson, Kerstin Wittig, Aleco Christakis
Total Duration 6 days
Statistics Participants=21
Number of ideas=69
Number of Clusters=10
Ideas received Votes=6
Dates 24th - 31th February 2010



SDD Co-Laboratory Overview

The workshop was facilitated by Dr.Yiannis Laouris (CNTI), Dr. Aleco Christakis , Dr. Antonis Loizou, Mrs. Maria Kyprianou.

This report was prepared in the context of the project “Human Rights and Reconciliation – Civil Society Acts Beyond Borders’.

The project brought together stakeholders from Israel and the Palestinian Territories with the view of facilitating the peaceful conciliation and management of group interests and promoting solutions on divisive matters or controversial areas.


The Triggering Question (TQ) was:

“What are descriptors of a mutually beneficial co-existence of Israelis and Palestinians?”


In response to the TQ, the 21 participants of the interactive co-laboratory collected a total of 69 descriptors. In the next step, a smaller group of the participants clustered all ideas. The following ten clusters were formed:


Cluster 1: Freedom of Movement
Cluster 2: Sustainable Future for Israel
Cluster 3: Civil Society
Cluster 4: Equality and Self-determination
Cluster 5: Controversial Issues
Cluster 6: Allocation of Priorities
Cluster 7: Economic Cooperation
Cluster 9: Coexistence Tools
Cluster 10: No More War


Having classified all ideas according to the clusters, all participants voted for their most favourable descriptors. The votes were widely spread among most of the descriptors. The descriptors that received the most votes were:


Descriptor# 50 (12 votes): The Palestinian refugees will return.
Descriptor# 9 (10 votes): Moving from one city to other without wasting time at checkpoints.
Descriptor# 7 (8 votes): Each people dealing with the problems and desires independently but with cooperation and mutual assistance.
Descriptor# 68 (7 votes): A major decrease of both nationalism and religiosity ideas and perceptions of life among people of both sides.
Descriptor# 36 (6 votes): Israel and Palestine will be a major player in the world economy.
Descriptor# 60 (6 votes): After one year from now we will not see any Palestinian in Israeli prisons.


The voting results were used to select ideas for the subsequent structuring process which resulted in the creation of what is called ‘a tree of influences', shown below.


Tree of Influence

MAP for  Tree_of_influence3s.
Influence tree



The highly complex ‘tree of influence’, also referred to as an ‘influence map’ consists of five different levels of influence. Descriptors at the bottom are considered to be the most influential. Making progress or achieving results in the bottom descriptors makes it a lot easier to address those that lie higher in the map.


Findings' Summary

In summary, almost all participants agreed that the following ideas are the most influential and agreed that further actions must take these ideas into account:


Descriptor# 17: Mutual agreements and programs in order to create mutual basis of understanding.
Descriptor# 22: The fulfilment of Palestinians’ national ambitions.
Descriptor# 16: The important thing is that the war is stopped and no more people are killed from the two sides - Palestinian side and Israeli side.
Descriptor# 2: Security and sustainable reality for Israelis and the Jewish people.
Descriptors#7 (cycle): Each people dealing with the problems and desires independently but with cooperation and mutual assistance. Descriptor# 22: The fulfilment of Palestinians national ambitions, Descriptor# 16: The important thing is that the war is stopped and no more people are killed from the two sides - Palestinian side and Israeli side, Descriptor# 2: Security and sustainable reality for Israelis and the Jewish people, Descriptor# 7: Each people dealing with the problems and desires independently but with cooperation and mutual assistance.


Participants


The participants of the SDD co-laboratory are:

Name Job title Country
Abeer George Youssef Awwad Student Palestinian
Aia Harel Student Israeli
Anat Romberg Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed -Youth organization Israeli
Dar Nadler Public administrator Israeli
David Swissa NGO/PR Israeli
Erez Naar Head of Scholarship and dormitories / Student Israeli
Hana Azmi Al-Atrash News Producer Palestinian
Husam Hussein m. almeghari President of PDC Palestinian
Itamar Tas Student Israeli
Iyad m. a. faqih Business man/merchant Palestinian
Jehonatan Golany Business man Israeli
Karin Reingewertz Director of NGO community work Israeli
Lior Reshef – Deri Chairman of a student union / Student Israeli
Majd Jammal Project coordinator Palestinian
Manal Isam Ali Ghaben Assistant home mother Palestinian
Qais Osama Abdel rahman Maghary Sales Section Manager Palestinian
Roi Shindler Lawyer Israeli
Shadi ahmad Abdullah alassi EST employee Palestinian
Simon Dabit Project manager Palestinian
Yasmin Celine Confino Administrative assistant to the CEO, advocate Israeli
Ziyad mohmd mohmd alaydi Business man Palestinian