Young Peacebuilders’ Forum

On Friday, October 13, the Alliance for Peacebuilding will hold the Young Peacebuilders’ Forum in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Conference. The half-day Forum is designed to educate and empower the next generation of peacebuilders and will feature a series of workshops, panels, and small breakout sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain an insider’s perspective into the field of peacebuilding while honing their personal and professional skills. Forum participants will hear from an array of seasoned peacebuilding practitioners on topics that range from career tips and post-graduate opportunities in peacebuilding to emerging trends in conflict resolution practices. Participants of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to attend the Forum.


Registration Period



Early Bird Registration
(Through June 30)



Standard Registration
(July 1 – Sept 30)



Late Registration
(October 1 – 10)



Day of Registration
(October 13)



If you have registered for the full conference, you do not need to purchase an additional ticket for the Young Peacebuilders’ Forum. If you only plan to attend the Young Peacebuilders’ Forum, click here to register. If you are a member or student of a member organization, be sure to login to your member account to see the member registration rate. Registration for the Young Peacebuilders’ Forum does not include access to other conference activities.


Tentative Schedule of Activities

The schedule for the Young Peacebuilders’ Forum is subject to change. Additional details are forthcoming.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Keynote Address

Althea Middleton-Detzner, Director, Peacebuilding Engineers Program, PeaceTech Lab

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Training Future Leaders in Environmental Peacebuilding

Janet Edmond, Senior Director of Peace and Development Partnerships, Conservation International

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Luncheon

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Conceptual Tools for Strengthening Democracy

Ashok Panikkar, Founder & Principal Consultant, Meta-Culture

As long as we think of democracy as a service delivery system for efficient infrastructure and good jobs; or a mechanism to guarantee absolute equality under the law, we are bound to be disappointed. China does the former well and Singapore does the latter well enough. Through an exercise in grappling with a particularly vexing democratic dilemma, this session will give participants a window into the contradictions and challenges of living in a democratic society. It will also identify the key values and skills that are necessary to build a democratic mind, culture and society.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Navigating Transitions: How to Start A Career in Peacebuilding

Speakers To Be Confirmed

Through a series of small-group breakout sessions, participants will learn how to effectively navigate important transitions while building a career in peacebuilding. The small-group format will allow participants to gain personal access to HR professionals and career counselors who will advise them on making the transition from an undergraduate to a graduate program, from the academic setting to the workforce, and other opportunities, like fellowships. This session will help participants envision their long term goals and get a better sense of the many paths that will lead to a career in peacebuilding