What's The Alternative? Beyond Violence, Injustice & Extremism event, 12th October

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Oct 12th 2014, 11am-5pm

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, BRIGHTON BN3 1AS

FREE for young people, £30 for others

Lunch included


To mark the 30th anniversary of The Grand Hotel bombing, this special event will build the capacity of young people to engage with challenging issues in a constructive way.

Considering the difficult topics of violence, conflict and peace in our time, the event brings together the perpetrators and survivors of violence from some of the most protracted and difficult conflicts in the world. Through a series of panel discussions, workshops and exercises it is an opportunity to hear stories first hand from those who have been involved, and to work together to show that alternatives are possible. Open for all young people aged 14-24 as well as youth workers and support organisations.

The day will be facilitated by Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) & a world-renowoned peace mediator.

Contributors include former gang members, former violent extremists and those affected by violence, all now working with young people to prevent them becoming involved in violent extremism. Amongst those participating will be a young man who survived the attack on Utøya, Norway, a Rwandan who lost his whole family, an ex-racist skinhead who preached violence and hatred and who is now working to help youth engage in community-based peacebuilding, a former member of a radical Islamist organization Al Muhajiroun who now works to engage youth to resist extremism, and ex gang member in London.