A morning coffee. Community. Bringing people together. 

In these challenging times, we are grateful to be able to extend our in-person events into the digital space. Instead of our regular CreativeMornings Cluj event, during the lockdown in Romania, we did a weekly series of Virtual Morning Coffee with one of our previous speakers, every Friday morning.      Our first virtual coffee was with the amazing Kai Brand-Jacobsen and we discussed about how we as a community, humanity and each of us as individuals are managing and responding to the current situation. From the incredible creativity of how we’re responding in our communities and around the world to how we can manage possible anxiety and stress; to what it means for our global economy and communities to what we can do to shape our future going forward here in Cluj, Romania and internationally. Kai Brand-Jacobsen was our speaker in February 2018 and explored with our community the global theme of Symmetry. Check out his talk also, which is so inspiring. 

About the speaker

Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen is regarded as one of the leading pioneers, innovators and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and addressing challenging and complex conflicts and crisis in the world today. For more than 20 years he has worked across all continents and many of the most challenging war zones and crisis situations – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Sudan, Israel-Palestine, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and elsewhere – at the invitation of the United Nations, governments, international agencies and organizations, and local communities affected by conflict and war. He is a senior trainer for the International Peace and Development Training Centre (IPDTC) and has provided more than 400 training programmes for governments, UN missions and agencies, and organizations in the field.

From 2015 – 2017 he headed PATRIR’s support for sub-national mediation and peace processes in Libya. In 2016 he headed the UN-supported Nineveh Paths to Social Cohesion, Coexistence and Peace project in Nineveh, Iraq-KRG, one of the areas worst affected by the ongoing war with ISIS.

From 2016 – 2018 he was a Senior Researcher for the EU consortium project “PeaceTraining.EU”. This included the review of training curricula, approaches and methods for peacebuilding and prevention training across the EU and internationally; review of training standards and qualifications for training centers and trainers; exploration of the frontier use of information and communication technologies in training; and authoring the “Peace Training Handbook”. He is currently also editing a special edition of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development on Training and Capacity Building for Peacebuilding, Crisis Management and Prevention.

He is a practitioner with extensive experience in mediation and facilitation of peace processes and working on the ground to prevent violent conflicts, end wars, and support reconciliation and healing after violence. His work is one of the subjects of the recent documentary movie In Pursuit of Peace (https://vimeo.com/150351138).

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