What is perceived as a conflict today can take many more different forms than it used to 20 years ago. It is very hard to keep conflict parties apart and prevent their communication today, in times of modern technologies and digital communication.
The EU considers conflict resolution as an important objective of its policies. There are number of policy instruments to promote conflict transformation through constructive engagement which covers a range of sectors affecting conditions and incentives at the different levels. EU has also recognised the importance of engaging the civil society in situations of conflict, but we see young people as crucial part of the civil sector that needs to be more engaged in this field. The project ”New Age Conflict Transformation” aims to address this problem and to find youth-friendly solutions for online activism for transforming conflicts using tools that are available online.
The innovative part of this project is that it introduces online tools as the key change in youth participation in conflict transformation, as well as developing new methods for involving youth actively. Young people have new ways of virtual interaction which is precisely what his project will use to bring young people into the spotlight of conflict transformation, creating innovative methods while doing so. Time starts running faster in time when information spreads around the world in seconds. This project will try to help youth work keep track with this new era and give youth organizations tools to respond faster and react on negative occurrences online more promptly than before. We believe that this is innovation and we will keep being innovative with real time changes and modifications that keep pace with the world of today, instead of lagging behind and dwelling on the old-fashioned approaches.
The project is co-financed by Erasmus + Programme.