On 6 and 7 November 2014, Foresee Research Group and IRKS organised the workshop ‘Potentials in Peacemaking’ in Budapest, Hungary. For two days the two organisations worked together to present some of the action research done in Hungary and Austria. Through presentations, films and workshops, the ALTERNATIVE project was introduced to all of the participants. Each participant also had the chance to talk about their own respective fields and expertise.
On 6 November, Gabriella Benedek and Gábor Héra from the Foresee Research Group introduced the action research methodology and the socio-ecological context of the village Kisvaros. Katrin Kremmel and Dr. Christa Pelikan from IRKS did the same for the Gemeindebau social estate in Vienna, Austria. Both action research sites showed the local film they are working on.
During the break on the first day, the participants were treated to an excerpt of Prison Radio, a Hungarian project that allows prisoners to create and diffuse radio to other prisoners at Vác Penitentiary. Judit Hadju, clinical psychologist, family therapist and radio journalist for ADJ Hangot, one of the initiators of the project, attended the workshop. ‘I found out about the workshop on Facebook’, Judit explains. ‘The last time I attended a workshop by Foresee, it was really worth it. This subject is also close to my heart. It was very interesting to hear about the project.’
On Friday, IRKS presented an overview of the findings in Austria. Dr. Eva Győrfi from
Foresee organised a discussion about the findings in Hungary with Dr. Beáta Bodrogi. This was followed by workshops, moderated on predefined questions, on practice, policy and research.
To end the two-day workshop, Foresee organised a circle on conclusions, reiterating the findings during the workshop and brainstorming about resources and motivations for taking the ideas further.
During the final part of the day, a painter was inspired by the discussion and the closing circle to create a painting. Tibor Balogh painted a canvas in front of the participants. At the end of the day, everybody received a signed and framed copy of the art work.