Frequently Asked Question
Macquarie University, Australia
Conforming to society to avoid conflict does not equal peace. Prior to the summit, I had a black and white view of conflict and peace, viewing them as opposing forces struggling to subdue the other. Yet this experience allowed me to recognise the necessary partnership the two concepts have.
Looking back at the experience, I can confidently say that the Peace Summit sparked a change in my life. Being surrounded by delegates from around the world, I was immersed in diverse perspectives which challenged my assumptions and worldview. Yet, there was a united stance in our mission for peace.
This summit was more than a platform for ideas, storytelling, and networking – it was a call to action, inspired and informed by the events that unfolded. Whether it be the first day of awkwardly trying to befriend other delegates or the last day where we wished these new friends good luck as they implement peace initiatives, these events taught me so much about myself and the world and I would encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the experience.
One cannot be spouting notions of peace if you are too scared to take the first step. So, what is the next step from here? I believe it is a matter of looking at conflict in the eyes and asking, ‘what opportunities for peace can you bring to me today?