The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Forum took place March 1-3 in Minneapolis, on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is a premier international event designed to inspire peacemaking, broadly defined. As the Norwegian Nobel Institute’s only affiliation outside Norway, the Forum has probed the deep questions of peace and conflict for more than 24 years. It is not a “sit and listen” conference. In the physical presence of a Peace Prize winner, attendees are uplifted by hearing firsthand of the Laureate’s work, struggles, and triumphs, and they have opportunities to ask questions and interact with the Laureate in a dynamic setting.
Attendees also vigorously participate in workshops and discussion sessions with people who have changed the world in large and small ways. And just as importantly, the Forum provides time for informal discussion and networking that attendees find so valuable. Infused with music and cultural events, the Forum fosters learning through different routes and with different audiences. The event is principally designed with the college-age student in mind, but its specific programs reach and engage people of all ages.
Individuals unable to attend in-person in 2012 were able to experience Forum presentations and workshops through live video streams and online discussions. And in order to facilitate learning and interaction throughout the year, the Forum is building a community of peacemakers through social media, including the Forum blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Year after year, participants say this event is deeply transformational, giving them new perspective on their lives, their careers, and their own efforts to make peace.