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News on the Torino Youth Peace Meeting

[From comune.torino.it via Deliberative-Democracy.net] In fulfillment of its role as host of the 2006 Olympics, the Youth Policy and International Cooperation and Peace department of the City of Torino invited young people from around the world to participate in “Young words happening,” an international peace dialogue in September, 2005. The program consisted of three days of dialogue around the key issues of access to information, economic development, and cultural integration in the context of the Olympic Truce Torino 2006. The purpose of the event, which engaged more than 1,000 Italian and foreign youth, was to experiment with dialogue between people of opposing opinions, cultures, and faiths, creating room for listening and reflection to prevail. During the three-day dialogue, the city of Torino became an “arena of participation” in which plenary assemblies were held using an adaptation of AmericaSpeaks’ 21st Century Town Meeting method, an approach to participatory discussion used for the first time in Italy. For more information about this unique gathering of young people, please visit the “Young Words Happening” site at: www.comune.torino.it/treguaolimpica/youngwords/

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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