(This article was originally posted on August 15th, 2018 on nylc.org.)
By Fatumo Mohamed, NYLC intern
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is one the most enlightening experiences that both teens and adults can partake in. Every year, young leaders gather to learn about changing the world from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. By learning about the laureates, they take inspiration and create their own service learning project. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum is the culmination of work done by both the young leaders and the laureates themselves. It celebrates peace and hope for a better world for everyone.
Events at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum are incredible to witness. From art events, to presenters, etc. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum has it all. A few examples include Cienańos, and Rocky Peter Ajoku. The artists that attend the forum all have a message to bring about world building and change. Through their unique styles the artists teach us about changing the world while having fun. Art events at the forum are a vastly all different while sticking to one theme. From graphic paintings of tragedy to workshops that help you construct a structure based on your emotions, the forum will surely have a workshop that certainly challenge your way of viewing the world.
Themes in the Nobel Peace Prize forum are all about change while focusing on a different aspect of change every year. In 2017, the theme was “Dialogue Across Divided Nations”. The theme of 2016 was “Globalizing Compassion”. Theme of 2015 was “Inclusive and Sustainable Peacemaking and Peace Building”. All of these themes have one thing in common, trying to change the world into a better place. Dialogue Across Divided Nations was about coming together from opposite sides and talking things out. Globalizing Compassion was the importance of how we need to stop being so numb to injustices because it affects us all. Finally, the last theme about peace building teaches us the importance of trying to solve problems through non-violent methods.
People who have changed the world have come and will continue to come to teach us the importance of changing our world for the better. Kailash Satyarthi has been the face against child labor and slavery since the 1980’s. Sanam Naraghi- Anderlini is a co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). President Jimmy Carter earned his Peace Prize in 2002 for his work in resolving international conflicts peaceful. At the Nobel Peace Prize Forum you get the unique opportunity to meet these people and learn from their hard work.
From interpretive dance to spoken word, The Peace Prize Forum has it all. The Forum’s theme of continual change is something we all must learn in order for this world to be better. This Forum opens a fire in young leaders and old leaders alike to inspire even more change. Now that you know what the Forum is and the different aspects, I hope to see you from Sept. 14-15 at NYLC’s Developing Young Leaders at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Minneapolis.
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