All posts by Youth UPF

Some Resources

Changing the World – A short introduction in the science of transformative action developed by Scott Sherman. He did reasearch on successful processes of change and identified key attributes. See also:

MENA-policy for a new generation – A collection of political articles by young scholars and activist in the MENA region. “YAANI – the Young Arab Analysts Network International – is a project to develop capacity in policy analysis amongst young people in the MENA region, with the objective that evidence-based well-argued policy propositions will not only help young people clarify their demands…” (From the Preface) See also

 FDTD – A book surprise.

The Prospects for Dialogue and Reconciliation in Syria: The Role of Religion in International Relations – Proceedings and Declaration from an Interfaith Consulation on Syria in Amman, Jordan from October 11-13, 2013.

UPF’s Middle East Peace Initiative – An overview over past activities and an article by Shelley Elkayam (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) on its impact.


Change Makers shooting off

One offshoot of Creating Change is the ChangeMaker program, developed by us. The youth of Tunisia sparked in its protests the Arab Spring. After the revolution big challenges arose and blocked anticipated developments. Young Tunisians are still waiting for their reward. More effective initiatives need to be taken.

For a first outline see ChangeMakers.

Emna getting the idea for the ChangeMaker program

A Colorful Creative Afternoon

By Paulo D’Alberti

At 15:00 of the second day we’ve held the first part of our Creative Afternoon. Here everyone was granted the possibility to present their group’s country, its issues, its contributions, and other. 4 countries were represented in this first part: Italy, the United Kingdom, Jerusalem (chosen as a common term for participants from both Israel and Palestine), and Malta.

Italy opened the presentation with a video showing images of the country at the sound of Bocelli’s song. The issue that Italian participants wanted to bring to the table was the one about immigration, how their country is in the frontline to solve this issue, especially as an African gateway to Europe. The presentation ended with a patriotic song O Bella Ciao, that reminded of the sacrifices that were made to form the modern nation.

Next in line was the United Kingdom. The representatives of the UK are a very diverse group, and this diversity echoed in their presentation. Starting with some rapping offered by Keldon, they certainly managed to raise the spirit. Following were a video of London, a movie trailer about Jane Eyre, talking about the story of an influential woman writer from a time when women weren’t allowed to write, and a presentation of UK as a centre of multiculturalism and diversity. To close, the group leader Christa presented Youth UPF, its members, the work they do, and left a video message for the youth, calling them to action because their time is now.

The third group were the representatives of Israel and Palestine, united under the term Jerusalem. Despite coming representing Kids 4 Peace, a group about bridging inter-religious diversities, it was hard for them to find a common ground about what to present. This common ground in the end was represented by food and K4P itself. After showing a video which introduced the idea and activities, every participant was asked to write a message that they could take back to Jerusalem.

Last but not least, the hosting nation of Malta. Opening with a reference to the International Leadership Conference which was held there a year ago and became the initial impulse to organize this exchange. They touched on the importance of blogging as a way to let people know about what is going on, and in relation to that, they brought on the table the issue of fishing. More concretely they showed a video which presented the central role that fishing plays for Malta, how it’s very helpful, but also the problems that are connected to overfishing, and catching fish before they fully grow, even more reducing the fish population.