How to
build peace


GPW20 will include a series of workshops and skills transfer sessions to support peacebuilding professionals. The crucial work of non-violent actions and skills in countering hate speech and racism will be shared to help peacebuilders address in their daily work some of the most pressing social and political issues of our times. Opportunities to practice the usually overlooked yet essential skills of empathy, listening, communication and ethical leadership will be offered to support in tangible ways the ways in which trust can be built and reinforced. 

Live Sessions

This year's Live Sessions will all take place online (virtually). Attendees can engage in panel discussions and workshops that have been prepared by our partner organizers. To participate in live sessions under the "How to build peace" thematic track, you must register to attend. Head over to the ‘Live Sessions Agenda’ where you can filter sessions for this thematic track, and confirm your registration by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ button on that page.

Live Side Sessions 

The Virtual Career Fair: A GPW20 Side Event

Join the Graduate Institute Career Services, Professional Development Committee, and Geneva Peacebuilding Platform for a Virtual Career Fair! Students will have the opportunity to spend 30 minutes with different Geneva-based peacebuilding organizations in breakout rooms to learn more about recruiting and hiring practices, and to pose questions to current staff. Participating organizations include: the Kofi Annan Foundation, UNESCO, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Quaker United Nations Office, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, United States Institute of Peace, and Interpeace.

Date: Thursday 5 November | Time: 10:00 - 16:00, CET

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Young Women's Gathering During Geneva Peace Week

Join Unconventional International at our upcoming virtual gathering to connect with other young women working for peace and justice. This fall we are leading the Unconventional Circles Program co-sponsored by MHCR to facilitate spaces that foster friendship, wellbeing and leadership development among young women for peace. Join us this Thursday for a tase of an "Unconventional Circle" and learn more about ways you can be involved in our growing network.

Date: Thursday 5 November | Time 15:30, CET  09:30, ET

Registration: LINK HERE

Mobile Technology Partner to Support Youth

Play for Peace (international NGO) and Kikori (startup edtech company) came together in 2018 with a shared version for building peace and democratizing access to experiential education. Since that time, they have co-created a mobile and browser based application that supports educators, facilitators and peace-builders in 21, primarily post-conflict, countries with experiential and social emotional activities, knowledge sharing and networking. During this interactive workshop, attendees will gain insight into proven experiential and SEL techniques that are shared in the application as well as a reflection on the successes and challenges of creating a for-profit, nonprofit collaboration. Attendees will also preview the evaluation and data collection tools that are being built, together with the University of New Hampshire, and incorporated into the application.  The activities found in the application are categorized by learning outcomes including SEL, 21st Century and Sustainable Development Goals. Individuals and institutions will be invited to download and use the activities and application.  


  • Bryn Lottig is an experienced instructor and facilitator in the education, adventure, and outdoor industries. Her skills include Wilderness Medicine, Challenge Course Management, Corporate Training, and Adventure Education. She received her Master's degree in Adventure Based Experiential Education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Although she has over a decade of experience working with youth, she really refined her facilitation skills by working in the leadership Program at Camp Manito-Wish YMCA for the last 10 years. She lives with her husband, two children and works as an Adventure Program Coordinator for an EL (Expeditionary Learning) School in Northern Wisconsin. 

  • Kendra Bostick is the co-founder of Kikori, a digital platform that supports educators and facilitators in implementing experiential and social emotional learning. Kendra began her PhD studies in Education at the University of New Hampshire in 2019 with a focus on how experiential education impacts academics and wellbeing. In 2017, Kendra completed a Masters degree in Education focused on how to use Adventure Programming and Experiential Education to maximize meaningful learning within the education system. Following her undergraduate and MSW degrees from the University of Michigan, Kendra worked as a School Social Worker for six years and as a therapist within inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health units for two years. Kendra has lived, worked and volunteered in cities around the world including England, Thailand, and Chile.  

  • Sarah Gough brings over 20 years of facilitation experience in the not-for-profit sector and 10 years as Executive Director of Play for Peace, working with teams and organizations from 30+ different countries. Skilled in solution-focused strategies, Sarah infuses compassion and joy into teams working in the most challenging of areas and topics. Grounded in a systems thinking focused MSW in interpersonal relations from the University of Michigan, she has a passion for mentoring change-makers and bridging life-changing work on the ground with a vision that is strategic, collaborative and sustainable. Sarah's expertise includes supporting organizational development, leadership and volunteerism through the use of experiential learning techniques. She has published field research in the Journal for Experiential Education.

Date: Thursday 5 November | Time: 17:00 - 18:15 CET

Registration: LINK HERE

Digital Series

The Digital Series thematic track "How to build peace" will be available to access on this page and the Geneva Peace Week app during and after GPW20. To interact with the content producers through the Geneva Peace Week mobile app, you must register by clicking on the ‘Register Here’ button below.

Content List

Podcast: “Enhancing wellbeing of young women peacebuilders: An interactive online networking session” by Unconventional Content List

Podcast: “Organising and Acting for Peace & Justice: Young Women Leading Change against Gender Based Violence (GBV)” by World YWCA and the Norwegian Church Aid

Podcast: “The key for rebalancing after disruptions starts with listening” by The Global Institute For Evolving Women, Conscious Togetherness, Business plan for Peace

Video: “Together for Peace: From Virtual Compassion, to Reality in Action” by Rotary Action Group for Peace, United4Change

Video: “One Million Global Youth Leaders for Sustainable Development by 2030 and beyond” by Global Challenges Forum  Foundation 

Video: “Healing Grief and Rebuilding Trust as a Pathway to Peace among Conflict Survivors” by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) International, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Video: “#IYC4Peace and the future of Peace Entrepreneurship in Asia” by Asian Youth Peace Network, Youthink Center, DPPA Asia Pacific, Global Committee on Social Business for SDGS

Video: “Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Conversation with Young People on Five Continents” by World BEYOND War, Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network, Westchester Student Organizers for Justice and Liberation, Rotaract for Peace, Voces Líderes Colombia Foundation, Rotary Action Group for Peace, Rotaract, dED_UCATION, Women of Colour Advancing Peace and Security

Podcast: “Enhancing wellbeing of young women peacebuilders: An interactive online networking session” by Unconventional 

Podcast: “An Interview Series about Careers in Peacebuilding” by Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, Graduate Institute Career Services    

Video: “Renewing Peace: Governance Befitting an Evolving World” by Baha'i International Community, Global Governance Forum