The 26th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum took place on March 1st and 7-9 in Minneapolis, on the campuses of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota West Bank. The 2014 Forum was comprised of four different events:  March 1: Faith and Peace Day, March 7: Law and Business Day, March 8: Science and Health Day and March 9: Global Day.

Mr. Steinar Bryn participated at the forum’s Faith and Peace Day, and other speakers in the program included His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Sister Helen Prejean. Prof. Bryn shared his concerns about the state of peacebuilding today, arguing that the money going into it is not well spent without serious focus on dialogue and reconciliation.

The focus was put on understanding the essence of dialogue and how to tackle the greatest challenges for a facilitator. The session was streamed as a Google Hangout and NDC Skopje Project Manager Veton Zekolli joined the session from Skopje, Macedonia. Mr. Zekolli shared the experience and perspectives of Nansen dialogue Centre Skopje regarding the dialogue the challenges and successes of the dialogue and reconciliation process as well as the influence of the established links and collaboration with the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway.