Tools for Peace


Tools for Peace is a network, established in April 2015, for the exchange of skills and knowledge concerning practical peacework.  The network focuses on methods and techniques which lead to peaceful attitudes and behaviour that can be applied at any level.

Tools for Peace was founded on the insight that there are many effective practice tools for peace which are never sufficiently shared due to the lack of a forum for spreading, integrating and developing them.  Thus, the discussion concerning peace remains mostly at a philosophical or idealistic level.

The Tools for Peace network is independent and consists of independent actors.  One of the goals of the network is to inspire the actors to create new projects together outside of the network.  While the network is administered in Stockholm and meetings held in Stockholm, it includes actors and tools which are European and global.

The main activity of the network in the first instance is to meet and share competence.  During 2015 one monthly lunch time meeting of 1.5 hours was hosted in Stockholm.  The first meeting took place on Thursday, 27 August, 12.00-13.30 at Europahuset with Sundeep Waslekar sharing his experience with Track One and Half Diplomacy.  These lunch time sessions allows for 18 minutes for presenting a tool followed by a moderated discussion.

The Tools for Peace team is currently evaluating the 2015-2016 program and planning for the future.  Please watch this page for new and exciting information coming soon!

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Thursday, 27 August, 12:00 -13:30, Europahuset (Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm)

Track One and a Half Diplomacy with Sundeep Waslekar, Strategic Foresight Group


…addresses his extensive experience of Track One and a Half Diplomacy, which means facilitating dialogue between representatives of governments or parties in conflict who are actual decision makers, but who meet in a non-binding manner. Europe has been the most significant player in facilitating Track One and a Half Diplomacy in conflict affected regions of the developing world. Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Germany and France have played important roles from Brazzaville Accord that ended the African Cold War to the Oslo accord between Israel and Palestine that half succeeded to many other initiatives. SFG has been working closely with Sweden and other European countries in Track one and a half diplomacy exercises.

Thursday, 22 October, 12:00 – 13:30

Location: Institution för Pedagogik och Didaktik, Frescativägen 54, bakom Natur Historiska Museet.

Visualizing our Social Structures in Society

Andrea Hvistendal

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…discusses her experience of working with a tool for understanding and development used in conflict areas and in Swedish schools. Andrea was part of a working group at three development conferences in Iraq 2013-2014 organized by the Folke Bernadotte Academy’s peace and conflict management agency. Here, she guided workshops with her game ”Our Move.”  Developed by Andrea herself, the game is a tool, a participative art work and board game. It creates insights and dialogue processes through the participants and visualizes local or global patterns and issues. The game was shared in an exposition in Athens and will be used in Rio de Janeiro in December. Andrea is a visual ”society-close” artist who explores contemporary issues such as social injustice, globalization, and sustainability. Hvistendahl’s work generates new meeting points within and between different social areas and aims to highlight the complexities of our time and the future in its many layers.

Thursday, 19 November, 12:00 – 13:30 

Biographical Narrative to encourage active conscious citizenship with Julie Lindahl and Agnieszka Bron

Location: Institution för Pedagogik och Didaktik, Frescativägen 54, bakom Natur Historiska Museet.

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….discuss the development of their joint project concerning the use of biographical narrative in relation to WWII and the Holocaust to encourage active conscious citizenship. Awareness of our connections to WWII and the Holocaust are of particular relevance to our capacity to be conscious active citizens today. While some European nations have done a great deal to raise awareness about these calamities, at individual, family and community levels much work remains to be done. Even in a neutral country like Sweden, feelings of guilt associated with this period of history continue to inhabit collective and individual psyches and frequently block more active citizenship. Lindahl and Bron discuss their extensive experiences and the methodological skills that can be provided to those who would like to pursue family or community stories related to WWII and the Holocaust.

Thursday, 17 December, 12:00 – 13:30 

Non-Violent Communication with Marianne Göthlin

Location: Cloudberry, Norrlandsgatan 12 (Stockholm)


…presents her experience of training teachers in non-violent communication in schools in Sweden and elsewhere. Göthlin discusses the greater awareness which needs to be built into the way we interact with one another as a foundation for building lasting peace.

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 12:00 – 13:30 

Group Story-Making for Social Change with Julie Lindahl and Megan Cosgrove, Stories for Society

Location: Drottning Kristinas väg 45, Konferensrum 3, 11428 Stockholm, Sweden

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Stories for Society shares their experience of working with group story-making for social change in the post-conflict environment of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Stories for Society’s 2014-15 Swedish Institute sponsored project focused on working with schools and youth to bring about a new form of dialogue to overcome ethnic and religious tensions.


The founders of Tools for Peace include:

Cicek Cavdar, expert on social networking, KTH

Deborah Duerr, Galleri Duerr and Stories for Society

Martin Dworén, Fryshuset

Marianne Göthlin, non-violent communication expert

Julie Lindahl, Stories for Society

Andrea Hvistendahl, artist, Studio 44

Cecilia Nordström, Chairperson, Berättarministeriet and Raoul Wallenberg Academy for Young Leaders and Project Leader, Tällberg Foundation

Maya Rebermark, Stockholm International Water Institute

Håkan Sandberg, Cloudberry & Stories for Society



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