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Film “BLIND TRUST: Leaders & Followers in Times of Crisis” – Live Panel and Q&A

9 September @ 6:00 pm

The Film:

“BLIND TRUST: Leaders & Followers in Times of Crisis” is about the work of Vamik Volkan who grew up as an ethnic minority on the divided island of Cyprus, home for two warring ethnic groups – the Turks and Greek. After training to be a psychiatrist in Turkey Volkan founded the “Center for the Study of Mind & Human Interaction” at the University of Virginia and, over the next four decades, brought enemy groups together for dialogue in traumatized regions around the globe. Based on his fieldwork, he has created a new vocabulary for understanding group emotion, one based on shared trauma, its transmission across generations, and the task of collective mourning.


Join us! Hear first-hand experiences of young peace-builders from areas around the world and how they reflect on the work of Dr. Volkan from their youth perspective.

On September 9 at 6 pm CET, you can join the live panel discussion and engage in a Q&A via Zoom. You can find the link on the platform under Q&A.

YPI is a youth-led organization that promotes the inclusion of youth in peace and reconciliation processes. Established in 2014, YPI empowers youth to be partners in peace and to be recognized as such. YPI connects youth in (post-)conflict regions, engages youth in dialogue and peace-building activities, and creates a platform to advance inclusive peace.

YPI’s flagship initiative is the Young Leadership Experience (YLE): a year-long program in which 8 Israelis and 8 Palestinians develop themselves personally and professionally by attending training, workshops, conferences, and dialogue sessions to become leaders in their communities and beyond.

Please consider making a donation via the platform’s Store. This event is free but you can donate to YPI and the film’s completion so we can continue our essential work.