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Public roundtable: Should we meet online?

Public roundtable: Should we meet online?

On 16 November, three member organisations of the CyberMediation Network – USIP, CMI and NOREF – will convene a public roundtable on the development and use of online platforms for dialogue efforts.

Published: 08/11/2021

The session will focus on practical findings resulting from their experience in using or developing online dialogue platforms as they were forced to move their operations online during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the reflections will encompass the new normal and how these platforms can support peacemakers in a post-pandemic world. 

Time: 16 November, 9 am (ET) / 2 pm (CET)

Participants will consider both the use of existing online platforms and platforms developed or customised to address the specific needs of a dialogue process. Exploring practical case studies from different conflict contexts, the panellists will discuss the following questions: 

 What need(s) did the communication through the platform respond to?

  • How did the political context, actors and issues at stake determine the selection of the platform and its features? 
  • What significant challenges were encountered in the development and use of online dialogue platforms? 
  • How did peacemakers’ facilitation practice change online? 
  • How will these platforms serve peacemakers in a post-Covid world? 


  • Florence Mandelik, Head of Programme, NOREF Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution 
  • Nicholas Zaremba, Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace (USIP) 


  • Aino Piirtola, Project Officer, Digital peacemaking, CMI – Martti Ahtisaari Peace Foundation 

If you want to participate, please register here.