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: 2021-11-08

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.