Eventually the three-month seminars in Lillehammer led way to three-day workshops located in the Balkans themselves. A more or less 'neutral' space was found in the Montenegrin town of Herceg Novi, where members of different ethnic groups would meet (especially Kosovar Serbs and Albanians in the leadup to the 1999 war, as documented in the film Reunion
But while much of the dialogue work has naturally returned to the Balkans, Lillehammer remains a space for training dialogue facilitators from around the world. These weeklong sessions consolidate dialogue and mediation skills and offer an opportunity to become immersed in the Nansen Dialogue method. But while we were there for the summer school, there was another large-scale event taking place.
The Lillehammer Dialogue City
festival is a new initiative spearheaded by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue. It brought together a number of dialogue facilitators from around the world to discuss themes as varied as inclusion, trust-building, post-conflict reconstruction, anticipating future conflicts and more.
They took the form of panel discussions centered around a theme, with facilitation being provided by a member of the NCPD. A powerful element of these discussions were the Fishbowl Dialogues.