Peace and Conflict Resolution Panel, OYW 2014

Peace and Conflict Resolution Panel, One Young World, Dublin

I was fortunate enough to be sponsored by the OPEC Fund for International Development to attend the One Young World Summit in Dublin, and hear how two inspiring gentlemen loyalist Jackie McDonald and republican Sean Murray, who fought on opposite sides during “the Troubles”, are now working towards reconciliation and sustained dialogue in Ireland. This could not be more up my alley. Turns out, there are a lot of us young people working towards the same goal in our respective countries, and we all got the chance to say a few words about what we’d learned during our special breakout session with Jackie, Sean, and others involved in the talks. Below is a clip describing what I found most inspiring.

Building Bridges in ‘The Architect’

Building Bridges is featured in the April issue of The Architect; the theme for the month is walls. It is guest-edited by Anoma Pieris, also a product of MIT’s SMArchS programme. I’m thrilled that she reached out to me, partly because BB is a project that is very dear to me, and partly because I am a fan of her work. Over the past year, she has been incredibly generous with her advice on navigating academia.

You can pick up a copy of The Architect from the SLIA headquarters on Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 7.