“Building Resilient Societies” a seminar by Rotary Club of Bangalore and Rotary Bangalore Midtown was held today at the House of FriendshipSunday 23rd of Feb 2020.

A seminar was organised by Rotary Club of Bangalore and Rotary Bangalore Midtown in association with Synergia Foundation on ““Building Resilient Societies” – Conflict Prevention Vs Conflict Resolution on Sunday the 23rd of February at the House of Friendship, Lavelle Road.

An exhortation by Rotary International

“Conflicts and violence have displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children. Globally, every community has a role to play in advancing tolerance, empathy, goodwill and peace. The seminar ended with a result focused network to gain powerful ideas, in depth knowledge, and direct means for action that align with the Rotary mission and Strategic plan. Together we can be a major factor in affecting policies on peace” Rotary Action Group for peace.

The objective of the seminar following the tenets of Rotary International is:

  • Strengthening local peace efforts
  • Training local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict
  • Supporting long-term peace building in areas affected by cvonflict.
  • Assisting vulnerable populations affected by conflict, particularly children and youth
  • Supporting studies related to peace and conflict resolution

The District Governor of Dist 3190 Dr Sameer Hariani delivered the key note address

Other speakers at the seminar were

Past District Governor Venu Rao,

Past President Ram Kumar Seshu

Past President Ravishankar

Past District Governor H R Ananth

Sambratha Shetty COO of Synergia Foundation

The panellists organised a table top simulation based on Game Theory to reinforce the importance of trust, co operation and good will in the society. Maj Gen N George a veteran of peace building in the North moderated the panel discussion. Tobby Simon, the Founder and President of Synergia Foundation provided the context of why the seminar is important. Dr Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh, President of Rotary Club of Bangalore delivered the introductory address and Kamal Bhandari the president of Rotary Bangalore Midtown delivered the concluding remarks.

The basic areas of discussion during the seminar was Poverty reduction, Inequality, Ethnic tension and role of women in conflict prevention. The seminar focused on threats in the new digital age including dissemination of fake news, deep fakes and dignity of the human.

Rotary intends to set up an Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in Bangalore jointly with the Synergia Foundation. The institute will develop methodologies, provide on the ground training, sensitize key stake holders and be willing to help when called upon.

K. R. BALAJI.