IMPACT Learning Exchanges
Recognizing that many players in Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (acct) ecosystem work in isolation and seek opportunities for connection and exchange, IMPACT has established the virtual learning exchanges team to envision and coordinate these global, focused online conversations that are hosted at Platform4Dialogue virtual space run by Peace Direct.
In 2021, IMPACT co-convened a bilingual (Spanish and English) learning exchange on Culture and/as Sustainability. Overall, 213 participants joined the Spanish language discussion, sharing 466 comments. The English language platform saw 219 participants in total, generating 557 comments. Participants registered from over 70 countries and had a wide range of affiliations, from grassroots organizations working in the ACCT field, individual artists and consultants, to academics working in the sustainability and/or ACCT fields, members of institutions involved in sustainability and international development, and organizations involved in funding or promoting cultural initiatives.
In 2020, IMPACT hosted two virtual learning exchanges. The first bilingual exchange in Spanish and English Imagining Together/Acting Together took place on April 21 and 22 and brought together about 730 participants from more than 56 countries to explore the core concepts in the conflict transformation field, such as resistance, re-humanization, and reconciliation.
The second bilingual exchange Creative Responses to Gender-Based Violence in Africa in French and English took place on September 3-4. Around 170 participants across Africa and the diaspora joined the conversation.
In 2019, IMPACT hosted two virtual learning exchanges. The first learning exchange was hosted in Spanish and attracted over 130 participants from 21 countries across Latin America and beyond; the second learning exchange focused on higher education engagement in arts, culture and conflict transformation and gathered 43 participants from 15 countries across the globe.
In 2018, IMPACT hosted two virtual exchanges that each attracted approximately 75 people and one in-person exchange with 16 people. Participants came from many parts of the world, and all sectors of the Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (ACCT) ecosystem, including artists, peacebuilders and funders.