Ensurement of optimal environment

After the seminar in September 2022, our intern and alumnus Orel Scheinin has done a research into the role of dialogue in conflict resolution. In his report, ‘COME dialogue seminar – the role of dialogue in conflict resolution‘, he introduces the dialogue seminar’s impact using a data sample extracted from the evaluation forms of four seminars between 2017-2022. Drawing on 100 responses out of 104 participants, selective and figurative findings are used to showcase COME’s impact.

  • 82% of the participants had a positive experience in gaining a deeper understanding and empathy toward the perspectives and experiences of people from other circumstantial groups, which they may not have had the opportunity to encounter in their daily lives at home.
  • 65% of the participants were positively affected by the seminar as they considered how they could make changes in their daily lives as a result of the discussions and insights gained during the seminar.
  • Unanimously, all the participants had a positive experience and found value in the seminar, as they all agreed that the organization should continue to hold this seminar in the future. Moreover, all participants would recommend COME dialogue seminar to their friends and/or relatives.

COME Foundation is devoted to engaging with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by facilitating dialogue seminars drawn on the conditions outlined in the contact hypothesis suggested by Allport (see report). By executing seminars in light of Allport’s hypothesis, the Foundation ensures the optimal environment for Jewish-Israelis and Palestinians to come together in ‘true’ contact and give ‘the other’ a human face, as supported by findings presented in this report. Therefore, COME Foundation believes its activity contributes to increasing tolerance, understanding, and acceptance between the sides through meaningful and authentic encounter.

Click on the report below to read it.

Report COME dialogue seminar