NFPB conference: Changing the narrative for peace

By staff writers
September 22, 2016

The Northern Friends Peace Board (NFPB) will hold a conference in Darlington on 24 September 2016.  Entitled Changing the narrative for peace - critical role of the media, the conference will explore :

  • the need to change the narrative and thinking around what we mean by security, peace and conflict
  • the role and opportunities for independent voices and forms of media
  • how campaigning and awareness-raising can most effectively be taken forward using existing media, new and alternative media.

"If the only tool you have is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail" – a quotation sometimes used when the possibility of going to war is in the air. It alludes to a wider issue of how security is viewed and how news sources and other other media outlets frame the discussion.

The NFPB says: "It is now widely recognised that underlying drivers or causes of insecurity range from economic inequality, to climate change and arms exports and other forms of militarisation. And yet there is a narrative and approach to international conflict that is too often framed as a violent situation that needs a violent response.

"How can we, Quakers and others concerned for peace, support and promote a broader concept of security, one that takes a longer term view and recognises the factors that create the conditions of peace? What role does the media have to play?

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