User:Burcu Eke-Schneider

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I am a peace worker from Ankara, Turkey. I began my career in journalism and in 2013 I covered the Gezi Park Movement as a freelance journalist in alternative media and international press. I was a Master-student in Peace and Conflict Studies Hacettepe University's Istanbul branch from 2014 to 2017, where I was taught among others by Johan Galtung, Jorgen Johansen, Stellan Vinthagen, Oliver Richmond, Norman Finkelstein, Joshua Weiss, Wolfgang Dietrich, Gal Harmat, Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, Zeki Ergas, Tatsushi Arai and Amr Khairy Abdalla. Hacettepe University shut down the department in 2015 but I obtained a Master's degree with my thesis subject being 'Identity-based Conflicts in between Resistance Groups during the Gezi Movement'.Since graduating from Hacettepe University in 2017, I was able to gain experience, inspire transformers and realize projects. As a trained peace-worker, I have been invited to present new ideas at international conferences and did interventions on the level of established organizations as well as in inter-personal or inter-group conflicts.My works focus on the micro-level changes for social innovation and new social structures.

In all my works I seek to apply the idea of proceeding from Science to Practice. As an example, I developed and applied "Micro-level Peace-building Methods for Sustainable and Just Cities." In this context I initiated the "Creating Peace Gardens in the Urban Realm" project. As a pilot study it has been realized in Wuppertal in order to generate an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of a complex issue in a real-life laboratory context. It was not only set up to analyse root-cause problems but also sought to propose culturally sensitive solutions by the help of ecological peacebuilding approaches. The goal was to use "nature-based micro-level solutions" as a "new forms of dialogue method" for a sustainable future. It resulted as an alternative eco-education model:'out of school space' for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. I am selected as a Right Livelihood Campus Bonn Junior Scientist. I am nominated as one of 3 finalist the category Social Innovation at the German Volunteer Awards 2021 and selected 2. place in the audience award.I am an UrbanA Fellow and Tag des Guten Lebens Advisory Board member in Wuppertal.

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