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.https://wiki.urban-arena.eu/Urban_Gardening_Peace_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.https://www.zef.de/1741.html 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 https://urban-arena.eu/ and Tag des Guten Lebens Advisory Board member in Wuppertal. https://www.guteslebenwuppertal.de/

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