Increase our collective abilities to face complex challenges - Promoting peace and inclusive societies

Geneva Peace Week 2023

02 November 2023


What are leverage points relating to the qualities and skills that are needed to achieve the Inner Development Goals? What qualities and skills might accelerate the process of reaching any common objectives for significant impact at scale on SDG 16 “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”?

There is an urgent need to increase our collective abilities to face complex challenges. We are all invited to connect, partner, co-create, support existing initiatives on the collective inner skills and qualities needed to overcome our global challenges.

The idea of this Sprint Lab on our collective abilities is to connect existing initiatives and rapidly progress from problem to ways forward using a step-by-step approach.

The Sprint Lab is like fast-forwarding into the future, so participants can benefit from existing work while also using a collective approach to solving problems that brings out the best contributions of everyone in the workshop.


With the Sprint Lab, we aim at:

  • Identifying and working on leverage points that might accelerate the process of reaching any common objectives for significant impact at scale.
  • Creating ambition to build powerful multi-sectoral or trans-contextual partnerships for a global movement to come about.
  • Giving simple ways of engaging in existing dynamics such as presented in the workshop
  • The workshop will be run in 3 parts and a follow-up part for after the GPW2023..


Interaction group connection young people group


Part 1: Setting the scene (30 min)

We will have four brief interventions of 5 minutes as part of a structured conversations to build a foundation—and a focus. Interventions will showcase what it means to advance peaceful, just and inclusive societies relating to the qualities and skills needed.


Part 2: Solving the problem (30 min)

The participants will pair and sketch their own detailed, opinionated solutions, following a process that emphasizes critical thinking over artistry.


Part 3: collective solutions (30 min)

The participants will identify top rated opiniated solutions. They will combine the sketches into a storyboard as output of the workshop.


Part 4: Implementation (45 min– 2 weeks after the workshop)

Within the following two weeks of the workshop, Initiatives of Change will convene 45 minutes on-line meeting to which participants can invite some critical friends to discuss the top-rated collective solutions, to provide some quick-and-dirty answers to our most pressing questions right away and see how to take it from there.


Conversation discussion



This Sprint Lab workshop on our collective abilities will connect existing initiatives and look at ways forward to support the implementation of part of the New Agenda for Peace in particular on the area of “Investing in prevention and peacebuilding”.

The workshop will work on the essence of collective intelligence. Each person having its own piece of intelligence and, when you add them all up, you get a more complete picture of the whole. When people come together to collaborate on problem-solving and with highly stimulating working methodologies, they form a level of intelligence that just isn’t possible at the individual level.

The Sprint Lab is framed by the process for developing a New Agenda for Peace informing the Summit of the Future to be held in 2024. In this respect, the Sprint Lab focusses on the area of work “Investing in prevention and peacebuilding”.

It follows the recommendations of the consultative discussion in Geneva on 16-17 March 2023 conveyed by the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. The recommendations are feeding into the New Agenda for Peace drafting process which will be available at time of the GPW23.

The aim is for the Sprint Lab to contribute to fresh insights and concrete recommendations in order to contribute in paving the way for a strong agenda for the future.

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Elizabeth Hume

ELIZABETH HUME - Executive Director at Alliance for Peacebuilding and member of the Board of Governors at Principles for Peace

Elizabeth Hume is the Executive Director of Alliance for Peacebuilding and a member of the Board of Governors at Principles for Peace. She is an international lawyer and a conflict expert with more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions in bilateral, multilateral institutions and NGOs. Elizabeth has extensive experience in policy and advocacy and overseeing sizeable and complex peacebuilding programs in conflict-affected and fragile states in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. From 1997-2001, Elizabeth was seconded by the US Department of State to the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo as the Chief Legal Counsel and Head of the Election Commission Secretariats. In these positions, she was responsible for developing the legal framework and policies in support of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and UN Resolution 1244. After 9/11, she worked for the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan and Afghanistan where she established and managed the Protection Department for Afghan refugees and returning IDPs. Starting in 2004, she served in leadership positions and helped establish the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID developing programs and policies to improve the USG’s ability to address the causes of violent deadly conflict. In 2007, Elizabeth was the Chief of Party for Pact where she managed a USAID funded conflict resolution and governance program in Ethiopia. She also served as a Technical Director at FHI 360 where she managed a USAID funded peacebuilding and governance program in Senegal with a focus on the Casamance one of Africa’s longest-running civil wars. Elizabeth is also an experienced mediator, and she is a frequent guest lecturer and author on conflict analysis and peacebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile states.



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WILLI STUDER - Source and Managing Director Proviatus Ltd, Ambassador Inner Development Goals Initiative - Lemanic Hub

Willi Studer is an organizational coach based in the Lake Geneva region. Deeply rooted in the Swiss Alpine area, having grown up and studied in the greater Zurich region, he later lived for 7 years in Paris. Willi is a Swiss and French citizen.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in organizational development and transformational change. People who know his work call him an engineer of the human, providing real and rapid help. He is the Swiss Partner of Denison Consulting and has worked together with its founder Dan Denison for many times, he is also Partner of The Fearless Organization (Amy Edmondson) and Asso- ciate of The Development Edge (Robert Kegan).

Finally, he acts as a proud Ambassador of the global Inner Development Goals initiative (IDGs). Willi is a spouse and father; he loves skiing, plays table tennis, and he enjoys reading books on a wide range of topics from history, through sustainability, to the exploration of countries and people; finally, he loves receiving inspiration from art.


Tanya Wood

TANYA WOOD - Executive Director CHS Alliance

Tanya Wood is the Director of the CHS Alliance, a network of more than 200 organizations demanding greater accountability to people in crisis, through applying the Core Humanitarian Standard. She brings more than 20 years management and leadership experience in the international humanitarian sector, in both headquarters and more than a decade of overseas postings in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Her career has been focussed on leadership with international membership organisations including the IFRC, ICVA and as CEO and Chair of two international health networks.  She studied at University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and holds a master’s in international development and an MBA.


Daniel Clement

DANIEL CLEMENTS  -Programme Manager Creative Leadership, Caux Initiatives of Change

Daniel Clements is the programme manager of Creative Leadership, an international team born from within Caux Initiatives of Change that organises conferences and storysharing programmes based on starting with changing the self as recipe for changing society and generating authentic leadership. He works as a maths teacher in the UK with a degree in Maths and Physics. He is driven by the conviction that the absence of virtues and values is one of the reasons behind the social and moral decline that the world is witnessing.





Ignacio Packer 2023

IGNACIO PACKER - Executive Director - Caux Initiatives of Change

Ignacio Packer is Executive Director of the Caux Initiatives of Change Foundation (IofC), a global organisation dedicated to "building trust across the world's divides".  Until March 2023, he served as Executive Director of ICVA, the global consortium of humanitarian NGOs.

Ignacio has over 30 years of experience in humanitarian work and development issues. He served a five year term as Secretary General of the Terre des Hommes International Federation, and previously worked for the Terre des Hommes Foundation, the Swiss Tropical Institute, the European Association for Development and Health, Médecins Sans Frontières, KPMG and the European Bank for Latin America. 

He is an expert on human rights and social issues. He has been strongly engaged in global advocacy on protection frameworks for migrant and refugees with a particular focus on children and youth.  

Passionate for long distance challenges, he is an enthusiastic ultra-trail runner.






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