Givat Haviva's Third Annual Conference

Givat Haviva Announces Our Third Annual Conference

May 28th, 2015

Featuring Special Guest President Rueven Rivlin of the State of Israel

About the Conference

This high-profile conference will be held as a key milestone in a three-year "Joint Vision 2020" program led by Givat Haviva together with partners to develop, promote and implement the first Jewish-Arab joint vision for a shared society in Israel. In the past, separate visions for Israeli society have been developed by Jews and Arabs respectively. However, no such vision and operative, implementable goals have been created jointly to reflect the mutual interests, needs and desires of both populations. With the continued downturn in Jewish-Arab relations threatening democracy and peace in Israel, there is increasing importance in consolidating a long-term vision as a guide towards which policies and programs can be directed. The event will provide a high profile platform for launching the visioning initiative, engaging diverse stakeholders in the process and gaining media attention for national impact.

What is on the agenda?

The conference will engage all participants in plenary sessions and participatory working groups for a high profile 1-day event emphasizing active participation of Jewish, Arab and international attendees around the "Joint Vision 2020" theme. International attendees will provide a global perspective and the Honorable President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, will be featured as the Keynote Speaker.

Who is attending?

The Conference will bring together prominent leaders and representatives of national and local government, civil society organizations, private sector, academia, donor community, media and members of the wider Jewish and Arab publics. In addition, partners, friends and colleagues will be invited from around the world to share experiences and lend support. The event is expected to attract a large number of influential leaders and activists.

What will be the outcome?

The conference will initiate an inclusive process for the development of the first joint vision and implementable goals for a shared society in Israel. Recommendations developed by participatory working groups will serve as the basis for further exploration and analysis in the next phases of the Joint Vision 2020 program, including professional working groups and a public campaign.

Why Givat Haviva?

This initiative builds on 60 years of experience gained by Givat Haviva, a non-profit organization founded in 1949 as the national education center of the Kibbutz Federation in Israel. A pioneer of Jewish-Arab joint programming, Givat Haviva develops new models for building a shared society and fostering a sustainable, thriving Israeli democracy.