Date: 19th Mar – 23rd Mar 2012
Dialogue School Session 8: Engaging with the Media
Dialogue Society Media and Communications Director Havva Murat gave students a practically focused introduction to the world of media engagement. The session provided a brief introduction to the diverse channels for media engagement, paying particular attention to social media. Havva gave practical advice on writing press releases and participants had a chance to plan their own press releases and receive feedback.
Tuesday was the big day for the Amity Educational Foundation team. Together with staff of the new community centre in Redbridge they hosted the official opening of the centre. They event was a great success, very well attended by local people of a range of cultural backgrounds. Speeches were given by Mr Hakan Bayram, Director of the Centre, Cllr Chris Cummins, Mayor of Redbridge, Mike Gapes MP, PCSO Mike Welch and Mehmet Cakmak, a local businessman and Centre donor. Local volunteers provided refreshments worthy of this celebratory occasion and guests enjoyed food and a chance to meet each other after the speeches. The Rumi Mosque and Dialogue Centre team also attended the event and supported the work of their fellow students.
The students visited the London Ikeda Peace Centre in Islington to learn about the beliefs and practices of a local Buddhist group belonging to the worldwide Soka Gakkai network. Representing the Centre, Neville Murray gave the students a warm welcome, showing them the building and answering their questions over tea. The students then visited the Coexistence Trust, where staff introduced the organisation’s work to encourage understanding and appreciation between Jewish and Muslim students, sharing valuable insights on practical approaches to dialogue.
Dialogue School Session 9: Personality Profiling
Dr Sirri Demirsoy introduced participants to personality profiling and assisted them in identifying their key personality traits. Students learnt how, with the benefit of a little self-knowledge, one can better understand and manage interpersonal relationships, learn to play to one’s strengths, and develop personally and professionally by sometimes pushing oneself beyond one’s comfort zone.
Dialogue Society Event: Success School 4, with Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty
Students assisted Dialogue Society staff in preparing for and hosting an inspirational Success School with Shami Chakrabarti.