Elad Vazana's CV
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Work and Creation 1996 – 2011:
2011 - Middle East Justice and Development Initiatives (MEJDI) - Director Middle east
2009-2010 - Sulha Peace Project - Jewish Arab Encounter for Peace and Mutual Creation, director
2004 – 2008 Sulha Peace Project - training and definition of management, leadership and discussion director teams, program and content development and management, consulting for organsiational development and human resources.
2005 – 2009 Sulhita – Youth Leadership for Peace – Initiating and leading Jewish-Arab youth encounters, accompanying projects and initiatives.
2007 The Open Nursery School in Shoresh – Head instructor for children, ages 3-4.
2006 Desert Generation for Social and Environmental Initiative in the Negev – Producing and directing seminars for young leadership, developing social and environmental initiatives in the Bedouin communities of the Negev. Providing guidance towards defining a vision and training, selecting members of the instruction teams.
2005 Youth Leading Change for Equal Opportunities and Social Justice – Heading group discussions for youth in the process of developing individual identity and gender awareness.
2001 – 2004 Gevim North, Mediation Center – Director of Educational Department of northern division and regional projects, responsible for team instruction, discussion leader for mediator groups, development of annual programs, writing training material and lesson plans.
1999 – 2001 Comedia Group Ltd., Multimedia Products for Teaching and Communications – company’s founder and manager, project manager, also responsible for system definitions and multimedia productions.
1997 – 2000 The Center for Educational Technology and Open University – lectures for teachers and managers, developing teaching programs that combine technology and educational content. Initiating, producing and establishing educational projects, accompanying and training instructors.
Tel Aviv College, Multimedia Department - Annual student training in multimedia development, animation and internet, guiding students in their final project and placement within the professional sector.
1996 Israel Association for Child Protection (ELI), Place in the Heart Emergency Shelter for Children in Danger - Instructor and children’s caretaker.
Studies and Qualifications:
2009 The Organization for Citizens Rights – International Humanitarian Law.
2008 Salto European Training , Canary Islands – Leading inter-cultural encounters.
2008 Musrara School of Video – Jewish-Arab photography exhibit on social and environmental justice.
2008 IPCCRI - Peace-oriented education .
2007 The Inter-cultural Center, Jerusalem - Director of Jewish-Arab projects, conducted in Arabic .
2004 – 2006 Tel Hai College - Studies in education and psychology .
2004 The Israel Women’s Network – Gender and equality between the sexes.
2003 Misgav Regional Council – Community activists course for the prevention of violence and addiction.
2002 Gevim Center for Mediation – Qualified Mediator.
2001 Centro Albaizin, Granada, Spain – Antique reproduction and stone sculpting.
2001 Caza de Poros, Granada, Spain – Reflexology, Group Dynamics and Social Activities Leadership.
1999 – 2000 Adama Dance Group – Modern Dance and Movement.
1997 Tel Aviv College – Multimedia Creation and Editing.
1996 University of California, Berkeley, San Fransisco – Interior Design and Furnishing.
Tour guid - Conflict and Dialogue in the holy land
Member of the Board of “Vision of the Heart” organization.
Member of the representative forum of peace organisations.
Volunteer driving of Palestinian children in need of medical treatment in Israel.
Artistic sculpting in stone and wood, oil and acrylic painting, guitar playing.
Participation in dozens of dialog groups between Israelis and Palestinians.
Voluntary support and accompanying of social and environmental initiatives.
Hebrew – Mother tongue.
English – Good.
Spanish – Good.
Arabic – Good communication.
Portuguese – Good communication .
"Elad Vazana is one of the most effective yet humble peacebuilding practitioners in Israel. He has a natural talent for relationship building, for reflecting his outer work with people all of the inner work that he is always doing to make himself a more effective agent of change." - Scott Cooper, Managing Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution.
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Database for activities and games
For creating shared space in multicultural meetings
"An enemy is one whose story we have not heard." -- Ms. Gene Knudsen Hoffman
Life Stories to Build Community
Life stories humanize "newcomers" and "others" in our neighborhood.
Hearing personal narratives of our diverse backgrounds brings us closer together.
Listening and being truly heard is one of the great acts of welcoming and community building.
This new quality of communication awakens empathy and trust in the listener.
It heals the story teller.
It dignifies both.
The Experience (2 hours)
1. Opening context (three minutes)
2. Who is in the room? (5-15 minutes)
A. Brief introductions (name, home town, why you chose this workshop, all in "one breath.")
3. Experience in pairs for everyone. (8 minutes)
A. Three (3) minutes
i. Turn to your neighbor
ii. In one minute each, remember an uncomfortable situation where another person unexpectedly helped you feel welcomed.
B. Five (5) minutes to assimilate, hearing several participants telling their partners' stories
3. "Immigrant Stories" (one hour)
A. Six (6) in-depth experiences (4 minutes each) of people and relationships that changed the image of the "other"
B. Live flute and oud music after stories 1, 3, and 5
C. Small groups of four people (10 minutes) to assimilate personal meaning for each participant after stories 2, 4, and 6.
4. Large group assimilation (about 30 minutes)
Hear what each person in room -- participants and participants -- will take home with them.
creating shared space in multicultural meetings
In our complicated reality, there are many inter-cultural meetings. Often, there are great differences of culture, beliefs, world view, economic and social backgrounds among the participants, and often, too, they do not speak the same language. How can we change these apparent problems to possibilities for meeting each other, for learning about one's self and about the other? How can we discover what we have in common, the simple humanity that is within us?
In this experiential-learning workshop activities and methods will be offered that make it possible for us to find the common basis among all people, who ever they might be:
To be the child that is in us (our inner child) through play;
To be part of a group – through sharing goals;
To express our feelings and to be included – through a circle of listening and real listening;
To learn and to develop ourselves – through experience and sharing
The exercises that we will practice in this workshop can be used by the participants in their work as group leaders and counselors;
The exercises create a space that takes into account the mores of the various religions and cultures regarding touch, mutual respect, interpersonal distance, and more;
These exercise are the fruit of 8 years of learning and development through meetings of multi-cultural and varied participants.
Participants are invited to come with open minds and hearts, and to be ready for the experience of an active workshop.
All the information is free, and can be used for any good purpose.