Community forum

The Community Forum took place in 2017 and we are not planning the next edition in 2018.

Community Forum: Breaking Out Of Bubbles

Prague, DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art
April 27-29, 2017

Are there sharp divisions in our local communities?

How do we work with a divided community on personal, interpersonal and community level?

How do we build bridges between different opinions in local communities?

How do we build viable, communicative local communities that are open to different point of view?

Each of us lives in our own bubble of opinions, attitudes and habits. When we fail to see beyond our own bubble, we run the risk of becoming isolated and not understanding other people – and this can lead to divisions in local communities, as we often see in Central and Eastern Europe. Our second annual Community Forum, subtitled Breaking Out of Bubbles, focuses on this issue. Community Forum: Breaking Out of Bubbles will bring together people working on various levels in communities in the Czech Republic and other European countries to enable them to glean inspiration from different countries, share their best practices and approaches and support one another’s efforts. The community forum will be an informal gathering with a combination of key note speakers, a set of workshops and open space discussions, all aiming to explore the issue of polarization in local communities.

The language of the event is English.

Registration is closed.

 Confirmed guests

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy

Stewart is presently interim director, Europe and the Middle East for 100 Resilient Cities. Stewart is also Senior Advisor and the Director for the Island Resilience Initiative at the Global Island Partnership. He is the founder and principal of Precovery Labs, a hub for resilience, sustainability and precovery action at the intersection of community, creativity and impact.

Watch Stewart talking about the city of Medelin on this video.

Richard Smith (South Africa)

Richard is a South African citizen and CPCS consultant on Peace Process support. He is currently working as the interim coordinator of the African Insider Mediators Platform and provides strategic support to the work of the ACTION Support Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has 20 years of experience working in the conflict and development sector as a strategy advisor, policy development specialist, trainer and dialogue facilitator on a range of violence prevention, governance and social development initiatives in a wide range of countries and contexts, across Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Watch a video with Richard here and here.


See the program here.

Registration fee

Early birds (by February 16, 2017) 400 CZK

Regular (between February 17, 2017 and April 2, 2017) 600 CZK

The registration fee covers entry to the event, coffee, water, snacks at coffee breaks (2 breaks per day) and lunch on both days.

If you prefer to pay the registration fee in EUR rather than CZK, please let us know: you will be asked to pay 25 EUR upon arrival at the event.

We do not cover accommodation for the participants, but there are plenty of hotels and hostels of all types around Prague. You can use or to find a place that suits you. See the venue on the map here. April is a popular month for tourists to visit Prague so be sure to find accommodation soon!



Registration is closed.

All cancellations and changes must be submitted in writing by e-mail: Cancellations received in writing prior to April 17, 2015 will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. No refund will be given for cancellations received after this date but an alternate participant’s name may be submitted instead of the original participant.

How was it last year?

The last year’s Community Forum: Come On, Community! was a great experience. You can read about it here (in Czech) or here (in English). See the sketchnoters‘ diary from the event here and the photos in a Facebook gallery.


Veronika Bröcknerová, telephone: +420 731 873 272,

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