20 Nov Henrik Syse explains the philosophy of collaboration at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway
Henrik Syse, research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, spoke about the philosophy of collaboration in Square Three at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway.
“The whole meaning of prudence is collaboration. It’s about talking to other people and asking, ‘What do you have to contribute?’” he said.
Henrik referred to some examples of outstanding collaborations that have been recognised by the Nobel Peace Prize, which he is on the committee of. In Tunisia, they managed to avert civil war through “dialogue groups”; in Columbia, a long and bloody war was brought to an end when the government and FARC rebels decided to speak to each other.
Henrik left us with this maxim: “Only by collaborating do we find out about things and people we did not know were there. Make sure you get to know them!”
His speech was part of a session where we explored how we can become comfortable engaging with those who have radically different perspectives from our own, to make it possible to find common ground and take action together.