22. juli 2011 tok terroristen Anders Behring Breivik 77 menneskeliv og påførte 43 personer livstruende skader. Hundrevis av mennesker ble utsatt for enorme psykiske belastninger.
«There are busses from Amman to Syria nearly every day», we are told as we pass by a bus-station in central Amman, the capital of Jordan.
I had heard about the returns, but I couldn’t stop thinking: “Who would voluntarily want to go back to Syria now?”
In August there were more people returning to Syria from Jordan than going the other way. The World Food Programme (WFP) ran out of funds in August and had to substantially reduce their food assistance in Jordan.
Some refugees did not see any alternative but to return. Many academics, humanitarians and politicians (including Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg) have called for the Jordanian government to allow Syrians to work. In an ideal world that is what we would hope for, but we do not know whether or not it will happen.
A new NTNU project brings together innovative researchers, practitioners and citizens engaged in the fields of leadership, education and societal transition to promote more integrative, effective and thus more sustainable ways of living in Europe and beyond.
Leadership for Transition (LiFT) was a two year Grundtvig funded project which has recently been given continuing support through a three year Erasmus+ project.
It brings together partners from Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg to work on ways to support the development of integral (the ‘i’ in LiFT) practices for collaborative leadership in relation to complex societal transition issues.
The integral approach at the heart of LiFT acknowledges the role of individual skills and behavior as well as structural, regulatory and other such collective external factors impacting change efforts. At the same time, it primarily focuses on interior (subjective) and intersubjective / cultural dimensions of both leadership and transition as often neglected dimensions essential for transition.