The Future of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Lord Hylton

What was probably the first attempt at a National Dialogue took place in Sarajevo from October 28 – 30 2016.   It was national in the sense that some 40 participants were people already active in civil society and voluntary organizations.  There was a good male/female balance, with representation of youth groups and older people, some of whom had experience of work in the field over the last 20 years.  The conference was in no way nationalistic, and the major towns in both the Federation and the Republika Serbska were represented.  The organization was wholly Bosnian, assisted by some planning and input from the British charity,  “The Soul of Europe”.  The latter has worked in Bosnia and Kosovo over the last 15 years.

The Conference started by considering the current needs of the country, in particular its high unemployment and poor prospects for many of its young people. This leads to a serious brain-drain, which affects some communities more than others.  For example, Croats may move from Bosnia to Croatia, acquire citizenship and then move to the European Union.

There was much discussion about the economy, including its assets in organic food production and green tourism, and also health care for visitors, for example from the Middle East. We explored the connection between the education system and the economy, especially as regards entrepreneurship and new businesses.  Education for women and their role in the economy received special mention. An adult education centre, using distance learning could be helpful.  There were proposals for a Labour Market Database, for better career guidance and for school meals.

We debated whether institutional religion is providing problems or solutions. We noted the current planning for an Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim mobile art exhibition. The Conference wanted all religious leaders to attack and prevent hate speech.  It wished to see much closer connections between such leaders and civil society generally.

The participants avoided political argument, but favoured the development of minimum consensus across the country between politicians and all other types of leader. They hoped to see a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence set up, as a pilot project, using  existing resources as much as possible, to be a tangible fruit of dialogue

The Conference agreed on an immediate follow-up meeting, probably to be held in Zenica. It also identified other places where different communities adjoin each other and where local contributions to the national dialogue would be specially valuable.

 

 

4 comments for “The Future of Bosnia-Herzegovina

  1. et
    04/11/2016 at 5:01 pm

    kujiuiu

  2. MilesJSD
    05/11/2016 at 6:10 am

    As briefly as i can a few Critical points, please:

    1. Again the ‘No-Lose’ Friendly Cooperative Method III of Needs & Hows Recognition and ‘win-win-win’ problem solving appears to be absent.

    2. Conflation is major: (a) Religions are all based in our ancient human-roots when (i) Environmental-Lifesupports were life-threateningly difficult to “win”;
    and (ii) Both human-individual and human-collective education and development were al;most non-existent.
    (b) This, which includes the deep reluctance and largely de-facto ‘refusal’ to proactively support and ‘deliver’ health-education to not just ‘members’ but to the whole Human-Public,
    for the ‘sevenfold innately divine human-energies
    (e.g. Indiasn religion names them Root; Hara; Solar-Plexal; Heart; Throat; Third-Eye; and Crown.
    Christianity held seven sacramentally-innate divine human-energies named Baptismal; Confirmational; Communional; Matrimonial; Confessional; Ordinational; and Unctional.
    Jewish religion alike holds seven ‘sefirots’ for the same parts-of-the-body-and-soul’s innately divine energies;
    and very recent somatopsychic ministry has added insight and practical know-how for their education, nurturance, and healing-help, throughout the lifespan on the basis of the simple q

    • MilesJSD
      09/11/2016 at 4:46 pm

      [this extension is because we as a Human Race on this ‘Earth-1’
      aiming to continue our Purpose upon an ‘Earth-2’
      need to be ever-all-round improving as “Lifeplace” individuals
      compatibly with co-improving our Workplace & Governance all-round skills]

      – the simple question asked by the somatopsychic ‘ministry’ was therefore

      “What does each centre actually “do” for one ?”
      They found that these energies need to be ‘balancing’ and ‘moderating’ one’s life both inwardly and outwardly midway between being ‘overcharged’ and ‘undercharged’ (with their respective energies)
      1 Grounding
      2 Centring
      3 Boundarying
      4 Bonding
      5 Sounding
      6 Facing (one’s inside-life-, as well as one’s outside ‘world’)
      7 Spacing (this being the Unction sacramental function in Christianity: the question still sits unanswered satisfactorily as to the ‘unconditionality’ of this “final one-way gateway into Heaven or ‘The-Beyond’;
      similarly to the Throat Confessional sacramental-“forgiveness” and “absolution” depending conditionally upon both the “reduction of wrong-doing” and “the increase of “right-doing”) …

      Of course there is more “white hat” factuality to be sorted and publicly seen, on our “worldwide participatively-democratic round table” –

      however,
      as far as I can see, the whole-key to national, international, and “World-Life-&-Peace” unanimous “roadmap-making”
      is the Human-Race-Individual’s, Neighbourhoods’, Nations’, and United-Nations’ Generic-Need for –

      BUT
      the increasingly evident popular and governmental absence and avoidance of –

      “No-Lose Method III Cooperative Problem Solving”
      [see “Leader Effectiveness Training” by Dr Thomas Gordon]

      served within by such “tools” as
      “Think-tank: all-round and in-depth Thinking Modes Methodology”
      [see “Six Thinking ‘Hats'” by Dr Edward de Bono].
      —————-
      For other evidence of negatively-obstructive “gordian-knots”
      in governmental as well as “popular” places,
      possibly see Lord Norton’s above post on “Another General Election ?”

  3. 07/11/2016 at 4:47 pm

    Lord Hylton,
    Here is a link to a pdf that you are readers might find interesting:
    http://www.hastingsconlawquarterly.org/archives/V33/I2/Thio.pdf

    Finding the right recipe is surely challenging. But although it is challenging there is little that can be done without facing the challenges of religions vis-a-vis their adherents, pluralistic civil societies, other religions, law and definitions of nationalism. Religious impetus to do good is a real force in the world but not one that can much be considered in isolation from these other factors.
    “We debated whether institutional religion is providing problems or solutions. We noted the current planning for an Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim mobile art exhibition. The Conference wanted all religious leaders to attack and prevent hate speech. It wished to see much closer connections between such leaders and civil society generally.”

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