In a setting unfamiliar with participatory approaches, it wasn’t easy to insist that listening to teenagers could progress reconciliation. We learnt the tricks of our trade from four hundred teenagers in rural Bosnia. They demonstrated that sustainable change and improvement must put participation first, and collaboration next. These teenagers designed the building blocks of Appreciative Inquiry without knowing it. It was here therefore that we saw the birth of BeyondToooday.
They also taught us that the end user must also be on the design team to make it work – a pervasive element of all our work.
The methods we developed in Prijedor then informed our subsequent work in the MENA Region.