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Josep Bertran names effective ways of resolving conflicts

19.07.2016 14:44

On July 18 RANEPA's Summer Campus was launched. The opening ceremony was begun with a talk by an international economics professor from the Pompeu Fabra University, Josep Bertran. The presentation was divided into two parts: outlining a definition of "self-identification" and conducting an interactive exercise with the participants.

Josep Bertran said that self-identification is an important way of preventing conflicts. The lack of mutual understanding between people very often is caused by the fact that "we are all different, we want this or not," the expert said. A totality of various factors forces people to join groups and follow collective rules.

Josep Bertran is confident that people enjoy being in groups, and we can't help but hang labels on ourselves that push us in a certain direction. So, "the sense of belonging", for example, to a certain nation, or gender identity, fixes us in this or that framework. But in the majority of cases, the person is wider than the given template.   

"In the attempts to determine who we are in any case, we put labels of belonging on ourselves. Each label is a piece of a large, beautiful puzzle, which then amounts to our "I"," Josep Bertran said. The professor said that in order to avoid conflicts, we must voluntarily move away from labels. Thanks to this, the probability of conflicts will decline.  

There is another type of identification, which does not create conflicts, but is capable of uniting the whole world. First of all, this happens in the mind, this is language. For example, English, which provides communication between people from different continents. In addition, art can become such a uniting element, which includes not only the visual and fine arts, but also music, philosophy and even cuisine. 

The organizers of RANEPA’s Summer Campus are RANEPA, the government of the Republic of Tatarstan with the support of ACIG Group of Companies.

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The Summer Campus’s general partner is Coca-Cola. The strategic partner is Johnson & Johnson. Partners are AIRR, Tatneft and ACIG Group of Companies.

The strategic information partner is TASS. The main information partner is The campus’s information agency is Interfax. The campus’s internet media is Gazeta.Ru. The campus’s journal is Forbes. The newspaper of the campus is Parlamentskaya Gazeta. The main regional information partner is Realnoye Vremya. The regional information partner is Tatar-Inform information agency. The information partner for the Republic of Tatarstan is Expert Tatarstan.

Campus partners are RBC Tatarstan, Russian News Service (Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei), Rossiyskaya Gazeta,, Tatarstan State TV and Radio Company, the weekly newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Radio Svoboda, Kazan TV and Radio Company,, Kazanskie Vedomosti and the Strategia journal.

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