Executive Summary of PUSH Regional Workshop

Overview

The purpose of the Regional Workshop was to review the three parallel PUSH publications entitled Exploring the Common Heritage: Draft Inventory of Sites of Shared Regional Heritage, gain perspective on the work and accomplishments achieved by the PUSH project to date and move forward by addressing questions about the next steps of the project. Furthermore, although over forty bi-lateral and tri-lateral meetings had been held since the inauguration of the PUSH project, this was the first time the tri-lateral team came together to meet in full.
The PUSH project's Regional Workshop was held on June 12-14, 2007 at the YMCA in Jerusalem. The workshop was attended by the full PUSH team, including student, faculty and administrative representatives from Al Quds University, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development (JSSD), in addition to the six regional PUSH Peer Reviewers, a panel of visiting international peer reviewers and various invited regional stakeholders. Upon arrival guests received copies of Exploring the Common Heritage: Draft Inventory of Sites of Shared Regional Heritage published parallelly by the three PUSH partners in addition to other supplementary materials.

Introduction

The workshop began with opening statements from Dr. Yusuf Natsheh who introduced the three PUSH partner institutions, reviewed the project's timeline and mission statement and revisited the PUSH project's first year accomplishments. The overview was then followed by a brief presentation of several example sites described in the PUSH publication Exploring the Common Heritage: Draft Inventory of Sites of Shared Regional Heritage. Introductions of the assembled participants followed


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