In September 2017, an important breakthrough moment happened for OHI: The idea of building a City of Hope in the former SS barracks opposite the Auschwitz I Museum was already born, so a carefully chosen group of experts was invited by Nina and Domen to come to Oświęcim and discuss, vision and dream about the One Humanity concept. The well-balanced and inspiring think-tank involving local and global voices was outstandingly facilitated and led by Alan Briskin.
One part of this gathering was an open event in the public library of Oświęcim that brought together key players in the field: Tarek Maciborek (President of the Life Festival), the representative of the Mayor leading a human rights foundation, the Deputy Director of Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Andrzej Kacorzyk, Mr. Schuster (the President of the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim), Manfred Deselaers and Priest Jan (the Director of the Centre for Prayer and Dialogue in Oświęcim), as well as the governor of the city of Oświęcim. A short video report of the event was made for local TV.
OHI experts also met with local teachers and students to discuss the potential of the Institute for the future of Oświęcim and the local youth.
All in all, this think-tank gathering proved to be an important and remarkable step forward in the creation of the One Humanity Institute.