About me

Joana Osman is a German-Palestinian writer, storytelling coach and peace activist.

Her passion for words, art, and creativity compelled her to study literature, drama, and arts at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.

She holds a master’s degree in American Literature and went on to study didactic writing at the University of Freiburg. In 2012, she became active in the viral online grassroots movement ‘The Peace Factory‘, a Facebook based dialogue and friendship project between the people of the Middle East.

Being a writer and a peace activist, Joana decided to combine both passions and has specialized in intercultural writing workshops. With Wor(l)dspirit, she offers coaching and writing advice in the fields of creative writing as well as academic and professional writing.

„I’ve been making up stories since I can remember and writing is what keeps me going.
As a writer and peace activist, I believe that creative work, art, and storytelling can be a healing tool in conflict resolution. I also believe that creativity is something that’s given to all of us and that can be evoked, trained and used to enrich and enchant our lives.“

 

Interviews & Links

TEDx Talks | Becoming friends with the enemy

TEDx Talks | Becoming friends with the enemy

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Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Sun

These are the kinds of bold slogans that Israeli Ronny Edry and Palestinian Joana Osman spread to millions around the world through their bridge-building social-media campaign known as The Peace Factory.

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Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bayern 2 - Das Notizbuch

Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bayern 2 - Das Notizbuch

“Palestine Loves Israel” – Was sich Palästinenser und Israelis im Internet schreiben /
Studiogespräch mit Münchnerin Joujou, Initiatorin von “Palestine Loves Israel”

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Canadian Jewish News Interview

Canadian Jewish News Interview

When Is­raeli graphic de­signer Ronny Edry cre­ated a Face­book page called Is­rael Loves Iran in 2012, he had no idea the wide-rang­ing im­pact the ges­ture would have. Five years later he’s helped in­spire un­prece­dented com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­ver­sa­tion and un­der­stand­ing be­tween cit­i­zens of these two coun­tries. His Face­book page has also en­cour­aged other so­cial me­dia users to cre­ate pages of their own, in­clud­ing Amer­ica Loves Iraq, Turkey Loves Ar­me­nia and many more that foster con­nec­tion be­tween peo­ple in var­i­ous con­flict zones around the world.

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Radio Interview IDC International Radio, Israel

Radio Interview IDC International Radio, Israel

Yvonne Saba interviews JouJou manger of Palestine Loves Israel Facebook page and co founder of the Peace Factory.

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Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Misstrauen, Vorwürfe, Angst – allzu oft prägen solche Gefühle das Verhältnis von Israelis und Palästinensern. Die Deutsch-Palästinenserin Joujou weiß das, lässt sich aber nicht abschrecken und hat auf Facebook eine Seite mit einem ziemlich utopischen Namen gegründet “Palestine loves Israel” – Palästina liebt Israel. Ausgerechnet.

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 Radio Interview IDC Internationa Radio, Israel (2015)

Radio Interview IDC Internationa Radio, Israel (2015)

DPIJI hosted JouJou, a German Palestinian, and Ronny Edry, an Israeli graphic designer, from The Peace Factory organization to discuss their way to connect people around the Middle East through social media with messages of love and accepting the other.

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Die Freiheitsliebe - Magazin für kritischen Journalismus

Die Freiheitsliebe - Magazin für kritischen Journalismus

2012 erregte eine Aktion gegen die damals noch viel bedrohlichere Situation zwischen Israel und dem Iran Aufmerksamkeit. Junge Israelis und IranerInnen stellten sich gegen den Krieg, ähnliches gab es von PalästinenserInnen und Israelis gegen Besatzung und Krieg. Wir haben mit Joujou, die Aktionen damals mit angestoßen hat, gesprochen.

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