27-30 November in Potsdam, Germany Foundations for Freedom in partnership between Initiatives for Central and Eastern Europe conducted the Facilitative Leadership Workshop Part 2 for representatives from Ukraine, Romania, Belarus, Poland and Germany.
Applications are coming in for the first Caux Scholars Program to be held at Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change center in Panchgani, India. Twenty scholars from across the globe will gather for this intensive three-week academic course that runs from December 28, 2014 to January 16, 2015.
A 12-page report of the Caux conference on Just Governance for Human Security is now available for download. The report carries extracts from the discussions in plenaries and workshops, including the comments of Michael Møller, Director-General of the UN at Geneva in a plenary on 'Trust as a key to peace'; the Russian-Ukrainian statement which emerged from their joint workshops; and the search for solutions to conflict in the Sahel which brought leaders of Mali, Chad and Niger to Caux.
Lawrence Bloom, Chairman of Be Energy and soon to be Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a United Nations intergovernmental organization, took his audience on a journey between the boundaries of right, wrong and the multiple shades of grey in between, when he addressed a TIGETalk in the London centre of Initiatives of Change (IofC) on 7 October.
A group of facilitators in nonviolent communication held a dialogue between local community representatives and border guards in Donetsk oblast on 16 October. Dialogue is used as a method of communication and trustbuilding in conditions of impending or actual conflict. The dialogue in Donetsk oblast was led by Lada Kanevska and Oleksa Stasevych, the representatives of Foundations for Freedom INGO (Ukraine), as well as Duke Duchscherer, a certified trainer of the International Centre for Nonviolent Communication (USA). Find out more about the dialogue in this report by K. Antonov.
On the 8 October 2014, Initiatives of Change UK’s Sustainable Communities programme organised a two-hour discussion on the Scotland referendum with Ian Monteague, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE), a leading Glasgow-based community organisation.
Jonathan Jansen, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Free State (UFS), opened the eagerly anticipated ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility conference’ (26 – 30 September), held in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The conference was in partnership with the Lyndi Fourie Association International (LFAI) and Initiatives of Change South Africa.
In July 2014, Farai Maguwu, Director of Zimbabwe's Centre for Natural Resource Governance, took part in the international IofC conference "Just Governance" which took place in Caux/Switzerland. He was interviewed by Professor Katherine Marshall of Georgetown University.
The Caux conference on Just Governance for Human Security in July brought together participants from East and West Ukraine and from Crimea. Intense discussion took place between all sides. Yet people recognized the importance of having a genuine dialogue, however painful it might be, and often found much in common at the level of fundamental principles. Out of these discussions came a ‘Platform for Ukrainian-Russian Contact, Dialogue and Initiatives’ in both Russian and Ukrainian.