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.