Living History – Across Generations is based off of the Human Library concept created by two brothers in Copenhagen, and aims to connects people with the unique life stories and 'lessons learned' of those in our network. During these 60 minute events, you'll have the opportunity to engage with changemakers from across the globe and gain practical knowledge that can be applied to your own journey as an advocate for change.
Join us every first Saturday of the month at 9:00 GMT and 15:00 GMT.
Saturday 17 April 2021
9:00 GMT- Jim Beggs
Jim Beggs was a dockworker in Australia in 1955, when dockworkers were responsible for a quarter of all industrial disputes. In the following years, this situation was transformed. Jim played a major role, giving a leadership which led to him being elected President of Australia's dockworkers. Encountering IofC, he decided to adopt honesty as a personal value, and in union negotiations with management. As Jim tells it, the story of transformation in Australia's ports is full of humour, full of the struggle between ideologies, and demonstrates that confrontation can turn into cooperation in the toughest situations.
Saturday 24 April 2021
15:00 GMT - Richard & Rosalind Weeks
Richard and Rosalind are Canadians of British and Irish origin respectively, living in Canada since 1973. The two met while performing in the IofC musicals It’s Our Country, Jack! and Anything to Declare, following which they both continued volunteering full time with IofC for over 40 years. Richard’s passion has been the work of peace building and reconciliation within Canada and overseas, while Rosalind has pursued her calling as piano teacher, accompanist, church organist and choir director. Richard is also the co-founder of Canadian Friends of Burma (1990), and much preoccupied by recent events.
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9:00 GMT - Howard Grace
Howard worked with IofC as a full-time volunteer for 14 years after studying physics at university in the 1960s. This included five years in India and Australasia, and four years in South Africa during apartheid times. In 1979, after falling foul of the security police, he returned to the UK and trained as a teacher where he then spent 15 years teaching mathematics. Howard founded and led a programme conducting workshops in hundreds of school Sixth Forms (age 16-18) around the UK on issues related to purpose in life and motivation.
He was also part of the faculty for Foundations for Freedom courses in five Eastern European countries, and participated in ventures to China, Sri Lanka, and India. He continues to be active in a wide array of activities, especially related to peace and spiritual motivation, and in 2019 became the Newbury coordinator of the Progressive Christianity Network UK. Howard is also the executive producer of the film Beyond Forgiving.
15:00 GMT - Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye
Amina has been actively involved in the work of the IofC since 1982 being introduced in her home country of Nigeria. Initially, she took part in national campaigns and an international tour, but from 1987 to 1996, Amina ran a fashion business in Lagos, while remaining involved with IofC. In 1996, she became a member of the IofC International Coordination Group, which led to convening the IofC Africa Co-ordination Group, launching the Harambee Ethical Leadership course and coordinating reconciliation outreach in South Sudan.
In addition, from 1994 to 2013, Amina served as one of the Creators of Peace (CoP) International Co-ordinators and joined the 25th anniversary of CoP in 2016 as one of the founding mothers. Captivated by the vision of Creators of Peace from its very beginning, she has spent time listening to leaders like Anna Abdallah-Msekwa, the founder of Creators of Peace, talk about a need for women to respond to issues of our world as women and not as representatives of any political group, which encouraged her involvement with CoP.