IofC Japan hosted the 38th annual IofC International forum with the theme, ‘Have a good look at yourself, Japan and the World and make sure you count!’ The forum was attended by 85 people including guests and international friends of IofC. Pete Nagi and Miftahul Huda have sent this report.
Peacebuilding is often seen as a sophisticated process, aimed at restoring the ways society deals with conflicts and at strengthening institutional capacities; a complex series of actions that require in-depth technical knowledge and bureaucratic maneuver abilities.
On Saturday 26 November 2016, at Chour Khour Restaurant in Battambang, the international Farmers’ Dialogue was welcomed by the Cambodian organizing IofC team. The catholic Bishop Enrique Figaredo Alvargonzalez of the Battambang Apostolic Prefecture greeted 100 participants and many other guests before blessing the gathering.
‘Discovering Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy’ is a documentary dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy conference at Initiatives of Change International Conference Centre in Caux, Switzerland. It was made in the summer of 2016 by Gautier Velissaris and Petros Poulopoulos, two TIGE participants from Greece, who came to Caux for the first time.
Our international co-ordinators come from different countries and together have oversight of the work of Creators of Peace throughout the world, to support our facilitation and training work, as well as to assure the good governance of our resources. They were elected in August 2016 at our Annual General Assembly.
Last week an international forum in Lebanon brought together political and religious leaders, academics and diplomats to explore how the country can become ‘a space for dialogue among civilisations and cultures’. Held at Notre Dame University (NDU) in Beirut, it was hosted by the University and the Lebanon Dialogue Initiative (LDI) in partnership with Initiatives of Change.
Early in 2016, Harry Månsus, an author and Baptist pastor, initiated an idea to arrange a weekend event in Stockholm to profile the work of IofC. After a visit to Caux, IofC’s world conference centre in Switzerland, Månsus and his wife Lea concluded that the impact of IofC on the life of Scandinavia was underrated and he wanted to profile IofC in a new light.
The documentary 'Silent Land: the fight for fair food' premiered in the presence of the two main characters on 11 October during a festive and well attended event in the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam, in the run-up to World Food Day. Over 500 people showed up to the world premiere that was co-organised by Initiatives of Change Netherlands (IofC). Furthermore, IofC organised a special screening of the film on 14 October in a film theatre in The Hague.