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.
A real buzz was in the air among the cast, musicians and technical crew as they gave two further performances of the multi-media production, The Chair and the Choice, before 80-90 people each evening at Armagh, the IofC centre in Melbourne, during September.
Rev Dr Sam Kobia and Dr Muktar Ogle are Senior Advisors in the Executive Office of the President of Kenya. They spoke together about their trust-building work at a conference entitled 'From radicalisation to reconciliation' in Nairobi on 28 October.
Imam Khalid Latif, a Muslim Chaplain with the New York Police Department and Executive Director at the Islamic Center of New York University, gave an afternoon talk on 31 July 2016 at the Initiatives of Change Sharing and Learning Cafe in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He advocated not just to see things from our own perspective but to put ourselves in the shoes of the other.