Australia experienced a social revolution in the 1970s and 1980s, as I realised as when I listened to a doctor I met in Krakow last week. One of the many Australians who worked for this change of approach was the Polish Australian sociologist, Jerzy Zubrzycki, who grew up near Krakow. He gave such influential leadership that he is known widely as the ‘father of Australian multiculturalism’. On 11 April, 140 people packed the conference room of Krakow’s International Cultural Centre for the launch of the Polish edition of his biography.
In March this year, Australian Creators of Peace Circle facilitator trainer, Shoshana Faire, was invited back to Nepal to train more facilitators following requests for the use of Peace Circles across various organisations in the country. This report was prepared by hosts Neichu Mayer and Meena Sharma.
Twenty-eight people gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 12 to 16 March 2017 for a training programme that focused on Initiatives of Change’s Francophone teams. The group consisted of Francophone African participants - six training faculty and local Cameroonian team members. The countries represented included Ivory Coast, Burundi, Rwanda, Mali, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, South Africa, Lebanon, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK).
Some 80 people gathered on 28 March in the prestigious Palacio San Martin, the former site of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for a screening of 'Beyond Forgiving' featuring the theme of forgiveness in South Africa.
Rajmohan Gandhi gave a speech of honest reflection on the challenges facing peace and reconciliation at a public talk jointly hosted by Initiatives of Change, Faiths Forum for London, the Next Century Foundation and the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace.