Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Dr James Wuye, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, together with Dr Alan Channer of IofC’s FLTfilms, were speakers at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, USA.
The Geneva team of Initiatives of Change (IofC) took an active role in the Geneva Peace Week (17-21 November). Rainer Gude, Chargé de Mission of Initiatives of Change International, participated in a workshop on Broadening Peace Processes where he was able to share IofC’s worldwide experience in working for peace locally.
Assaad Chaftari, who during Lebanon’s civil war fought as part of a Christian militia, was interviewed on 10 November by 'Insight on Conflict'. With the strapline 'A religious fanatic turned peace advocate', the article describes Assad's 'wake up call', when he met Initiatives of Change in 1988. 'Little by little, he started wondering, was he really on the side of God? Only then he realized he had a bloody path and past.'
This year's Castle Meeting, organised by IofC Germany, took place from 24 – 26 October 2014 at a manor in Thuringia/Germany. The theme of the weekend was 'Building Trust across invisible barriers!' The participants were aged between 11- 65 years old and came from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Lawrence Bloom, Chairman of Be Energy and soon to be Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a United Nations intergovernmental organization, took his audience on a journey between the boundaries of right, wrong and the multiple shades of grey in between, when he addressed a TIGETalk in the London centre of Initiatives of Change (IofC) on 7 October.
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.
A Creators of Peace facilitation training took place in Oslo, Norway over three days in August. The 19 participants, now living in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, included representatives from Greenland, Russia, China, Djibouti, UK, USA, and West Papua.
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.
What did you do on Peace Day? CAUX-IofC Conference Manager Nick Foster and his family went to Dublin to join in the launch of the Youth Peace Foundation International, mainly organized by Instruments of Peace.
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.