Paz e coesão social através da construção da confiança e reconciliação em meio às divisões
IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides
Tuesday, 22 September, 2015
The ladies were excited to receive their certificates

On 18 August Creators of Peace Circle facilitators, Angie Katito and Adelaide Mhunduru, conducted follow up sessions for two Peace Circles held in Mkoba suburbs.

Monday, 01 June, 2015
Baringo reconciliation

As Mary, with 25 other Pokot women standing with her, asked for forgiveness for the pain that her tribe had inflicted on other tribes in Kenya, there was a deep silence in the room. Many women from the Pokot, Illchamus, Endorois and Tugens communities couldn’t hold back their tears. You could tell the apology was coming from the heart. You could also tell that it was breaking the chains of hatred and bitterness in the hearts of many women in the room.

Tuesday, 17 March, 2015
Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye in conversation with Rev Mark Hanson

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.

Thursday, 11 December, 2014
Geneva Peace Week

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.

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014
Formerly a Christian militia leader in Lebanon's civil war, Assaad Chaftari now works for reconciliation in his country.

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.'

Tuesday, 04 November, 2014

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.

Thursday, 23 October, 2014

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.

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

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.

Friday, 10 October, 2014
Creators of Peace Facilitation Training in Scandinavia

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.

Wednesday, 01 October, 2014
Jonathan Jansen, University of Free State's Vice-Chancellor

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.