IofC works for peace and social cohesion by building trust and reconciliation across divides

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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.

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.

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.

Nick Foster playing trumpet at Youth Peace Foundation International & UN International Day of Peace celebration

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.