June Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for ‘Discover your inner glass ceilings’ featuring Alexandra Berg!

The upcoming roundtable session on Zoom will focus on:

Who is this aimed at? Female professionals from across all sectors; academia, entrepreneurs, coaches & consultants.

Please note that all roundtable sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

Host

Simone holds a Masters in Business Administration from the CAU University of Kiel (Germany) and has worked in international management roles at a multinational corporation for over a decade. Since leaving her corporate career, Simone focused on International Leadership Development and Business Coaching. She is an accredited coach, trainer, and NLP master practitioner.

Simone Mueller

Featured Speaker

Alexandra Berg is an Inspirational Speaker, Leadership Consultant, and Facilitator. Her passion is to create heart-to-heart connection and meaningful conversations, unleashing authenticity and full potential of people and organisations. Following the teachings of Lovisa Alsén and Claire Zammit, she’s been exploring the feminine, believing that the only way to change the world is from within. Alexandra holds a MSc from Stockholm School of Economics, (Sweden), and has a background in various leadership positions and management consulting.

Alexandra Berg

 

 

Being a Refugee Re-Builder

On World Refugee Day, join us for a webinar on Being a Refugee Re-Builder.

The refugee or diaspora re-builder, who takes root and settles in another country after being forcibly displaced from their country of origin, is a powerful concept. This re-builder is a human being who has weathered adversity, trauma and forced separation from their home and identity. The resilience of a re-builder has been demonstrated around the world since time immemorial, and is a narrative common to the human experience.

The theme of this webinar ‘Being a Refugee Re-Builder’, marking World Refugee Day 2021, is the resilience that lies at the heart of the journey of those displaced. Three refugees from different parts of the world will be sharing their stories: Gulwali Passarlay, Ahmed Ekzayez, and Khadidja Fadoul. These three refugees have turned their experiences of displacement into a strength, and in time, have used it for the re-building of their countries of origin, and contributing to the betterment of humanity at large. The webinar will be facilitated by Nareeman Dosa, an alumni of Initiatives of Change UK’s Refugees as Re-Builders programme.

Creators of Peace Peace Circles

Peace Circles are the core component of the Creators of Peace programme.

The seven-week online Peace Circles course explores 10 themes centred around creating peace that includes listening to others, the power of forgiveness, and inner peace. Each weekly session serves as a ‘gathering point’ and is designed to connect from week to week, so participants need to commit to all the sessions per course. The course is unique in that it also offers an opportunity for each participant to share their own story, which allows for self-empowerment and development of ones own peacemaking skills.

Peace Circle’s are facilitated in the style of a ‘talking circle’, where all voices are heard respectfully, and a safe space is established at the beginning of each session to allow individuals to explore diverse perspectives. Peace Circles are free of charge as they are subsidized by donations, grants and volunteers. At the end of a Peace Circle we encourage contributions from participants as a way to ‘pay it forward’ so we can continue to offer all women the opportunity to participate in exploring their role as a peace creator.

Please note that due to the connected nature of Peace Circles you will need to commit to attending all seven sessions in a course.

Dates

June–August
Mondays, 21 June – 2 August
4:00 – 6:00 PM BST 

October–November
Mondays, 4 October – 15 November
4:00 – 6:00 PM BST 

Peace Circles are only open to women, including trans women, as a way of creating safe space. Thank you for your respect and cooperation. Please note that all sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

Please use the ‘Contact Us’ button below to request information and the details on how to join!

 

July Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers – Online

Lessons in Peacemaking in Five Films

Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers (QSP-online) is a week-long course of five modules, each based on a documentary film, followed by interactive analysis.

The films show examples of reconciliation after conflict in a variety of contexts: inter-national, inter-religious, inter-ethnic and post-colonial. After an introduction and viewing of the film, participants take part in an interactive analysis facilitated by Dr Omnia Marzouk and/or Peter Riddell.

QSP is for anyone over the age of 18, in particular those who want to respond to past or present instability in their countries. It aims to enrich their understanding of peacemaking, and stimulate new ideas for ways forward.

QSP is free of charge, but voluntary donations to extend the programme are appreciated.

Dates and Application

This course meets Monday through Friday, 5-9 July 2021 at 17:00 BST/GMT+1 (North and Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, West and South Asia).

Please plan to join the course 15 minutes prior to the starting time. All sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

Please use this link to access the Application Form or use the ‘Register Now’ button.

Why is peacemaking important?

We can all think of examples of relationships that are not in a healthy state, between humans, or between humans and our natural habitat. It goes without saying that everyone wants to live in a peaceful environment. But how to bring peace? Perhaps examples of outstanding peacemakers can stimulate fresh ideas of steps that we can take.

The course consists of five short modules based on documentary films of peacemakers in very different contexts. In each module, a viewing of the film will be followed by facilitated interactive analysis, when participants will together reflect on:

Questionnaires will be sent to participants before each module to note their observations while they watch the film, and there will be time to reflect further after the film.

What does the course consist of?

The course is an introduction to an approach to peacemaking that was developed by Frank Buchman, the founder of what is today known as Initiatives of Change.

So it is natural to start with a recent film about him, ‘The Man Who Built Peace’, as it sets the context for all the other modules. The facilitated analysis focuses on the evolution of his strategy in different situations, from founding a hostel for street kids in the early 1900s, to ‘turning round’ a failing college, to creating an international network for moral and spiritual renewal, to being decorated by the governments of France and Germany, as well as of Japan and the Philippines, for his contribution to reconciliation between them after the Second World War.

The second film, ‘For the Love of Tomorrow’, takes a particular example of Buchman’s approach, which took place in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The discussion after the film focuses on the roles of a team of people, trained by Buchman, who worked together to enable an embittered French politician become a significant agent for post-war reconciliation with the Germans.

The third film, ‘The Imam and the Pastor’, also shows how a change of heart in individuals can lead to initiatives which have a far wider impact. In this case, the context is religious conflict in northern Nigeria in the early 1990s, where two rival militia leaders came together to train a task force of imams and pastors to travel to mediate in flashpoints.

The fourth film ‘An African Answer’ is a sequel to the previous film and focuses on healing ethnic conflict. Here we see the imam and the pastor in Kenya applying the mediation approach that they developed in Nigeria, after serious post-election violence in 2007-8. In the discussion, participants will analyse the mediation process step by step.

The final film, ‘Beyond Forgiving’ is a story of post-colonial reconciliation from South Africa. Shortly after the end of Apartheid, a black guerrilla commander ordered a revenge shooting in which a white girl died. Some years later, the girl’s mother finds an opportunity to confront the guerrilla commander, and they speak of the painful realisations for both of them as they begin to journey together.

The main aim of the course is to absorb as much wisdom as possible about the healing of broken relationships from these stories of remarkable people.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

UN Sustainable Development Goal

The course relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions​​​​​​​.

The course is free of charge, but please consider a voluntary contribution.

Please note that all sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

 

Next Generation Peace Circle

We believe in transforming, empowering and engaging women across the globe in creating peace across all communities. This is your opportunity to connect with young women from across the globe, sharing stories, concerns and hopes, on your journey together as ‘creators of peace’.

This exciting new programme is open to women aged 18-21, from all backgrounds, who are interested in exploring what it means to be a peace creator. During this eight week conversation programme, participants will:

The skills and strengths of the programme will be put into practical application by co-creating an international online event for International Peace Day 2021! Plus, as the first ever UK Youth Peace Circle cohort, participants will be invited to join our new Youth Advisory Group to help us shape future youth programmes.

Please use this link to register or use the ‘Register Now’ button below.

 

Course Information

To participate, you must commit to attending all of the following sessions:

Space is limited, so sign up early!

Collaborating Partners

Creators of Peace is a global women’s peace initiative that was launched in 1991. We invite women across the globe to join our Peace Circles which take place over a series of 8 weekly meetings. The programme is facilitated in the style of a ‘talking circle’ where all voices are heard respectfully and a space is established to allow individuals to explore diverse perspectives. Together we will work through material designed to deepen our understanding of our peace-creating capabilities.

GHFP is a research institute and charitable foundation working to develop deeper and more holistic understandings of positive peace, dialogue and wellbeing, and to promote and nurture human virtues at local and global levels through research, dialogue and interventions. Their conception of Human Centered Education (HCE) places the holistic wellbeing of the person at the core of education, with a focus on nurturing whole person growth and a sense of purpose and self-awareness in adolescence.

July Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circle

Facilitated by Anton Smith, Business Circles are collaborative discussion sessions for leaders on various aspects of organizational change. Not simply a ‘post-pandemic’ perspective, these 90-minute discussions are grounded in an understanding that current organizational models and processes are not human centered nor holistic in approach. Its time to focus on the ‘New Possible’, instead of the ‘New Normal’!

Each session will follow an agenda centered around the following key concepts:

  1. Conscious/reflective leadership
  2. Authentic emotional intelligence
  3. Social and environmental awareness
  4. Long-term social and fiscal responsibility

Spaces are LIMITED for this session; first come, first served. Please note that all sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

This event is for business leaders across all sectors.

Creating Space to Breathe

These two sessions offer women from all backgrounds to take a pause from their busy lives. The 90 minutes gives an opportunity to reflect on daily concern, and offers a path to help filter out the ‘noise’ to work towards finding a focus for the days and weeks ahead. Both sessions are guided by Creators of Peace UK facilitators and are participatory.

‘I appreciated the chance to clarify some clear actions for the week ahead. (And a week on I can say it really has helped – I feel so much more on top of things this week!) It was a privilege to get the chance to hear the common joys and struggles of the others in the group – it helped me to widen my horizons and to feel empathy.’ – Past Participant

Dates

Thursday, 12 August
4:30 – 6:00 PM BST

Creating Space to Breathe sessions are only open to women over the age of 18, including trans women, as a way of creating safe space. Thank you for your respect and cooperation. Please also note that all sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

Interested in participating? Use the button below to contact us for the details!

 

Creators of Peace Weekly Quiet Time

Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 AM BST

Join your fellow Peace Circle participants on Zoom for time together in silent reflection. After a brief check in, the facilitator guiding the session will share a quote. The group will then spend 15-20 minutes in silence together followed by the opportunity to share thoughts. Quiet time is a central practice of Creators of Peace and Initiatives of Change UK. Learn more about Quiet time and our approach in the About Us section of the website.

Please note that these sessions are for women who have completed a Peace Circle and women in our network. Thank you for your respect and cooperation. Please note that all sessions are held on Zoom – we advise that you ensure your Zoom application, whether on desktop, browser, or mobile device, is the most current version. Please see Zoom Updates for more details.

Interested in participating? Use the button below to contact us for the details!

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