June 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, 31 May – Friday, 4 June 2021 at 17:00 BST/GMT+1 (Europe, Africa, Middle East)

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.

 

June Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for A new paradigm @ work featuring Teodora Quiroga!

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

Teodora has spent much of her career applying her understanding of psychology to the workplace to better understand the role of gender in organisations, so that women can engage with male colleagues in a way that takes into account gender differences more effectively.

Teodora Quiroga

 

 

June Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circle

Facilitated by Anton Smith, Business Circles are collaborative discussion sessions for leaders and leadership coaches/trainers 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.

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.

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.

 

July Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for Embodied Feminine Leadership featuring Annelieke Verkerk.

The upcoming roundtable session on Zoom will focus on:

Who is this aimed at? Exclusively for 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

Annelieke has spent the past 15+ years working as an international leadership and team coach, with a focus on developing conscious, embodied, and regenerative leadership. Through enhancing physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and systemic intelligence clarity and purpose emerges. Co-created the Full Potential Team Coaching Certification Training. She holds a Master’s in Public and Private Law at the University of Groningen.

Annelieke Verkerk

 

 

July Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circle

Facilitated by Anton Smith, Business Circles are collaborative discussion sessions for leaders and those involved with Leadership Training or Coaching 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.

All Rejoice! Building Bridges Through Music

Inspired by the legacy of Frank Buchman, founder of Initiatives Of Change, in the 1960s some young people from all walks of life used to travel together across the world, building peace through their love of sharing music, theatre and personal story-telling.

This event will be a fresh take on this innovative approach to peacebuilding, as well as a space to come together as individual artists and advocates, who are connected across the borders of fear to boundless love.

 

 

 

May Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circle

As part of the ongoing development of the IofC UK Advanced Conscious Leadership Programme (ACLP), Business Circles are being offered online for Business, Business School and Social Enterprise leaders who want to devote themselves to changing organisational models, attitudes, offerings and products.

Facilitated by Anton Smith (see speaker profile below), 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’, and not 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.

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