Peace Begins with Me: Supporting Afghans seeking refuge in the UK

This International Peace Day we are focusing on what we can do to support Afghan refugees settling in the UK. Join us for a free lunchtime panel discussion where we’ll hear from speakers who will share their lived experience of being a refugee and what practical steps we can take. 

Guest speakers

Nooralhaq Nasimi is a former refugee that fled Afghanistan with his family, who campaigns for refugee rights in Europe and his former home country.In 2001 he founded the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, a charity dedicated to helping refugees in London to integrate. He currently serves as the organisation’s director and in 2011 he founded the European Campaign for Human Rights in Afghanistan, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of Afghans worldwide.

Gulwali Passarlay is the author of best-selling book The Lightless Sky, an award-winning Activist and Campaigner, Co-Founder of My Bright Kite and member of the Speakers Collective. Gulwali is a dedicated advocate, humanitarian and spokesperson for refugees and asylum seekers across the U.K. Since arriving in the UK in 2007 after being forced to leave Afghanistan as a 12-year-old boy, Gulwali has achieved beyond all odds to become a well-respected and sought after public speaker, influencer and political campaigner for refugee’s rights, social justice and education.

Amina Khalid originally from Yemen, came to the UK from war-torn Somalia as a refugee when she was a teenager. She has been with Initiatives of Change for the last 10 years working with host and migrants/refugee communities. She is Head of the Sustainable Communities Programme.

Ali Ahmadi is an ethnic Hazara, born in Iran after his parents emigrated from Afghanistan during the civil war. He currently works in the Civil Service as a BEIS consultant.

The event will be hosted and chaired by Davina Patel. Davina has been working with Initiatives of Change since 2014. She is a trained journalist and a multi-disciplined communicator with over 10 years’ experience working in charity communications. Davina holds an MA in International Public Relations and a degree in Journalism. She has dedicated her career to working with organisations that want to create a better world and lasting change for generations to come.

 

 

October 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, 4-8 October 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.

 

September Women in Leadership Roundtable

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

The upcoming International 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. We understand not everybody will be able to attend due to this session taking place in the BST time zone. Please keep an eye out for future sessions held at a more favourable time for you.

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

Guest 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

 

 

October Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join Simone Müller for ‘Trusting yourself’, featuring guest speaker, Kim Nicol!

The upcoming International 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. We understand not everybody will be able to attend due to this session taking place in the BST time zone. Please keep an eye out for future sessions held at a more favourable time for you.

All attendees must arrive on time and be available to stay for the full session to avoid disruptions. It is not guaranteed late arrivals will be granted admittance.

Host

Simone Mueller

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.

Guest Speaker

Kim is a life coach with expertise in mindfulness and leadership. She helps her clients achieve their goals by managing their mind and prioritizing well-being.  She recently worked on the Learning & Development team at LinkedIn, where she created the Compassion & Accountability program for managers. She holds multiple degrees from Santa Clara University, and completed coach training at UC Davis.  Kim is also a meditation teacher and Reiki practitioner. She lives in San Francisco.

Intergenerational Dialogue for Social Cohesion with Migrants and Refugees

Initiatives of Change’s Sustainable Communities Programme in partnership with the Spanish NGO, Foro-Abraham is organising an exciting four- day Intergenerational and Interfaith Dialogue training from 23-26 August from 10am-2pm for all communities. The project is supported by the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) – Network for Dialogue.

We are delighted to be hosting the training under the aupices of the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association (SBWA) as part of their summer youth Programme for all communities living in Finchley and further afield. The event will take place at Tarling Road Community Hub.

Lockdowns and social distancing have caused widespread fear, loneliness and isolation. Further divisions between different communities and across generations have heightened during the pandemic. This training is an opportunity to breakdown social barriers and build trust. Participants will be able to reconnect and build relationships across the divides in a safe and Covid-friendly environment. They will be able to meet members from the migrant/ refugee and host communities alongside community leaders and special guests. The vision of the training is to:

· to build relationships across generations through dialogue and creativity

· to share skills for more effective communication around challenging issues faced across the generation of different faiths

· to forge broader cohesion between migrants/refugees and host community of different faiths and non

· to inspire a cross generational mentor-mentee relationship

• to empower people from diverse communities to become agents of change

Certificates

A certificate will be provided to each participant, who successfully completes the training along with a gift as a token of gratitude.

Refreshments

All training expenses will be covered including refreshments and live entertainment

End of training celebration

A multicultural party in the park celebration with food, music, arts and crafts and entertainment

August 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, 9-13 August 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 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.

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.