April Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for The alchemy of evolving feminine leadership featuring Genevieve Boast! This 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.

Use the ‘Contact Us’ button at the bottom of the page for your invitation to join!

Host

Simone is an International Leadership Development Consultant and Coach focussing on emerging Leadership frameworks. Based on her own experiences in International Leadership positions, Simone felt called to explore the gender paradigm at work and is now supporting female leaders in her Coaching practice. Simone holds a Masters in Business Administration from CAU University of Kiel (Germany) and is an accredited coach, trainer, and NLP master practitioner.

Simone Mueller

 

Speaker

An adventurer, whistle-blower, and insatiable optimist, Genevieve has dedicated her life to telling and creating a story that unites us as human beings, reinitiating us back into the web of life on earth.

Her business, Beyond Human Stories, reflects that passion – as a speaker, facilitator and coach she helps people all over the world master the art and science of story-making. Her first book Tough Bliss: Restorying Life was published in 2018 and she has just co-written and published The Soulistic Journey: A pilgrimage to the source of your being with Resurgence with Editor and Publisher Lorna Howarth.

Genevieve has an Msc in Responsible Sustainable Business and continues that work in the fields of new business, indigeny and sustainability.

Genevieve Boast

 

 

Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers – Online

Learning about Peacemaking from films about outstanding peacemakers

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 each Tuesday, 17:30 to 19:45 BST/UTC+1, from 27 April to 25 May. (North & Latin America, 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 Introduction, Course Content and Application Form.

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.

 

Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers – Online

Learning about Peacemaking from films about outstanding peacemakers

Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers (QSP) is a 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 each Tuesday, 8:30 to 10:45 BST/UTC+1, from 30 March to 27 April. (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific)

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 Introduction, Course Content and Application Form.

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.

 

Ramadan – A Youth Perspective

This April has some of the most important religious celebrations of the year, including RamadanThe Sustainable Communities Programme hosting an open event for sharing, reflection, and music open to all faiths and none. A reflective space was created for young people to share some of the deep virtues of Ramadan and service towards humanity. Check out the article of the event.

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Advocating for a New Story of our Shared Humanity

Advocating for a New Story of our Shared Humanity are five-week conversation circles for building trust and community. Participants will work through five discussion points together during the two hour duration of their conversation group, but the session itself is designed with four aims in mind:

These sessions are considered a continuation of Peace Circles and there are limited spaces available. Please note that due to the connected nature of the conversation circles you will need to commit to attending all 5 sessions per conversation circle. Open to all genders.

Dates

MarchApril
Mondays, 22 March – 19 April
4-6 PM GMT (BST after 28 March)

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

 

March 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 in January, February and March 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 to 12 persons per 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.

Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circles

As part of the ongoing development of the IofC UK Advanced Conscious Leadership Programme (ACLP), Business Circles are being offered online in January, February and March 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 to 12 persons per 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.

March Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join Simone Müller for Leading with your feminine energy – a roundtable session on Zoom focussing 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.

Use the ‘Contact Us’ button at the bottom of the page for your invitation to join!

Host and Speaker

Simone is an International Leadership Development Consultant and Coach focussing on emerging Leadership frameworks. Based on her own experiences in International Leadership positions, Simone felt called to explore the gender paradigm at work and is now supporting female leaders in her Coaching practice. Simone holds a Masters in Business Administration from CAU University of Kiel (Germany) and is an accredited coach, trainer, and NLP master practitioner.

Simone Mueller

 

 

 

 

International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge Lunch Series

This International Women’s Day we can all #ChooseToChallenge and call out gender bias and inequality.

We hosted four lunchtime sessions where special guests spoke about the most pressing challenges facing everyone, including women, in our society.

Issues such as youth activism; domestic abuse, mental health and resilience; food poverty; and building trust between migrants/refugees and host communities, were addressed through storytelling and inspiration, where everyone can feel confident and empowered to #buildbackbetter.


8 March – #ChooseToChallenge: A conversation with young activists

Be inspired by the passion of young leaders who are choosing to challenge. We invite you to hear the wisdom and leadership coming from the next generation. We ask the important question ​facing many young people: how do you choose to challenge, when no one is listening?

 

Hosts: Amina Khalid and Miranda Shaw

Jasmine is a 20 year old student who grew up in Oxford and now studies Biomedical Sciences at St George’s University. She has taken part in various types of activism from a young age, as both of her parents have been involved in the climate justice campaign for many years. She and a team of young activists organised a Youth Strike for Climate protest in March of 2019, and she has since joined as one of the editors of Oxford’s Collective Conversationz magazine, where she writes about a broad range of social justice topics.

Lina is a 15-year-old community activist determined to bring racism to an end and to fight for human rights. She is in secondary education, but actively engaged in her community tackling issues like hate crimes and discrimination due to being surrounded by injustice while growing up. She has taken part in TV shows to speak about the importance of interfaith relationship and enjoys sharing her experiences with others to make a positive change, as she ‘believes that together we are stronger’.


9 March – Building Ourselves Back Better

How do we build ourselves back better when we have been abused? Roberta Pagliarulo shares her experience of overcoming trauma and resentment to a place of hope and power. Sandra Crathern focuses on resilient, mental health and the importance of self care leading to self repair.

Trigger warning: Voicing the unheard – sharing a lived experience of domestic violence. 

Host: Amina Khalid and Jacqui Daukes

Sandra Crathern is the director of Innavision, which provides one to one coaching, corporate coaching, workshops, and international wellbeing retreats. She is an ACC ICF Accredited coach and author of the book ‘Know The Truth’. 25 years ago, Sandra was in a controlling marriage and felt she had no voice. She has overcome those challenges and is in an amazing marriage with the same man! Sandra realised when she put self-care first it dramatically improved her mental as well as physical and emotional health, and now her passion is to support others on a similar journey.

More than ten years ago, Roberta discovered coaching and realized that she was living a life that wasn’t hers. After her coaching degree she decided to quit her job as a HR professional and run her own business. Roberta now has extensive experience with top management and executives in multicultural contexts, delivering executive and business coaching as a facilitator and trainer. Her mission is to help others to live the life they want to belong to, to find their inner motivation and balance among body, mind and emotions.


10 March – Choosing To Challenge Food Poverty

Mutual Aid Groups have provided a lifeline for many ​people who have been left vulnerable and exposed by the economic pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our speakers, who are working with organisations supporting vulnerable communities in Glasgow, London and Oxford, ​spoke about how food poverty inadvertently impacts women. 

Host: Miranda Shaw

Amina supports different local mutual aid groups and faith organisations supporting families in marginalised communities with food parcels in Islington. She has been with Initiatives of Change for over 10 years and is currently the Head of Programme for Sustainable Communities and a Trustee for Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), as well as founder of Peace Begins at Home – an international intergenerational dialogue training created to build bridges between generations and policymakers.

Muireann is a Director at Oxford Mutual Aid. Originally from Ireland, she has been living (mostly) in the UK for the past 8 years. She has a background in campaigning and organising, particularly at the grass roots level, including in trade union activism and reproductive justice.

Pauline has been a Youth and Community worker for past 10 years in areas of deprivation. Now working for FARE Scotland (Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse) a voluntary organisation working within disadvantaged communities throughout Central Scotland, striving to raise people’s aspirations, encourage them to become more involved in their communities, create opportunities for personal development with aim to reduce poverty, improve health and wellbeing, create safe spaces and empower individuals within our communities.


11 March – Building Back Better for Everyone

The debate around migration and refugees continues to be the centre of a harsh public debate with severe social and political implications, often causing misunderstanding and an ‘US and THEM’ rhetoric. Behind every migration statistic, there are individuals or families starting a new life in a new place in search of a new home and a place to belong. How can we build back better for everyone treating people with dignity and respect? Amina Khalid and Amanda Figueras spoke about the work they are doing to build trust with refugees, migrants and asylum seekers with host communities and what actions we can take.  

Host: Jacqui Daukes

Amanda is a journalist and writer who spent more than a decade in the newspaper El Mundo where she achieved many successes. She was a fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilizations program (UNAOC) and was selected as a local project manager in 2018. In that same year, she launched her book ‘Por qué el islam: mi vida como mujer, europea y musulmana’ (‘Why Islam: my life as a woman, European and Muslim’). Amanda has been selected as Kaiciid’s European Fellow 2020 and is passionate about interfaith dialogue. She is currently working with Foro Abraham (Spain).

Amina is internationally trained in dialogue facilitation, mediation, communication and conflict resolution and has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She has been with Initiatives of Change for over 10 years and is currently the Head of Programme for Sustainable Communities and a Trustee for Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), as well as founder of Peace Begins at Home – an international intergenerational dialogue training created to build bridges between generations and policymakers.


Will you #ChoosetoChallenge? Take One Step is our own challenge for you to take personal action on what matters most to YOU: https://iofc.org.uk/take-one-step/

Facilitators

Amina Khalid is internationally trained in dialogue facilitation, mediation, communication and conflict resolution and has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. She has been with Initiatives of Change for over 10 years and is currently the Head of Programme for Sustainable Communities and a Trustee for Somali Initiatives for Dialogue and Democracy (SIDD), as well as founder of Peace Begins at Home – an international intergenerational dialogue training created to build bridges between generations and policymakers.

Miranda Shaw is one half of the coordination duo for Creators of Peace UK and is involved in facilitating courses on sustainable activism. She has an intersectional approach to activism and is an anti-racist activist. In addition, she has been an animal rights and environmental campaigner for the past 15 years. She has previously supported campaigns to end deportations and is on a personal journey of decolonisation and anti racist learning and has a degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford.

Jacqui Daukes is currently the Partnering Manager for IofC UK where her work includes relational activism and delivering training for Refugees as Re-Builders on Dialogue for Social Cohesion. Jacqui has worked in retail, catering, cross-cultural community development, publishing and the performing arts. Inspired by the Dalai Lama’s call for the world to resolve conflict through dialogue she undertook academic studies of religion & gender, attaining her PhD in 2015, and training as mediator. Jacqui is a volunteer mediator and trustee for Croydon Community Mediation.

December Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for Gender Paradigm Shift @ 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.

Use the ‘Contact Us’ button at the bottom of the page for your invitation to join!

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

 

 

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