April Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circle

For the current series of Business Circles, we’re addressing “Leadership Essentials” as identified below. The objective is to share views, attitudes, leadership theory, practice, and experiences in order to establish improved/enhanced models for the most effective form(s) of Leadership.

From all the Circles to date, considerable and valuable insight has been gained from our discussions and conclusions over the last year or so but instead of them being of an open-ended format going forward, we’re now introducing a more formal and structured format for each Circle. It’s felt that this will provide more detailed insight about the specific topics concerned and open up new perspectives to implement within our respective organisations and in any training we may be involved with.

  1. Topic 1 – Shared Leadership
  2. Topic 2 – Resilience
  3. Topic 3 – Creating Positive Discretionary Effort
  4. Topic 4 – Communication – Inspiring teams – “Selling” Visions
  5. Topic 5 – Transactional Factors
  6. Topic 6 – Facilitating Conflict Resolution

Within each topic, skills, attributes, experience, and behaviours naturally play their part and we can consider the pragmatic, emotional intelligence, ethical issues and many other aspects that have a role in creating the most productive and person-centered working environments.

In our last sessions, we looked at elements of Shared Leadership and Resilience. Our next session will focus on Creating Positive Discretionary Effort.

For those unable to attend the last Circle, we can provide a summary for you prior to the next one.

A detailed format for the Circle on 21st April will be sent out a week beforehand.

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 anyone who’d like to share their experiences of Leadership, whether as a Leader, a Leadership Trainer or as one who has observations to make of their Leaders.

Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers – Online Course

NOTE: This course is now fully booked. We will be running it again in June, please register for that course if you are interested.

Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers (QSP-online) is a course of five modules, each based on a film about outstanding peacemakers.

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.

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

Migration in Conversation

Intergenerational Dialogue Event

With it’s ever changing headlines, migration continues to dominate the political agenda, causing fear, populist rhetoric and division in many parts of our world.

Come and join us for an interactive exciting afternoon of intergenerational dialogue with Brunel students, local leaders and academics.

Free delicious lunch and music by Jimmy – a musician and activist from Sheffield.

RSVP: Alexis Pifeleti

Email: 1708214@brunel.ac.uk

Tel: +44 7568335641

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.

 

Oxford International Women’s Festival – Sending Messages of Solidarity

Craftivism 12-2pm.

Creators of Peace UK are connected with women in over 50 countries. We will be crafting messages to stand in solidarity with women from our network who are dedicating their lives to Peace Building. Come and learn about their stories, the peace building activities and the impact of their work. Join us and send a message of hope. Suitable for children.

 

Film Screening and Discussion 3-5.30pm.

We will have a film screening and discussion. Children 12+ welcome for film.

Full program for the festival will be here soon: https://oiwf.org/2022-festival/

 

March Advanced Conscious Leadership Business Circle

For the current series of Business Circles, we’re addressing “Leadership Essentials” as identified below. The objective is to share views, attitudes, leadership theory, practice, and experiences in order to establish improved/enhanced models for the most effective form(s) of Leadership.

From all the Circles to date, considerable and valuable insight has been gained from our discussions and conclusions over the last year or so but instead of them being of an open-ended format going forward, we’re now introducing a more formal and structured format for each Circle. It’s felt that this will provide more detailed insight about the specific topics concerned and open up new perspectives to implement within our respective organisations and in any training we may be involved with.

  1. Topic 1 – Shared Leadership
  2. Topic 2 – Resilience
  3. Topic 3 – Creating Positive Discretionary Effort
  4. Topic 4 – Communication – Inspiring teams – “Selling” Visions
  5. Topic 5 – Transactional Factors
  6. Topic 6 – Facilitating Conflict Resolution

Within each topic, skills, attributes, experience, and behaviours naturally play their part and we can consider the pragmatic, emotional intelligence, ethical issues and many other aspects that have a role in creating the most productive and person-centered working environments.

At the first session, we looked at elements of Shared Leadership and briefly introduced the topic of Resilience, which we’ll be focusing on at the next Circle on 24th March.

For those unable to attend the last Circle, we can provide a summary for you prior to the next one.

A detailed format for the Circle on 24th March will be sent out a week beforehand.

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 anyone who’d like to share their experiences of Leadership, whether as a Leader, a Leadership Trainer or as one who has observations to make of their Leaders.

March Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for ‘Contribute with self-integrity’, featuring guest speaker, Jacqueline McLeod!

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 GMT 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.

 

 

Simone Mueller

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.

Jacqueline McLeod

Guest Speaker

Jacqueline was a health professional and clinician until her lifelong passion for self-development led her to the studies of spirituality and alternative health. Her book Feminine Masculine Balance introduces a paradigm shift that is a pathway to a more peaceful, progressive and nourished society.

 

February 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 those involved in Business and Social Enterprise Leadership, Leadership Learning at Business Schools and Leadership Coaches. The discussions are aimed at sharing factors such as leadership styles and changing organisational models, attitudes, offerings and products. We also welcome those not involved directly in Leadership but who’d like to share their experiences of their Leaders.

Facilitated by Anton Smith, Business Circles are collaborative and open discussions that are not simply within a ‘post-pandemic’ perspective. These 90-minute discussions are grounded in an understanding that, for far too long, Leadership and organisational models and processes have not been people-centered nor holistic in approach. It’s time to focus on the ‘New Possible’, not the ‘New Normal’!

There is no fixed agenda and the session will reflect aspects of:

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

We welcome discussion topics from all participants. Please feel free to make suggestions.

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 anyone who’d like to share their experiences of Leadership, whether as a Leader, a Leadership Trainer or as one who has observations to make of their Leaders.

February Women in Leadership Roundtable

Join host Simone Müller for ‘Start Leading Boldly’, featuring guest speaker, Peace N. Kuteesa!

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 GMT 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.

 

 

Simone Mueller

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.

Guest Speaker

Peace N. Kuteesa is the co-founder Zimba Women which provides tools and technology platforms, business training and mentorship for women-led SME’s enabling them to manage and scale their businesses in Africa.

Peace has worked on technical IT projects for international organizations like U.S Mission Uganda, World Bank and United Nations for over 10 years and currently serves as Gender and Digital Transformation Expert UNDP in NY.

A Computer Engineer passionate about integration of Cybersecurity and Digitalization’s effect on Innovations in business, she is a member of the Africa List, International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals, 2019 Paris Global Women in Tech Awards winner, 2018 Uganda Women4Women Awards and 2017 Young Achievers Awards Uganda Winner. She is a board member for Blue Number Foundation (US) and Advisory Board member International Diversity Artificial Intelligence Observatory IDAIO. Her goal is inspiring more women to pursue STEM and Entrepreneurial careers.