Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018
Tools for Changemakers
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Europe continues to experience polarization within and between communities. These communities need to take responsibility for their actions and promote hopeful initiatives. The Initiatives of Change (IofC) model of change, starting with oneself, can play a significant role in rebuilding agency and hope at the individual and collective level.
What simple steps can we take to make a meaningful difference in Europe?
Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business 2018 will explore different approaches to building social cohesion with examples of IofC projects and initiatives, inspiring speakers and multiple opportunities to share ideas and practices. For the fourth consecutive year, the Young Ambassadors Programme for people aged 18-25 will equip a new generation of changemakers rising to meet the challenges we face in Europe.
This event is for:
- groups and individuals in Europe aiming to strengthen their social cohesion practices
- grassroots leaders and organizations in need of support and partnerships in their social cohesion activities
- representatives of local, national and international NGOs and development agencies
- people involved in IofC programmes across Europe
- students and young potential changemakers
Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG, KBE PC (United Kingdom) - Politician, Diplomat, Author
Jo Berry (United Kingdom) - Founder of Building Bridges for Peace
Nick Foster (United Kingdom) - Caux Forum Director
Barbara Hintermann (Switzerland) - Secretary General, Initiatives of Change Switzerland
Oleksiy Matsuka (Ukraine) - Journalist
Tatjana Perić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Serbia) - Adviser on Combating Racism and Xenophobia, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Christoph Spreng (Switzerland) - Vice-President, Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
Andrew Stallybrass (United Kingdom/Switzerland) - Caux Historian
Peter Sundin (Sweden) - Caseworker/Lecturer, Crime Prevention Centre im Värmland
Dr. Emel Topçu (Turkey) - Associate Professor, Department of Political Sciences, Hasan Kalyoncu University Gaziantep
Simona Toroțcoi (Romania) - Roma Activist
Key Listener 2018
Mike Brown (Australia) - Writer, Activist and Organizer with IofC
Oana Dinea (Romania) - Pianist
Liliana Neciu (Romania) - Mezzo-soprano
Grassroots initiatives presented in the morning plenary on July 25th
- Healing the Past through Dialogue of Generations (Oleh Ovcharenko, Ukraine)
- Alive Peace: holistic approaches in peacebuilding (Tissione Parmar, UK | Agata Stajer, Poland)
- Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (Rob Corcoran, USA | Ebony Walden, USA)
- St Ethelburga’s Centre: heart-centred approaches to humanitarian work (Jo Winsloe Slater, UK | Bruna Kadletz, Brazil/UK)
- Geloven in Groen / Believing in Green – building trust and making faith communities in the Hague more sustainable (Laura Reijnders, The Netherlands)
- International platform of visual theatre (Txema Perez, Spain/UK | Lana Biba, Ukraine/UK)
- Learning to transform lives: Migrants and Refugees as Re-builders (Catalina Quiroz, UK/Peru)
- Refugees as Re-builders (Peter Riddell, UK)
- Creators of Peace (Miranda Shaw, UK)
- From Polarization to Participation: The INGO Dialogue Toolkit (Cristoph Spreng, Switzerland)
- Australians telling a new story – community building forums (Jean Brown, Australia | Mike Brown, Australia)
- Turkish-Armenian diaspora dialogue in The Netherlands (Tayfun Balcik, The Netherlands)
- KALMIRE Kalyoncu migration research centre (Emel Topcu, Turkey)
- Building Bridges for Peace (Jo Berry, UK)
- SiMigration – Understanding European migration policy and its impact (Erzjo Lajos, Germany)
- Crime Prevention Centre, Värmland (Peter Sundin, Sweden)
- Learning to be a Peace-Maker (Javed Latif, The Netherlands)
- Donetsk Institute of Information (Oleksiy Matsuka, Ukraine)
- DEEP France (Célia Demoor, France)
- Prevention has no Colour 2.0 (Cristina Bignardi, Italy)
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