12:30 - 13:45 CET

05 November 2020

Geneva Peace Week


About the workshop

Listening is a core skill in the work of a peacemaker. True listening involves the whole self in ways that can have a profound effect on the listener. Harrowing stories and events can touch us at deep and unpredictable levels and can be detrimental to our health, wellbeing and our work.

In the peacebuilding world there is a need to create more space for self-care and we believe that inner listening plays such a supportive role when used as a tool for self-assessment, inspiration, direction and aligning action to values.


Through interactive methods, participants will explore:

  • personal challenges and consequences of listening to challenging content
  • triggers and areas of discomfort that need further exploration and support
  • strategies for listening deeply while also managing the impact of listening on ourselves and others
  • the link between inner and outer listening, and personal sustainability in the peacebuilding work




Agnes Otzelberger

Agnes Otzelberger is a trainer and researcher supporting change-makers in finding their resilience, power and wisdom. Coming from a background of ten+ years working in international development, Agnes connects organisations and people working for the greater good with insights and practices from the emerging meeting place between psychology, neuroscience and wisdom traditions. Under the banner of ‘The Good Jungle’, she offers training and support for those experiencing 'compassion fatigue'/empathic distress, anxiety, grief, moral injury and other challenges resulting from their work in a change-making role. Another area of focus is a deeper examination of our desire to help and change the world, and the not-for-profit world’s complicated relationship with money.



Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver spent most of his career running a facilitation business in the UK. During this time he worked with large public and voluntary sector organizations, including the UK National Health Service. He developed specific expertise in helping to resolve conflict within teams and it was this work that led him to Initiatives of Change’s conference Center in Caux, Switzerland, in 2011. He has since been involved in organising conferences in Caux and currently is part of the core team of Initiatives of Change’s programme, Tools for Changemakers. Neil lives in a lovely part of Somerset in South West England, where as well as learning pottery, he is involved in a number of local initiatives.



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