Shaping the Future together through Dialogue

17-19 July 2020

In recent years Europe and the world have witnessed a growth in populist movements which take advantage of lingering mistrust between individuals, communities and countries. Far right movements have become more visible, worries about Islamic radicalization have grown and outbursts of anti-Semitism or Islamophobia have increased. Unresolved traumas and injustices from history have brought up old conflicts and tensions. The world seems more fragmented and polarized than it was.

Now the global pandemic has put everything on hold, and pushed humanity to rethink and adjust most aspects of our lives and work. Many voices are saying that the world will never be the same. Who can tell what the post-pandemic world will look like and what challenges and opportunities lie ahead of us? Will the old trends of fragmentation play an even stronger dividing role? Or will humanity find more imaginative ways of moving forward together, for the benefit of all?

We believe that individuals, organizations and networks can have a positive impact on the way the future is shaped, and that we are all needed to build trust and social cohesion. Dialogue can be an effective tool for bringing individuals and communities closer to each other, enhancing understanding, mutual respect and acceptance. It can address prejudice and misconceptions, and help in healing historical hurts and trauma. To enable this, we need practitioners who have a deep understanding of the power of dialogue and who have the confidence and skills to use it in their grassroots work.


Tools for Changemakers 2019

What we offer

Tools for Changemakers – Shaping the Future Together Through Dialogue will be a three-day online event, bringing together people of all backgrounds who are passionate about helping to make their communities cohesive and inclusive places, where everyone’s voice is considered.

We aim to bring together grassroots practitioners of all ages and backgrounds who are active in the fields of peacebuilding, community-building, trustbuilding and education – and anyone else who believes that they can make a difference wherever they are and whatever their work is. You don’t need to be a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader or an activist to make a difference. You simply need to care and act.

Initiatives of Change believes that change starts with each individual and that anyone can have a role to play in making the world a better place.

Over the three days of the event we will explore dialogue as an essential tool for shaping the post-pandemic world, through addressing old and new challenges so as to develop a more cohesive and inclusive society.

Our starting point is the belief that dialogue is essential for building trust and social cohesion in today’s tumultuous times. We view dialogue as a communication process aimed at fostering mutual insight and understanding. It requires deep listening and a desire to learn from others.

The programme will feature thinkers and trainers who are keen to pass on their knowledge and skills to those who want to support their communities through dialogue.


T4C sunset Caux Terrace


Who should attend?

  • Grassroots practitioners (trainers, facilitators, activists, community workers, educators etc) who are active in the field of community- and trustbuilding
  • Young changemakers engaged in Europe’s future
  • Organizations active in the field who are looking for partners or support
  • Teams and individuals engaged in IofC work in Europe and beyond
  • Anyone else interested in learning about dialogue as an efficient methodology for addressing mistrust and division between individuals and communities

In previous years our forum in Caux, Switzerland, has gathered people of all generations and backgrounds, from all parts of Europe and beyond, who have shared passionately and openly from their lives. This variety of backgrounds makes our event a unique and rich experience.


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17 July - 11:00 - 13:00 (CEST): Let’s talk! – Exploring dialogue principles and learning from experienced practitioners

For the first day we have invited a few experts to talk about their dialogue approaches, with examples from the fieldwork, and share their vision for how such practices can play a significant role in responding to the world's future challenges. Participants, in small discussion groups, will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and practices of dialogue and together will look for inspiration and vision for a more cohesive world.


18 July - 10:00 - 12:00 (CEST): Let’s listen! – Experiencing a dialogue

The second day will provide our participants with the opportunity to hear from three dialogue practitioners from the United States about the role of dialogue in the #BlackLivesMatter context, and then experience an online facilitated dialogue, followed by discussion groups where they will be able to share and reflect on their learning. 


19 July - 10:00 - 12:00 (CEST): Let’s reflect! – Taking inspiration from stories of impact, sense making and looking ahead

On the final day we will bring forward two inspirational stories of impact through dialogue and give our participants further opportunities to explore in small groups the next steps they might consider in addressing local or global issues.


We trust our participants will find the Tools for Changemakers experience inspiring and will strengthen their confidence in dialogue as a tool for addressing the challenges faced by their communities.


Click here for the full programme.


T4C 2020 programme final

Please note that this programme is subject to change. Click here and download the programme.


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Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska
Researcher, Trainer, Dialogue facilitator
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Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska has been involved in conflict and peace studies as a researcher, trainer, dialogue facilitator and author of manuals since 2000, with a focus on identity-based conflicts. Since 2015 she has been an expert/facilitator on a number of dialogue initiatives organized in Ukraine by the Policy Coordination Unit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PCU OSCE). These dialogues have addressed conflict or poor communication between the authorities in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and local communities and activists; conflicts involving journalists and the media, such as the one between media organizations and the Ministry of Defense; and conflicts between the Ministry of Education and minorities in Transcarpathia, Odesa and Chernivtsy regions around the medium of education. Iryna also has eight years of experience in dialogue on memory issues. She is part of the Ukrainian Network of Dialogue Facilitators (in cooperation with Foundations for Freedom) and with them has designed dialogue elaboration and training programmes for community and civil activists, police, journalists, human rights activists, local authorities, ethnic and religious leaders and other groups. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Working Group on Peace Education of GPPAC (the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict). This has taken her to Moldova-Transnistria, Kyrgyzstan and Tadjikistan.
Rob Corcoran
Training Consultant
Initiatives of Change International
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Rob Corcoran is a trainer, facilitator, writer and racial healing practitioner. He has led trustbuilding workshops among diverse and polarized groups across North America, Europe, South Africa, Brazil, India and Australia. Originally from Scotland, he served as the National Director for Initiatives of Change USA and founded its internationally recognized programme, Hope in the Cities, in Richmond, Virginia. He is also a co-founder of the Caux Scholars Program. He collaborated on a dialogue guide for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He served as consultant to the WK Kellogg Foundation in launching a national Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation project. He is a member of a UNESCO Slave Route Project Taskforce on Healing the Wounds of Slavery, and of the advisory committee for the National Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community project. He is currently the training design consultant for IofC International’s Trustbuilding Program. His book Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility has been described as a ‘visionary, compelling account of healing and change’.
Janine Farah
Student in Peace and Conflict Studies
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  Janine Farah, 23, lives in Sydney, Australia, and comes from a Lebanese background. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is currently writing the dissertation for her Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. Janine has undertaken fieldwork in India and Lesotho focused on inequality and development. Alongside her studies, she works for Oaktree, an NGO which aims to motivate young people to engage in political and social impact work. She also teaches English as a second language to migrants and refugees with Navitas, and is a Creators of Peace Circle facilitator. Her main areas of interest are post-conflict peacekeeping, dialogue and reconciliation, and the economics of peace.  
Matthew Freeman
Trainer, Facilitator
Dialectix Consulting
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Matthew Freeman’s passion for racial equity and social justice has led him across the United States and overseas, helping people connect across difference and begin to address the challenges that divide them. Matthew has worked with Members of Congress and the Federal Reserve System, as well as with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 500’s to small non-profits. With degrees in the sciences and the humanities, Matthew brings his diverse educational background to bear on topics like unconscious bias – exploring what we know about how the brain functions and how that impacts our human interactions. He is the author Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences. He heads the faculty of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, the leadership formation programme of Initiatives of Change USA. 
Simon Keyes
Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
University of Winchester
United Kingdom
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Since reading Zoology at Oxford, Simon Keyes' career has mostly been in NGOs involved with homelessness, mental health and crime prevention. He was Director of Shelter’s Housing Aid Services and set up the Revolving Doors Agency which pioneered new approaches to helping people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system. After a spell as Director of Lambeth Crime Prevention Trust, he moved to the World Community for Christian Meditation, where he organized The Way of Peace 2000 interfaith initiative with the Dalai Lama in Northern Ireland. He was Director of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace between 2004 and 2014. Since 2015, he has been Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the University of Winchester and now teaches an online distance learning Masters programme in Reconciliation to students around the world. His current areas of interest are the notion of successful disagreement, the nature of dialogue and appreciative approaches to community reconciliation. He is an experienced trainer and facilitator who has worked with a wide range of groups in the UK and abroad. 
Angela Staravoytova
Dialogue Facilitator, Trainer in effective communication
Network of Dialogue Facilitators
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Angela Starovoytova is passionate about building connections between people and communities. Her expertise is in using non-formal education and participatory facilitation methods to create a safe and trusting environment where individuals and groups can find personal transformation and changed  relationships. Angela has 20 years of international experience organizing and running workshops/conferences/long-term programmes on such themes as ethical leadership, conflict-resolution, trust- and peacebuilding and critical thinking. She is one of the founders of Foundations for Freedom/Initiatives of Change (Ukraine), and has worked in Ukraine, UK, Switzerland, Germany and Uganda. Currently her main involvement is with the Network of Dialogue Facilitators, using a non-violent approach to run dialogues, training programmes, forums and other events for UNDP, IOM, GIZ, IREX, OSCE and other organizations, both in Ukraine and abroad.
Ebony Walden
Trainer, Facilitator, Urban planner, Community facilitator
Ebony Walden Consulting
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Ebony Walden is an urban planner, consultant and facilitator with over a decade of experience working to transform communities. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Ebony Walden Consulting (EWC), an urban strategy firm based in Richmond, Virginia. At EWC, she works with organizations in the housing and community development arena to design and facilitate workshops, training programmes, strategic plans and community engagement processes that explore race, equity and the creation of just and inclusive communities. In addition to her work at EWC, Ebony is an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches a class on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the City. Ebony is member of the faculty for the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship. 

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Diana Damsa

Diana Damsa

Managing Director
Diana Topan

Diana Topan

Communications Director
Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver

Conference Design
Jane Wuth

Jane Wuth

Conference Design
Shamail Haydar

Shamail Haydar

Conference Design / Tech Host
Aleksandra Kielek

Aleksandra Kielek

Violeta Frimu

Violeta Frimu-Patel

Conference Design / Facilitation
Simona Torotcoi

Simona Torotcoi

Bhav Patel

Bhavesh Patel

Caux Design Team
Sezan Eyrich

Sezan Eyrich

YAP Coordinator
Patrycja Pociecha

Patrycja Pociecha

YAP Content Design/Trainer
Rob Lancaster

Rob Lancaster

YAP Content Design / Trainer
Timo Pfender

Timo Pfender

YAP Follow-up Coordinator
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Tools for Changemakers - Programme

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Friday, 17 July

11:00 - 13:00 (CEST)

Let’s talk! – Exploring dialogue principles and learning from experienced practitioners


For the first day we have invited experts to talk about their approach to dialogue, with examples from fieldwork, and to share how these practices could help us to respond to the challenges facing the world. Small discussion groups will give participants the opportunity to share personal experiences and their own dialogue practices. Together we will look for inspiration and vision for a more cohesive world.


I. Word of welcome


II. Getting to know each other


III. What is dialogue? 

  • Simon Keyes, Professor of Reconciliation and Peacebuilding at the University of Winchester, United Kingdom


IV. Conversations with invited practitioners

  • Dr. Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska, Researcher, trainer, dialogue facilitator, Ukraine
  • Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Professor at the American University School of International Service in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Washington, DC, USA


V. Discussion groups


VI. Wrapping up the session


Saturday, 18 July

10:00 - 12:00 (CEST)

Let’s listen! – Experiencing a dialogue


The second day will give our participants the opportunity to witness and then take part it an online facilitated dialogue. This will be followed by discussion groups, in which they can reflect on what they have learnt.


I. Word of welcome


II. The role of dialogue in the #BlackLivesMatter context


• Ebony Walden, Trainer, Facilitator, Urban planner, Community facilitator, Ebony Walden Consulting, USA

• Matthew Freeman, Trainer, Facilitator, Dialectix Consulting, USA


• Rob Corcoran, Training Consultant, Initiatives of Change International, USA


III. Experiencing a dialogue


IV. Discussion groups - unpacking the learning and the experience


V. Wrapping up the session


Sunday, 19 July

10:00 - 12:00 (CEST)

Let’s reflect! – Taking inspiration from stories of impact and looking ahead


On the final day we will present two inspirational stories of the impact of dialogue and give our participants further opportunities in small groups to explore their next steps in addressing local or global issues.


I. Word of welcome


II. Stories of impact:

  • Angela Starovoytova, Dialogue facilitator, Trainer in effective communication | Network of dialogue facilitators, Ukraine
  • Janine Farah, Masters student in Peace and Conflict Studies, Australia


III. Small groups exercise/ application


IV. Wrapping up the session



We trust our participants will find the Tools for Changemakers experience inspiring and will strengthen their confidence in dialogue as a tool for addressing the challenges faced by their communities.

  • Please note that this programme is subject to change.
  • Download the programme here.


NB: Please note that for technical reasons the Caux Forum Online will be held mainly in English. No interpretation will be offered. Thank you for your understanding.