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Hope After Trauma

Hope After Trauma

Please join the online event where Jo Berry is on  a panel to talk about Hope After Trauma. The event is organised by The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU) and all are welcome. Be part of our remote audience on Wednesday 27th May 2020 to watch the inspirational Father Gregory Boyle, Jo Berry and Paul Gray discuss Hope After Trauma and the psychological impact of what is occurring now. Hosted by SVRU Head Niven Rennie, this free event is open to…

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Ubuntu Academy in Portugal

Ubuntu Academy in Portugal

20 September 2019 Jo Berry and Patrick Magee were asked back for the second time to speak with the young people from the Academy of Ubuntu leaders. Jo reports on the trip: ‘We gathered in Gaia near Porto and the audience represented 11 countries including East Timor, Columbia, Venezuela, Senegal, South Africa, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. ‘We started with a boat journey through the bridges of the city which was relevant as the theme was the…

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Corrymeela in Exeter Weekend

Corrymeela in Exeter Weekend

17 – 18 Nov 2018 Exeter Hope in Conflict  – Saturday 17th November with Pádraig Ó Tuama. Venue: The Alumni Auditorium, The Forum, on Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4PT. Registration at 9.30am for 10am start, finishes at 4.15pm. Open to those of all faiths and none. A summary of the Programme is available HERE. Discover creative ways to deal with conflict, from practitioners in different contexts: including Jo Berry, Jude Taylorson, Louisa  Burnand, Jayme Reaves, Rev Jonathan Herbert and…

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ADDRESSING EUROPE’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS

ADDRESSING EUROPE’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Tackling polarization, building trust Jo Berry and Patrick Magee speaking about building trust after polarisation and moving from being ‘enemies’ to becoming friends. This event will start on Monday 17 July at 16:45 and end on Friday 21 July at 12:30. In Europe more and more people are isolating themselves, retreating into groups based on their ethnicity, religious beliefs, or class. Put simply, they’ve stopped talking to the ‘other’. You could say polarization is a feature of our age. And…

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New Video and report of three events

New Video and report of three events

I spoke at three events in the last week of November and each has been amazing and powerful. ​The first event was ​R​ising 2016 held in Coventry Cathedral where there were speakers for two day​s, ​ the panel on violent extremism interest​ed​ me greatly and ​Lord​ ​Alderdic​e asked ​u​s all in challenging times to find new ways to live and engage with those we don’t like, how true. I saw a powerful film on Northern Ireland called ​’B​orn and ​R​eared​’​…

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RISING 16 Global Peace Forum

RISING 16 Global Peace Forum

Jo Berry will be speaking on a panel at the RISING 16 Global Peace Forum. Other members of the panel are Rt Hon Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Prof Deirdre Heenan and Richard Moore. RISING 16, is the second annual gathering of the RISING Global Peace Forum, will be held in Coventry from 15 to 16 November 2016. More details http://buildingbridgesforpeace.org/peace-event/1477/

Workshop in Ukraine

Workshop in Ukraine

Jo Berry was honoured to take part in a workshop in Eastern Ukraine with participants from Russia and Ukraine. This opportunity came from the extraordinary time at Global Youth Rising 2016 in Romania. She shared her story and then answered questions from the participants who were very interested in the process of transforming pain and how empathy can be a useful tool. As young people they were born into a hugely difficult complex situation yet were there to explore how…

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Jo Berry and Patrick Magee spoke to the Scarriff Foroige Youth Club

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee spoke to the Scarriff Foroige Youth Club

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee spoke to the Scarriff Foroige Youth Club as part of the Scariff Festival in Country Clare, Ireland. Tracey Doyle, the youth leader, wrote after, ‘It was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and listen to your story. Our members are carrying on the valuable conversation that was started during your workshop. I hope that they continue on to make the world a better place and continue to be ambassadors for peace and resolution following…

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Filmed for Basque documentary in Ireland

Filmed for Basque documentary in Ireland

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee visited Corrymeela in Ireland where they were filmed for a Basque documentary. Corrymela is a special peace centre which means so much to me. Jo Berry Corrymeela is Northern Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation organisation. We began before “The Troubles” and continue on in Northern Ireland’s changing post–conflict society.  The organisation grew organically from the original Community members, and today almost 40 full–time staff and dozens of volunteers work alongside the eleven thousand people who…

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Interview with Harvey Thomas, Pat Magee and Jo Berry

Interview with Harvey Thomas, Pat Magee and Jo Berry

Andy Andrews interviews Harvey Thomas, Margaret Thatcher’s Director of Communications, Jo Berry, daughter of Sir Anthony Berry, and the IRA Brighton Bomber himself – Patrick Magee and they talk about the power of forgiveness. On October 12 1984 the IRA exploded a bomb planted behind a bath-panel in the hotel, aimed at wiping out Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative cabinet as they slept during their party conference. The blast ripped through the seafront facade at 2:54 am, missing Mrs (now…

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