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The Possibility of Reconciliation: People and Politics

The Possibility of Reconciliation: People and Politics

In the 2020 Una O’Higgins O’Malley Webinar, peacebuilder Jo Berry shared her personal journey of reconciliation following the violent loss of her father, Sir Anthony Berry, who died in the IRA Brighton bombing of 1984. This year’s event, the third in Glencree’s annual lecture series, was hosted online due to restrictions of Covid-19 and attracted over 190 guests from across Ireland, Britain, mainland Europe, the U.S. and Africa. Jo’s difficult and painful journey of healing and reconciliation led her to…

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Reimagining Victory

Reimagining Victory

Jo Berry and Patrick Magee were interviewed last year by Neil Bartlett for the powerful event, 24 Hours of Peace. Now, an extract of the dramatic adaptation of the interview will feature as part of Reimagining Victory, a new online exhibition for Imperial War Museum launching today, 30th June 2020: Neil Bartlett, the creator of 24 hours of peace writes to them: ” I’ve had a great time re-visiting the tapes of 24 HOURS OF PEACE to create this little…

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Conversation: Breakthrough or Breakdown? Visions for a Different Future

Conversation: Breakthrough or Breakdown? Visions for a Different Future

A Conversation with Scilla Ellworthy, Jo Berry and Liz Rivers, facilitated by John Sturrock by Core Solutions and Collaborative Scotland Wed, July 8, 2020 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM BST “If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do … HOW WOULD I BE? WHAT WOULD I DO? …” Buckminster Fuller Breakthrough or Breakdown? We are at a crucial point in society: How each of us chooses to act at…

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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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Happy New Year 2020 message

Happy New Year 2020 message

Happy New Year to all my dear friends who are from all over the world. Thank you for the incredible support and love which has touched me deeply and empowered me to do more in the world to help create peace. It has been a phenomenal year in which I have been blessed to work with many young people in schools, linked with amazing people in Northern Ireland, spoken at a world peace conference in south Korea, and so much…

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24 Hours of Peace

24 Hours of Peace

November 2019. To create the marathon text of TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF PEACE, writer Neil Bartlett spent nearly six months travelling across the UK and beyond, meeting one hundred remarkable individuals who work for peace to create a Remembrance Sunday act of witness to their work. Jo Berry and Pat Magee were among the 100 peace-workers involved in ’24 Hours of Peace’. Broadcast live on 10 November 2019, you can listen to the Jo and Pat’s contribution here: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/24-hours-of-peace-e7-pat-mag/ For…

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Building Bridges for Peace through schools – an appeal

Building Bridges for Peace through schools – an appeal

Thirty five years ago, a bomb exploded in a Brighton hotel. Jo Berry’s father was killed and Jo’s life was changed. She was 27 when the bomb went off and she vowed to bring something positive out of the atrocity. Thirty five years later Jo’s commitment to work building bridges for peace is as strong as ever. Currently we have some funding for Jo to work with under 16’s in a few schools in the East End of London. Jo…

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Jo Berry – 35 years after

Jo Berry – 35 years after

12 October 2019 On the 35th anniversary of the IRA bomb at the Grand Brighton Hotel in Brighton that killed her father, Jo Berry reflects on the impact that it has had on her and the subsequent work she has done for reconciliation. “I was 27 and vowed to bring something positive out of the atrocity. That never ends, and today I renew my commitment to be bolder in my peace-work for Building Bridges for Peace, be more courageous in…

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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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Towards a stronger Britain project report

Towards a stronger Britain project report

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy. Building Bridges were successful in their bid…

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