SPEAKING EVENT 21 November 7 30pm
Syracuse University London, Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AE
On 21 November Jo Berry and Patrick Magee are speaking with the Encompass Trust in London.
In Autumn of this year Encompass is launching a series of lectures, discussions and workshops with the over-arching theme of peace and reconciliation. The first of these is on Thursday 21st November when we welcome two quite incredible people – Jo Berry and Patrick Magee from Building Bridges for Peace. Jo is the daughter of MP Sir Anthony Berry, who was one of the five people killed in the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton 29 years ago. In her quest to understand those responsible, Jo met Patrick Magee, the man who planted the bomb. As they listened to each other’s story they came to realise that this was the beginning of another journey in which they have committed themselves to exploring and promoting non-violent solutions.Jo and Patrick now work together around the world and have spoken together over 100 times faciliating workshops which enable dialogue between opposing groups and giving talks on conflict resolution and alternatives to violence. If you would like to join us for this free event, please register here /email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building Bridges are very happy to be now in partnership with Encompass Trust and planning events together. We are honoured to work with them and know there is great resonance with what we are both doing. For information about their excellent inspiring work with young people see here.
“Our son Daniel died in a terrorist attack in Bali in 2002. Not because of who he was. But because, to the bombers, he was just one more representative of a set of values that they despised and did not understand”.
“It was this realisation that led us to set up the trust. Encompass was founded on the principle that when people truly understand each other, one to one, prejudice and hatred give way to bonds of friendship which transcend political and religious divides.
“This principle has been proved time and again since the trust was founded in 2003. Encompass is a small charity, funded largely by private donations. It has a tight-knit team of eight staff, with offices in Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine and the UK. It is supported by a dedicated community of alumni and volunteers. In our work and personal stories you will see what we do, and the impact that it has on individuals.
“However much we may long to do so, we cannot change the past. But we can change the future”.
Alex and Mandy Braden