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Our work in schools during Covid.

Our work in schools during Covid.

We received  funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund to make a difference to young people living in communities affected by Covid 19. We impacted more than 1000 young people and 50 young people in ongoing smaller groups. The smaller groups were from a school in Tower Hamlets and other places were Manchester, Leeds, Gloucestershire, Cheshire, London and Birmingham. The workshops covered developing resilience and empathy, transforming anger, listening skills, self-care, self-esteem, resolving…

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Video of The Journey – 21 Years after the first meeting between Jo Berry and Pat Magee

Video of The Journey – 21 Years after the first meeting between Jo Berry and Pat Magee

We now have the video of the remarkable talk which happened on the 21st anniversary of the first meeting.   Twenty-one years ago, the inspirational Anne Gallagher, who sadly is no longer with us, hosted an extraordinary meeting at her home near Dublin. She had written: To heal the wounds of Northern Ireland, I believe you have to see humanity in the face of the enemy.’ This occasion was to illustrate her words. Sitting down together in her house over…

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Leeds Festival Of Kindness, Compassion & Wellbeing 10th – 16th OCTOBER 2021

Leeds Festival Of Kindness, Compassion & Wellbeing 10th – 16th OCTOBER 2021

Jo Berry is giving a keynote on the anniversary of the Brighton Bomb in person on the 12th of October. 12 October 09:30 – 17:30 KindEx is an exciting conference sharing inspiring ideas and stories about kindness, compassion and wellbeing. Join us live! About this event The first ever KindEx (Kindness Exchange) conference will take place on Tuesday the 12th of October at Leeds Civic Hall. It’s like a TEDx but with a focus on kindness, compassion and wellbeing. You’ll…

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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Jo Berry  is joining a panel of  global peace builders on International Peace Day. Register on link below for the free event. Join us on September 21st — International Peace Day — from 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT to meet and honor incredible peacemakers from all over the world who have suffered a tragic loss due to violence and conflict and have used the power of their pain to create a positive, meaningful change in the world. Speakers: • Jo…

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9/11 – 20 years on.

9/11 – 20 years on.

15 years ago Jo Berry was in USA with a very inspirational group, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows for a conference, Civilian Causalities, Civilian Solutions, and she says  it was a honour and a inspiration to be there for their 5th anniversary.  September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorro­ws is an organization founded by family members of those killed on September 11th who have united to turn our grief into action for peace. The participants for the conference came from…

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New Video by Jo Berry

New Video by Jo Berry

The latest talk from Jo Berry where she talks about the lessons she has been learning over the last 40 years. This recording is from the “Talking with the Enemy” online session, held by Tools for Changemakers on 19 April 2021.

TALK – Talking with the Enemy

TALK – Talking with the Enemy

  Jo  Berry is giving a talk and workshop on 19th of April  which is free and open to all. As founder of the charity Building Bridges for Peace, Jo believes unbounded empathy is the biggest weapon we have to end conflict. Her words offer a message of hope and encourage us to see the humanity in others, at a time when political, religious and racial divides are deepening. Jo will share her story, highlighting the lessons she has learnt over…

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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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