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Building Bridges For Peace

  • Feb 7, 2013 · 7:15 PM
  • EnlightenNext

Turning Tragedy Into Hope - A Discussion with Jo Berry & Patrick Magee

There are many stories of peace and reconciliation in the past few decades including the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela. This meetup is about one of those stories and how it can give us all hope for the future.

In 1984 the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton killed the MP Anthony Berry. As a result of this tragedy, his daughter Jo Berry was determined to seek out the bombers to try to understand why her father had to die. Eventually she found one of those bombers Patrick Magee. They formed a friendship and since then they have been working together tirelessly for peace and reconciliation not just in Northern Ireland but in many conflicts around the globe.

It is a truly remarkable story and we are privileged that both Jo and Patrick have agreed to attend one of our meetups to tell their story.

We are holding this meetup in collaboration with Conscious TV and EnlightenNext who have organised a meal after the event for us.

At this meeting we hope to raise funds for Jo Berry's Charity "Building Bridges For Peace" and so we are charging a £5 entrance fee to help with this. After the event there will be a meal for those who would like it and that will cost £10 and again some of this will help the Charity.The meal is optional. We will send out a link to make this donation before the meeting.

In the afternoon and before the meeting ConsciousTV will do a video interview of Jo and Patrick and that will be made available on the Internet. We also hope to film the evening discussion and also do some video diaries as well.

Many people today feel their voices are not heard and that they are powerless to affect what goes on around them. This sense of powerlessness can lead to apathy or explode into violence: frustrated people blame others for their lack of power, and see themselves as victims of circumstance. It is a phenomenon that we are witnessing all around the world, from shanty towns and war-torn states to inner city housing estates terrorised by gangs, and it is one of the most difficult problems facing society today. Building Bridges For Peace have as their mission:-

• To seek to understand fully the roots of violence and conflict
• To raise awareness that non violence is a global movement
• To promote non violence as a viable response to violence, terrorism and war
• To create opportunities for all people to be heard
• To establish ways to resolve conflict in which no-one is hurt
• To educate on conflict transformation
• To advocate the importance of emotional safety
• To facilitate dialogue between those affected by conflict
• To inform on the alternatives to blame
• To empower those who believe they do not have a voice
• To support other peace initiatives

You can visit their site here .....

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  • Faheem N.

    It was many things, but humbling was a word mentioned by many, courageous and insightful.

    February 8, 2013

  • Rajen

    Very interesting, informative and thought provoking.

    February 8, 2013

  • Phil S.

    This evening was one of the most moving events I remember being a part of. The speaking by Jo and Pat was straight from the heart and gave us all much to ponder. Deep insight into some of the extremities of the human condition that cause the worst of us and the best of us.

    February 7, 2013

  • Andria

    I'm finding it difficult to articulate myself right now: perhaps the words I shared with my five year old Millie will suffice? "I heard some special people tonight who'd had people they loved killed but they didn't want to kill them back. They said forgiveness was better Millie..."

    2 · February 7, 2013

  • Marc B.

    Sorry to Have to miss this Event

    February 6, 2013

  • Jazz R.

    Marshall Rosenberg's work on Non Violent Communication emphasises how important it is to express feelings and make fair requests rather than resorting to judgments and opinions to bring about change. Jo and Patrick's relationship highlights this process. Should be an enlightening evening.

    1 · February 6, 2013

    • Julian

      Marshall Rosenberg's NVC is truly a compassionate tool for transformation... one of the few we have to really create peace on earth.

      February 6, 2013

  • Joanna N.

    We can build bridges together and overcome conflict!

    You only have to remember all the things that we have already done!

    We can overcome our own problems!

    We can live in peace!

    Build a bridge of peace
    Build a bridge of hope
    Then we can all be free and find a way to be!

    Believe in peace
    Believe that there is hope
    We only have to look for peace
    And then we will see that we can find a way to believe that one day we will be free to live our lives in peace!

    So sing for peace
    Sing for hope
    And one day we can live in peace and tranquility

    Bring out the old and bring in the new!
    Build a bridge for you and me!

    1 · January 17, 2013

    • Andria

      Gorgeous Joanna. Thanks. xxxx

      January 18, 2013

    • Frances G.

      This is beautiful, Joanna, thank you!

      January 18, 2013

  • Lesley

    Sorry. Unable to come

    January 17, 2013

  • Julie A.

    I cannot be there, however I am sure it will be amazing. Thank you for all your good works. J

    January 17, 2013

  • Frances G.

    I would love to share in this, but can't be there on 7th. Thank you Jo and Patrick for your courage and for sharing. Things are tough again in NI, but you two are a beacon of hope. Why don't we hear more about this kind of reconciliation in the news?... it's true, apparently, only tragedy and conflict sells newspapers and attracts viewers and listeners... maybe it's a touch of schadenfreude in all of us?... something to think about

    1 · January 17, 2013

  • Julie M.

    Not able to come along now - sorry.

    January 17, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting but already signed up elsewhere

    January 5, 2013

  • Ulas O.

    our first time

    January 4, 2013

  • dave p.

    Should be a very moving and powerful conversation

    January 4, 2013

  • Alan

    Governments around the world are always saying that protesters and anti-government groups must renounce violence, and make statements about acts of violence by such groups that violence is wrong and change must be achieved by peaceful means. Yet only a few governments have themselves renounced violence as a means to resolve disputes; rather, they arm themselves to the teeth, sell weapons around the world, got to war on a regular basis, and use their armies and police forces as violent means of controlling their own populations. Our own government is one of the worst for prosecuting wars and selling weapons abroad, and unleashes the police on its own citizens. Until the problem of governmental violence is resolved, until nations learn it is wrong to resolve disputes by methods that they condemn in individuals and which we would criticise in children, and grow to resolve disputes by discussion and peaceful means, then most of the worst violence in the world will continue.

    1 · January 4, 2013

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