Jo Berry - Please Can You Help? Think of New York. Who Do You Know There?

Jo Berry's father was among 5 killed by the IRA bomb in Brighton on 12th October 1984. Despite the pain and the confusion following losing her father, within 3 days of that terrible event, she made up her mind to meet and forgive her father's killer. She and Pat Magee met when he was released under the Northern Ireland Peace Process. They now work together to promote peace and reconciliation. She has spent the last 12 years full-time as a peace worker, lobbying on behalf of those without a voice or power, and as an educator and peacemaker.

Why am I telling you this?

Jo has been invited by the United Nations to speak to them in New York. It's a great opportunity for her and I want to do my bit to support her in getting over to speak on the world stage about her experiences. I'm asking if you are happy to help, to get her story out to your network and try to connect her with potential buyers of her speaking services to fund her trip.



In order to fund this, she would welcome introductions to companies and especially CSR Directors, or Deans or New York Colleges who might like to invite Jo to speak to their people or students while she is over.

The UN are paying her expenses in New York but not her travel and there's no fee for her to speak.

Bluntly Jo has to make a living and dedicating your life for the last 12 years to promoting peace is among the lowest paid occupations on the planet because everyone assumes you will speak for free (and Jo has done so for a very long time because she is very nice and doesn't want to let people down) so I was wondering if you could help because by recommending she contact people you know, or better still if you could facilitate the dialogue between your connections in New York and Jo directly by making a personal introduction, you may put her in touch with someone(s) who can provide her with the funding to speak at the UN.

In 2009 Jo launched the charity Building Bridges for Peace with the aim of advancing 'the education of the public in the understanding of the roots of war, terrorism and violence, and to promote dialogue and mediation or other non-violent expedients as the means of peace in situations of conflict.'

I've spent a lot of time speaking to Jo and she is the genuine article. Not fluffy and beatnik but practical and forgiving. It's humbling talking to her and I commend you all to search your networks for possible connections to help her in her cause.

Beth Burgess

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How nice to see fellow members of Ecademy supporting each others' efforts like this :) Sorry I missed this, but hopefully this has helped Jo to continue her vital and inspiring work. Kudos, Marcus, for a great and supportive blog.

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Nick Braak

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Thanks for mentioning me William and Anna. I don't move in academic or non-profit circles much, so I'm not a great resource for this mission. My suggestion is to try to leverage the connections and abilities of the other US based members. Using the search function on the site I see that over 2000 registered members identifying USA as their location have logged in since early August. Almost all of those folks do not comment let alone blog, yet many are willing and able. Connect with some or all through direct means (email or ecademy mail) and the opportunities will come. But don't rely on a blog or tweets to reach them or anyone. Too hit and miss. Also, the whole "Northeast Megalopolis" from Washington to Boston is a catchment area. Fifty million people all within four hours or less travel time. The New York Tri-State Metropolitan area (NYC suburbs, Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut) is twenty two million and within daily commuting distance. IOW, plenty of reachable possibilities outside Manhattan!

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Jo Berry

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Thanks Marcus

Thanks Marcus I appreciate your help and support at this time when I have needed it. Your generosity has touched me deeply and I am full of gratitude. Already I am having new conversations and that is very exciting. I have committed to giving the talk now at the UN as I have my airfare covered by a University which I am speaking at and I am sure the rest will follow. Warmest wishes Jo

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Marcus Cauchi Sales Management Training

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If you've not yet heard of The Forgiveness Project check out their website here.

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If you support Jo's work could you make a personal appeal to refer Jo to your networks. Say it in your words and let us all know so we can support your message.

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Georgina Lester

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Jo is brilliant! The work that she does is extraordinary and her dedication phenomenal. A cut of the film was screened at the United Nations yesterday and is worthy of its own blog >> Beyond Right and Wrong - documentary about justice & forgiveness with Jo Berry & Pat Magee screened at the UN It is particularly satisfying to think that the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will now know of Jo Berry and her work as a result of seeing this film prior to a meeting about mediation. Thank you Marcus for supporting Jo in her incredible work.

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William Buist

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Jo is brilliant and I'm honored to have spent some considerable time with her. In New York she should definately get in touch with Nick Braak. I'll alert him to this. Thanks for posting this Marcus.

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Marcus Cauchi Sales Management Training

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Check out the film

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Robert Craven

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Marcus Great blog. Worthwhile. Purposeful. RC

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Fred Rutgers

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Great initiative Marcus?, Squeesed my brain, but no contacts I know in the Big Apple, but I keep searching! Cheers, Fred

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Martin Dewhurst

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Just to add to this Marcus, Jo's skills are massively valuable in a business context in the form of expertise in the field of conflict resolution. We spoke this morning and Jo mentioned about her desire to do more in this area. Given the numerous opportunities for these skills in the modern workplace, your coaching skills could really bring this commercial value to the fore, which in turn will enable more speaking gigs. I'm sure you spotted this, I just wanted to tag the thought here so anyone reading may spot the opportunity for resolving conflict in the workplace that in some cases people would pay considerably for the privilege. Best Martin

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Thanks to all of you who are tweeting and liking this. Please can you pass the message on to the rest of or at least New York network now. Jo is in contact with the Secretary General of the UN now so please keep supporting her.

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Martin Dewhurst

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Great work Marcus.

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