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Number 216: January 2014 supplement

Please note this is a short supplement with mainly time-limited information, not a full issue (the next one will appear at the start of February)

Afri's Féile Bríde - Life: Source or Resource?
Afri's 2014 Féile Bríde will be held in the Osborne Centre, Kildare Town on Saturday 8th February.  The theme is "Life: Source or Resource? Enslavement versus Sovereignty" and will look at issues of food sovereignty, climate change and human trafficking, with perspectives from Abjata Khalif of the Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network; Fergal Anderson, a small farmer from the West of Ireland; and Donal Dorr who will be joined by a woman with personal knowledge of the issue of human trafficking to explore the meaning of slavery, sovereignty and sustenance.  There will also be tree planting and music and poetry from poet Pete Mullineaux.  To book: or contact Afri, or 01 - 8827563. Afri's website is at

INCORE: Archives in dealing with the past, 20 years of INCORE
The next INCORE seminar in the Accounts of the Conflict Seminar Series has Elisabeth Baumgartner speaking on 'The Role of Archives in Dealing with the Past' at 12.00 p.m. on Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Conference Room A, NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB. A light lunch will be served after the seminar at 1.00 pm. RSVP by 8th January to Janet Farren, or ph 028 7167 5575.

Meanwhile 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of INCORE's establishment. To commemorate the event INCORE launched '20 years of making and building peace: The story of INCORE'. See The document is complemented by a five-minute infographic animation charting the progress of the Institute, including its research, major internet presence and digital resources, practice and policy initiatives, teaching programmes, conferences, study visits and international peace-orientated work.

Forthspring 5 Decades project
Forthspring, based on the Springfield Road, Belfast has worked since 1997 to build relationships between the neighbouring Protestant and Catholic communities. It developed the 5 Decades Project to explore the differing experiences and memories of the 'Troubles' with the goal of creating a shared, but not agreed, account of the conflict and its impact on local people and communities. The 'Five Decades' project is gathering the history through a process of storytelling. Small groups of people from the same community background come together to share their experiences and memories, roughly structured around the five decades from the 1960's onwards, somewhere people feel comfortable there is the opportunity to share their stories and hear the stories of others. 

An exhibition, based on the project, will be on display in the East Wing of Belfast City Hall during the month of January, opening on Wednesday 8th January with the launch on Thursday 9th January at 11am.  All welcome. The text and images presented represent something of the stories shared by participants. The text is usually an extract from a larger story. Longer versions of the stories will soon be available on the 5 Decades webpages, and will also be published later this year in a book based on the project. Forthspring Inter Community Group, 373-375 Springfield Road, Belfast BT12 7DG, ph 028 90313945.

MNI courses, events
In addition to the 8-day Mediation Theory and Practice course starting on 15th January (see NN 215), Mediation Northern Ireland (MNI) has a Group Mediation Skills 6-day (one day a week) course starting on 30th January in Belfast. This course provides an opportunity for mediation practitioners to build upon good practice and learn more advanced skills of complex conflict intervention in group situations – the entrance qualification is MNI's Mediation Theory and Practice course, or equivalent, and two mediated cases. Please contact Rob Colwell ph 028 9043 8614 or to discuss further. Other information is on the MNI website at

MNI has various other seminars and events coming up in Belfast including Introducing Non Violent Communication on 17th January from 10 am – 12 noon, Exploring John Paul Lederach's 'Critical Yeast' on 14th February from 10 am – 12 noon, and Considering Drama Triangles on 21st March from 10 am – 12 noon. Further details from MNI phone 028 – 90438614 or see the website at

How Law Can Save the World: Eradicating Ecocide
Polly Higgins, international lawyer and author, will speak in the Great Hall at Queen's University, Belfast on Tuesday 11th February at 7.30 pm. In 2010 she proposed to the United Nations a law that will create a legal duty of care on all nations to prevent loss and damage on a global scale. By criminalising mass damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems, the carbon majors, governments and the flow of finance shall all be given the choice: change or be held to account. For further details contact


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