Talks

Talks are available for after-dinner slots or conferences. They are on average 30 minutes in duration but can be shortened or lengthened to suit. Talks can also be followed by a workshop to explore some of the themes.

Forgiveness is Fierce: Re-discovering the ancient path to freedom and peace

Forgiveness is a subject that most people have an opinion about-you might to. ‘Forgiveness is Fierce’ is an interactive talk offering an exploration into what forgiveness is / isn’t, why it is beneficial, ways in which is is deeply misunderstood, and a look at the journey people undertake in order to experience it. The talk is informed and inspired by people who have managed to transform inner pain and anger and find inner peace.

The talk is suitable for clubs, organisations, conferences, educational establishments. for an after-dinner speech or that can utilised as a start point for discussions. It can be followed up by a workshop exploring the themes.

Peace is Possible: Why we don't have it and how we could

Is the world getting more or less peaceful? Should we be more scared of a terrorist or a bathtub? Why is it so difficult for us to imagine peace? In this fast paced witty talk Helen explores these and other questions challenging us to see peace not only as possible, but something that we all can play our part.

Introduction to psychosocial support in conflict areas

How are civilians affected by war in 2018? How do communities recover after war and begin to build peace?  In this talk-Helen gives an overview of some of the impacts and repercussions of war on civilians and communities, and how psychosocial support aims to help promote wellbeing and community resilience to help build a more positive peaceful future.Taking examples from numerous countries where she has worked-Helen brings to life the challenges of war and some of the hope for a peaceful future.

Maintaining relationships for your successful business

There are numerous costs to a business when relationships go wrong-lost contracts, lost reputation, loss of time due to staff off sick with stress, loss of days due to conflicts not being resolved. So what are the key elements that businesses need to put in place in order to build strong relationships, teamwork and motivation? How can disagreement be a creative process rather than lead to a destructive process? These and other questions are explored in this talk and can be followed up with training and coaching services offered by Helen.

Myanmar: A land of lotuses and landmines

Myanmar, also known as Burma is a land of contrasts, complexity, contradictions and immense beauty. This talk touches on the country’s history, how this relates to current day crisis, particularly on its border areas and in relation to the recent Rohingya refugee crisis. We also explore the beauty of the land and the people, and bring it to life with personal stories, images and recent journeys there.

Global Peace Index 2018: Research findings on peace from around the world

What is happening in the world in terms of peace? Out of 163 countries-which are the most and least peaceful and why? The Institute of Economics and Peace produces an index every year measuring global levels of peace, noting changes, patterns and the drivers of these changes. Helen was chosen as a Global Peace Index Ambassador in 2015 and will be sharing the most up to date findings of the Global Peace Index produced in June 2018. Find out whats happening in the world and how you can access the research for your own personal and professional interests.

Libya after Gadaffi: Lessons for us all

In 2013-14 Helen was based in Misurata, Libya managing a psychosocial programme for children, teachers and social workers. The aim was to support the children to recover from their experiences of armed conflict during the 2011 revolution which deposed Muammar Gadaffi. Over the 18months she witnessed the communities move from hope to gradual dispair as the country descended into increasing criminality, power struggles, terrorism and ultimately civil war. The talk is a sharing of being a western woman in the country observing the changes at a monumental time in history, how civilians are impacted by armed struggle, and how some communities seem to find hope and strength against all odds.

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