Forgiveness Society Lecture 2013

Last year’s lecture made a huge impression on me. Although I didn’t attend, I did watch the video, which is at the end of this poster, several times. I wrote a blog about it, Forgiveness, Narrative and listening, and I continue to think about how important it is to engage seriously with forgiveness and to practice forgiving. Compassionate care depends on the ability to forgive each other and our selves and to learn from our mistakes. I’m very pleased to be attending this year.

Here is a summary of this year’s lecture compiled from twitter. I will write my next blog about empathy between doctors and patients.

forgiveness“Erosion of empathy is a state of mind that can be found in any culture”

The Forgiveness Project’s Fourth Annual Lecture 2013

Zero Degrees of Empathy: Exploring explanations of human cruelty & kindness

Tuesday 17th September 18:45 20:30 (Doors open at 18:15)

Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR

For more information visit: lecture

Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge gives the keynote speech at The Forgiveness Project’s fourth annual lecture. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Mary Foley, Peter Woolf & Marina Cantacuzino, Chaired by Fergal Keane.

Mary Foley’s daughter was murdered in 2005 in an unprovoked attack. She has since corresponded with her daughter’s killer. Mary has shared her story in The Forgiveness Project’s RESTORE prison programme for the last five years.

Peter Woolf was a career criminal until 2002 when he broke into the home of a businessman, resulting in a three year sentence. During his sentence Peter met his victim through a restorative justice conference. Since then Peter has devoted his life to promoting restorative principles.

Marina Cantacuzino started collecting personal stories of atrocity and terrorism in 2003 in the lead up to the Iraq war. The stories formed a body of work in the celebrated F Word exhibition and led to Marina founding The Forgiveness Project.

All speakers are available for interview

The Forgiveness Project is a charitable organisation that uses real life stories to explore forgiveness in the face of atrocity, working with the public, schools, prisons, faith communities, and with any group who wishes to explore a way out of conflict, either in a wider political context or within their own lives.

For more information contact: | Tel: +44 (0)207 821 0035

Video from last year’s lecture

Forgiveness, Narratives and Listening. My blog in response to last year’s lecture.

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