41: Building Bridges For Peace with Jo Berry
Can you imagine meeting the man who planted the bomb that killed your father in a terrorist attack and then making friends with him and go on to share many platforms with him? That is exactly what my extraordinary guest did! She is such a force for making positive change, peace and hope and I’m honoured to call her my friend
Jo Berry is an inspiring speaker who works to resolve conflict around the world. Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo first met with the man responsible, Pat Magee. This initial three-hour meeting led to them speaking on over three hundred occasions, on a shared platform around the world. Their unusual relationship has been told in the BBC documentary "Facing the Enemy", was featured in the film "Beyond Right and Wrong", and inspired "The Bomb", a play by Kevin Dyer.
The founder of the charity ‘Building Bridges for Peace’, Jo advocates that unbounded empathy is the biggest weapon we have to end conflict. With political, religious and racial divides deepening as global and local events unfold, her words offer a message of hope and encourage us all to see the humanity in others.
Some key points from our interview:
· How she made the decision to bring something positive when her father was killed
· How she decided very early on after the bomb attack, that she will not make an enemy but wanted to understand the man who killed her father
· How she transformed her pain as she didn’t want to be affected by it for the rest of her life
· How she recognised that unbounded empathy and compassion for all is necessary to understand each other
· How she’s determined to break down the deep structures in society by making friends with her enemy
“If I had lived your life, would I have made the same choices?” – Jo Berry
You can get more information about Jo here: https://jo-berry.com/
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