Reflections

Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) and Changing the Story (CTS) hosted a three-day conference that focused on ‘Education and Art for Peacebuilding’ from 5 – 7 August with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) as a co-host in Rwanda.[1] Speakers included the MAP youth facilitators and master trainers alongside...

With support from Changing the Story Mobility Fund, I attended a 4-day online convention on non-violent communication (May/June 2020). I learned a lot about how communication, performance and embodiment can be powerful tools for social change, transformation and awareness. In this writing, I explain my reflections and takeaways from the...

As catalysts of change, social entrepreneurs are often portrayed as heroic figures and thus required to maintain their reputation and avoid vulnerability. At the same time, social entrepreneurs face high demands that limit time for reflection. How do young social entrepreneurs cope with these issues to learn and sustain their activities? How do they thrive...

With thanks to Katie Hodgkinson for copy-editing. How can we continue to engage young people as participants and collaborators in research projects? That was question posed to Global Challenge Research Fund Network+ projects during a recent online seminar co-hosted by Changing the Story and Praxis, and facilitated by Katie Hodgkinson...

This webinar from 01 July follows up on UKCDR’s publication in April of its Guidance on Safeguarding in International Development Research. It refers, too, to the timely ‘companion piece’ suggesting practical measures during COVID-19.   It recaps the guidance document, and provides an opportunity to see how other groups have...

*With special thanks to Richard Axelby (Global Research Network on Parliaments and People), co-author of this blog, for calculating the carbon cost of travel and to both Richard and Emma Crewe for facilitating the discussion around decarbonising Research on which this blog is based. The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)...

Unexamined assumptions and narrow worldviews riddle everyday academic practice, say Faith Mkwananzi and Melis Cin. The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked debates around structural and institutional racism, exclusion and belonging in the UK, and made discussion of decolonisation and racism a moral and ethical responsibility across society. Some universities’...