Living History – Across Generations is based off of the Human Library concept created by two brothers in Copenhagen, and aims to connects people with the unique life stories and 'lessons learned' of those in our network. During these 60 minute events, you'll have the opportunity to engage with changemakers from across the globe and gain practical knowledge that can be applied to your own journey as an advocate for change.
Join us every first Saturday of the month at 9:00 GMT and 15:00 GMT.
9:00 GMT - Megumi Kanematsu (Japan)
Megumi was born in Tokyo in 1952 and earned her BA in Pedagogy from Tamagawa University. In the summer of 1974 she visited Caux Conference and Seminar Centre, in Switzerland and there decided to become more involved with Initiatives of Change (formerly called MRA). She relocated to Tirley Garth centre, in the United Kingdom, to be a part of the musical ‘Song of Asia’ which ran in Europe and Canada. She travelled with Initiatives of Change to Brazil, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, and India over the course of many years before returning home to Kobe, Japan to care for her late parents. After their passing, Megumi spent time in Cambodia, helping to organize different conferences and initiatives connected to Initiatives of Change before returning to graduate school to earn her degree in Human Security. She is currently based in Kyoto and organizing Monthly Study Events and other programmes online.
15:00 GMT - Helena von Arnim (Colombia)
Helena was born in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia in 1941. In 1961 she married Dietlof von Arnim and they have 5 children, 11 grandchildren and a great granddaughter and a great grandson. She met MRA in 1980 and having seen the film For the Love of Tomorrow her life changed dramatically. Since then, she has been working to spread the values of honesty, purity, self-detachment and love, as well as looking for the guidance of God in times of quiet, in order to help a person to be self-confident. After her first visit to Caux Conference and Seminar Centre, in Switzerland in 2003, she worked towards making Initiatives of Change and the Peace Circles a reality in Colombia. She is also responsible for having introduced Initiatives of Change to Fr. Germán Acosta, director of Radio María, the Catholic Radio Station for the entire Spanish-speaking world including Spain. The Initiatives of Change programme, has been on air since 2007 and is broadcast two times a month; the first and third Mondays at 23:00.
You only need to register for Living History – Across Generations once a year. Zoom details are sent to all registrants prior to the event taking place each month.