May 20, 2022
A mission can be driven by a whole gamut of life experiences. Jo
Berry’s mission began in 1984, when her father was killed by the
IRA in the Brighton Hotel bombing. Jo describes trying to stop
revenge as being like trying to stop gravity and yet, almost
immediately, she made a silent commitment to find a way to bring
something positive out of her devastating loss.
Choosing peace over revenge, Jo courageously chose a journey with no map. She knew she would never again be the person she had been prior to the bombing but she also didn’t want the enemy, or the feeling of being at war, that had penetrated her life.
Sixteen years after her father was killed, Jo first met with the man responsible, Pat Magee. Their initial three-hour meeting led to them speaking, on over 300 occasions, on a shared platform around the world.
In this extraordinary conversation, Jo describes her path to peace as a blend of curiosity, empathy and compassion. She shares how, by making her motivation bigger than her fears, so much more was possible in her mission. This episode is for anyone who wants to learn more about creating peace and harmony out of conflict and adversity.
MORE ABOUT MY GUEST: JO BERRY
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
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