Marina Cantacuzino is an award-winning journalist who in 2003, in response to the imminent invasion of Iraq, embarked on a personal project collecting stories in words and portraits of people who had lived through violence, tragedy or injustice and sought forgiveness rather than revenge.
As a result Marina founded, The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based not-for-profit that uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice can be used to impact positively on people’s lives. The Forgiveness Project has no religious or political associations.
Marina also has a regular blog on The Huffington Post. In 2012 she spoke at the UN before Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about her work and is a contributor in the film documentary Beyond Right and Wrong directed by Roger Spotiswoode. She also teaches about the Trauma Cycle and runs workshops exploring concepts of forgiveness and restorative storytelling.
In 2015 Marina’s book The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was published in the US and UK.
Company Profile: The Forgiveness Project uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.
As founder of The Forgiveness Project, Marina Cantacuzino has spent 12 years collecting, curating and publicly sharing real stories of transformation in order to help people transform the pain and conflict in their own lives. Highlighting some of the charity’s extreme stories from victims and perpetrators, she draws common lessons for us all in how to overcome division, resolve tension and learn to embrace difference. How do we stop polarising our experiences of the world? How do we get on with people who are polar opposites? How do we function creatively alongside people we dislike, disagree with or even hate? If people in The Forgiveness Project can learn to talk, reconcile and forgive each other, how can we not?