Building partnership and trust

Ruth Tod offers some reflections on a recent conference

An olive branch | Photo: Robert Hume / flickr CC

On 15 June I attended an open conference in Friends House, London, on Time for Change: New Approaches to National Security. It was organised by Rethinking Security, a network of organisations, academics and activists who share a concern about the current direction of national and global security. The conference was hosted by Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) and billed as an invitation to take part in a conversation and come up with new ideas. The publicity for the event reminded us that security matters to us all, and that everyone has a stake in helping to build it at home and abroad.

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