As far as we know there has never been an initiative of this type in the UK before.
Strictly non-political and non-partisan WALKTALK was not devised to be a demonstration or a peace walk, or a traditional sponsored or charity walk which aims to raise money with each step travelled. Instead it offers an opportunity to hear a different point of view.
Nor was it devised to focus upon the fateful Leeds-London journey made by the bombers. It was devised to offer a ‘safe’ and ‘respectful’ environment for open and honest exchange to take place and to create a new ‘path’ of dialogue, understanding and reconciliation by inviting people to become actively involved in focusing on humanity, on all that we have in common, and to discuss openly and respectfully issues that we might not agree on.
Just as peacemaking is often the most difficult path, WALKTALK involves enormous physical effort and perseverance – inspiring people wherever it goes. More than that, honest dialogue with diverse people holding different opinions to our own is tough. But these difficult conversations are invaluable if we are to understand, influence and learn from one another, and together shape a better society.
Any profits made from WALKTALK are canvassed back into initiatives aimed at community cohesion – just part of what we hope will be the WALKTALK legacy.