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Monday, 15 February, 2016

This week has been a week of commemorating the incredible legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for civil rights of all people around the world. Unfortunately, this past year was marred by heightened expressions of racial and political divisiveness for many communities across the United States.

Thursday, 07 January, 2016

It’s a win-win situation for all concerned. Long-time IofC Canada member Peter Heyes from Sturgeon County, Alberta, is a man of vision, but he also has ways of turning that vision into action. He spends eight months a year in South East Asia. Over the years Peter-- together with partners and friends in Canada and Cambodia-- has developed a program bringing on average 20 to 25 Canadian dental workers a year who have treated thousands of poor village adults and children in that South East Asian country.

Tuesday, 08 December, 2015

Born in Toronto, Ashley Muller first met IofC while she was a student at the University of Calgary. After an internship with the IofC team in the city, she completed the Caux Interns Leadership Program in the summer of 2015. She is currently working at IofC’s office in Oxford, UK, fulfilling a wide range of responsibilities. One of these is her role as Coordinator of Peace Circles. She traces her journey from initial scepticism to a deep appreciation of the value of these circles as instruments of peace.

Tuesday, 01 December, 2015
La Belle Équipe

Edward Peters reflects on the recent events in Beirut and Paris. What resonates most deeply for him in the present crisis is the struggle between love and hate, between dignity and demonisation, between humility and arrogance, between responsibility and blame.

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

'Attitude is everything' is a well-known maxim. Our chances of overcoming a problem, according to this philosophy, depend largely on our attitude to it.

Initiatives of Change International council member Edward Peters brings a fresh perspective that welcomes the tens of thousands of individuals and families seeking refuge in Europe.

Monday, 17 August, 2015
José Carlos Vargas

'In Mexico there is a common belief that we are a society where economic disparities and classism exist, but we do not acknowledge the presence of racism in our culture. Yet in every advertisement, in every TV programme, and in the majority of universities, companies and government entities, middle or top officials featured are white, or have a fair skin tone,' writes Jose Carlos Vargas, whose work focuses on social inclusion in Mexico.

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Conrad Hunte

When thinking of the seemingly increasing turmoil in the world today, when what divides people seems to be more important than what unites us, a talk that the late Conrad Hunte gave at the IofC international centre at Caux, Switzerland, 20 August 1994 came to mind. He was a descendent of slaves, grew up in poverty, yet became one of the world’s most famous cricketers. He was Vice-Captain of the team that beat England in 1963. He used to say ‘You taught us how to play, we taught you how to win!’ In 1967, he took early retirement to devote himself to building relations between the newly arrived immigrants and the host community in Britain, because he could see the danger of conflict spiraling out of control.

Friday, 28 November, 2014
Mohan Bhagwandas

As Europe marks 100 years since WWI and 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is a time to look back and look ahead. Speaking at the Council of Europe and European Parliament in Strasbourg, on a whistle stopping short trip on 25 November 2014, Pope Francis stuck a note of reality and hope to a 'lonely' and 'self-absorbed' Europe to 'recover its soul. Mohan Bhagwandas, who serves on the International Council of Initiatives of Change International, asks whether Initiatives of Change can facilitate a new conversation for Europe.

Wednesday, 01 October, 2014
Farai Maguwu

In July 2014, Farai Maguwu, Director of Zimbabwe's Centre for Natural Resource Governance, took part in the international IofC conference "Just Governance" which took place in Caux/Switzerland. He was interviewed by Professor Katherine Marshall of Georgetown University.

Wednesday, 13 August, 2014
(Photo by Scott A. Buchholz on Wikimedia Commons)

Initiatives of Change International has released a press statement about current world crises, signed by former Presidents Cornelio Sommaruga, Mohamed Sahnoun and Rajmohan Gandhi, as well as current President Omnia Marzouk and the whole International Council.

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