Tuesday, 18 October, 2016
Howard Grace

Many people have had experiences which transform their lives. Some are stirred to action by seeing the plight of people in need. Others are inspired by music, or maybe by a walk in the beauty of nature. Those of a religious persuasion usually link the inspiration or transformation to their belief. But what is actually causing the change? For those of religious persuasion is it the God that they come to believe in, or is it the transforming power of ‘belief’ that makes the impact?

Monday, 25 July, 2016
School for Changemakers 2016

Luckily for the world, there are people out there who are pushing through all the negativity, fear mongering, and hatred that bombards us and using it as a springboard for change. Philippa Watts says that she was fortunate enough to meet some of these people this weekend at the School for Changemakers, run by Initiatives of Change. Krish Raval, Denny Braggins and their team pulled together 50 young people interested in social justice, and a whole spectrum of speakers and workshop leaders to motivate and inspire us.

Saturday, 02 July, 2016

Britain stands at the crossroads. At a time when our country is most in need of solid leadership and coherent thinking, politicians of the two leading parties have turned on each other. Businesses and consumers are losing confidence. Instances of racial abuse in the streets and on public transport are reported daily. Our movement has long-standing history of working to build trust across the world’s divides. We seek to inspire leadership based on integrity and to offer people the tools they need to create change for the better in their own communities. Surely now our task is to concentrate our efforts into creating an environment for dialogue and reconciliation, before the divisions in our country widen beyond anyone’s ability to bridge them.

Friday, 24 June, 2016
Mike Smith

There needs to be a long period of salutary reflection following the UK's Brexit vote. There were clear regional differences. London voted 60 per cent in favour of Remain; Scotland and Northern Ireland also voted for Remain. The constitutional implications for the United Kingdom as a whole are now unclear. They and we Londoners have been overruled by large swathes of the rest of the UK. But what about the generational divide? Seventy-five per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted to remain inside the EU, according to a YouGov poll. It is not surprising if the Millennial generation, decades younger than myself and who have grown up as member of the EU with all the internationalism that that implies, now feel overruled--betrayed even--by an older generation who voted for Brexit.

Thursday, 23 June, 2016
Séverine Chavanne

The media has provided us with plenty of opportunities to explore both the Remain and Leave arguments, especially in terms of economy, immigration and sovereignty, so I won’t revisit these over-discussed issues. Instead, I will highlight how the EU (and we, its citizens) have lost sight of its initial vision, and how it is not meeting our aspirations and on occasion making many of us, European citizens, unhappy with it as it is now. But I would also like to share how I feel the way forward is more – and different – union of Europe.

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Charles Danguy

Charles Danguy from France has written this letter to his British friends, as we enter an important week for the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
Mike Smith

The murder in broad daylight of the 41-year-old British Labour MP Jo Cox has had the same psychological affect on us British as the mass shooting of 49 people in Orlando has had on the American people. Both have galvanized us in grief. Both have left us in tears. And angry that such atrocities can happen.

Monday, 20 June, 2016
John Bond

John Bond, responding to a request to write about why he is voting for Britain to remain in the European Union, recently had this article published online by Tandem publications

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
Howard Grace 2004

As we approach the EU referendum, most of the discussion focuses on what would benefit the UK. But what would be best for Europe, or the wider world? Howard Grace considers a European perspective.

Wednesday, 04 May, 2016
Mike Smith

Tackling the root causes of extremism of all kinds should be the number one priority of Initiatives of Change worldwide, says a recommendation from its International Council. Mike Smith reflects on this in relation to the global economy.

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