Friday, 21 October, 2016
Amina Khalid at SPUR

Amina Khalid, Initiatives of Change’s Sustainable Communities Consultant, took part in a new programme aimed at looking at ways of building bridges and integration within the European Union. The SPUR programme took place in Athens, Greece in June.

Thursday, 06 October, 2016
Creators of Peace group in Oxford

A group of Creators of Peace women met on a sunny Saturday in Oxford, for a day of ‘refreshment, renewal, reflection and friendship’. We wanted to mark the UN International Day of Peace, and feel connected with worldwide peace-making initiatives.

Thursday, 06 October, 2016
Inese Voika

Latvia has enjoyed freedom from Soviet occupation for the last 25 years, short enough to be within living memory for older citizens, and long enough for a young generation to have grown up in political freedom. The country’s 500-kilometre boarder with Russian is only a three or four hour drive from the capital city. Twenty-six per cent of the population is Russian in this Baltic state.

Thursday, 22 September, 2016
Economics of Happiness speakers

The world needs an ‘economics of happiness’ to guarantee human and ecological sustainability at the local and global levels. This was the message from speakers at a forum on The Economics of Happiness held in London on 14 September. Economic activity needed to move from the disruptions caused by globalization towards ‘localization’, supporting local communities, they said. Localisation meant fostering and investing in local communities as a key to the world’s ecological, financial and social sustainability.

Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
Sustainable Development Goals

The business community had welcomed a ‘very inclusive process’ in drawing up the UN Sustainable Development Goals, said Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Vice-Chair of the United Nations’ Global Compact (UNGC), speaking in Caux, Switzerland on 6 July. The former Chairman of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and Anglo-American mining corporation was addressing a discussion workshop on ‘the ethical business response to the SDGs’, during the Caux conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
TIGE participants

Financial inclusion: a right, or a privilege? Jaime González Aguadé, President of the National Banking and Securities Commission, and Enno Schmidt, MD of the Enterprise Economy & Art presented their methods of using finance as a tool for empowerment. They were addressing the CAUX TIGE 2016 Conference on the 8 July 2016.

Monday, 18 July, 2016
Professor Alexander Schieffer,

How an integral, green approach is helping to transform the Slovenian economy.

Thursday, 14 July, 2016
TIGE participant

Tony Bradley, Director of the Social and Ethical Enterprise Development Centre at Liverpool Hope University, and Naomie Lucas, founder and CEO of Southern Wicked Beverages LLC, kicked off the first full day of the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) 2016 Conference on 6 July with a plenary on Economy for the Common Good.

Wednesday, 06 July, 2016
Mark Moody-Stuart TIGE 2016

Opening the Caux conference last night on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy, speakers Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, vice chairman of the UN Global Compact, and Laurence Cockcroft, co-founder of global anti-corruption coalition, Transparency International, talked about the corrosive effect of corruption on societies and on people’s trust in businesses.

Friday, 01 July, 2016
Immigration conference speakers

‘The Middle East migration crisis – genesis and response’ was the theme of a four-day conference in London hosted by Initiatives of Change and the Next Century Foundation. The conference brought together leaders from the Middle East and Afghanistan, together with refugees, academics, journalists, and religious leaders.

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