Halifax Bank of Scotland whistleblower Paul Moore launched his new book Crash Bank Wallop in front of a packed audience at the London centre of Initiatives of Change on 6 November. The book tells the shocking story of what happened behind the scenes at one of the UK’s biggest banks in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.
Looking for Christmas presents already, but want to know that your money is going to help others? This month is the launch of our ‘Book of Month’. Each month we will recommend a different book for you to buy for yourself or as a gift for those around you. All proceeds from our recommended books will go back into supporting the work of Initiatives of Change. Our first recommended book for your Christmas list or gifts is Great Company by Mike Smith.
‘Radical living’ was the title of a one-day gathering in Sheffield organised by Initiatives of Change on 24 October. Welcoming the 70 plus participants to his city, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Talib Hussain, said that examples would be given of ‘taking radical actions in positive directions’.
An ethical revolution in business and banking is crucial to prevent the world lurching into greater economic crises, said panellists at the London launch of a new book, Great Company, by business journalist Michael Smith on 27 October.
Early in October, Shahbibi Shah joined a day trip to Calais organised by Exile Writers Ink, a human rights charity, based in London. The group included people born in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq and Eritrea. Their aim was to meet refugees from our own countries.
‘Businesses need to re-define and focus on their purpose to be a force for good,’ stated Charles Wookey, CEO of Blueprint for Better Business, when he gave a keynote speech at Initiatives of Change’s London Centre on 6 October. He was speaking at a TIGETalk (Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy) hosted by IofC UK’s business programme.
On 23 September, in celebration of the UN’s International Day of Peace, Initiatives of Change UK hosted an evening screening the Beyond Forgiving documentary and a panel discussion with two local peace-builders.
IofC-UK’s business programme team delivered two workshops on ‘The five pillars of trust’ at York St John's social entrepreneurship conference, York, on 1 and 2 September 2015. The focus of the conference was on cross sector collaboration, seen as essential if the challenges faced by society are to be tackled successfully.
From Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July, the School for Changemakers (SfCM) held a summer conference at Initiatives of Change centre in London. The theme was ‘A change in human attitudes and behaviours’ which was addressed through a structured programme of talks, workshops, community group discussions and quiet time.