On the 8 October 2014, Initiatives of Change UK’s Sustainable Communities programme organised a two-hour discussion on the Scotland referendum with Ian Monteague, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE), a leading Glasgow-based community organisation.
On 16 October St Ethelburga’s Centre, London will host ‘Resilient Leadership’, which will explore what it means to be a leader and how as leaders we can develop and maintain the capacity to skilfully challenge the status quo and elegantly facilitate change.
Creators of Peace women and friends popped into the Greencoat Place IofC Centre after work for a ‘Women’s Well-being’ event. The aim was to meet, and improve our wellbeing with a variety of therapies, body work and creative exercises, while contributing to peace circle projects.
Jonathan Jansen, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Free State (UFS), opened the eagerly anticipated ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility conference’ (26 – 30 September), held in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The conference was in partnership with the Lyndi Fourie Association International (LFAI) and Initiatives of Change South Africa.
Responding to a request made by members of the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) organising committee, the Vatican has called for the world community to create an inclusive economy, based on a market economy, animated by a pluralistic entrepreneurship and guided by principles of social justice and generosity.
Monsignor Stefano Ottani, presbytery of a Catholic Church in Bologna, Italy, delivered a poignant message from the Church's social doctrine. Ottani pointed out the need to put the economy back in its rightful place. He reminded us that, etymologically, ‘profit’ means do (fit) for (pro), i.e. 'acting for the benefit of’. ‘Profit must therefore benefit people, it must serve them.’
As part of the School for Changemaker’s annual summer conference, 64 young people gathered from all across the UK and beyond at Liverpool Hope University to take part in an intensive, 3-day event entitled ‘Leading for Change’. Laura Noble, a participant, gives her personal account and impression of the 2014 conference.
On the evening of 18 July 2014, something unusual happened at Caux, the international conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Switzerland. A young, up and coming band of musicians, from inner city Manchester took centre stage to perform to an international audience.