The School for Changemakers

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.

Initiatives of Change in London hosts migration conference

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.

Brexit highlights the need for a European ideal

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.

Turning this referendum into an invitation to formulate a new vision for a union of Europe

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.

What unites us is greater than what divides us, believed murdered British politician

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.

The British EU Referendum, 23 June

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

The EU vision – Back to basics

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.

Workshop for women of Sri Lankan origin

Creators of Peace is contributing to a programme for women of Sri Lankan origin in the UK organised by St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, International Alert and Search for Common Ground. The next workshop will be held at Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London on Saturday 4 June from 10am-4pm.

Extremism and the global economy

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.

From extremist to peacemaker

St Michael’s House, Coventry Cathedral, logo

Peter Riddell, a National Coordinator of Initiatives of Change, will be facilitating four Monday evening discussions drawing lessons from IofC documentary films about ‘extremists’ who became peacemakers, starting on 16 May.

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