Five pillars of trust advocated to 200 business educators

Mike Smith, 31st annual Businet conference, Vilamoura, Portugal

Journalist and business author Michael Smith, representing Initiatives of Change, advocated five pillars of trust in the economy when he gave the opening keynote address to the 31st annual Businet conference on 9 November. Over 200 business educators, including professors, academics, lecturers and heads of departments, took part in the conference, held in Vilamoura, Portugal, 9 to 11 November. Businet, founded in 1994, is a 'global business education network' with 102 member organizations of higher education in 31 countries.

Beyond ‘them and us’ - towards a common humanity

Building a common humanity needs the bricks and mortar of integration. If we are committed to walk the talk towards a common humanity, we should personally take the initiative to reach out to the people who are different from us. People who, loosely speaking, come from other groups. We should listen with empathy why people hold sacred things we view as ordinary, and treat as ordinary things we glorify.

We should not let violence beget violence

As we progressively see images of extremism, violence and revenge in the UK, on our television sets, in our newspapers and on our news feed, Jodie Marshall, a National Coordinator with Initiatives of Change (IofC) UK, reflects on the action she can take as an individual and possible actions those of us within our network in the UK and internationally might take.

Eyewitness to the impossible - trustbuilding on three continents - Oxford

You are warmly invited to a discussion with Jens Wilhelmsen, who joined the Norwegian resistance to German occupation during World War II and then spent 10 years in Germany and Japan working for reconciliation and reconstruction.

Interfaith Orthopraxy

Howard Grace

This article was one of three blogs requested from different people by the Progressive Christianity Network of UK for interfaith week.

A third force awakens in human and business relationships

Michael Schulter, Chair of the Relational Thinking Network

What if human relationships are the ‘centre force’ of the world’s affairs, rather than measuring happiness by financial parameters of profit and loss? This was the key message at a talk on Relational Thinking™ held at IofC's London centre on 6 April. Dr Michael Schluter and Marjon Busstra of the Relational Thinking Network were the keynote speakers at the event organized by IofC UK’s business programme.

Creating dialogues around forgiveness

Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele

In 2015, Howard Grace and Talia Smith delivered over 40 events around the country using Initiatives of Change's award winning documentary film Beyond Forgiving. Over 1,600 people watched the film, including over 1,000 children. Partners and hosts for the events included Feltham Youth Offenders Institute, London Interfaith Centre, Newbury Women's Group, UK Progressive Christianity Network, Hounslow Somali Community, Women’s Interfaith Network, Restorative Justice Hub, Winchester University, the London Central Mosque & Islamic Cultural Centre.

7/7 survivor relives escape from bombed train

Jacqui Daukes

Ten years on from the 7/7 bombings, one of the survivors remembers those who helped her and the people who lost their lives in the atrocity. Jacqui Daukes was on the Piccadilly Line tube train which was blown up between King's Cross and Russell Square. Twenty-six people on her train were killed.

Sorry: A word that may pave the way for forgiveness and healing

David Vincent

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, marks its fourth annversary of independence on 9 July while struggling to end a conflict which has cost thousands of lives and displaced millions of its citizens. David Nyuol Vincent, one of South Sudan's 'Lost Boys' who has become an ambassador for peace in the midst of this ongoing conflict, reflects on one step in response to the crisis.

Social Unconditioning

Howard Grace

Howard Grace is one of the founders of the West Berkshire Peace and Integration Forum. Recognising that we are all socially conditioned, 60 people from the Muslim, Evangelical Christian, Quaker, and non-religious communities met together to compare experiences. This article by Howard, arising from this meeting, appeared in the UK Progressive Christianity Network national magazine Progressive Voices in June 2015.

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