Friday, 27 November, 2015
Coventry flyer for Creators of Peace workshops

Starting Saturday, 28 November, an invitation to a ‘workshop’ version of the Creators of Peace Circle at St Michael’s House, Coventry, in three sessions.

Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Christian Felber

‘Money is only the means, it is not the goal of business,’ commented Christian Felber, Austrian founder of the movement, Economy for the Common Good. He was speaking on the theme of ‘How to create an economy for the common good—Can caterpillars fly?’ in London on 2 November 2015.

Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Alan Channer and Dr Aliyu Musa

On Wednesday 4 November, Dr Alan Channer gave a Greencoat Forum sharing his experiences as a film-maker and peace-builder. Alan has produced a number of films, including An African Answer and The Imam and the Pastor, that have been used to help reconcile conflicts and foster healing in Kenya, Nigeria and Cambodia, among others. Alan shared his model of peace-building, by amplifying the work of local peacemakers and grassroots organisations.

Tuesday, 10 November, 2015
Jodie Marshall at The Transforming Power of Art

A professor of applied music, a poet from an inner-city estate in south London, and a social entrepreneur from Sheffield addressed a Greencoat Forum on ‘The Transforming Power of Art’ on 3 November. The diversity of the speakers and the audience was in itself a testament to the power of art to bring together people of many ethnic groups and ages.

Monday, 09 November, 2015
Paul Moore speaking at the launch of his book (photo: Louise Higham)

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.

Friday, 06 November, 2015
Great Company book launch

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.

Wednesday, 04 November, 2015
Audience at lively debate on the plight of refugees fleeing from war torn countries in London on October 9.

Initiatives of Change in partnership with Next Century Foundation facilitated a lively debate on the plight of refugees fleeing from war torn countries in London on October 9.

Wednesday, 04 November, 2015
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Talib Hussain, with David Curtis, Abdool Kadir Gooljar and David Vickers

‘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’.

Tuesday, 03 November, 2015
Left to right: MIchael Smith, Lawrence Bloom, Paul Moore. Photo by Theodore Liasi

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.

Tuesday, 20 October, 2015

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.