Former IofC volunteer inaugurated as Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne

David and Barbara Down

In a splendid ceremony in Newcastle upon Tyne’s Civic Centre on 23 May, Cllr David Down, a former full-time volunteer with Initiatives of Change, was elected as the Lord Mayor of the city for 2018-19. His fellow councillors added good-humoured banter during formal speeches in support of him. His wife, Barbara, who is IofC UK's head of personnel and IofC's webmaster, becomes the Lady Mayoress.

Launch of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies

Amina Khalid, Project Manager for the Sustainable Communities Programme, gave the key note speech at the launch of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, which took place in the Parliament of the Republic of Portugal, on 7-8 September.

Amina Khalid, Project Manager for the Sustainable Communities Programme, gave the key note speech at the launch of the Parliamentary Network on Diaspora Policies, which took place in the Parliament of the Republic of Portugal, on 7-8 September.

After Brexit, can a divided UK heal?

JensWilhemsen

The referendum vote to quit the European Union has left a United Kingdom a more divided society. A Greencoat Forum on: ‘The UK and Europe: Building Relationships’ on 9 March brought together members of the public in an open dialogue on how is it possible to heal a divided nation.

Living in the earthquake zone

Ken Noble

Whatever your own political persuasion, at times like this, you have to ask: what is our true source of security? When the landscape is being reshaped by seismic forces and people are calling wrong ‘right’, are we just victims of forces beyond our control; should we just try and ‘stay safe’ and let unfold around us scenarios that could lead to a new Cold war or worse; or can we play a part in making things better – if not for ourselves, at least for succeeding generations?

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.

After the elections: Can Britain create a moral economy?

David Marquand speaking at the TIGE Talk 'After the Election'

The distinguished political philosopher David Marquand has called for a national conversation to tackle inequalities woven into the fabric of British society. He was speaking in the London centre of Initiatives of Change on 5 May, two days before the general election.

Neither scoundrel nor fool

Randy Ruffin

My husband and I were delighted by the relief from American politics that a few weeks in Australia in July-August brought us, but now election season is upon us in earnest, and we are all inundated with political ads, half truths, accusations and counter-accusations. How is one – how am I - to navigate the next few weeks leading up to election day in the United States on November 6 with balance, sanity and a peaceful heart?

Needed: A Revolution of Unselfishness

Rob Corcoran

National political leaders underestimate Americans’ capacity for unselfish choices. The current pandering to the baser instincts of fear and resentment over issues like health care or climate change does an injustice to the generosity and good sense of this country.

Servant Leadership

What is ‘servant leadership’ in a world that needs a moral dynamic to answer the challenges of global climate change? What is ‘servant leadership’ in a world of powerful vested interests that have given us global terrorism, a world that needs to find freedom and peace? What is ‘servant leadership’ in a world that wants more and more economic growth, but must change direction, so that all people across the planet have the chance to live in a just way?

Ralph Vibert 1911-2008

Senator Ralph Vibert

Distinguished Jersey politician who negotiated the island’s special relationship with the European Union

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