Global Voices

Individuals of many cultures, nationalities, religions, and beliefs are actively involved with Initiatives of Change. These commentaries represent the views of the writer and not necessarily those of Initiatives of Change as a whole. If you would like to contribute a commentary, please email us. We welcome feedback that contributes to the stated aim of this website which is to build relationships of trust across the world's divides. The editors reserve the right to refuse contributions that use intemperate language or vilify others and which do not in our view encourage productive dialogue.

Monday, 16 June, 2003
Steven Greisdorf

While the aim of Initiatives of Change is to ‘remake the world’, the way it works is intensely personal. We have seen time and again the ripple effect that a changed life can have on other people, and even on countries.

Wednesday, 07 May, 2003
John Williams

We seem to be faced in this fear-soaked world by one peril after another. And it's all too easy to fasten, leech-like, on finding someone to blame.

Saturday, 03 May, 2003
Chris Evans

We have to live daily with the consequences of the offence we have caused, systematically and over generations, to many nations and races.

Wednesday, 30 April, 2003
Mike Smith

We shall each need to conduct our personal truth and reconciliation commissions, and follow our own road map to peace, if a safer, more just and peaceful world is to be built.

Tuesday, 04 March, 2003
Steven Greisdorf

It is only when we are willing to confront ourselves and those aspects of our own lives that are in need of change that we can ever hope to be bridge builders across civilizations.

Tuesday, 04 February, 2003
John Williams

The world seems to be collectively holding its breath at the prospect of war in the Middle East. It's very hard to know who can be trusted. Is a 'clash of civilizations' inevitable?

Saturday, 01 February, 2003
Chris Evans

It's been a bad time for trust. Some years ago, business leaders were to be trusted. Today I trust less. Fortunately, the process is reversible.

Thursday, 12 December, 2002
Mike Smith

If it is true that in terms of influence on society, the market state is taking over from the nation state, then we would do well to have a better understanding of the moral philosophy of the founder of free market capitalism, Adam Smith.

Tuesday, 03 December, 2002
Steven Greisdorf

Ethical capacity building requires a high degree of commitment. But those willing to undertake the commitment reap benefits, both personally and in their spheres of influence.

Friday, 05 July, 2002
Peter Riddell

We can no longer be so confident that we have found the secret of organising life and society, freely ignoring ancient truths distilled for us in our religious traditions.