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.

Friday, 14 February, 2014

Is it possible to find a world where people are appreciated only for what they do, not for who they are or where they come from, regardless of how much money they have, or what kind of property they own? Sherif A Rizq wrote this whilst attending the Learning to Live in a Multicultural World conference at the Initiatives of Change international conference centre in Caux, Switzerland. It was recently published in Egypt Independent, a prominent English newspaper in Egypt.

Monday, 27 January, 2014
Maud Glorieux

Maud Glorieux from France, who is living in India with her young family, recently attended the third Making Democracy Real Dialogue in India. Participating in the Dialogue has made her more aware of the responsibilities that democracy brings with it.

Saturday, 21 December, 2013

Rob Lancaster describes the different worlds of security in Australia and South Sudan and calls for a deeper self reflection and compassion.

Friday, 13 December, 2013
Sam Pono

Sam Pono from South Africa writes a farewell to Nelson Mandela, whose quality of life makes us believe that 'yes we can'.

Sunday, 08 December, 2013
Michael Henderson

At his treason trial 50 years ago Nelson Mandela told the court, ‘During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an idea which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’

Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
Antoine Jaulmes

The recent terrorist attack in Nairobi poses the same riddle as 9/11: what did the terrorists want to achieve? No positive answer comes to mind. Antoine Jaulmes writes about the futility of violence and challenges policy makers to look at better ways of investing in security.

Friday, 04 October, 2013
Mike Lowe

Inspired by the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Mike Lowe reflects on the theme of leadership vs blame, and how politics can be a great force for good.

Tuesday, 24 September, 2013
Dr Nagia Abdelmoghney Said

A month after the massacres of Rabaa and Al Nahda in Egypt, Nagia Abdelmoghney Said calls for a process of truth and reconciliation to heal the wounds, drawing inspiration from Britain's Coventry Cathedral.

Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
Rob Corcoran

The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case will confirm the widely held belief that the life of a black person is worth less than that of people of other skin tones, writes Rob Corcoran. He reflects on the recent three-day conference on Healing History in Caux, a global conversation on racial healing and equity reflecting the twin strands of honesty and hope.

Monday, 17 June, 2013
Peter Riddell

What is developing in the Middle East is terrifying. For the global and regional superpowers to be pouring fuel on the fire in Syria is madness. If this continues, there will be no way to contain the conflict. Already the humanitarian crisis is out of control.