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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.

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013
Angela Elliott

Will and Angela Elliott have just returned from participating in the IofC action in South Sudan. They live in Northern Virginia where Will is an international development manager and serves on the board of IofC USA. Angela, a retired nurse, currently volunteers as a long-term care ombudsman in Fairfax County. Angela writes of their visit.

Wednesday, 08 May, 2013

Rob Lancaster from Australia was one of the team responsible for training the peace and reconciliation mobilizers. This was his speech to the graduates of the four-week course which concluded on 1 May.

Thursday, 02 May, 2013

On 25 April (the 60th anniversary of the publication of the structure of DNA) I attended a conference on genetics in downtown Boston. The conference venue was just a few blocks from where ten days before two bombs had exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, so I went to the site.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2013
Mark Boobbyer with Sir Quett Masire

Mark Boobbyer, head of South Africa's historic Tiger Kloof school, writes about the school's work to produce leaders for the future who are grounded in the ethics of service and integrity.

Monday, 08 April, 2013
Bhavesh Patel

What does leadership mean in a complex and increasingly diverse world, and how do we find what is right? Bhavesh Patel looks at leadership in a human centred organization.

Monday, 01 April, 2013
John Bond

John Bond writes about the growing global recognition that security is not just a matter of armies and alliances, and describes the work of the Caux Forum for Humam Security in this article, first published on the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013
Rob Corcoran

U.S. democracy hangs in the balance, writes Rob Corcoran. Political partisanship has paralyzed the federal government. There are many causes for the dysfunction in Washington but a major factor is the seismic demographic and cultural shift that is occurring as a long-established majority becomes a minority.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013
Chris Breitenberg

Chris Breitenberg reflects on the historic nature of the pope’s resignation and what it says about the intimate connection between inner, personal, change and wider transformation in institutions and society.

Friday, 11 January, 2013
Alex Martins (Photo: Paul Briggs)

Not all stories of change have to be dramatic 'Damascus Road' type experiences, writes Alex Martins. Some change may be more gradual, but no less profound.

Monday, 07 January, 2013

A controversial myth claims that the modern day Lebanese are descended from ancient Phoenicians. However, it is in the experience of being reborn from the ashes that Lebanon's real connection with the Phoenix can be found, writes Wadiaa Khoury.

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