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, 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.

Wednesday, 19 December, 2012

At a time when much public debate consists of the divisive trading of strongly held (and opposite) opinions, Rob Lancaster asks if there is a better way.

Monday, 10 December, 2012
Alline Serpa 140x

Alline Serpa reflects on the search for personal fulfilment, the meaning of happiness and our sense of incompleteness.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012

There is an Arabic saying: 'take my eyes so that you may see what I see'. In this photo-essay, Wadiaa Khoury, from Lebanon tells a story of a Beirut neighbourbood that suffered a bomb-blast in a political assassination. But the story ends in hope as Lebanese youth rally around to help rebuild.

Friday, 26 October, 2012

Conferences can sometime be a lot of hot air with little to show for it, says Rob Lancaster, but something keeps him and many others coming back to the village of Caux, Switzerland, for the annual Caux Conferences.

Monday, 24 September, 2012
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?

Friday, 10 August, 2012
Michael Smith

The Olympic competitive spirit for the most part brings out the best rather than the worst in human nature, writes Mike Smith from London.

Sunday, 05 August, 2012
Brian Lightowler

Brian Lightowler, author of 'Corruption: Who Cares? and Abseiling into the unknown' writes about a new book by Dave Andrews on how communities can change the world.

Sunday, 29 July, 2012
Ann Njeri

Corruption is a huge threat to human security, especially in Africa, writes Ann Njeri. But despite its pervasiveness, there are examples of companies doing business in a clean way and making a success of it.

Tuesday, 03 July, 2012
Michael Smith

Has anything changed at all in the culture of banking? Both the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Barclays Bank have resigned following the revelations that traders at Barclay Capital, the bank's investment arm, and other banks dishonestly manipulated LIBOR—the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate—and EURIBOR, the trans-European equivalent.