Stories

A collection of commentaries on important events and trends
A collection of commentaries on important events and trends

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.

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Maud Glorieux
27-Jan-2014

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.

21-Dec-2013

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

Sam Pono
13-Dec-2013

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

Michael Henderson
08-Dec-2013

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.’

Antoine Jaulmes
15-Oct-2013

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.

Mike Lowe
04-Oct-2013

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.