Initiatives of Change (IofC)/Moral Re-Armament (MRA) Zimbabwe recently held its first national youth conference in Gweru on 1-5 February with the aim to mobilize and empower young people, and ‘move from a group to a team’. Young people came together to learn more deeply about Initiatives of Change, to build their skills, and to strengthen friendships with the intention of working together for a just, peaceful and sustainable Zimbabwe. The conference was created and delivered by youth for youth.
Seventeen young people participated in an Initiatives of Change camp that took place in the idyllic town of Heidelberg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa from 5 to 10 December. The theme of this fourth annual IofC camp was ‘Change in Progress’ and sought to inspire a committed network of youth to make positive changes in their behaviours, relationships, and communities.
A year ago Haridas and Tia Nair, Patrick Santa Maria and Robert Chen from Malaysia were invited by friends in Timor Leste to assist them by providing IofC training programmes. They spent this past year preparing it. They have sent three reports - the first one is about Tools for Change.
The 22nd Asia Pacific Youth Conference (APYC), 'Youth for Change: Ethical Leadership and Trust Building toward Inclusive Global Society', was held in Bandung and was attended by 90 young people from 13 different countries and backgrounds.
The seminar intended to address issues of importance to the welfare of Africans in Norway; to promote understanding of the African continent in Norway; and to contribute to growth in political, social and business relations between Norway and Africa.
Denmark is the world’s least corrupt country, according to the annual corruption perception index drawn up by the anti-bribery watchdog Transparency International. It is also one of the most environmentally aware nations. When 20 people met in the Initiatives of Change residential centre in Copenhagen on 28 May they looked at how to encourage the values that build trust in the economy.
John Bond reports on a visit to Ukraine in April, where, despite the immense demands of defending their country, Ukraine is making progress towards establishing ‘European values’. He heard that, hard though it is to overthrow a bad regime, it is harder to build a better one.
The second Lead for Change Youth Workshop was held at Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change centre in India, from 1- 5 May. Spread over five days, the workshop saw tremendous output in terms of personal decisions of change, collective steps to bring positive change, plus deep friendships being forged.