While attending the Caux Scholars Program-Asia Plateau in Panchgani, India, Keshab Dahal felt a strong conviction to commit volunteer time to the Initiatives of Change India Outreach Team and to spearhead an Initiatives of Change peacebuilding dialogue in Nepal--the first of its kind. After months of planning and promotion, the four-day dialogue was held at Dhulikhel, Nepal in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The 6th edition of the Geneva Peace Talks, on 21 September 2018, had the theme of ‘Peace beyond Borders’. In previous years, Initiatives of Change has provided speakers, but this year it was asked to co-moderate the event. Initiatives of Change (IofC) has built up a bit of a reputation in international Geneva for doing events differently by focusing more on personal stories and offering opportunities for interpersonal connection and even (crazy as it may sound) silence.
Creators of Peace facilitators from Australia ran two Peace Circles and delivered five days of facilitation training in Bougainville in May, in preparation for a referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea in 2019.