Anyone, anywhere, can apply the words of Mahatma Gandhi: Be the change you want to see in the world. For example, if you want to see an end to corruption, start by being fully honest yourself. If you want to see peace in the world, start within your own family. If you care about the environment, start looking at your own patterns of consumption and waste.
Start, but don't stop there. Individuals are powerful. Starting with yourself can inspire others to follow your example by creating hope and fighting skepticism and anxiety. We all have times when we feel discouraged and need the support of others. Being connected to a network can give that support as well as providing a diversity of skills and perspectives, enabling individual efforts to be greatly magnified.
But the driving force for change always lies with the individual. To get you started on your journey towards change we’re offering a bi-weekly collection of inspirational stories, resources, webinars and virtual events from our network, as well as other like-minded groups.
5 - 9 October 15:45pm GMT
Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers – ‘How do we bring peace? Perhaps examples of outstanding peacemakers can stimulate fresh ideas of steps that we can take. Qualities & Strategies of Peacemakers (QSP-online) is a course of five modules, each based on a documentary film, followed by interactive analysis.’
13 October 18:00 GMT
Rise Up Together – ‘As a follow up from IofC-UK’s Sustainable Communities RISE UP event and to mark World Mental Health Day, please join us for RISE UP TOGETHER. This is your chance to hear from young people with lived experiences of mental health issues and what strategies they have used to help them rise up. Join us for an evening of inspiration and engagement with young people and experts. There will be a mix of music and personal stories.’
6 October 18:00 GMT
Essential Worldview Skills For A Rapidly Changing World – ‘We are excited to share our proven worldview strategies to create quality relationships across difference and create sustainable change. Learn what a worldview is, why it matters, and how it will support long-term transformative change in individuals, organizations, and communities. Leave with practical next step skills and doable actions to facilitate change.
Join us for this online content-rich and highly interactive three-part series. Each session includes a guest speaker sharing relevant case studies and stories pertaining to worldviews, followed by practical and doable steps you can apply in your own context.’
Human Stories You Won't Find Anywhere Else – A collection of short, inspirational videos that tell the stories of incredible humans from across the globe.
The Impact Podcast – ‘Conversations with thinkers and doers in the social impact space. Join host Neetal Parekh in exploring stories, trends, and potential in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Get in the know, so you can #goanddo!’
Podcast Series – ‘Conversations about the world's most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.’
Their Eyes Were Watching God Reading Guide - ‘Explore the themes of discrimination, love, and experience in this guide to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Part of the We the People Book Club, a year-long program contemplating America’s past and possibilities, this guide was created for individual and group use. Questions within each theme facilitate (1) your interpretation of the text, (2) your personal reflections inspired by your reading, and (3) practices for you to try that animate the book's democratic values.’
Peacekeeping Resource Hub – ‘UN Peacekeeping produces various reports and publications each year. In this section you can download the latest documents, or explore our archives.’