Who We Are
Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
What We Do
Our Vision: a just, peaceful and sustainable world to which everyone, responding to the call of conscience, makes their unique contribution.
Our Mission: to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves.
We work worldwide on several initiatives through a network of individuals, groups, and organisations.
Our Focus Areas
Trustbuilding: Peace and social cohesion through trust and reconciliation.
Ethical Leadership: Good governance by developing a leadership culture based on moral integrity, compassion and selfless service.
Sustainable Living: Economic justice and environmental sustainability by transformation of motives and behaviour.
How we encourage individuals and teams to work for a just, peaceful, and sustainable world
Recognising that it will take more than human reason and ability to solve the problems of the world, IofC places the search for inner wisdom at the heart of its approach. When people listen to what is deepest in their hearts, insights often come which lead in unexpected directions. Many understand this experience as guidance from God, others as the leading of conscience or the inner voice.The regular practice of silence can give access to a source of truth, renewal, inspiration and empowerment.
What are the steps that we take to facilitate change?
Start with oneself
An honest look at one’s own motives and behaviour is often the start of personal transformation. Cultural and religious traditions across the world offer moral standards as guides for individual and community living. Of these, IofC singles out four values as practical tests for motives and daily actions. These values are:
Listen to others
Honest conversation, undertaken in an open spirit, builds bridges of trust and community between people of similar, different, and even antagonistic, backgrounds. These enable healing, partnership and common action.
Take focused action
IofC’s people and programmes seek to strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of society and to bring healing and reconciliation where there is conflict; build bridges of trust between different communities and countries; embed ethics, justice and transparency in the global economy; empower leadership to act with integrity, serve unselfishly and be effective agents of change