US Visit of the International Council of Initiatives of Change

International Council

The International Council of Initiatives of Change is spending the first half of March in the US, first in Washington, DC, and then in Richmond, VA, where they will be seeking new perspectives, models and experiences to help inform their work.

Creating a dialogue for change: getting to the underlying issues

CTF table group

The fourth of the five modules of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship enables participants to gain a conceptual framework that can be used to design dialogue models.

Dialogue delivery: practicing skills for honest conversation

CTF 2016 Class

The third of five modules of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship prepares participants to move the community from polarizing debate into authentic dialogue.

Healing history: creating a new narrative for communities

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship - module 2

The second of the five modules of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship is a capacity building process in racial reconciliation. Participants develop a deeper understanding of how history impacts our lives today, and how appreciating shared history can unite deeply divided communities.

Journey to Equity

Reverend Alvin Herring

This Trustbuilding Breakfast Forum is co-hosted by the University of Richmond. The keynote will be given by Reverend Alvin Crutcher, director of racial equity and community engagement for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Time for a reset

Dick Ruffin

America’s nightmare is over. Or is it? Toxins infused into the body politic through a protracted and horrific campaign are not easily purged. It was not only the candidates who flaunted basic values of honesty, respect and decency, abetted by a rating hungry media. We, voters and non-voters alike, were complicit, either by our silence, or by what we said or passed on or simply by the relish with which we watched the debacle, like kids at a food fight.

Shifting my focus

Sarah Workman

Sarah Workman has just joined our team. She writes, "One year after returning to Richmond, I am thrilled to be here at Initiatives of Change as the new Development Coordinator. I am inspired by IofC’s rich history of conflict transformation both here in Richmond and across the globe."

Building trust in Europe’s fastest growing city

Hope in Jarva

Last year 160,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, which has welcomed more refugees and migrants in proportion to its population than any other country in Europe. Stockholm is the fastest growing city in Europe. Rob Corcoran spent a week in Stockholm leading a workshop and meeting with community leaders.

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship 2017

Trustbuilding

This is the first module of a five-part program that increases the capacity of community leaders to overcome divisions of race, culture, economics and politics by creating a network of skilled facilitators, capable team builders and credible role models. Join the 2017 class!

Caux: a place of inspiration

Bruce Myer

An interview with Bruce Myers, participant in the 1992 Caux Scholars Program, back in Caux in 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the program.

Defensive walls or uniting bridges

Andrew Trotter

What ID do you carry? I am not asking about government identification but about “identity”--which has become an urgent topic in Europe and the United States as people respond to divisive and often violent events.

Leadership based on personal change

Caux audience

The Initiatives of Change conference center in Caux, Switzerland, celebrating 70 years of trustbuilding, opened the summer with a special forum on migration.

Countdown to an opening!

Dr. John W. Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian, will explore the subject of "The role of museums in addressing healing, history and culture." the Forum will be held at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA.

We all swim in the same river

Carl Epps and Ben Wheeler

Rob Corcoran talks with two members of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship class who have traveled from Georgia to participate in the program. Carl Epps and Ben Wheeler invited Hope in the Cities to lead a series of training sessions for a wide cross-section of Troup County community leaders.

2016 Caux Summer Conference Series

A view of Mountain House from the garden.

2016 will mark 70 years of active work by the CAUX-IofC Foundation in trustbuilding. This year, trusbuilding is more relevant than ever. With migration on the rise individuals from different walks of life are led to encounter one another.

2016 Caux Scholars Program

A multi-disciplinary approach to conflict transformation, transitional justice, and principled leadership.

What religion is God?

Standing together  in Richmond, VA

Richmonders of all faiths and backgrounds are uniting against the increasing Islamophobia, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric.“Standing Together” is an initiative of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to bring diverse groups together to speak out and stand with the Muslim community and others who are marginalized.

Strategies for engaging all sectors: building & sustaining teams

Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

The final module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship focuses on essential skills of building and sustaining diverse teams that are capable of engaging all sectors of the community in constructive action for reconciliation and justice.

Dialogue delivery: practicing skills for honest conversation

This fourth module of Community Trustbuilding Fellowship prepares participants to move the community from polarizing debate into authentic dialogue.

Creating a dialogue for change: getting to the underlying issues

The Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

The third module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship enables participants to gain a conceptual framework that can be used to design dialogue models.

Today's Peacebuilders. Tomorrow's World Leaders.

Rajmohan Gandhi

Join the Caux Scholars Program for an evening’s conversation with Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi as he draws upon the lessons and words of Gandhi, King, and Mandela and discusses how through their experiences we might find sustainable and long-term solutions to violent extremism.

Healing history: creating a new narrative for communities

This second module of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship is a capacity building process in racial reconciliation. Participants develop a deeper understanding of how history impacts our lives today, and how appreciating shared history can unite deeply divided communities.

Fly by Light

Fly by Light - DC film showing

Initiatives of Change, in partnership with One Common Unity, will host a community screening and conversation in Washington, DC, of Fly by Light, a film by DC filmmaker Ellie Walton and Hawah. Fly By Light explores an intertwined story of four young people growing up in inner city America and the insurmountable odds they face to find hope, purpose, and compassion.

Dismantling privilege

José Carlos Vargas

"In Mexico there is a common belief that we are a society where economic disparities and classism exist, but we do not acknowledge the presence of racism in our culture. Yet in every advertisement, in every TV program, and in the majority of universities, companies and government entities, middle or top officials featured are white, or have a fair skin tone," writes Jose Carlos Vargas (CSP 2005) whose work focuses on social inclusion in Mexico.

Bringing the magic of Caux to India

Bringing the magic of Caux to India, Caux Scholars Program successfully launched its pilot program at Asia Plateau in Panchgani last December 2014. With 17 young scholars from eleven different countries, the first CSP-AP class of 2014 examined fundamentals of conflict resolution, transformation, and peacebuilding, with an added bonus of examining it all through the lens of sustainable development. We are accepting applications now for this year’s CSP-AP program which takes place from 20 December 2015 to 10 January 2016. Applications are due postmarked by September 1, 2015!

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