Initiatives of Change, USA, is part of a diverse global network with an 80-year track record of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and forging partnerships across divides of race, class, religion and politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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, 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!