Monday, March 27, 2017
Mohan Bagwandas

Ten of us from eight countries and five continents had braced ourselves for challenges at the US customs and border control as we entered the country. On the contrary none of us had issues and we were pleasantly surprised. Border control officers even welcomed us warmly and it was one of the fastest entries into a country I have ever had!

Monday, January 23, 2017
Jake Hershman

A few months ago, I was able to experience my first climb up the mountainside to to the Initiatives of Change conference center at Caux, Switzerland, where I shared ten memorable days with extraordinary people from all over the world.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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."

Monday, November 14, 2016
Jake Hershman

It’s tempting. That primitive instinct kicks in and beckons us to do whatever it takes to purge the welling fear, disorientation and anger “caused” by the circumstances spiraling around us. For me, it takes a millisecond to slide into the escalating dissonance of voices and commentary enveloping our country today.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Police shootings, school segregation and inner city economic deprivation demand frank talk and hard work across the color line," writes Mike McQuillan who served on the NYPD Training Advisory Council.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Margaret Smith

"The opening of Washington, DC’s new Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday, September 24, occurring as it did in the same week as police shootings of black men in Tulsa and Charlotte, captured perfectly the mixture of grief and dignified struggle that has defined the African American story," writes Dr. Margaret Smith

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Joshua Ballew

Shortly after arriving in Richmond, VA, my wife and I applied for the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship as newlyweds. I was eager to learn how I could play a role in what I saw as a great need for constructive dialogue in society.

Monday, July 18, 2016
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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Jake Hershman

There are moments when words miserably fail to express our emotions. When we observe or experience something that shakes us at a deeper level than we typically allow ourselves to go. It is not a comfortable place.