Commentaries

 

Monday, April 13, 2015
Mike McQuillan

Mike McQuillan, a founding member of the Hope in the Cities National Network, teaches history at the Brooklyn (NY) School for Global Studies. He coordinated the Crown Heights Coalition’s two-year healing program after the August 1991 racial conflict. On returning from the Healing history conference he writes: "I wondered whether the conference theme of racial healing and reconciliation can scale the walls of institutions within which diversity rarely rises past mid-management."

Monday, April 6, 2015
Rob Corcoran

"What can we, as a global community, learn about how to heal the wounds of history, understand the legacies that keep us apart and generate energy for building healthy inclusive societies?" This is a question Rob Corcoran asks in an article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, printed on April 5, the day before the Healing History conference.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

One day last September I happened by a half-price used book store in Austin, Texas. Browsing the clearance section I stumbled upon Rob Corcoran’s Trustbuilding. At the check-out I paid my one dollar which proved to be the BEST one hundred cents ever spent, because it proved to be the first of several steps toward my eventual participation in Initiative of Change’s Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (CTF)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Randy Ruffin

"The fact is that some groups of people have done terrible things to others in the name of their religion does not mean that these faiths are fundamentally bad, nor that all who profess that faith are to be blamed." This article by Randy Ruffin of Warrenton, Virginia, was written in response to the criticism aimed at President Obama's patriotism and faith and was picked up in The Culpeper Star Exponent

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mike McQuillan, a founding member of the Hope in the Cities national network, teaches history at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies. Mike has recently been appointed to the NYPD Training Advisory Board. He writes: "We need to face cold hard realities, talk frankly while affirming each others’ humanity, craft a long-term vision each side can cherish, then brainstorm till we together agree on goals, obstacles, and strategies for change."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I was born in a thatched roof, bamboo hut in a small jungle village in northern Laos, where there was no electricity or running water. In 1978 my family was resettled in the United States as political refugees. Growing up as an immigrant child in America in a pre-dominantly white community in the mid-west, in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War, was hard.

Friday, September 12, 2014

John Taylor was one of more than 150 people who applied for the job of Hope in the Cities program coordinator. He joined the team just two months ago and writes, "As family members shared the job description with me I sat in wonderment and awe as I first began learning about Initiatives of Change on their website."

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Rob Corcoran

'In recent days, the need for trust, dialogue, honesty and accountability is cited frequently by residents of Ferguson, Mo., as they strive for justice and healing,' writes Rob Corcoran in an article published by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
(Photo by Scott A. Buchholz on Wikimedia Commons)

Initiatives of Change International has released a press statement about current world crises, signed by former Presidents Cornelio Sommaruga, Mohamed Sahnoun and Rajmohan Gandhi, as well as current President Omnia Marzouk and the whole International Council.

Friday, July 25, 2014

John Graham, a US foreign service officer for fifteen years and more recently a leader of the Giraffe Heroes Project, a nonprofit that moves people to stick their necks out for the common good, writes about his experience at the conference in Caux, Switzerland. "The most important peace initiatives are led, not by diplomats and politicians, but by ordinary citizens. I just spent five days on a mountaintop in Switzerland with 25 of them."

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