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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."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Oscar Contreras was born in Guatemala and has been in the United States since 1995. Since 2007 he has been a program host at WBTK 1380AM, the Latino Family Christian Radio Station in Richmond, VA. He writes: "Tens of thousands of children are now banging on our door and it looks like they are looking for a refuge and protection. Something is going on and it is happening on our doorstep."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Dr. Carl Stauffer

Carl Stauffer, PhD, Academic Director of the Caux Scholars Program, writes: "We often think of corruption as an economic development or political governance issue. I would like to propose that corruption is a peacebuilding issue of critical concern. I would argue that corruption is a form of structural violence and therefore connected to the notion and goals of peacebuilding."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

As an English person visiting the United States for the first time in 25 years, I am conscious that there is a lot of history between our two nations – some good and some not so good. A sense of history is important. It defines to a large extent who we are today. When we forget our place in history, we can easily be unreal about ourselves.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Michael Smith is Head of Business Programs at Initiatives of Change in the UK and the author of "Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy." He is visiting the US to meet with business leaders and entrepreneurs who are committed to responsible business practices and building healthy communities.This article is reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Carl Stauffer, PhD. Academic Director, Caux Scholars Program writes, "Amidst the flurry of media analysis on the current 'State of the Union' in the United States, I find myself reflecting on the state of peace in our world."

Friday, January 10, 2014

I am Tamara Hawes from the United States, where I work as a Congressional staffer. Participating as a 2013 Caux Scholar is a significant personal and professional highlight in my life. My fellow scholar, Laurin Hodge, summed up the ramifications of participating in the Caux Scholars Program: "this is the kind of 'yes' that changes everything, even if you don't know what everything is yet."

Monday, November 4, 2013
Rob Corcoran

"One of the great challenges facing societies everywhere is discovering how to build healthy, inclusive communities in places where wounds of history still scar memories and discrimination based on race or ethnicity continues to impact our social and economic structures." This column by Rob Corcoran appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, November 3, 2013. It is reprinted with permission.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

One view of life says that in order to be good one needs God's help. I understand that view as I doubt that any of us find it easy to always do the right thing. But sometimes the corollary then becomes that those who do not believe in God do not behave as well. I used to subscribe to this view but not anymore.

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