Commentaries

 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Dr. Carl Stauffer

Amidst the low rumble of voices and the clatter of plates and silverware, I sat down to what would prove to be a remarkable lunch with Dr. Glenda Eoyang, one of the founding voices in the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Alline Serpa

I first got to know Initiatives of Change some 18 years ago at a taxi-drivers’ meeting in Petropolis, Brazil. As I got involved in different activities my ideas about the world in which I live changed and my understanding about relationships between people across the globe matured.

Monday, September 10, 2012

My husband and I were delighted by the relief from American politics that a few weeks in Australia in July-August brought us, but now election season is upon us in earnest, and we are all inundated with political ads, half truths, accusations and counter-accusations. How is one – how am I - to navigate the next few weeks leading up to November 6 with balance, sanity and a peaceful heart?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

On both sides of America's political divides, there is a reluctance to accept facts whenever they threaten cherished beliefs and assumptions, writes Rob Corcoran.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Susan Corcoran

Our lives are busy, our days are hectic, media noise surrounds us and the latest urgent communication is at our finger tips demanding our attention. In this cacophony of over-abundant information, misinformation and disinformation how do we still our hearts and refresh our thoughts?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
H. Alex Wise

As the new board chair of Initiatives of Change, I am excited about the opportunities that lie open to us together if we have the wisdom, the courage, and the faith to grasp them. The need to bind and heal is as great as ever, and I invite your help as we move strategically to grow our capacity to make a difference.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
 

Today America seems to have declared war on the poor. The US is now the most unequal society among developed countries. In 2012, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. Twenty-two percent are children. The gap in test scores between affluent and low-income school students has grown by 40 percent since the 1960s and is now double the testing gap between blacks and whites. The minimum wage is half the amount considered necessary to cover basic living expenses and save for retirement and emergencies.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Omnia Marzouk

The last year has been a pivotal year for democracy, says Dr Omnia Marzouk, President of Initiatives of Change International. To move forward means also to look honestly at the past and the wounds of history.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Patrick McNamara

I recently returned from serving as a 2011 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar in India. For 20 years, I dreamt about being a Fulbrighter. It seemed the time was never right to apply – starting a new job, going to grad school, getting married, moving, having kids – but finally I just did it! I left my job after six years at the Omaha Community Foundation and this turned out to be a life-changing opportunity to grow personally, professionally and spiritually.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Chris Breitenberg

Chris Breitenberg welcomes the intense personal scrutiny of candidates in the US Republican Primaries and says that we could all benefit from the scrutiny of others to help keep us accountable.

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