Read the latest issue of Breakthroughs

Choices between 'right action' and wrong values

Lawrence Bloom, Chairman of Be Energy and soon to be Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a United Nations intergovernmental organization, took his audience on a journey between the boundaries of right, wrong and the multiple shades of grey in between, when he addressed a TIGETalk in the London centre of Initiatives of Change (IofC) on 7 October.

Quebec students initiate Forgiveness Project

After seeing a memorable film about Diomède Niyonzima, a Burundi genocide survivor, who lost 43 relatives, we decided to undertake a project. Diomède currently lives in Quebec City and is President of Kira Burundi, a non-profit organization that helps street youth in his native country.

Harmony Café at CommunityWise, 223 - 12 Avenue SW, Calgary

08/11/2014 - 18:00 - 21:00

Enjoy an evening of shared community at the new Harmony Café! Janyce Konkin of IofC and Karen Huggins of Project Ploughshares are leading this project that will feature meaningful dialogue, healthy vegetarian food, local music and other surprises! We are working on a new social and economic model of ‘Paying-It-Forward’ - come out, bring your friends and family, and enjoy! This is a pilot project that will run the first Saturday of each month. For more information contact Janyce Konkin at 403-270-0975

Business for a better world: An interactive documentary experience

27/10/2014 - 18:30 - 21:00

City Sikhs Network in partnership with Initiatives of Change UK invites you to a fun and interactive evening to share thoughts and explore how professionals can help to create positive change within society and within ourselves, inspired by Indian businessman Suresh Vazirani.

The Scottish referendum has disturbed the world

On the 8 October 2014, Initiatives of Change UK’s Sustainable Communities programme organised a two-hour discussion on the Scotland referendum with Ian Monteague, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (FARE), a leading Glasgow-based community organisation.

South Africa: returning to my second home ... with IofC

Talia Smith recently returned to South Africa, her country of birth, with Initiatives of Change to attend the ‘Freedom – Our Responsibility’ conference and to support IofC South Africa to engage with youth. Talia describes her rich experience, perceptions and hopes for the country and gives a small insight into her South African adventure.

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  • • Recognize that the energy for fundamental change requires a moral and spiritual transformation in the human spirit