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.

Monday, October 17, 2011

At a time when some of us may feel discouraged by political gridlock, ongoing economic hardship, and a range of social problems that can seem so much larger than any one of us, I was reminded this week of the potential for individuals to positively impact their communities. Spending a week engaged with individuals and organizations partnering on The Trust Factor has expanded my hope for positive change, even in a town best known for its cynicism and stagnation.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Lester A. Myers

Since at least the 1960s, public trust has declined in government, business, religion, and other institutions. The parade of lamentable behavior from these institutions has contributed to pervasive skepticism about the authenticity of their missions and the integrity of their leaders.

Sunday, September 18, 2011
Chris Breitenberg

Memories shape our worldview – and the way we remember shapes our future. This past Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 bombings of the World Trade Center and Pentagon in New York City and Washington, DC, respectively.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Structural poverty is now a greater barrier than race in the USA, which has the greatest income disparity of any developed nation. Yet race and poverty are closely intertwined and we cannot deal with poverty unless we deal with race, says Rob Corcoran.

Friday, June 24, 2011
Trishna Banerjee Nair

Applying to study economics in the USA, Trishna Banerjee Nair was asked to write on a number of topics, including 'Is constant honesty necessary for society?' This was her unexpected answer...