The NextGen Global Action Initiative
The NextGen Global Action Initiative (GAI) is a live network of more than 1,000 IofC alumni in 109 countries, building trust and transforming communities from the ground up.
For over 30 years, Initiatives of Change USA has been an incubator of resilient people committed to “be the change we want to see in the world”. Through our key programs - Caux Scholars Program Switzerland and Asia Plateau, the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship, and the Narrative Change Collaborative - our alumni share, learn, and activate practices of trustbuilding, peace activism, truth-telling, conflict transformation, trauma healing, and restorative justice. These tools allow them to take steps towards first transforming themselves to positively impact relationships with those around them and then to advance transformation of social systems globally.
The NextGen Global Action Initiative has the goal to build a global social movement rooted in the active recognition of our common humanity and capacity for transformation.
To achieve this goal, the program offers:
Zealous support and accompaniment in the form of mentorship and hospitality as a means to encourage members to accomplish their peacebuilding work.
A place for building personal resilience, rooted in inner listening, to regain perspective by using silence in a transformative way.
Skill-building opportunities, ranging from peacebuilding tools to values-based leadership, in an effort to build preparedness in challenging circumstances.
A safe space for people to speak their truth, to be honest, and open to difference while acknowledging and learning from others.
Dialogue, facilitation and story-sharing methods to create platforms that raise underrepresented voices and promote community healing.
Thanks to a global outreach, the NextGen Global Action Initiative integrates multicultural, pluri-ethnic, inter-religious and gendered lenses in nurturing the diverse communities of learning and practice that the members of the network, as generators of change, develop in the countries and regional nodes where they live, work and contribute.
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Join and play your part in this intergenerational network of change makers!
We are committed to continuing to walk together and support the innovations you are accomplishing, from the inner work of developing full-fledged personal awareness to the outer work of transforming communities. We recognize that this is a long-term effort that requires solidarity and fellowship, compassion and empathy to be sustainable and thriving.
Alumni, we want to stay in contact with you!
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We invite you to share your stories, reflections and news updates. Subscribe to the NextGen Newsletter to learn about new opportunities and connect with us on social media.
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IofC’s Living Archive Coming in June 2019!
This open-access archive of works by IofC alumni, partners, and community networks explores key topics in peace leadership, conflict transformation, truth-telling and reconciliation, restorative justice, narrative change, and racial healing.