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Founded in 1991, the International Communications Forum is a growing network of media people in 116 countries around the world who recognise that they have the power to influence society for good or ill and who want to play their part in building a less corrupt, less grubby-minded and infinitely more compassionate world. In this way, the Forum believes it can help to create the moral basis of society without which democracy cannot flourish.
Many media organizations have a worldwide basis, focused mainly on professional problems. Uniquely, the ICF believes first and foremost in a person-to-person, conscience-to-conscience dialogue. Those inspired by the ICF are aware that they are not only media professionals but are above all human beings and citizens addressing other human beings and citizens. The media is more than a conventional business, making money with a product sold to a consumer. If we who work in the media do not serve the citizen with honesty and dedication democracy is in danger. The ICF’s conviction is that we in the media ought to give the people all they need not only to understand what is happening around them but also to understand each other, even those who are far away. Last but not least, those inspired by the ICF are expected to show in their day-to-day activity that they are striving to implement in deeds the principles they care for.
This conviction can be seen in the way the ICF’s Forums are organized. Unlike conventional conferences the ICF’s Forums are a unique occasion of sharing experiences. Those attending share in a common reflection between colleagues, seeking better ways of serving their profession and the people. We do not preach or promote a set of rules. We do not pretend to know better. The Forums do not end with the closure of the conference, but serve to build an ever-growing network of people of good will in the media linked by solidarity and friendship. The same principles apply to other parts of our programme. The ICF is indeed a truly exceptional phenomenon in the media.
A profound statement of ICF’s vision of the role of the media in the 21st century is embodied in the Sarajevo Commitment, promulgated in that city at a Forum organised by ICF in 2000. Click here to read the Sarajevo Commitment
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Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'