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At the core of Initiatives of Change is the belief that anyone can take significant initiatives to bring transformation where it is needed, by starting the process of change in their own lives – and that there is a transcendent power which can guide and enable that change. Beyond these individual commitments is a shared vision for change and the will to work together to make an impact where it is most needed in the world.
Such a bold purpose requires partnerships of trust. The special contribution Initiatives of Change can bring is a community of people drawn from many backgrounds, races, beliefs, cultures, nationalities and abilities, all acting from this inner movement of compassion and transformation.
Initiatives of Change is an international movement, active in 60 countries and formally incorporated in 44 countries. Each national body is independent but may affiliate to Initiatives of Change International.
Initiatives of Change International represents the universality and multi-faith character of the movement. It serves the broader movement through facilitating collaboration between IofC national bodies as well as managing various transnational programmes, including IofC’s global communications and its training arm. Its Geneva office facilitates relationships with the United Nations and other international organizations.
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The supreme body of Initiatives of Change International is its annual Global Assembly, usually lasting 2-3 days and made up of up representatives of each of the member organizations. One of the main tasks of the Global Assembly is to elect members of the International Council and a President, who is also a member of the International Council.
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Governance of Initiatives of Change International is in the hands of an elected International Council made up of 9–11 members chosen by the annual Global Assembly. Day to day leadership and management is delegated to an Executive Team of four, including the Executive Vice President and Treasurer. Members of the Council may have particular portfolios and be supported by standing committees made up of people outside the Council.
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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.'