Thoughts and reflections on life from writers around the world

Thoughts and reflections on life from writers around the world. If you would like to submit a reflection for possible publication here, please email us.

Monday, 11 December, 2017
Tommy Vinh Bui

Quiet Time. Never more than now have these words become urgent requisites to cope with the day’s toil and tumult. Taking a moment to bathe in silence and quiet cogitation was something I learned from Initiatives of Change. And my life and internal harmony has been immensely improved for it.

Monday, 14 August, 2017

Every time you enter different projects you are scrolling through all possible scenarios in your head, tuning yourself only on positive waves. So you can find like-minded people from the very beginning. Cause every project is, first of all, team-work which through thorny way will lead you to the result.

Tuesday, 03 February, 2015
Conrad Hunte

The late Conrad Hunte gave this talk at the IofC international centre at Caux, Switzerland, 20 August 1994. When thinking of the seemingly increasing turmoil in the world today, when what divides people seems to be more important than what unites us, this talk seems very relevant. He was a descendant of slaves, grew up in poverty, yet became one of the world’s most famous cricketers. He was Vice-Captain of the team that beat England in 1963. He used to say ‘You taught us how to play, we taught you how to win!’

Thursday, 09 October, 2014
Peter Riddell

Peter Riddell reflects on Initiatives of Change's core values of 'the four standards' - honesty, purity, unselfishness and love.

Tuesday, 05 August, 2014

A reflection by Cornelio Sommaruga, honorary President of Initiatives of Change International and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from 1987-99, which he gave at one of the morning reflections at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, originally given in French.

Thursday, 17 April, 2014
Mohan Bhagwandas

On a recent visit to Brazil Mohan Bhagwandas found himself impressed by 'the boundless energy' of the Brazilians, 'even when the thermometer gets to 48'. One quiet morning overlooking in Rio de Janeiro, he connected with a different energy ...

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013
Zeke Reich

It was through stepping out of his comfort zone and encountering people with very different political and cultural perspectives that Zeke Reich discovered a richer sense of his own identity.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013
Laura and Peter Boobbyer

Laura Boobbyer shares some thoughts she has had about quiet times. 'It's not that I don't believe in quiet times - I do - it's just that I have always found it difficult to get out of bed! Maybe you have the same problem? My quiet time career, since Initiatives of Change changed my life 20 years ago, has had many ups and downs...'

Monday, 01 October, 2012
K Haridas Nair

K Haridas Nair reflects on new insights into the principle that 'Change starts with me' gained during a course run by the Arbinger Institute at the recent Tools for Change -KL 2012 conference.

Thursday, 26 July, 2012
Alline Serpa 140x

Alline Serpa challenges the Initiatives of Change network to revisit the legacy of Frank Buchman, its founder, and to find a deeper care for each other, rooted in personal change.