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Global Voices

Individuals of many cultures, nationalities, religions, and beliefs are actively involved with Initiatives of Change. These commentaries represent the views of the writer and not necessarily those of Initiatives of Change as a whole. If you would like to contribute a commentary, please email us. We welcome feedback that contributes to the stated aim of this website which is to build relationships of trust across the world's divides. The editors reserve the right to refuse contributions that use intemperate language or vilify others and which do not in our view encourage productive dialogue.

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Rob Corcoran

This blog reflects on the connection between teambuilding, community and forgiveness.

Rishab Khanna

The world seems burdened by complex problems; yet the simple solutions is care— care for humans, care for our planet, and all that is in it. How can a CARE economy benefit everyone?

The Richmond Unity Walk Through History

Twenty-five years ago, Richmond took its first steps toward publicly acknowledging its traumatic history of slavery and racial oppression. On 18 June 1993, area residents of all backgrounds supported by representatives of 50 other cities and 20 countries walked together to mark sites previously too painful or shameful to remember.

Tracie Mooneyham in Panchgani with friend (photo Armaan Dua)

‘So, how are you finding your time at Asia Plateau?’, came the question from across the breakfast table. Though the question came from a dear friend, I couldn’t help but be slightly annoyed. I had arrived in Panchgani only three days prior and was struggling to balance the jet-lag, work deadlines at home, and the work related to the programme, Lead for Change, of which I had made the trip to India for.

Rob Corcoran

When I first met Rev Bill Wigmore he was running the largest recovery centre in Texas based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. In recent years, Wigmore, who is an Episcopal priest, has been researching the movement’s early methodology to rediscover the lost or forgotten process followed by Dr Bob and the AA pioneers. Foremost among these is what Wigmore describes as two-way prayer – regular quiet times which he says were regarded as even more important than group meetings.

Tracie Mooneyham

At this point in the year most people are trying to gather close with family and friends; this is regardless of religion or heritage. Most offices close for Christmas or New Year's. We make a point to take vacation time and relax with loved ones. Even when I worked in retail, it was one of the two holidays when the stores were completely closed. Everyone looks forward to the opportunity to rest – to pause our fast-forward lives for just a moment as another year wanes. This is the time of year to reflect on our relationships and share in the warmth of loved ones who are near.