Stories

A collection of commentaries on important events and trends
A collection of commentaries on important events and trends

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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Mercy Okalowe
27-Feb-2017

In 2011, Mercy Okalowe was working as a Regional Coordinator for Initiatives of Change Canada. As part of her work to build trust in her community and engage residents in honest conversations on race, reconciliation and responsibility, Mercy attended the world premier of the documentary film Dark Girls. She writes here a reflection of her experience and a call to action for all ‘dark girls.’

Lena Kashkarova
22-Dec-2016

Olena Kashkarova is from Ukraine and will join the International Council of IofC beginning the 1 January 2017. Here she shares her reflections after watching the agonizing video clips from Aleppo, Syria.

Dick Ruffin
01-Dec-2016

America’s nightmare is over. Or is it? Toxins infused into the body politic through a protracted and horrific campaign are not easily purged. It was not only the candidates who flouted basic values of honesty, respect and decency, abetted by a rating hungry media. We, voters and non-voters alike, were complicit, either by our silence, or by what we said or passed on or simply by the relish with which we watched the debacle, like kids at a food fight.

Abiodun Owoseni
07-Nov-2016

In September, the Nigerian government launched a reorientation campaign donning the slogan: ‘Change Begins With Me.’ I was in India at the time and shared my excitement with some friends who like me believe that this approach is what the world needs. I expressed my great hopes that our Nigerian Initiatives of Change team would make a significant contribution to this campaign, but after returning home I found that this was not to be, at least not yet.

Ron Lawler
30-Sep-2016

In our focus on the ideological aspects of extremism, we should not overlook the role of violence, bullying and humiliation in the home. The home offers no scope to blame another race or religion for the abuse of innocents. It is ‘us’ not ‘them’ who are responsible.

Rishab Khanna
15-Sep-2016

The first time Rishabh Khanna went to Kashmir, he experienced the hardships of living in a region where you have a gun pointing at your head the whole time. He believes the people of Kashmir are fighting for human dignity, freedom of voice and justice - and for the need 'to take an honest look at ourselves and start a true citizens dialogue'.