Toto is a young man from Nagaland, a state in North East India. Thanks to a gift from IofC friends he has been able to study music and buy a vehicle for transporting students to and from remote villages in order to pursue his dream of enabling music to bring about healing.
Journalist and business author Michael Smith, representing Initiatives of Change, advocated five pillars of trust in the economy when he gave the opening keynote address to the 31st annual Businet conference on 9 November. Over 200 business educators, including professors, academics, lecturers and heads of departments, took part in the conference, held in Vilamoura, Portugal, 9 to 11 November. Businet, founded in 1994, is a 'global business education network' with 102 member organizations of higher education in 31 countries.
Initiatives of Change (IofC)/Moral Re-Armament (MRA) Zimbabwe recently held its first national youth conference in Gweru on 1-5 February with the aim to mobilize and empower young people, and ‘move from a group to a team’. Young people came together to learn more deeply about Initiatives of Change, to build their skills, and to strengthen friendships with the intention of working together for a just, peaceful and sustainable Zimbabwe. The conference was created and delivered by youth for youth.
Seventeen young people participated in an Initiatives of Change camp that took place in the idyllic town of Heidelberg in the Gauteng Province of South Africa from 5 to 10 December. The theme of this fourth annual IofC camp was ‘Change in Progress’ and sought to inspire a committed network of youth to make positive changes in their behaviours, relationships, and communities.
A year ago Haridas and Tia Nair, Patrick Santa Maria and Robert Chen from Malaysia were invited by friends in Timor Leste to assist them by providing IofC training programmes. They spent this past year preparing it. They have sent three reports - the first one is about Tools for Change.
The 22nd Asia Pacific Youth Conference (APYC), 'Youth for Change: Ethical Leadership and Trust Building toward Inclusive Global Society', was held in Bandung and was attended by 90 young people from 13 different countries and backgrounds.