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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.

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.

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!’

Peter Riddell

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


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.

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 ...

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.