Meet the People

Meet the People

Individuals who decided that, 'Change begins with me.'

Many individuals touched by the ideals and philosophy of IofC have gone on to influence change in their communities, countries and beyond. In Australia, leaders have emerged from Indigenous, migrant and diaspora communities, who found that forgiveness and personal release from bitterness has promoted a cycle of positive action rippling out to touch many others. These are a sample of stories of change from individuals associated with IofC Australia, who took on board the message that, ‘Change begins with me.’

Change begins with me.

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Sarah Naarden, Trustbuilding Program Manager reflects on how growing a community of practice in trustbuilding can be likened to cultivating pearls.


Sahba Clara shares her journey of finding inner peace through a Creators of Peace Circle.


Vipulie Iralu, GIS and technology specialist, talks about his experience of growing up with Initiatives of Change.


An online CoP Circle led Janine Farah in Sydney to collaborate with Gena Sturgon to bring peace practice to women and teens in Kosovo.


Some call her ‘the woman behind the man’. Initiatives of Change Elder Tui Beggs is a leader in her own right.


A video interview with Jim Beggs, conducted by Christian Hoekstra, gives you the uncut version, story after story, of a life well-lived.