Thursday, 01 March, 2018
Opening ceremony of Asia Plateau 50th anniversary

Since its opening in 1968, Asia Plateau in India has hosted thousands of visitors. They come to participate in courses on ethics, values and peace building, and to take part in conferences on the pressing issues of the day.

Monday, 12 February, 2018
Poster produced by Batchelor Press/Batchelor Institute to commemorate the day Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the stolen generation (13th February 2008).

IofC worker John Bond served as Secretary of the National Sorry Day Committee from 1998 to 2006, campaigning for the national apology that was finally made 10 years ago. He reflects on what has and has not changed since that time.

Friday, 19 January, 2018
Stock image from Pixabay

Mark Russell spots some parallels between writing, martial arts, and the Life Matters course.

Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Initiatives of Change (IofC) is pleased to announce the launch of their refreshed brand. The refreshed brand was launched on January 17, 2018, during the 50th anniversary celebration of Initiatives of Change’s centre in India: Asia Plateau in Panchgani.

Sunday, 31 December, 2017

Armagh, in the leafy Melbourne suburb of Toorak, was gifted to Initiatives of Change in 1956, and the original parts of the building are now more than 100 years old. While considerable effort has focused on maintaining the interior of the building for hosting conferences, residential courses and other events, in 2017 a small group of volunteers began experimenting with using the lush, expansive grounds for an urban food garden.

Sunday, 31 December, 2017

Jerzy Zubrzycki was known as the ‘father of Australian multiculturalism’. As an academic, public intellectual, and advisor to the Whitlam, Fraser and Howard governments, Zubrzycki contributed greatly to the foundation of Australia’s policies on multiculturalism and social inclusion. IofC workers John Bond and the late John Williams co-authored a book about Zubrzycki’s life, which was launched in a Polish-language translation in 2017.

Thursday, 21 December, 2017

In March 2017, Clara, Indriani and Carrie, three students enrolled in a Masters course in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, attended their first Creators of Peace (CoP) Circle. Manu Granados, CoP national administrator in Australia, caught up with the three friends eight months later, to find out what impact their involvement has had on their lives and their studies.

Thursday, 09 November, 2017

In 2016, Creators of Peace (CoP) celebrated its 25th anniversary as a global network of women in peace building. Jean Brown served as an international coordinator for 23 years, and developed the approach that today is being applied by individuals in communities around Australia and in over 40 other countries. Kirsty Argento, volunteer coordinator at IofC Australia, interviewed Jean before participants at the Asia-Pacific Regional Gathering that took place in Taiwan in 2017.

Wednesday, 25 October, 2017

A more compassionate city, a more compassionate country, a more compassionate world: this was religious historian Karen Armstrong’s vision when she launched the ‘Charter for Compassion’. Parveen Muhammed speaks with Terry Ayling and Lesley Bryant, who are working to make that vision a reality on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Sunday, 08 October, 2017

Extremism. Inequalities. Environmental degradation. The challenges are immense, and they transcend borders. Since the 1950s, Initiatives of Change (IofC) has promoted connections between Australia and countries in the region, to develop people-to-people solutions to some of the most pressing problems of the day. This year’s Asia-Pacific Regional Gathering of IofC people pondered on achievements and emerging challenges.