Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
Aunty Carolyn Briggs, a Boonwurrung elder, giving the Welcome to Country. (Photo by Francis Deng)

From the Solomon Islands to South Korea, 136 delegates from over 17 countries gathered on Phillip Island, near Melbourne, Australia, for the 17th in a series of Asia Pacific Youth Conferences (APYC) organized by Initiatives of Change, 18-24 July 2011.

Friday, 15 April, 2011
Khalid Mohamadi (left) and Javed Orya (right)

Keith Mills tells the story of two young men from Afghanistan who have been staying at Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change centre in western India. Despite the great suffering they have endured, along with their fellow countrymen and women, they have returned to Afghanistan with hope and a vision for the future.

Thursday, 24 March, 2011
Participants and faculty of the Feb 2011 Life Matters course in Melbourne.

For the 21 young adults who participated in the Life Matters course in Melbourne, Australia, it was a life-changing experience. Over nine days in February, they examined issues of culture and identity, the wounds of history, forgiveness, conflict transformation and the moral and spiritual qualities needed to become a change-maker.

Thursday, 27 January, 2011
Yoko Hisano

Yoko Hisano, originally from Japan, now works in the field of interational education in the USA. She writes about what she learned through the Life Matters course and how it has affected the way she lives now.

Thursday, 14 October, 2010
Some of the participants and faculty

A Life-Matters weekend workshop, based on the full nine-day Life Matters course, took place in Sydney, 17-19 September for a diverse group of young adults at the Granville Community Centre.

Monday, 16 August, 2010

The sixth Basketball and Life-skills camp took place on Victoria's Philip Island, 9-11 July, bringing together 42 from 10 different communities, ranging in age from 14-27 years.

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

For the last seven years, interfaith dialogues between Muslims and Christians have been held in different parts of Sydney, sponsored jointly by the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia (IFAA), and Initiatives of Change (IofC)...

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

The idea to have a “Life Matters 2” follow-up training weekend came originally from James McIvor, Youth Justice Manager for the Gippsland region, and in recent years a keynote speaker at Life Matters courses. Rob Wood reports...

Thursday, 10 June, 2010
Gandhi meets the Japanese press (Photo: Nexco)

Mike Brown from Adelaide joined Rajmohan Gandhi and his wife Usha for a week hosted by IofC Japan, as part of the IofC International President's 14-nation “Voyage of Dialogue and Discovery”. Mike writes:

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Over the last few weeks Creators of Peace Circles have been formed all over Australia...