WHO WE ARE
Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a global network committed to building integrity and trust across the world’s divides. It comprises people of diverse cultures, nations, beliefs and backgrounds who are committed to transforming society through change in individuals and relationships, starting in their own lives. Moments of personal transformation often mark a new direction in a person's life. And personal change can often lead to change in situations.
IofC is active in 60 countries and formally incorporated in more than 40 countries. Each national body is independent but may affiliate to Initiatives of Change International. The network is over 80 years old and grew out of the work of Frank Buchman (1878-1961), an American Lutheran minister. Over the years his work expanded to include people of different religions, beliefs and ideologies. In the 1920s his work became known as the Oxford Group and in 1938 was named Moral Re-Armament. It changed its name to Initiatives of Change in 2001. Read more about the history of the organisation.
Initiatives of Change Netherlands started with the first meetings in the 1920s. The network expanded a decade later and organized big event such as 'Nieuw Nederland loopt van stapel' in Utrecht. From the 1960s the network works from its centre which is located in The Hague. More information on the history of the Dutch IofC can be found in the book of Hennie de Pous.
Initiatives of Change International, based in Caux (Switzerland) (link is external), is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (link is external), and Participatory Status at the Council of Europe (link is external) in Strasbourg.
WHAT WE DO
Our vision is a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which everyone, responding to the call of conscience, makes their unique contribution. Our mission is to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves. We work worldwide on several initiatives through a network of individuals, groups, and organisations.
OUR THREE FOCUS AREAS
Trustbuilding: Peace and social cohesion through trust and reconciliation.
Ethical Leadership: Good governance by developing a leadership culture based on moral integrity, compassion and selfless service.
Sustainable living: Economic justice and environmental sustainability by transformation of motives and behaviour.
Recognising that it will take more than human reason and ability to solve the problems of the world, IofC places the search for inner wisdom at the heart of its approach. When people listen to what is deepest in their hearts, insights often come which lead in unexpected directions. Some understand this experience as guidance from God, others as the leading of conscience or the inner voice.