dinsdag, 12 december, 2017

Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria, were among five recipients of this year’s prestigious 2017 ‘Intercultural Innovation Award’, conferred by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and BMW. The award ceremony took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 29th November.

donderdag, 30 november, 2017
Interfaith Conference 2017

Which borders do we experience, personally and in society, and how can we cross them? Around 150 people from different nationalities and beliefs – from Bahai, Hindu and Buddhist to the three monotheistic faiths – gathered to discuss these questions during the annual Interfaith Conference at the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague on the 18th of November. The conference, that carried the theme Crossing borders, building bridges, was organised in collaboration with Initiatives of Change Netherlands and the student chaplaincy of The Hague Haastu.

woensdag, 24 mei, 2017
Rudy van der Aar op de fiets tijdens zijn groene bedevaart naar Mekka

Two young Dutch Muslims cycled all the way from the Netherlands to Mecca on a wooden bike, to raise awareness about sustainability within the Islam. It was the result of a close friendship that started six years before at the international conference centre of Initiatives of Change in Caux. ‘With our trip we hope to inspire young Muslims in a practical and personal way.’

dinsdag, 14 maart, 2017
Kees Scheijgrond

At the age of 78 Kees Scheijgrond died in his hometown Gouda on 21 February. From 1995 until 2010 he was Chairman of the Dutch Foundation of Initiatives of Change (IofC-NL). He was the most 'active' chair IofC-NL has had. He took numerous initiatives, both in the Netherlands and further afield, to bring about the changes he wanted to see in the world.

vrijdag, 03 maart, 2017

Who are we and how should we live together? During the current election campaign in the Netherlands the issues of diversity and intercultural tensions play a key role. What can the Netherlands learn from the situation in Nigeria? This was the central question during the first filmnight in the series ‘African solutions for European problems’ in the centre of Initiatives of Change in the Hague.

donderdag, 02 februari, 2017

Every month the International Student Chaplaincy Delft with chaplain Waltraut Stroh organizes an event called Global Meeting Point. The January one was organized together with Initiatives of Change (IofC) and shaped as a game. IofC trainer Christiaan Groen took the participants through a negotiation game. Salma Berrada, student of architecture at the TU in Delft, experienced it as ‘an incredible emotional journey within an evening time’. Read her personal reflection.

donderdag, 03 november, 2016
Silent Land

The documentary 'Silent Land: the fight for fair food' premiered in the presence of the two main characters on October 11th during a festive and well attended event in the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam, in the run-up to World Food Day. The world premiere was co-organised by Initiatives of Change Netherlands (IofC). Furthermore, IofC organised a special screening of the film on the 14th of October in a film theatre in The Hague.

donderdag, 27 oktober, 2016
Diana Damsa in het centrum van IofC in Roemenië

Diana Damsa shares her personal story online after sharing it at the 'Living Peace: Celebrating 25 years of Creators of Peace' conference 2016. One of the insights that informs the approach of Creators of Peace is the awareness of the power of the story that every person, every woman lives out of, that shapes her world view, her values and relationships, that she passes on to her children and grandchildren. The stories that shape who we are and how we think. And we have the power to change the stories; from hurt to healing, from frozen to forgiving, from callousness to compassion.

dinsdag, 02 augustus, 2016
Merel Rumping geeft een presentatie tijdens de conferentie Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy 2016

Merel Rumping from The Netherlands has had a passion for travelling from an early age. She gained her master’s degree in international relations in The Netherlands and studied political science in France before working in the Dutch embassy in Morocco. She has worked with street children and child soldiers in Colombia. There she became involved with a micro-financing agency, Banco Mundial de la Mujer. Through this she discovered the potential of social entrepreneurship.

donderdag, 30 juni, 2016
hope in Järva

Following decades of worsening tensions, new possibilities are emerging in Järva, a multi-cultural area of Stockholm. Since March 2016, 'Hope in Järva' has run several dialogues in the community, plus two learning festivals, with the focus on inter-generational trust building.