donderdag, 06 december, 2018
Nonviolent communication training in Kyiv | Photographer: L. Reijnders

In the beginning of November, I travelled to Kyiv to follow a training on nonviolent communication (NVC) organized by my colleague Lena Kashkarova from Foundations for Freedom, the IofC-based NGO in Ukraine. It was the perfect opportunity to get to know my colleagues and the work in Ukraine better, learn about the history of the country first-hand and follow an NVC course by trainer Yoram Mosenzon. In total 30 people participated in the training and almost all participants had a Ukrainian and/ or Russian background. Given the recent developments in this region, it was very special to be a part of a safe space where participants from these different backgrounds had the opportunity to connect.

zondag, 02 december, 2018

During the annual Interfaith Conference over 130 international students and participants from all over the Netherlands explored the relationship between science and religion, each from his own faith or world view. The conference was organised by Initiatives of Change in collaboration with Haastu and the International Student Chaplaincy and took place at the International Institute of Social Studies. 'Religion and science can complement each other, for example with regards to environmental questions.'

vrijdag, 23 november, 2018
Monument to victims of Holodomor with museum on the background (Kyiv)

During my visit in Kyiv for a non-violent communication training I was grateful to have some time to explore the city. On a morning I decided to walk to the Orthodox Lavra monastery. On my way I passed a beautiful tower in a small park which caught my attention, so I decided to go there first. Little did I know that this beautiful tower with a museum underneath, is the place for remembering all the people who died and suffered during the man-made famine in Ukraine called Holodomor.

woensdag, 24 oktober, 2018
One Young World Community Dinner 2018 - centre IofC

Lovely food, meeting and reflection; these are the ingredients of the 'community dinner' that IofC and De Luisteracademie organised for young delegates from the One Young World Summit. During the summit in The Hague 1900 participants from 196 countries followed an intens program packed with speeches and networking opportunities. The dinner at the IofC-centre was a moment of quiet and inspiration, talking with fellow changemakers.

dinsdag, 11 september, 2018
Geloven in Groen

This fall the fifth gathering of the initiative Faith in Green, in Dutch ‘Geloven in Groen’, will take place in The Hague. Muslims, Hindus and Christians gather around their common beliefs of taking care for and protecting the earth and inspire and connect to take (joint) action to make their faith community more sustainable. Initiatives of Change Netherlands (IofC) coordinates and facilitates the initiative that kicked-off in August one year ago.

woensdag, 29 augustus, 2018
Suresh Vazirani

Suresh Vazirani from Mumbai, India was unanimously appointed by Global Assembly of the International Association as the new President for IofC International.

maandag, 30 juli, 2018

What is the role of a journalist in a country at war? With many of his compatriots thinking that journalists should be information warriors, finding the answer to this question is an everyday struggle for Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Matsuka. ‘Some of our readers expect us to defend our country. But we want to protect our independence as journalists. How can we make sure we don’t fall prey to propaganda as journalists in the middle of a war? How do we keep presenting information without bias?’

vrijdag, 27 juli, 2018
Addressing Europe’s Unfinished Business 2018

Find out more about Addressing Europe's Unfinished Business 2018 and discover day-by-day accounts on events and speakers.

dinsdag, 15 mei, 2018
Olena Kashkarova- 2018

Ukrainian Olena Kashkarova works to restore the mutual trust in her deeply divided country. On th 5th of april she spoke about her experiences in the centre of Initiatives of Change Netherlands.

vrijdag, 23 maart, 2018
Digna Hintzen - fotograaf onbekend

Digna loved flowers, it said on the funeral announcement. And flowers loved her. The choir of the Kievitkerk in Wassenaar, where her farewell service was held on February 16, was completely covered with flower arrangements, while the sun shone through the windows of a packed church. The whole service was marked with tremendous gratitude for Digna's adventurous life, but there was also the sense of disbelief that so suddenly she was no longer there. During the musical intervals photos were projected of a joyous and lively Digna, amidst family and friends.