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For over 80 years, the IofC network has produced books, magazines and other materials to inspire, equip and connect changemakers.

For a Change

For A Change magazine was a magazine published by Initiatives of Change, UK, from 1987 to 2006. All back issues are available online, and searchable by issue or story categories.

 

Sound of Silence

For many around the world, the daily time of silent reflection has become an anchor, and a springboard to action, over the years. This short pamphlet examines the practice.

 

A Serious Guide to Remaking the World

In a Serious Guide to Remaking the World, Jean Brown takes a look at some practical measures for changemaking.

 

An Introduction to Initiatives of Change

Ever struggled to explain what Initiatives of Change is? This new booklet will help!

 

 

 

Complete List of Publications

Use the search engine below to find a book, DVD or other publication, or browse through them all. These publications are available for order from our national centres.

Ever struggled to explain what Initiatives of Change is? This new booklet will help!

Beyond Forgiving is a 28 minute documentary film which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman.  One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims - and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope.

Ray Purdy’s story is the story of an American who, as a young man in the early 1920’s, decided to devote his life to the concept, initiated by Dr Frank Buchman, that the only way to resolve conflict between races, classes and nations, and build a new society, is by changing the human nature of individuals, one by one, starting with yourself.  He found that this hate-disarming concept found response in people of all kinds in every country, and as the force of committed people grew, so did the global impact.

The story of Elsa Vogel, 88, born illegitimate in France, who survived being machine-gunned at 18 in Paris, and full of hate for the Germans. She met two young women and asked them: 'I have a faith, I go to church and I pray regularly. What is it that you have – and I don’t?'

'Jerzy Zubrzycki was widely described as the "father of Australian multiculturalism". He contributed enormously to the social development of this country.' From the foreword by Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister, 1975-83.

A new book on Frank Buchman, The Spiritual Vision of Frank Buchman, has just been published by Pennsylvania State University Press. It is written by Philip Boobbyer, a history lecturer at the University of Kent in the UK, who is known to many in Initiatives of Change. The book focuses on Buchman's ideas and spirituality, and has separate chapters on the origins of Buchman's thinking, guidance, personal work, theological questions, strategy and organization, and politics and ideology.

A new book by Michael Smith, entitled The Fullness of Life – Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer for today’s world, has just been published. ‘A gem of a book’ is how Ann Widdecombe, former Prisons Minister in the UK government, describes the new publications.

Graham Turner explores the power that can be found in silence through interviewing monastics, religious leaders, composers, actors, psychotherapists, prisoners and peace workers about their experiences of practising silence. Ranging from Christian contemplation in the Egyptian desert to Vipassana meditation in India, from the shared silence of Quaker meetings in Oxford to the profound stillness of the Alps, this is a powerful book about a great gap in modern human awareness.

Pierre Spoerri, from Switzerland, and his wife, Fulvia, were amongst those responsible for international conferences held each year at the Initiatives of Change centre in the Alpine village of Caux. Spoerri travelled widely in Asia, the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, South Africa, and post-war Germany, reporting for European newspapers and working with MRA/Initiatives of Change.

More than one thousand people were killed following disputed elections in Kenya at the end of 2007. Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor Jame Wuye - former militia leaders turned peace-makers from Nigeria - were invited to mediate in the worst-affected district. This film depicts their dramatic bid to bring healing and reconciliation after death and destruction.

IofC in Brief

Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.

 

Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.