We are pleased to release this Episode13 to acknowledge and celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2021.
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Initiatives of Change (IofC) Australia is part of 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 our own.
An honest look at one’s own motives and behaviour is often the start of personal transformation. Cultural and religious traditions across the world offer moral standards as guides for individual and community living. Of these, IofC singles out values of honesty, unselfishness, love and purity of heart and action as practical tests for motives and daily actions.
Honest conversation, undertaken in an open spirit, builds bridges of trust and community between people of similar, different, and even antagonistic, backgrounds. These enable healing, partnership and common action.
IofC’s people and programmes seek to strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of society and to bring healing and reconciliation where there is conflict; build bridges of trust between different communities and countries; embed ethics, justice and transparency in the global economy; empower leadership to act with integrity, serve unselfishly and be effective agents of change.
“Building trust across the world’s divides“
About Margaret Hepworth, Executive Officer, IofC Australia
Margaret has been a long-term member and contributor to the work of IofC in Australia as well as internationally. She is an experienced leader and manager of the education initiative, ‘The Gandhi Experiment’ and has also been a former Head of Campus / Assistant Principal at The Preshil School and at the Berry Street School in Victoria. Margaret has taken her work in global citizenship and ethical leadership across Australia and India, and into Pakistan, Indonesia, China and Fiji.
Margaret has experience in governance, finance management, collegial team-building, public speaking, networking and course creation. She has created the methodologies of ‘Positive Reality’ and ‘Collaborative Debating.’ She is the author of the books, The Gandhi Experiment—Teaching our teenagers how to become global citizens and Collaborative Debating.
Margaret has a strong sense of social equity with people-centred leadership qualities. She has experience of taking trust-building and peace-building work into the community, and has worked with diverse groups of people—multicultural, multi-faith and intergenerational.
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About Initiatives of Change (IofC) – see more at their web site (https://au.iofc.org/).