A new phase in the governance of Initiatives of Change International started today, 1st October 2010, with the commencement of a new International Council operating within a new leadership structure.
The organizational structures of Initiatives of Change (click for larger version)The new structure formally brings together the spiritual with the legal/administrative leadership of the movement which had previously been shared by an (informal) International Council and a (formal) International Association.
At the core of Initiatives of Change is the belief that anyone can take significant initiatives to bring transformation where it is needed, by starting the process of change in their own lives – and, for many, that there is a transcendent power which can guide and enable that change. Beyond these individual commitments is a shared vision for change and the will to work together to make an impact where it is most needed in the world. This is the impetus behind an evolving quest for adequate leadership to match the shared vision.
In the new structure, governance of Initiatives of Change International is in the hands of an elected International Council made up of 9–11 members chosen by a Global Assembly which meets for 2-3 days each year. The Global Assembly is made up of representatives of each of the member organizations of Initiatives of Change International, and is its supreme body.
Rajmohan Gandhi continues as the Association's President until the end of 2010. Day to day leadership and management is delegated to an Executive Team of four, including the Executive Vice President (Edward Peters, who succeeds Dick Ruffin) and Treasurer (Lorne Braun). Members of the Council may have particular portfolios and be supported by standing committees made up of people outside the Council.
These new structures were formally adopted in the form of a revised articles of association by a meeting of the International Association of Initiatives of Change on July 24 2010. This followed a wider grassroots consultation over the previous year, culminating in a week-long Global Consultation in Cluj, Romania in April 2010.
Read more about the new structures of Initiatives of Change here.