Caux Conferences 2014 - 30 June-13 August
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. IofC's work is based on the interaction of people, whether few or many, in homes, small or large groups, training courses, dialogues and local or international conferences. It focuses on trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living. IofC welcomes partnerships with organisations that provide technical expertise on specific issues.
IofC-International was established as an NGO in 2002, and was granted consultative status by the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It embraces national bodies in 44 countries and brings together several international programmes. A member of IofC-International, the CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation is the Swiss IofC national body and an officially recognized independent charitable foundation. It manages the conference centre in the former Caux-Palace hotel above Montreux, as well as activities in Switzerland aiming at:
- Working for a more just society by strengthening the ethical foundations of democracy;
- Helping heal the wounds of history;
- Encouraging care and responsibility in family life and personal relationships;
- Strengthening ethical commitment in economic life;
- Forging networks among people from different faiths and cultures. About Initiatives of Change and Caux
Nearly every year since 1946, over 1300 participants from all over the world gather in Caux, attending one of the international conferences held during the summer. A special characteristic of these conferences is the community life of the assembly. Participants are invited to join communities of between 12 and 20 people in which topics can be discussed in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. These groups also take part in the running of the house (dining-room service, vegetable preparation, cooking, housekeeping, etc.). The conferences always include plenaries, seminars, lectures and cultural evenings, with simultaneous translation. There are also various opportunities for outdoor exercise. Looking out over Lake Geneva from an altitude of 1,000 metres, the centre can accommodate up to 400 people.
To learn more about the conference, you can read the programme here.
You can also visit the IoC website here.