I and my colleague begin working at the organization, Initiatives of Change, in their Kenyan office in a week’s time. Initiatives of Change is an organization which bridges differences and brings communities and cultures together to overcome these differences that may lead to conflict or have led there in the past. Initiatives of Change’s approach is both at the individual level as well as the larger one. Initiatives of Change seeks to bring about changes in individuals’ attitudes and behaviors to ensure a sustainable change in the greater community.
I have been told to keep an open mind as to what our job in Nairobi will be. I look forward to the grassroots movements and seeing how personal reconciliation takes place. Though the details of our job are to be known upon arrival, working with individuals to enact change will be a life-altering experience. As my focus at Georgetown is on the private sector and corporate social responsibility, I am interested in understanding how grassroots movements are made and how the private citizens and businesses can be a part of the overall positive impact.
Upon completion of this fellowship, we are to write a report detailing our summer experience. The focus of this report is open-ended. However, my current idea of a possible research topic is to see how individuals can bring change through their own behavior. I am interested in seeing the reach individuals can have regarding reconciliation and whether these individuals can also enact change in different sectors including the business sector and others. Though this is a broad topic, I will be able to sharpen my research as our job positions commence and I see how the situation on the ground truly is.
My updates will be weekly and I welcome comments and questions as my summer fellowship carries on.
For more information on Initiatives of Change, please visit their website: http://www.iofc.org/