• The School for Changemakers 10

    10th Anniversary at Asia Plateau

  • School for Changemakers or SfCM, has for 9 years been IofC-UK’s flagship leadershipprogramme for young people. In 2020, it will commemorate its 10th Anniversary


    It comprises of an initial three to five day summer residential for a selected cohort of between 30 to 50 participants. This is then followed by an offering for its network of 500 or so alumni which includes a minimum of two yearly ‘sleepover’ events held at Greencoat Place, smaller meetings and collaborations on a range of social justice projects across the country.


    Through a varied programme of activities and learning, SfCM serves its participants so that they may harness their energy and ideas. In this way, it assists them in making a real difference to the world whilst supporting their lifestyles and career choices in an increasingly competitive and demanding employment market.


    SfCM is partly skills based, partly reflective, partly discursive, partly inter-cultural, heavily convivial, inspirational, focussed on sound principles of youth work and always rooted in the spiritual experience of IofC. Its ‘curriculum’ closely matches the Tools for Change conference format of early morning Quiet Times, inspirational plenaries with guest speakers, community groups, elective training tracks, an evening social programme and late night activities which can include dance, games and drama. Character studies of Buchman and Laure, and the involvement of external experts in the delivery are cornerstones of the course.


    2020 will be SFCM’s 10th Anniversary, and its organisers would be grateful to commemorate this by holding the first ever SfCM at Asia Plateau. We are proposing a 7 day programme, held in January 2020 for between 30 to 50 people, most of whom will be alumni of existing IofC or related programmes in the region and the UK. We envisage that this anniversary SfCMprogramme will remain the responsibility of IofC-UK, and will be wholly directed by Krish Raval, but which will include Siddharth Singh and Archana Rao in particular on the organising team. The UK based Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution, and other training organisations of world class standing are interested in contributing to our curriculum.

  • About SfCM

    Process and Approach

    Participants are challenged to examine the concept of vocation and their role in the world as well as the personal, professional and spiritual dimensions of change. This is done through a series of workshops, times of reflection, plenary sessions and community work.

    Each day will commence with a full gathering of course members, who will be addressed by one or more individuals who have a powerful story to tell of how they have been able to effect change in a significant area such as the world of business; social entrepreneurism; through politics or political action; in the context of environmental issues; in community action; within the field of education or by discovering their own identity and calling in the world. These sessions will be inspirational, motivating participants and assuring them of the possibilities for real change.

  • Participants can expect to:

    • Develop the skills and self awareness to be effective leaders at work, home and in the community

    • Take insight and inspiration from experienced leaders who are leading complex change - inmany different ways - at work and in society

    • Learn from and develop friendships with other participants from diverse backgrounds, interests and experience.

    • Explore next steps in life in an empowering space

    • Connect personal values and priorities with the needs of communities, country and world

    • Network with peers and leaders with a track-record of leading social change

    • Receive opportunities for further experience e.g. international internships, education, more training, etc.


    As a result, it is envisaged that participants will gain by having:

    • Increased character and confidence to respond to challenges in their personal, professional and community lives

    • Help in making decisions about next steps

    • An increased ability to deal with diversity, community cohesion and exclusion

    • An enhanced capacity to engage in international contexts

    • Access to intern schemes and volunteering opportunities

    • An Increased likelihood of gaining post-graduation employment or work experience

  • Venue

    Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change centre in Panchgani, Maharashtra marked it’s 50thanniversary in 2018. Aimed at providing a space for introspection and dialogue, at Asia Plateau you will be ensconced in the protected biodiversity hot spot of the Western Ghats, surrounded by the Krishna Valley on one side and the Table Land, Asia’s second largest Plateau, on the other.

    Your closest international airport is Chatrapati Shivaji Airport, Mumbai and it is a 5 hour taxi/bus ride from the airport. A smaller airport, which also services a few international flights is Pune Lohegaon Airport which is 2 hours away by Taxi.



    Asia Plateau
    Panchgani 412 805
    Maharashtra India




    The fee for the entire programme is GBP250 which covers the cost of food and accommodation. Should finances be a hinderance for your attendance, please do get in touch with the secretariat to see if there are scholarships you can avail.


    Participants will be required to arrive in time for the Welcome gathering at 4pm on the 3rd of January with the last session ending before lunch at 1230pm on the 9th of January. Should you want to arrive earlier or leave later please contact the secretariat for costs and availability.


    There are Travel Bursaries available for:


    SfCM UK alumni


    You can apply for these when you register for the programme.

  • Speakers at SfCM 10

    We've got a top notch team!

    Prof. Rajmohan Gandhi

    Author of more than a dozen books, Rajmohan Gandhi is a historian and biographer involved in efforts for trust-building and reconciliation. He currently serves as Research Professor at the College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1997 to 2012, he was part of this university’s Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. His latest book, published in December 2018, is Modern South India: A History from the 17th Century to Our Times. Other books by him include Understanding the Muslim Mind (1987); Gandhi: The Man, his People and the Empire (2008); and Punjab: A History from Aurangzeb to Mountbatten (2013). In 2002, he received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his Rajaji: A Life, a biography of Chakravarti Rajagopalachari. Associated from 1956 with Initiatives of Change (formerly known as Moral Re-Armament), Rajmohan Gandhi served as president of Initiatives of Change International in 2009 and 2010. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he played a leading role in establishing Asia Plateau.

    Anusha Bharadwaj

    As Executive Director, Anusha is working towards taking VOICE Camps to marginalised adolescent girls across the country. She believes in the power of girls to transform communities and nations. It is with this conviction that she leads a group of passionate individuals at VOICE 4 Girls, a social enterprise that educates and empowers marginalized adolescent girls with the vision to eliminate gender inequality and violence. VOICE has impacted the lives of over 72,000 adolescents and 3000 young camp counselors. Anusha is also the Founder Director of SoCh for Social Change, a platform that offers young women social leadership skills. The signature program, SILT Bootcamp has launched its first cohort where 16 young women are being groomed to become social impact leaders. The other program Oorja has reached out to 600 young women in Tier II towns. Anusha is an alumnus of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (2005-07); Asia Pacific Leadership Program (2013-14), East West Center, USA; 1stCohort of Harvard-Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program (2014-15); and a Cordes Fellow (2017).

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