Initiatives for Change – Mike Smith (60-65)

Mike Smith (60-65) writes:


“Just back from India where I addressed 70 MBA students and 70 computer engineering students at the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC), India, on 10 February.  I was the guest in Chandigarh of Dr Ramandeep Saini, Head of International Relations and Associated Professor at the CGC Landran campus of 13,000 students, which was founded in 2001.


After the event CGC reported: “In an inspiring and insightful session organised at CGC Landran, Michael Smith, former Head of Business Programmes, Initiatives of Change, UK, delivered a lecture on “Pillars of Trust and Integrity—Encouraging Social and Ethical Values in Business and Entrepreneurship.”
Defining integrity, cooperation, stewardship, purpose and sustainability as five pillars of trust, he cited case studies to highlight their importance and applicability in businesses. He also urged the students to do silent introspection and keep working towards self- realization to make more conscience-based decisions which, going forward, will help them become efficient business leaders.”


Michael also adds news of another event he is involved in:


“The oustanding Dutch social entrepreneur Merel Rumping will speak at the Initiatives of Change centre, 24 Greencoat Place, in London next week on the evening of Tuesday 20th February. Her theme will be ‘Social entrepreneurship: going out on a limb’. Merel Rumping is the founder of LegBank, which provides easy-to-fit prosthetic limbs to victims of land mines and other accidents, which she is pioneering in Colombia following the decades of civil war there. Last year she was chosen as Alumnus of the Year by her university of 30,000 students in The Netherlands. Her company received a million-dollar grant from Google to take forward her work. More details about her talk are at:


The evening will begin with sandwich refreshments at 6.30pm with the main talk starting at 7pm. It will be hosted by Talia Smith, National Network Coordinator for Initiatives of Change UK. Space  is limited to 100 people on a first-come-first-service basis.  Please RSVP to: