About this website project
Who are we?
We who have contributed to the creation of this platform are a diverse multinational team of varying age, ethnicity, background, profession and connection to Moral Re-Armament (MRA)/Initiatives of Change (IofC). Click here to see all the main contributors.
This project is possible because of the Foundation For A New World. Part of the capital from the sale of Alnäs, the MRA centre in Sweden, in 2001, was given to the association Kultur for Livet (Renewal Arts, Sweden), aimed at focussing the arts in MRA. In 2012 the members of the association put that capital into a foundation with the simple purpose of making available for all people of the world, a means of exploring, primarily through the internet, the spiritual and moral heritage of Frank Buchman and his work. The purposes of the foundation are listed here.
An international group of people has worked over several years to clarify the aims and scope of the project. Work was done to gather material, classify it, and to define the database structure to hold the resources. Some initial ideas for website design were prepared.
To read a PDF file with more extensive information about the background, click here.
In 2018 all this preparation work took off, with a strengthened team dedicated to producing the first version of a website. A very simple 'Alpha' version was launched in January 2019, illustrating the possibilities of what is an enormous undertaking.
During 2019 and 2020 we concentrated on adding content and presenting it in more useful and interesting ways. A completely new front-end design and user experience was finalised and implemented during the second half of 2020. We are grateful for the Indian web design company AddWeb who worked tirelessly with us for nearly five months to implement the front end design. You can see who they are here. You can also view a video in which the two teams discuss the experience of working across two timezones.
All this work culminated in the current 'Beta' release in December 2020. Although the site is fully featured and functional, we use the term BETA to signal that it is still at an early stage, with rough edges to be ironed out. We have many ideas of how to develop it further. Top of the list is a greatly improved search engine.
How it is financed
We have got this far thanks not only to the capital of the Foundation but through the generous giving of many institutions and individuals. You can read more about the finances here.
We can only continue if we receive a good deal more financial support. Please consider donating to future development here.
A word on languages
One of the major challenges of this web platform has been the number of languages for which we wanted to have full interface text, as well as content. The United Nations website has six languages. But we wanted to have 11 interface languages, and material in many more – over 30 in all. If there is not yet a lot of material here in your language, please be patient with us, this is a work in progress.
How you can help
To get onto this platform even a fraction of the possible resources will need the contribution of many more people than just the project team. Here are some ways in which you could contribute if you would like to:
- Write your own personal story of your life's journey - or provide it if it already exists
- Provide photographs with captions and other information;
- Research a particular subject (in agreement with us) and collect key resources in order that the subject can be properly presented on this website;
- Translate existing and new material into the language(s) you know;
- If you have some technical aptitude, learn how to upload material directly onto this website, edit online, etc.
If you would like to have a part, please press the little 'Feedback' button at the bottom of every page of the site.