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Images & Voices of Hope | November 27, 2020

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ivoh’s history & mission

What is ivoh’s mission? At Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), we believe that media can create meaningful, positive change in the world. Our global community includes journalists, documentary filmmakers, photographers, gamers, advertisers, and more. Our common thread is the desire to effect positive change through our work in media.

To this end, our mission is to strengthen the role of media as agents of world benefit. We offer support, resources, and insights to media practitioners who want to create meaningful awareness and change through the work that they do.

To us, positive change is about focusing on the world we want to live in or the world we want to create not only problem solving the world we have. It’s not about glossing difficult truths. It’s about amplifying the best in human nature and whenever possible shining a light on the steps we can take towards the future we want.

Who founded ivohImages & Voices of Hope (ivoh) began in 1999 with a media dialogue among 180 practitioners in Manhattan. At the time, a shared interest in the media’s impact on society brought together three organizations: the Visions of a Better World Foundation, the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, and the Center for Advances in Appreciative Inquiry at Case Western Reserve University.

What is the relationship between ivoh and the three founding partner organizations?

Visions of A Better World Foundation. This foundation was a civil sector partner dedicated to supporting individuals in their aspirations to make real their dreams of a better world. The main focus of this Foundation from 1999-2008 was the establishment and support of ivoh. Once ivoh was incorporated as an independent nonprofit, the Foundation decided to close. A few of our current board members also served on the board of the Visions Foundation.

Brahma Kumaris. The Brahma Kumaris was a spiritual partner of ivoh and played a key role in ivoh’s global expansion by hosting ivoh events and dialogues around the world. As a result of this global reach, ivoh has maintained an international presence at its annual media summit and a commitment to reflection. ivoh holds its summit at a Brahma Kumaris retreat center, and a few of our board members and core team of volunteers identify themselves as students and practitioners of the Brahma Kumaris’ form of raj yoga meditation.

The Center for Advances in Appreciative Inquiry at Case Western Reserve University. This center was the academic partner of ivoh. It provided the strength-based theory and methodology that informed the early development of ivoh principles and approaches to dialogue still in use. Professor David Cooperrider, who developed Appreciative Inquiry serves on our Board of Advisors. Two of our Board of Trustees members have been involved with the Center For Business As Agent Of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU.

When did ivoh become a nonprofit? ivoh became a 501C 3 in 2008. We remain committed to expanding the capacity of media to strengthen societies they cover.

Who governs ivoh? ivoh is run by a Board of Trustees consisting of people who are dedicated to our mission. No organization has a seat or influence over the board.

Does ivoh have a religious affiliation? No. ivoh is an independent nonprofit and does not have a religious affiliation or agenda.

Where does ivoh’s funding come from? ivoh’s funding comes from individual donors and foundations. We do not receive funding from any religious or political organizations.