John Bond has worked with Initiatives of Change since 1970, and has been active in human security concerns throughout his career. He spent 10 years in Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, first in Ethiopia, and then in Rhodesia – as it was when he arrived – through its turbulent transition into Zimbabwe.
He then worked in Australia, with a particular focus on improving the condition of Aboriginal Australia. In 1998 he became Secretary of the National Sorry Day Committee, which enlisted nearly a million Australians in an apology to Aboriginal Australians for cruel and misguided past policies, and in initiatives to overcome the harm caused. In 2007 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the Australian community through the National Sorry Day Committee.
He now lives in Oxford, England, working from there on initiatives which have emerged from the Caux Forum for Human Security, particularly in Africa.
Central to his work, throughout his career, has been writing and editing. For three years he edited the London weekly, New World News. And he has worked with several well-known Australians to tell their stories, most recently ‘Father of the House’, the memoirs of Kim E Beazley, former Federal Minister for Education (Fremantle Press, 2009). His biography of Jerzy Zubrzycki, known as 'the father of Australian multiculturalism', will be published this year.
He has two daughters, one teaching in Alice Springs, the other nursing in Melbourne. His wife Mary is a writer and spiritual director. For 20 years she edited For a Change, an international magazine devoted to conflict resolution and community building.