Our Mission

One World Center is a research non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty and climate change.

We address the issues of our time with unique teaching and learning environments that cultivate social change and support our global vision: a sustainable future.

Participatory Action Research

Living in a world that is constantly changing, forces us to change as well. We use Participatory Action Research (PAR) as the methodology for developing the program and its elements; measuring the impact of our participants abroad, and understand their personal development.

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Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder

In our approach, fighting is not an act of violence, but an expression to underline that it takes courage to face the reality and the task of changing it. We do not fight against an abstract enemy called poverty. We engage in the concrete struggle side by side with the people.

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Learn to Travel. Travel to Learn

Traveling is one of the most powerful ways to learn about and understand the world and society. Our programs have always used traveling to teach our participants about the great diversity that surrounds us and to mobilize them to take action. We have learned that traveling pushes us, staff and participants, to face many challenges that we can only overcome collectively.

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We are the Institute for International Cooperation and Development, Michigan

In June 2013, we changed our name to One World Center to celebrate 30 years in the United States. IICD/OWC was incorporated in 1997 as a research not-for-profit organization as described in the IRS code 501(c) 3. IICD Michigan/OWC is exempt from federal taxation of its activities and that donors can deduct donations to the organization from the income declared in their tax return. Our EIN number is: 38-3379778

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One World Center is an international movement waiting for you. If trying a communal life and working to help the world’s poor is your calling, this is the best opportunity!