Founded on three principles
In October 2001, IARS was informally established as an international, charitable organisation. It was set up with no funding or powerful contacts. Our founder didn’t have a business plan or a clear idea about how he was going to fundraise or sustain the organisation.
What he did have was the support of other volunteers and the guiding light of three principles which IARS was founded to further:
- User and civic participation
- Restorative justice and dialogue, and
- Individual empowerment and responsibility.
IARS’ main purpose was, and still is, to give those who are most affected by policy decisions the power to influence and contribute to those decisions.