Newsletter Nr. 30 (December 2017, subsequent to our 30th Annual Conference, our 2017 NY Workshop)

Compiled by Evelin Lindner, in New York City, USA (December, 2016)

 


Contents

•  Pictures
•  Thanks!
•  Announcements
•  What Is the Aim of Our Work?
•  Messages from You
•  Welcome Again!

 


Pictures

(Important note to our conference participants: During our conference, we asked for your permission to include your pictures here. In case you have changed your mind since our workshop took place, please let us know! We want to make sure we have your permission. Thank you! Since we wish to walk the talk of dignity, it is very important for us to do our utmost in respecting everybody's privacy. We could gather written permissions from you during our conferences, yet, since we value the building of mutual trust in relationships, we would like to refrain from contributing to an ever more bureaucratic and legalistic society. We encourage everybody who does not wish to have their pictures or videos on our website to take pro-active responsibility and inform the photographer to refrain from taking pictures of her, and stay out of any video-tape. This will make the post-workshop editing work feasible, as also this is a voluntary work of love that is already overstretched.)


December 7 - 8, 2017, Fourteenth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, representing the 30th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), titled "The Nature of Dignity – the Dignity of Nature" at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, USA

Still photos:
We very much thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Kyle Scott, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely photos!
The still photos come in several web galleries:

Thursday, December 7, 2017, Workshop:
• Please click here to see all of Kyle Scott's 223 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of the 165 photos of Day One taken with Evelin Lindner's camera, mostly by Glyn Rimmington
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 17 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 5 group photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 9 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day One

Thursday, December 7, 2017, Public Event: 
• Please click here to see all of the 18 still photos of the Public Event taken with Evelin Lindner's video camera
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 42 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 3 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Joe Levine's 2 photos at the Public Event
• Please click here to see all 8 photos downloaded from Facebook

Friday, December 8, 2017, workshop: 
• Please click here to see all of the 317 photos of Day Two taken with Evelin Lindner's camera
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 335 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 22 photos of her Face-to-Face exhibition
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 5 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 24 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 41 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 19 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

Videos:
Thank you so much, dear Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury, Rambabu Talluri, and Glyn Rimmington, for doing such wonderful video-taping!

Day One:
• 01 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
• 02 Danielle Coon Welcomes Everybody
• 03 Linda Hartling Introduces Our Appreciative Frame (blocked due to the copy right claims for a song)
• 04 Phil Brown Invites to Get to Know Each Other
• 05 Getting to Know Each Other
• 06 Linda Hartling Reads from Kim Stafford's Poetry
• 07 A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling
• 08 Asking for Permission to Post Photos and Videos
• 09 Martha Eddy's Interlude
• 10 Phil Brown Invites into Dignilogues

Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 "How Are Human Dignity and Humiliation Relevant to Destructive Conflict?":
• 11 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Michael and Alexander Perlin
• 12 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Claudia Cohen
• 13 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Tony Gaskew
• 14 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Fonkem Achankeng I
• 15 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Janet Gerson
• 16 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Sasha Moore
• 17 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Michael Greene, Tony Gaskew, Michael Perlin
• 18 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Bonnie Selterman and Sasha Moore
• 19 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 Wrapup

• 20 Talia Shafir's Interlude
• 22 Linda Hartling Reads from Kim Stafford's Poetry
• 23 Phil Brown and Linda Hartling Shape the Co-Created Dignilogues
• 24 Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making
• 25 Michael Britton Invites into Local Dignity Now Group Building

"Messages to the World" for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative:
• 21 Evelin Lindner Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 26 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "How to Reach the Unreachable About the Marginalized?"
• 27 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Education for Dignity" (unfortunately recorded without audio)
• 28 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "How to "Do" Dignity - Dignity As a Verb"
• 29 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Ageism Goes Both Ways!" (unfortunately, only the preparations were recorded)

Public Event:
• 30 Public Event: Fred Ellis and His Students Sing
• 31 Public Event: Evelin Lindner on "Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: An Explosive Mix - And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity"
• 32 Public Event: Fred Ellis Sings His Song "Stardust"
• 33 Public Event: David Yamada Leads Singing "A Wonderful World"

Day Two:
• 34 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
• 35 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
• 36 Martha Eddy's Interlude
• 37 Michael F. Britton Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award

Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 "How Can We Cultivate Dignity?":
• 38 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Zuzana Luckay
• 39 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with David Yamada
• 40 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Danielle Coon
• 41 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Phil Brown
• 42 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Doaa Rashed
• 43 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury
• 44 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Bonnie Selterman
• 45 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Barbe Chambliss
• 46 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 Wrapup

• 47 Barbara DeCosta Introduces Herself
• 48 Barbara Bodine Introduces Herself
• 49 Bruno Varela Introduces Himself
• 50 Ariel Lublin Introduces Herself
• 51 Judit Révész Introduces Herself
• 52 Rick Slaven About Nametags

• 53 Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony

• 54 David Yamada Shapes the Co-Created Dignilogues
• 55 Candice Mama and Mecke Nagel Explain Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 56 Glyn Rimmington Explains His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 57 Spes Manirakiza and Talia Shafir Explain Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 58 Zaynab El Bernoussi Explains Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 59 Ted Schulman Explains His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 60 Bonnie Selterman Explains Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 61 Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making

"Messages to the World" for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative:
• 62 Michael Britton Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 63 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right?"(Zaynab El Bernoussi's Introduction and Pdf | Preparations | Zaynab El Bernoussi's Summary)
• 64 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Restorative Justice and Forgiveness"
• 65 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Dignity, Technology and Evolution"
• 66 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Transforming Power Abuse into Dignity"

• 67 Closing Thank-You Round


Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Columbia University. Late Morton Deutsch (click on the picture above from 2014 to see it larger) convened the first workshop in 2003, and he was the honorary convener of this workshop since then. His spirit continues to be with us also after his passing in March 2017. We wish to honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future.
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Pictures of all of us on Day One and Two of the workshop
Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 on Day One of our workshop

Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: David Yamada and Adair Linn Nagata
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven
See here a Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download

Contributors:
•  Michael L. Perlin, together with Alex Perlin and Alison Lynch (Video)
•  Claudia Cohen (Video)
•  Tony Gaskew (Video)
•  Fonkem Achankeng I, and his daughter Ndemazea Fonkem (Video)
•  Janet Gerson (Video)
•  Sasha Moore (Video)

Open chair contributors:
•  Michael Greene, Tony Gaskew, Michael Perlin (Video)
Bonnie Selterman and Sasha Moore (Video)
• Wrapup (Video)

Still photos, Thursday, December 7, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of Kyle Scott's 223 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of the 165 photos of Day One taken with Evelin Lindner's camera, mostly by Glyn Rimmington
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 17 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 5 group photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 9 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day One

Videos:

• 01 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
• 02 Danielle Coon Welcomes Everybody
• 03 Linda Hartling Introduces Our Appreciative Frame (blocked due to the copy right claims for a song)
• 04 Phil Brown Invites to Get to Know Each Other
• 05 Getting to Know Each Other
• 06 Linda Hartling Reads from Kim Stafford's Poetry
• 07 A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling
• 08 Asking for Permission to Post Photos and Videos
• 09 Martha Eddy's Interlude
• 10 Phil Brown Invites into Dignilogues

Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 "How Are Human Dignity and Humiliation Relevant to Destructive Conflict?":
• 11 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Michael and Alexander Perlin
• 12 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Claudia Cohen
• 13 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Tony Gaskew
• 14 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Fonkem Achankeng I
• 15 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Janet Gerson
• 16 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Sasha Moore
• 17 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Michael Greene, Tony Gaskew, Michael Perlin
• 18 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 with Bonnie Selterman and Sasha Moore
• 19 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1 Wrapup

• 20 Talia Shafir's Interlude

Phil Brown led the Turning Ideas into Action session on Day One of our workshop, in our Co-Created Dignilogues # 1

Still photos, Thursday, December 7, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of Kyle Scott's 223 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of the 165 photos of Day One taken with Evelin Lindner's camera, mostly by Glyn Rimmington
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 17 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 5 group photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 9 photos of Day One
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day One

Videos:

• 22 Linda Hartling Reads from Kim Stafford's Poetry
• 23 Phil Brown and Linda Hartling Shape the Co-Created Dignilogues
• 24 Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making
• 25 Michael Britton Invites into Local Dignity Now Group Building

"Messages to the World" for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative:
• 21 Evelin Lindner Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 26 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "How to Reach the Unreachable About the Marginalized?"
• 27 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Education for Dignity" (unfortunately recorded without autio, therefore it is mute)
• 28 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "How to "Do" Dignity - Dignity As a Verb"
• 29 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Ageism Goes Both Ways!" (unfortunately, only the preparations were recorded)





Public Event on Day One of our workshop, titled, "The Globalization of Dignity," Thursday, December 8, 2016

Still photos of this event:
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 42 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 3 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Joe Levine's 2 photos at the Public Event
• Please click here to see all 8 photos downloaded from Facebook

Videos:

• 30 Public Event: Fred Ellis and His Students Sing
• 31 Public Event: Evelin Lindner on "Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: An Explosive Mix - And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity"
• 32 Public Event: Fred Ellis Sings His Song "Stardust"
• 33 Public Event: David Yamada Leads Singing "A Wonderful World"
Scrim
Michael Britton gave the Don Klein Memorial Lecture on Day Two of our workshop.
Michael uses Don's metaphor of a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where one believes that what one sees is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way: see Don's explanation.

Still photos, Friday, December 8, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of the 317 photos of Day Two taken with Evelin Lindner's camera
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 335 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 22 photos of her Face-to-Face exhibition
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 5 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 24 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 41 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 19 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

Video:

• 34 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
• 35 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture


Recognitions, Remembrances, and Awards,
on Friday, December 8, 2017, Day Two of the 2017 Workshop of Humiliation and Violent Conflict!
Michael Britton received the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award!

Still photos, Friday, December 8, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of the 317 photos of Day Two taken with Evelin Lindner's camera
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 335 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 22 photos of her Face-to-Face exhibition
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 5 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 24 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 41 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 19 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

Videos:

• 36 Martha Eddy's Interlude
• 37 Michael F. Britton Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award

Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 on Day Two of our workshop

Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: Michael L. Perlin and Janet Gerson
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven

Contributors:
•  Zuzana Luckay Mihalčinová (Video)
•  David C. Yamada (Video)
•  Danielle Coon (Video)
•  Phil Brown (Video)
•  Doaa Rashed and Tunde Weekes (Video)
•  Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury (Video)

Open chair contributors:
Bonnie Selterman (Video)
Barbe Chambliss (Video)
• Wrapup (Video)

Still photos, Friday, December 8, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of the 317 photos of Day Two taken with Evelin Lindner's camera
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 335 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 22 photos of her Face-to-Face exhibition
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 5 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 24 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 41 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 19 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

Videos:
• 37 Michael F. Britton Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award

Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 "How Can We Cultivate Dignity?":
• 38 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Zuzana Luckay
• 39 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with David Yamada
• 40 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Danielle Coon
• 41 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Phil Brown
• 42 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Doaa Rashed
• 43 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury
• 44 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Bonnie Selterman
• 45 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 with Barbe Chambliss
• 46 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 Wrapup

• 47 Barbara DeCosta Introduces Herself
• 48 Barbara Bodine Introduces Herself
• 49 Bruno Varela Introduces Himself
• 50 Ariel Lublin Introduces Herself
• 51 Judit Révész Introduces Herself
• 52 Rick Slaven About Nametags

• 53 Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony


Renée Monrose has created the wonderful Face-to-Face exhibition at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with Columbia University in Manhattan. Thank you so much, dear Adair, for introducing us to Renée! What an amazing gift it was that our workshop participants were able to visit your exhibition, dear Renée!
• Please click on the photos in the top row above or here to see more pictures.
Please click here, to see the pictures from last year.
Co-Created Dignilogues # 2 on Day Two of the workshop

Still photos, Friday, December 8, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of the 317 photos of Day Two taken with Evelin Lindner's camera
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 335 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 22 photos of her Face-to-Face exhibition
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 5 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 24 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 41 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 19 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

Videos:

• 54 David Yamada Shapes the Co-Created Dignilogues
• 55 Candice Mama and Mecke Nagel Explain Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 56 Glyn Rimmington Explains His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 57 Spes Manirakiza and Talia Shafir Explain Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 58 Zaynab El Bernoussi Explains Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 59 Ted Schulman Explains His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 60 Bonnie Selterman Explains Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 61 Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making

"Messages to the World" for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative:
• 62 Michael Britton Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 63 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right?"(Zaynab El Bernoussi's Introduction and Pdf | Preparations | Zaynab El Bernoussi's Summary)
• 64 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Restorative Justice and Forgiveness"
• 65 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Dignity, Technology and Evolution"
• 66 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Transforming Power Abuse into Dignity"

Closing our workshop on Day Two

Still photos, Friday, December 8, 2017:
• Please click here to see all of the 317 photos of Day Two taken with Evelin Lindner's camera
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 335 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Renée Monrose's 22 photos of her Face-to-Face exhibition
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 5 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 24 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 41 photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos of the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony on Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 19 group photos of Day Two
• Please click here to see all of Hua-Chu Yen's photos of Day Two

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

Videos:
• 67 Closing Thank-You Round




Thank you so much, dear Danielle, Becca, and Keerthana!

Thank you so much, dear Glyn, and Harriet!

Thank you, dear Brian, for gifting your book to our HumanDHS library in Portland, Oregon!

Thank you so much, dear Liliana and Melissa!

Thank you so much, dear Raluca, for creating such a wonderful leaflet for Evelin's talk at the United Nations' Ombudsman and Mediation Services on November 30, 2017! See here the Pdf version!

Thank you so much, dearest Connie, for your wonderful cartoons and paintings!
• See more cartoons and paintings by clicking on the photos above or here!

Seeds of Dignity
"Poem of the Day" by Linda Hartling, December 21, 2017, a thank you to Kim Stafford for his gift of Earth Verses, shared with all who contributed to the 2017 Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Teachers College, Columbia University, December 7–8, 2017, co-sponsored by Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and the Morton Deutsch - International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.

Glittering with possibilities,
May we carry these seeds,
Guided by wisdom and the wind,
Reforesting lives,
Replenishing the planet,
So all can breathe
Dignity.
• Click on the photos above or here to see them larger.

Circle of love gifts of our HumanDHS network, dignity gifts that connect continents!
New gifts have joined in, which will now travel to Norway, Egypt, and the Amazon in Brazil!
• Please click on the photos in the upper rows or here to see them larger: from left: Dear Danielle Coon, Becca Bass, and Keerthana Hirudayakanth from the MD-ICCCR, together with our dear Harriet Jackson and Glyn Rimmington (with gifts from Australia)!
• See the book by Brian D'Agostino (2012). The middle class fights back: How progressive movements can restore democracy in America. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, ABC-CLIO.
• Please click here to see the entire wonderful leaflet that Raluca Nastasescu created for Evelin's talk at the United Nations' Ombudsman and Mediation Services on November 30, 2017! See here the Pdf version!
• Please click on the photos in the next last row above or here to see more cartoons and paintings from our dear Connie Sun!
• Click on the photos in the last row above or here to see them larger.
Circle of love gifts! The gifts so generously given by our friends in Indore in August have now arrived in New York! I had to buy a bigger suitdase in Indore!
• Please click on the photos above or here to see more pictures and to see them larger.

On December 6, 2017, dear Linda receives her annual gifts from the "circle of love gifts"!
Please click on the photos above or here to see more photos!

December 14, 2017: Saying good-bye to everybody at Teachers College... To Peter and his wonderful MD-ICCCR team, to Joe Levine of TC's External Affairs, to Jennifer Govan of Gottesman Libraries, and many many more, altogether I said good-bye to 36 people and thanked them for their wonderful support for our dignity work and our workshop!
December 12, 2017, how wonderful to meet with Karen Fuller at DOROT, brought to us by Adair Linn Nagata! Karen is the Director of Health and Nutrition Services at DOROT-Generations Helping Generations, in New York City. See her standing on my left side in the back of the photo. On my other side is Shannon O'Connor!
• Please click on the picture above to see it larger!
December 11, 2017, how wonderful to reconnect with Eric Marcus! We both miss Morton Deutsch so very much...
I will always be so thankful for being included with my chapter titled "Emotion and Conflict: Why It Is Important to Understand How Emotions Affect Conflict and How Conflict Affects Emotions," in Morton Deutsch, Peter T. Coleman, and Eric C. Marcus (Eds.), The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition, Chapter 12, pp. 283-309, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-118-52686-6, 1272 pages. See the Book Launch Event Page.
• Please click on the picture above to see it larger!


December 6, 2017, what a wonderful End Of Year Gathering at the MD-ICCCR Center! We were able to express our profound gratitude and thanks to Peter Coleman and his team for hosting our "Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict" every year since 2003! So nice to catch up with so many dear friends!
• Please click on the pictures above or here to see more photos.
December 6, 2017, our dear Linda was leading our board meeting as lovingly as always, with dear Rick Slaven, our Director of Dignifunding, and our dear Uli Spalthoff participating from Dörzbach in Germany via Skype!
Please see:
Good News December 2017
• Ulrich Spalthoff: The Dignity Press flyer of 2016
• Please click on the picture above or here to see more photos.

 

 



 

Dear Friends!

We had a wonderful workshop in New York City! It was titled:
2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict "The Nature of Dignity the Dignity of Nature"
(representing the 30th Annual HumanDHS Conference
)!
All our events are part of an ongoing effort to build a global dignity community.

 

Thanks!

Linda and I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of you who co-created our 201 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict representing the 30th Annual HumanDHS Conference! You ALL contributed so that our workshop became a unique and exiting experience!

We are extremely grateful to Teachers College and the MD-ICCCR for giving us this wonderful gift each year of hosting our global dignity workshop! We would like to thank Peter T. Coleman, and Danielle Coon, Founder, Director, and Associate Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and their wonderful team, including, among them Charlott Macek, Drew Pham and Keerthana Hirudayakanth. Late Morton Deutsch, convened the first workshop in 2003, and he has been its honorary convener until his passing in 2017. We wish to honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future. MD-ICCCR is a co-founder of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) (since 2009).

We have no words to thank the President of Teachers College, Susan Fuhrman, together with Portia Williams and Samantha Lu, Joe Levine, Peter Coleman, Danielle Coon, Kofi Asare,Jasmine Ortiz, Hua-Chu Yen, Kevin Waldron, James Kearney, Sandra Afflick, Jennifer Govan, to name only a few of those valued friends at Teachers College who are so kind to make our workshop possible! Allow us to thank in particular the media people, the facilities people, and the security people of Teachers College, who always are there for us!

We also wish to give special thanks to Beth Fisher-Yoshida, PhD, Executive Co-Chair of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University, and Director of the Youth, Peace & Security Program.

We are overwhelmed by the generous support that you all extended, and we would like to express our deep gratitude!

While Morton Deutsch founded this workshop series in 2003, Andrea Bartoli helped design it. He was then the Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and Chairman of the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN). Andrea Bartoli is a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board since its inception. Also his successor, Aldo Civico, kindly supported this workshop, as did his successor Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who became the President of the International Crisis Group in 2014. In 2009, the CU-CRN was superseded by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). From 2015, the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) at the School of International and Public Affairs offers courses in specialization in conflict resolution (ICR Concentration).

As always, our very special thanks go to Linda M. Hartling for first setting the frame of appreciative inquiry in Donald Klein's spirit and then, throughout the entire workshop, keeping up the spirit of dignity, and weaving a web of connections, holding us all together!

Rick Slaven courageously stepped up also in this worskhop, kindly joined by Bonnie Selterman, who most lovingly took over whenever needed! Rick Slaven also always creates a unique atmosphere of humor, modeling our motto of "taking ourselves lightly, even when we take our work seriously." A profound thank-you goes to you, dear friends!

Instead of "shareholders" we have Careholders! Thank you so much, dear Janet Gerson, Adair Linn Nagata, Renée Monrose, Denyse Kapelus, Spes Manirakiza, Karen Hirsch, and Martha Eddy!

This was the third workshop with Dignigardeners. David Yamada, Michael Britton, Claudia Cohen, Mara Alagic, and Karen Hirsch kindly offered to hold, guard, and protect the most important goal of our work, namely, to place relationships first and nurture them so that diversity of opinions and conflict can enrich, rather than tear the fabric of the relationships apart. Please see an Introduction into the Dignilogue Sessions Format, created by Linda Hartling on August 12, 2012, for our 2012 Norway Conference, and read more about the Dignilogue format and what it entails. See also Linda's Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on October 10, 2015, for last year's workshop, and Gabriela Saab's Dignigardener Tips created on December 6, 2016. See, furthermore, our reflections on Appreciative Nurturing.

We thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Kyle Scott, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely still photos! And equally many thanks to our dear Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury, Rambabu Talluri, and Glyn Rimmington, for doing all our video-recording for us! On Thursday and Friday, our dear Hua-Chu Yen from Teachers College came by to take lovely photos. And we would like to also to thank most warmly our friends working with media, facilities, and security at Teachers College!

We are immensely grateful to all of you for so generously gifting your time and energy to our dignity work!

And what book table we had also this year! Thanks to Uli Spalthoff, our not-for-profit Dignity Press has plublished almost 30 books in the past 3 years!

Our warmest thanks go furthermore to our "moderators of moderators," Phil Brown and David Yamada! David Yamada and Adair Linn Nagata moderated the first Dignilogue, and for the second Dignilogue, Michael Perlin and Janet Gerson stepped wonderfully up to the task!

May we end by thanking the contributors to our Public Event on the afternoon of Thursday, December 8, for their wonderful inspiration! First came Fred Ellis with his students, then we Evelin share her deep experiences with us, and Fred Ellis rounded up the evening with his lovely song "Stardust"! THANK YOU ALL for your great gifts!

Finally, Michael Britton moved us all again deeply on Friday morning with his Don Klein Memorial Lecture that he gives in the place of Don's originally planned lecture titled The Humiliation Dynamic: Looking Back... Looking Forward. Don showed us how to live in awe and wonderment. We will always need your wisdom, dear Don!

And, please join us in celebrating our dear Michael F. Britton, whom we had the privilege of honoring with the 2016 HumanDHS (Half!) Lifetime Achievement Award!

Please join Evelin in expressing deep gratitude to Linda Hartling. Without her wisdom, love, care, and huge investment of time since 1999, when we first met via email, and then, in full intensity, since our first conference in 2003, which took place in Paris, France, when we met in person, our network and our conferences would not be there. Please celebrate Linda’s leadership! In November 2008, Linda relinquished her administrative responsibilities at Wellesley College to devote more time in service of HumanDHS as our HumanDHS Director! Rick and Linda moved across the North American Continent and found a physical home for the Pacific Rim Branch of HumanDHS and the first HumanDHS Dialogue Home in Portland, Oregon. Everyone is invited to visit! And please send Linda all of your relevant books to be included in the HumanDHS library! A big BIG thank-you to you, dearest Linda and Rick!

Now, we would like to extend a special thanks to those of you who completed the Appreciative Enquiry note cards at the conclusion of the workshop. As Linda explained, this information is important for us as we begin to reflect on what we could do differently next year and in future years. Your willingness to participate in this process is very important for us, as we very much want this workshop to continue to be a collaborative effort. We extend our warm thanks to each of you for being part of this co-creation.

There is no monetary remuneration involved in our dignity work, including our events. Participants join the workshop because they wish to share their work, their experiences, and their insights. The main point of our work is the nurturing of a global dignity community. Our events are a labor of love, just as is everything else connected with our work. None of us is being paid, including the organizers, there is no traditional fundraising and no profit involved. We share the minimal overhead in a dignity economy approach by everybody contributing according to ability.

Our workshops are upon invitation. You are warmly welcome to contact us if you wish to join us next year in this workshop (December 6 - 7, 2018). Please know that we always invite you to spend the entire two days of our workshop together so that real dignity-family-building can emerge!

Please let us know as early as you can if you wish to join next year, particularly if you feel that you would like to share your experience and work in one of our Pre-Planned Dignilogues. They are often filled up by July. You can always participate in one of the Co-Created Dignilogues, or as a supporter or observer of the Pre-Planned Dignilogues, where you can also actively participate, for example, by using the empty chair in each Dignilogue. We usually recommend newcomers to be with us as supporters and observers first, so that they can familiarize themselves with the format, and envision to participate more deeply in future workshops.

For the past decade, we have continuously worked to dignify the traditional institution "conference." Therefore, our events differ from mainstream conferences where speakers are invited and funded by organizers, and where audiences pay a registration or entrance fee to listen to the speakers. Usually, organizers gather speakers who "market" their knowledge to an audience. We wish to transcend the separation between speakers and audiences and nurture our gatherings in the spirit of what we call Dignilogue (dignity + dialogue).

Let us explain a bit more. In our out-of-NY conferences we use our adaptation of the Open Space approach, and this is what we have dubbed Dignilogue. This format is very open, it means that a conference is self-organizing. In our NY workshop, we tried this in the beginning (like ten years ago), but it turned out that for our NY participants more structure was needed. In 2012, it was the first year that we dared again to leave the workshop to self-organize at least partly. We invited participants to be with us without the ambition to "present" something, so that we all could get a feel for the dignity-family-building work that we wish to nurture first and foremost. So, from 2012 onward, the workshop has been more open and requires our participants to bring themselves as they are, be prepared for everything, and use the flow to contribute in the most nurturing way they can. As background reading you might enjoy "Are College Lectures Unfair?" by Anne Murphy Paul, The New York Times, September 12, 2015.

Since 2012, our afternoons were therefore also more action-oriented than in earlier workshops. Instead of three Pre-Planned Dignilogues, we have only two, and choose to dedicate the afternoons of both days to Co-Created Dignilogues. These Dignilogues focus on topics of interest proposed by the participants. Rather than planning a “presentation,” we encourage everybody to come "unprepared" and enjoy the mutual learning experience of engaging in — or facilitating — authentic, creative conversations that can lead to new ideas and new opportunities for action. Everybody is always invited to send an abstract or a paper they wish to share, either before or after the workshop so we can publish it on this website — or to develop a new paper as it might emerge from the inspiration that the workshop experience brought.

The grand finale of each afternoon is to invite representatives from each Dignilogue to create a Dignivideo, where they document the highlights of their conversation and insights, and more than that, formulate a "message to the world" as it has cristallized in the dignilogue. These videos are treasured contributions to our World Dignity University Library of Ideas that will be shared with the world and will inspire future generations of our community. The aim of this video is "to speak to the world" and offer a message (rather than "report" on what had happened during the Dignilogue).

As mentioned above, we created a new role in our workshop, namely the role of Dignigardener (dignity and gardener) for each Co-Created Dignilogue. Our Dignigardeners have the responsibility to remind everybody of the "rules" for Dignicommunication (dignity + communication).

We always encourage all participants of our events to nurture mutually dignifying connections with the other participants also after this workshop and to experiment with new forms of "conferencing" wherever you live in the world. The world is in need of new dignified and dignifying solutions and such conferences can be a way to nurture them in ways that protect them from being "hijacked" by old paradigms (such as paradigms of protest that simply end in new dominators taking over).

Dear participant in our workshop! You contributed to bringing dignity and love into our workshop in unprecedented ways! Due to your presence, it was an unforgettable experience! Your contributions spoke to the need to begin with ourselves if we are serious about bringing more dignity into the world. The motto of unity in diversity provides a path toward dignity, and the diversity of expressions that you brought to the workshop, the diversity of ways in which we touched and moved each other, was astounding and deeply touching!

We thank YOU more than words can express!

Evelin & Linda, on behalf of our entire network.

PS: Dearest All! As you know, we would need your permission to place pictures and videos on our website. Please let us know if you would not wish to be included, thanks a lot!

 


 

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Welcome Again!

We would like to end this newsletter by thanking you again for all the wonderful mutual support. You contributed so generously, therefore let us give our warmest thanks to ALL OF US! We very much look forward to our upcoming two conferences in 2018!

Please let us know as early as you can if you would like to join us, particularly if you wish to be part of a Pre-Planned Dignilogue in our next Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict in New York City, December 6 - 7, 2018! Thank you!

In the meantime, please be warmly invited to our next HumanDHS conference in Cairo, Egypt, in September 2018!

Linda & Evelin, December 2017