Newsletter Nr. 32 (December 2018, subsequent to our 33nd Annual Conference, our 2018 NY Workshop)

Compiled by Evelin Lindner, in Germany (January, 2019)

 


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 6 - 7, 2018, Fifteenth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, representing the 32nd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), titled "What Is the Language of Dignity?" at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, USA

Still photos:
We so much thank Anna Strout and many others, for taking such lovely photos!
The still photos come in several web galleries:
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 204 photos of Day One
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all Ritu Chopra's 18 photos of Day One
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 22 photos of Day One
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 54 photos of Day One

• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 116 photos of the Public Event

• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 297 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 80 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see 9 of Anna Strout's photos of Linda and Evelin on Day Two

• Please click here to see the Dignilogue Posters of both days

Videos:
Thank you so much, dear Rambabu Talluri for doing such wonderful video recording!

Day One:
• 01 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs
• 02 Linda Hartling Welcomes All Participants
• 03 Danielle Coon Welcomes All Participants
• 04 Linda Hartling Introduces the Appreciative Frame of the Workshop
• 05 Phil Brown Invites to Get to Know Each Other
• 06 Introduction Rounds
• 07 Classical Indian Singer Yesupadam Bobbili Performs
• 08 Tony Gaskew Introduces Himself
• 09 Rick Slaven, Director of Dignifunding
• 10 Evelin Lindner Brings Greetings from the 31st Dignity Conference in Egypt in September 2018
• 11 David Yamada Introduces the Dignilogue Format
• 12 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Michael Perlin
• 13 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Claudia Cohen
• 14 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Janet Gerson
• 15 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Daniel Rothbart
• 16 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Stephen Post
• 17 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Tony Gaskew
• 18 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Anastasia Taskin Reflects on Stephen Post's Contribution
• 19 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs
• 20 Linda Hartling Invites Appreciative Introductions
• 21 Diane Perlman Explains her Gift
• 22 We Always Ask for Permission to Post Photos and Videos
• 23 Linda Hartling Invites Dignity Feedback
• 24 Philip Brown Invites into Co-Created Dignilogues
• 25 WDU Message: "Therapeutic Jurisprudence"
• 26 WDU Message: "Relational Dignity" (unfortunately the recording failed)
• 27 WDU Message: "Stories of Humiliation Reframed as Stories of Dignity"
• 28 WDU Message: "Love, Dignity, and the Deeply Forgetful"
• 29 WDU Message: "Explore Compassion-Motivated Practices"
• 30 Soprano Hanna Voss Performs
• 31 Classical Indian Singer Yesupadam Bobbili Performs
• 32 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs

Public Event:
• 33 Fred Ellis Performs with His Students
• 34 Rick Slaven: "The Language of Leading with Dignity"
• 35 Honoring Richard Slaven, Ph.D.
• 36 All Sing "Some Say Love"
• 37 Dignilogue Panel: "The Language of Leading with Dignity"
• 38 Flutist Suki Rae Introduces Herself
• 39 Flutist Suki Rae Performs
• 40 Flutist Suki Rae Performs and Participants Dance
• 41 Flutist Suki Rae Performs and Participants Dance (Chipamong Chowdhury's recording)

Day Two:
• 42 Classical Indian Singer Yesupadam Bobbili Performs
• 43 New Arrivals Introduce Themselves
• 44 Linda Hartling Welcomes All Participants and Shares Practical Details
• 45 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
• 46 Rick Slaven, Director of Dignifunding
• 47 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs
• 48 Janet Gerson Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
• 49 Judit Revesz Introduces Carmen Alejandro
• 50 Guitarist Carmen Alejandro Performs
• 51 Honoring Hannah and Angelyn Voss
• 52 Honoring Yesupadam Bobbili
• 53 Honoring Careholders
• 54 Honoring Evelin Lindner (see also December 5)
• 55 David Yamada Invites into Co-Created Dignilogues
• 56 WDU Message: "Forgiveness"
• 57 WDU Message: "Every Person Has Worth - Because They Are Alive"
(unfortunately the audio failed after Amy Silveman's introduction)
• 58 WDU Message: "Law and Justice"
• 59 WDU Message: "Dalits in India"
• 60 WDU Message: "Nonverbal Language of Dignity and Human Relations"
• 61 WDU Message: "Improv Theater"

"Messages to the World" for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative:
Evelin Lindner Explains the Concept of the "Dignivideos - Messages to the World" (2017)
Michael Britton Explains the Concept of the "Dignivideos - Messages to the World" (2017)
Day One, December 6, 2018
• 25 WDU Message: "Therapeutic Jurisprudence"
• 26 WDU Message: "Relational Dignity" (unfortunately the recording failed)
• 27 WDU Message: "Stories of Humiliation Reframed as Stories of Dignity"
• 28 WDU Message: "Love, Dignity, and the Deeply Forgetful"
• 29 WDU Message: "Explore Compassion-Motivated Practices"
Day Two, December 7, 2018
• 56 WDU Message: "Forgiveness"
• 57 WDU Message: "Every Person Has Worth - Because They Are Alive"
(unfortunately the audio failed after Amy Silveman's introduction)
• 58 WDU Message: "Law and Justice"
• 59 WDU Message: "Dalits in India"
• 60 WDU Message: "Nonverbal Language of Dignity and Human Relations"
• 61 WDU Message: "Improv Theater"

Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Columbia University, together with honorary convener Morton Deutsch. He 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.
• The photo with Morton Deutsch was taken in 2014. Please click on the pictures above to see it them larger.


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 Annette Engler
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven
See here a Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download

Contributors:
•  Michael L. Perlin
•  Claudia Cohen
•  Daniel Rothbart
•  Janet Gerson
•  Stephen Post
•  Tony Gaskew

Still photos:
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 204 photos of Day One
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all Ritu Chopra's 18 photos of Day One
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 22 photos of Day One
• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 54 photos of Day One

Videos:
• 01 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs
• 02 Linda Hartling Welcomes All Participants
• 03 Danielle Coon Welcomes All Participants
• 04 Linda Hartling Introduces the Appreciative Frame of the Workshop
• 05 Phil Brown Invites to Get to Know Each Other
• 06 Introduction Rounds
• 07 Classical Indian Singer Yesupadam Bobbili Performs
• 08 Tony Gaskew Introduces Himself
• 09 Rick Slaven, Director of Dignifunding
• 10 Evelin Lindner Brings Greetings from the 31st Dignity Conference in Egypt in September 2018
• 11 David Yamada Introduces the Dignilogue Format
• 12 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Michael Perlin
• 13 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Claudia Cohen
• 14 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Janet Gerson
• 15 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Daniel Rothbart
• 16 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Stephen Post
• 17 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Tony Gaskew
• 18 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1: Anastasia Taskin Reflects on Stephen Post's Contribution
• 19 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs
• 20 Linda Hartling Invites Appreciative Introductions
• 21 Diane Perlman Explains her Gift
• 22 We Always Ask for Permission to Post Photos and Videos
• 23 Linda Hartling Invites Dignity Feedback

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

Still photos:
• Please click here to see the Dignilogue Posters of both days

Videos:
• 24 Philip Brown Invites into Co-Created Dignilogues
• 25 WDU Message: "Therapeutic Jurisprudence"
• 26 WDU Message: "Relational Dignity" (unfortunately the recording failed)
• 27 WDU Message: "Stories of Humiliation Reframed as Stories of Dignity"
• 28 WDU Message: "Love, Dignity, and the Deeply Forgetful"
• 29 WDU Message: "Explore Compassion-Motivated Practices"
• 30 Soprano Hanna Voss Performs
• 31 Classical Indian Singer Yesupadam Bobbili Performs
• 32 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs



Public Event on Day One of our workshop, titled, "What Is the Language of Dignity?" Thursday, December 6, 2016

Still photos of this event:

• Thursday, December 6, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 116 photos of the Public Event

Videos:
• 33 Fred Ellis Performs with His Students
• 34 Rick Slaven: "The Language of Leading with Dignity"
• 35 Honoring Richard Slaven, Ph.D.
• 36 All Sing "Some Say Love"
• 37 Dignilogue Panel: "The Language of Leading with Dignity"
• 38 Flutist Suki Rae Introduces Herself
• 39 Flutist Suki Rae Performs
• 40 Flutist Suki Rae Performs and Participants Dance
• 41 Flutist Suki Rae Performs and Participants Dance (Chipamong Chowdhury's recording)
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 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 297 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 80 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see 9 of Anna Strout's photos of Linda and Evelin on Day Two

Video:

• 42 Classical Indian Singer Yesupadam Bobbili Performs
• 43 New Arrivals Introduce Themselves
• 44 Linda Hartling Welcomes All Participants and Shares Practical Details
• 45 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 on Day Two of our workshop

Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: Michael L. Perlin and Gabriela Saab
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven

Contributors:
•  David C. Yamada
•  Alberto Collazzoni
•  Aura Sofía Díaz
•  Phil Brown
•  Rambabu Talluri
•  Chipamong Chowdhury
•  Lyndon Harris and Maria Lund
•  James Shanahan
• Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Still photos:
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 297 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 80 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see 9 of Anna Strout's photos of Linda and Evelin on Day Two

Videos:
• 46 Rick Slaven, Director of Dignifunding
• 47 Soprano Hannah Voss Performs
• 48 Janet Gerson Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
• 49 Judit Revesz Introduces Carmen Alejandro
• 50 Guitarist Carmen Alejandro Performs
• 51 Honoring Hannah and Angelyn Voss
• 52 Honoring Yesupadam Bobbili
• 53 Honoring Careholders
• 54 Honoring Evelin Lindner (see also December 5)

Recognitions, Remembrances, and Awards,
on Friday, December 7, 2018, Day Two of the 2018 Workshop of Humiliation and Violent Conflict!
Janet Gerson received the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award!

Still photos:

• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 297 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 80 photos of Day Two
• Friday, December 7, 2018: Please click here to see 9 of Anna Strout's photos of Linda and Evelin on Day Two

Video:

• 48 Janet Gerson Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
Turning Ideas into Action session on Day Two of our workshop, in our new Co-Created Dignilogues # 2

Still photos:
• Please click here to see the Dignilogue Posters of both days

Videos:

• 55 David Yamada Invites into Co-Created Dignilogues
• 56 WDU Message: "Forgiveness"
• 57 WDU Message: "Every Person Has Worth - Because They Are Alive"
(unfortunately the audio failed after Amy Silveman's introduction)
• 58 WDU Message: "Law and Justice"
• 59 WDU Message: "Dalits in India"
• 60 WDU Message: "Nonverbal Language of Dignity and Human Relations"
• 61 WDU Message: "Improv Theater"



December 5, 2018, board meeting with our dear Linda, who was leading the meeting as lovingly as always, also with dear Rick Slaven, our Director of Dignifunding! Please see also Good News December 2018.


I am completely surprised! Our dear dignity family has created a book with essays to honor my service to our shared dignity work! What an incredible gift of love!
Bhante Chipamong Chowdhury had the initial idea and was supported by Linda Hartling and Michael Britton in collecting and editing essays from members of our dignity community.

Video
The Dignity Community Honors Evelin Lindner, part 1, December 5, 20018
The Dignity Community Honors Evelin Lindner, part 2, December 6, 20018

• Please click on the picture above or here to see more photos.

December 5, 2018 Evelin's book talk: From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity
Columbia University, Teachers College, Gottesman Libraries, room Russell 306.
See the invitation flyer and the event announced in the Gottesman Libraries Calendar. Thank you most warmly, dear Jennifer Govan, for making this talk possible!

Video
• From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity
(Please be aware that this is an unedited video)

• Please click on the pictures above or here to see more photos.



 

Dear Friends!

We had a wonderful workshop in New York City! It was titled:
2018 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict "What Is the Language of Dignity?"
(representing the 32nd 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 2018 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict representing the 32nd 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 Keerthana Hirudayakanth and Charlott Macek. Late Morton Deutschconvened 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 new President of Teachers College, Thomas Bailey, together with Portia Williams, 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 all those highly 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 thank 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, dear friends, 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 always steps up most courageously in this worskhop series, kindly joined by Bonnie Selterman, who most lovingly takes over whenever needed! This year, also Angelyn Voss gave her untiring support, thank you so much! Rick Slaven 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, Denyse Kapelus, Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury, Anastasia Sarantos Taskin, Anne Wyatt-Brown (timing), Katherine Stoessel, Marta Carlson, and Martha Eddy!

This was the fourth workshop with Dignigardeners. David Yamada, Michael Britton, Claudia Cohen, and Mara Alagic 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 Anna Strout for taking such lovely still photos! And equally many thanks to our dear Rambabu Talluri for doing all our video-recording for us! And we would like to again 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 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!

This year, we had the most outstanding musical performances! We have no words to thank soprano Hannah Voss, flutist Suki Rae, guitarist Carmen Alejandro Valle, and classical Indian singer Yesupadam Bobbili! And we so much thank all of you who introduced these marvellous musicians to us!

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 Rick Slaven shared his deep experiences with Dignity Leadership with us, and Suki Rae rounded up the evening with her lovely flute performance, to which we all danced! THANK YOU ALL for your great gifts!

Finally, Michael F. 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 Janet Gerson, whom we had the privilege of honoring with the 2018 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 all 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 5 - 8, 2019). 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 to 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 have 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: Dear 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!

 


 

Announcements

Announcement of our Latest News!

 


 

What Is the Aim of Our Work?

Please read more in newsletter12.

 


 

Messages from YOU

See a post-conference blog by David Yamada



 

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 2019!

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 5 - 6, 2019! Thank you!

In the meantime, please be warmly invited to our next HumanDHS conference in in Marabá, state of Pará, in the Brazilian Amazonian region, in September 2019!

Linda & Evelin, January 2019