2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
representing the
26th Annual HumanDHS Conference
and the Twelfth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict

"Honoring Alfred Nobel's Message"

December 3 – 4, 2015
hosted by
The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
(MD-ICCCR)
Teachers College at Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, New York
City, NY 10027
subway 1, exit 116th Street
, room 179 Grace Dodge Hall
in cooperation with the World Dignity University initiative



This workshop series has two parts, a workshop part and a public part:

•  Thursday, December 3, 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Public Event
Open to everyone, free entrance, see
the flyer

•  Thursday and Friday, December 3–4, 10 am - 5.00 pm: Two-Day Workshop, see the program (room GDH 179, with breakout room HM138)
Only upon invitation,
no registration fee, we always use a dignity economy approach, registration started at 9.00 am


If you wish to participate in our future workshops, please send an email to workshops@humiliationstudies.org! Please know that you are invited to spend the entire workshop with us, so that real dignity-family-building can emerge. All our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community. This workshop series follows a format of organic growth, and is thus different from mainstream conferences. In all our events, our aim is to create a community, rather than having an "audience" listening to "speakers."
All participants were warmly invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form, print it out, and bring it with you.
There is no registration fee, we always share minimal cost according to ability at the end.

Please see:
•  Our Take A Look invitation sent out on October 15, 2015, your personal invitation letter, your reminder sent out on November 15, 2015 (see also on MD-ICCCR)
•  Public Event Poster
•  Short Program of the Workshop
•  Newsletter Nr. 26, compiled subsequent to the workshop
•  Announcements of our News, including the Dignity Press flyer
•  This workshop is the twelth in a series that began in 2003: see the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 workshops, and a compilation of all NY workshops



Honorary Convenor
Morton Deutsch
First HumanDHS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
deutsch

Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner
EveLinda
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Columbia University since 2003, together with honorary convener Morton Deutsch (click on the pictures above to see them larger; the photo with Morton Deutsch is from 2014).


Tonya Hammer
Tonya Hammer has kindly agreed to lead the team that organizes this workshop
This year, she could unfortunately not be with us in New York City,
yet, she helped prepare the workshop from Oklahoma

all
Day One

all
Day Two

The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries.
We so much thank Anna Strout, Hua-Chu Yen, and Rita Anita Linger for taking such lovely photos!
(The pictures you see on this website are in low resolution. However, for the coming two weeks, you can download all workshop photos in high resolution from Dropbox, before they are removed from Dropbox again):

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

• Our Workshops on Humiliation and Violent Conflict are convened by The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), with Morton Deutsch, its Director Emeritus, as our Honorary Convener, on behalf of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and, since 2011, also the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative. MD-ICCCR is part of the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN), and co-founder, in 2009, of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). We are very grateful to our hosts!
• We thank Thaina Mondesir and Sandra Afflick for so kindly arranging the venue for our workshop!
• To request disability-related accommodations and equipment, please contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone.

 


 

 

This annual workshop series has two parts:

•  Public Event - everybody was warmly invited to come and bring friends, no registration necessary, free entrance, see the flyer
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Columbia University, Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street, New York City, NY 10027 (subway 1, exit 116th Street)
Everybody is invited also next year, December 8, 2016! Bring your friends!

•  Workshop - upon invitation, free (cost shared according to ability), see the program
Thursday and Friday, December 3 - 4, 2015, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Columbia University, Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street, New York City, NY 10027 (subway 1, exit 116th Street)
This part of our workshop is not public. You are always warmly invited to get in touch with us if you wish to participate in the future.

•  Where to stay
• For all our workshops, everybody is kindly asked to please arrange for your housing yourself. Please see here the subway map of NY.
• Please see accommodations in and around the Columbia University neighborhood (we thank Tony Jenkins for allowing us to use his compilation!) See particularly: TC Guest Housing (Tel. +1 212 678-3235), International House, NYC (Tel. +1 212 316-8400), and Union Theological Seminary (Tel. +1 212 280-1313).
• See also Air BnB - Rent of accommodations from local hosts. We thank Erin Helfert for making us aware.
• A very quiet place to stay would be the Community of the Holy Spirit on West 113th Street.
Tonya Hammer recommends Morningside Inn (very reasonable, but also very basic).
• Tomoko Ishii recommends On The Ave (more costly, but also less basic).
• The Milford Plaza Hotel is located in Broadway's Theater District (very reasonable).
• See furthermore the website for the NY City Hotel Trades Council, which will locate socially responsible hotels in the NY City area. We thank Floyd Rudmin for making us aware of this service.
• Please see also US SERVAS, hosting people for one to two nights. (This can be extended, but this is up to the host to extend, and the traveler to accept. Most NYC hosts do not host more than a week, except if the visitor is someone they really feel comfortable with and grow to like.)
• Please see also couchsurfing.com.
• Please see also craigslist.org.
• Please see furthermore Sara's New York Homestay, through which international students, visitors, interns or executives who come to New York City (this service exists also in Los Angeles, Paris, and London) for a short period of time (1 to 12 months) can find a place to stay (four weeks Manhattan cost ca. 1,500 USD, one week 900 USD, the cost is less outside Manhattan; when you write to them, convey greetings from Evelin: Evelin visited their office on November 19, 2007, and presented the HumanDHS initiative to Bernard Zagdanski, Sara’s husband).
• Some of our participants have used Aparthotels, such as Chelsmore Apartments, 205 West 15th Street, New York City, Tel. +1 212-924-7991. We thank David Bargal for this link.

•  Green conference and reinventing organization
We strive to organize our conferences as "Green Conferences". Lynn King kindly advises us. We also thank Vegard Jordanger for making us aware of Frederic Laloux's work on Reinventing Organizations (2014).

•  Please kindly note that...
• There is no registration fee for our conferences. To cover our expenses, we always summarize the costs during the conference and invite participants to contribute according to their ability. This collaborative approach to financing allows us to keep the conference affordable for all.
• We like to get to know participants prior to our conferences and workshops, and prior to issuing an invitation.
• All our gatherings are by invitation only, please approach us so that we can include you and register you. Only our Public Events are open to everybody without registration.
• The Non-Public Parts of our gatherings have limited enrollment.
• Participants are encouraged to find their own sources of funding or economic support to participate in our conferences. We offer our nurturing work as our gift of love and care to you, ad we would like to lovingly invite everybody to contribute to this gift economy. If you need funding for your travels and housing, please inquire in your country and your university about possibilities. See, among others, for the US, www.supportcenter.org and www.foundationscenter.org. The Weinstein International Fellowship program, inaugurated in 2008, provides opportunities for individuals from outside the United States to visit the U.S. to learn more about dispute resolution processes and practices and to pursue a project of their own design that serves to advance the resolution of disputes in their home countries.
• Participants are kindly asked to handle all of their travel arrangements and required documentation, including requests for visas, on their side. HumanDHS is a volunteer initiative and does not have thestaff or resources to assist with visa requests.

•  Permissions
During our conferences, we always ask all participants for their permission to have their pictures or videos posted on our website, however, if you change your mind later, either in total or for specific pictures/videos, please let us know! 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 refrain from gathering written permissions from you during our conferences, since we value the building of mutual trust in relationships, and we also would like to refrain from contributing to an ever more bureaucratic and legalistic society.

•  What happened in our previous conferences?
Please have a look at all our previous conferences and the newsletters written after these conferences.

 


 

 

Overview

Frame
•  Rationale
•  How We Go About
•  Frame
•  List of Conveners

Program
•  Public Event
(see flyer)
•  Program of the Workshop (Day One & Day Two see the program)

Pre-Planned Dignity Dialogues - Dignilogues:
•  Dignilogue 1: How are human dignity and humiliation relevant to destructive conflict? (Day One)
•  Dignilogue 2: How can we cultivate dignity? (Day Two)


Co-Created Dignity Dialogues - Dignilogues:
•  Co-Created Dignilogue Session #1 (Day One)
•  Co-Created Dignilogue Session #2 (Day Two)

Participants and Convening Organizations
•  Participants (in all New York City workshops so far)
•  Details of the Convening Organizations

•  Papers

•  Pictures

We so much thank Anna Strout, Hua-Chu Yen, and Rita Anita Linger for taking such lovely photos!
The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

• Videos

Thank you so much, dear Gabriela Saab and Mariana Ferraz, for stepping up and doing such wonderful video-taping! Gabriela Saab offered her support up on Day One, and Mariana Ferraz on Day Two.
Day One:
•  01 Linda Hartling Welcomes Everybody
•  02 Danielle Coon Welcomes Everybody
•  03 Linda Hartling Introduces Our Appreciative Frame
•  04 Phil Brown Explains Our Introduction Rounds
•  05 A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling, Honoring the Message of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner
•  06 Michael Perlin in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  07 Alison Lynch in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  08 Gay Rosenblum-Kumar in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  09 Janet Gerson in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  10 James Shanahan in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  11 Steven Moffic in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  12 Reinaldo Rivera in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 1
•  13 Phil Brown Explains the Co-Created Dignilogue Format
•  14 Topics Offered for Co-Created Dignilogues
•  15 Phil Brown Shapes the Co-Created Dignilogues
•  16 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "Message to the World": James Shanahan: Shame, Power, and Healing Dynamics
•  17 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Message to the World": Daniel Rothbart: Systemic Humiliation: War, Tyranny, Racism
•  18 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "Message to the World": Lyndon Harris: Gardens of Forgiveness: Bringing Attention, Curiosity, and Interconnectivity
•  19 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Message to the World": David Yau-Fai Ho and Caise Hassan: Transforming Madness into Dignity and Leadership Assessment

Public Event:
•  20 Public Event: Fred Ellis and His Students Sing
•  21 Public Event: Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner in Dignilogue on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination of Our Dignity Work
•  22 Public Event: Claudia Cohen on "Everyday Dignity"
•  23 Public Event: Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color"
•  24 Public Event: Phil Brown Invites Reflections
•  25 Public Event: Linda Hartling Wraps Up

Day Two:
•  26 Tony Gaskew on "Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color" II
•  27 Reinaldo Rivera Introduces Michael Britton and Invites into an "Abraco"
•  28 Michael Britton's Don Klein Memorial Lecture
•  29 David Yamada in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  30 Anne-Wyatt Brown in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  31 Ani Kalayjian in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  32 Mara Alagic in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2
•  33 Stephanie Tice (formerly Heuer) in Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2 (due to technical reasons, unfortunately, no Video is available)
•  34 Celebrating our Careholders
•  35 Pre-Planned Dignilogue 2: Afterthoughts
•  36 Christine de Michele and Anna Strout in Synchrony
•  37 David Yamada Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
•  38 Linda Hartling Receives the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award
•  39 Topics Offered for Co-Created Dignilogues
•  40 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 in Action: Bonnie Selterman: Defining the Concept of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
•  41 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 in Action: David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship
•  42 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 in Action: Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action
•  43 Linda Hartling Celebrates Fluid Expertise in Shared Leadership
•  44 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Message to the World": Bonnie Selterman: Defining the Concept of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
•  45 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Message to the World": Christine de Michele: How Music Breaks Down Barriers and Shame
•  46 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Message to the World": David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship
•  47 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Message to the World": Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action
•  48 Closing Ceremony

•  Newsletters

•  Compilation of all New York City workshops

•  Workshop Notes & Documentation

 


 

Rationale, Methodology, and Frame

 

Rationale

This workshop series is part of a larger process. Each workshop is much more than a stand-alone event. It is part of the overall mission of our global dignity movement, which is to create an atmosphere in which people can meet on a plane of mutual friendship and equality in dignity. The workshop invites its participants to experiment with creating a new culture of global cohesion and togetherness, and to nurture a global family of dignity, a family that truly acts like a good family should act and protects and cherishes our unity in diversity. The workshop invites into enlarging and transcending concepts such private versus public, or family/friends/good neighbors versus "bad neighbors" (or even "enemies"), as well as concepts such as life mission versus job/hobby..

Given the current context of the field of international conflict, the impact of emotions on conflict has become one of the most important questions worldwide. However, there are only scattered publications in the research and applied literature that would address issues on conflict and emotion directly, as well as their relations and their impact on public policy.

The first one-day meeting was held at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2002, convened by Morton Deutsch personally, the first two-day workshop in 2004, hosted by the Columbia University's Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN, since 2009, AC4 stepped into the place of CU-CRN), with special help from SIPA – Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) and The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

Since 2004, CICR on behalf of CU-CRN and later AC4, together with the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and, since 2011, also the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative, invites selected groups of scholars, counselors, conflict resolution practitioners, mediators, and teachers among other professions for a two-day workshop every year to explore issues of conflict and emotions and its application to actual negotiations and diplomacy. The aim is to particularly probe the role of the notion of humiliation from the two different angles of conflict and emotion.

The workshops are envisaged as a learning community gathering, interactive and highly participatory. The purpose is to create an open space to identify and sharpen our understanding of the discourse and debate on emotion and conflict and the role that might, or might not be played by humiliation within this field. We hope to be able to continue this effort in follow-up workshops in the future.

We see humiliation as entry point into broader analysis and not as "single interest scholarship." We are aware that most participants focus on other aspects than humiliation in their work and have not thought about humiliation much, or even at all. We do not expect anybody to do so beforehand. We encourage that everybody comes with his/her background, his/her theoretical concepts and tools, and that we, during the conference, reflect together. We invite everybody to use their focus and give a thought to whether the notion of humiliation could be enriching, or not, and if yes, in what way. We warmly invite diverging and dissenting views.

How We Go About

In our conferences, we choose a dialogical methodology that stresses interaction and participation, because we wish to create an atmosphere of openness and respectful inquiry through "dignity dialogues" or dignilogues and, when appropriate, the use of Open Space Technology. We believe that notions such as dignity and respect for equal dignity are important not only for conflict resolution, but also for conferences such as our workshops. The name Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies attempts to express this. We wish to strive for consistency between what we think are important values for conflict resolution, and the way we conduct our work and our conferences.

We believe in "waging good conflict" (Jean Baker Miller). We believe that diverging opinions and perspectives need to be expressed and not avoided, because diversity enriches. However, diversity only enriches if embedded into mutual connection and appreciation. If not harnessed lovingly and caringly, diversity has the potential to divide, create hostility, and foster hatred and even violence. In the spirit of our vision, we, the HumanDHS network, wish therefore to avoid the latter and foster an atmosphere of common ground and mutually caring connections as a space for the safe expression of even the deepest differences and disagreements, and the toughest questions of humiliation, trauma, and injustice.

Every dignilogue is being opened by brief remarks by each participant to present their entry points into the inquiry. In order to facilitate feedback, we wish to make available a brief synopsis of 1 to 4 pages, preferably with references, from each participant, prior to the workshop through this site so that all participants can meet virtually before meeting in person. Longer papers are welcome as well both prior and subsequent to our workshops, not least for the envisaged publications of the results of our conferences. Please notify us, if you wish to submit any of your papers also as a book chapter or as a journal article in our Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.

All participants are warmly invited to send in their papers as soon as they can. We would be grateful if you could help us by formatting your contribution as follows:
1. Title: bold and in a large font.
2. The author's name under the title, proceded by a copyright sign Creative Commona.
3. In case the text is longer than one page: A footer for the name of the author, and a header for the title and the page number (in Word, you can use View > Header and Footer > Page Setup > Different first page, etc.).
4. Spacing: Single-spacing.
5. For non-natural English speakers who need support to make a text readable, please let us know and we try to find help.
5. The final Word document needs to be transformed into a Pdf file (use, for example, convert.neevia.com), and given a name. Please use your family name, and then identify the conference, in case of the 2008 NY workshop, this would read as follows: "FamilynameNY08meeting."
6. Please send us both you Word and Pdf files. Thank you!

Peace Linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos commented on this format as follows (May 2, 2012): "It enhances RELATIONAL DIGNITY. Everyone will make the most of such dignifyingly used time! A great humanizing, interactive format: a little bit of MONOlogue, followed by much DIALOGUE, will help create DIGNILOGUE."

Frame

by Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (until 2008 Associate Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College in Boston, USA)

In our conferences we aim at creating a humiliation-free, collaborative learning environment characterized by mutual respect, mutual empathy, and openness to difference. The perspective of "appreciative enquiry" is a useful frame of our work. Our HumanDHS efforts are not just about the work we do together, but also about HOW WE WORK TOGETHER. At appropriate points during our conferences, for example at the end of each day, we take a moment to reflect on the practices observed that contributed to an appreciative/humiliation-free learning experience.

It is important to emphasize that an appreciative approach is not about expecting people to agree. In fact, differences of opinion enrich the conversation and deepen people's understanding of ideas. This could be conceptualized as "waging good conflict" (Jean Baker Miller), which means practicing radical respect for differences and being open to a variety of perspectives and engaging others without contempt or rankism. As we have seen in many fields, contempt and rankism drain energy away from the important work that needs to be done. Most people only know "conflict" as a form of war within a win/lose frame. "Waging good conflict," on the other side, is about being empathic and respectful, making room for authenticity, creating clarity, and growth.

Please see also the following background material, mainly created by Linda Hartling:
• A Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download
An Appreciative Frame: Beginning a Dialogue on Human Dignity and Humiliation, written by Linda Hartling in 2005
Appreciative Facilitation: Hints for Dignilogue Moderators, written by Judith Thompson in February 2006 to support the moderators of our workshops
Buddhist Teachings on Right Speech, which relate to our quest for appreciative enquiry, caring and being
•  Please see also these videos on our Appreciative Frame, created by Linda Hartling:
- Appreciative Enquiry 1, a video that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Evelin Lindner, for the World Dignity University initiative.
- Appreciative Enquiry 2, a video that was uploaded onto YouTube on August 11, 2012, in preparation of the 19th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, August 27 – 30, 2012, in Oslo, Norway.
- Our Appreciative Frame 3, a video created in December 2014 (see also Pdf), for the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 4 – 5, 2014.
- Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded by Linda Hartling on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, June 2 – 5, 2015.
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created by Linda Hartling on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.

 



List of Conveners

Honorary Convener: Morton Deutsch, E. L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, and Director Emeritus of The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University

Morton Deutsch is one of the world's most respected scholars and the founder of The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR). MD-ICCCR is part of the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN), and since 2009 co-founded the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). Professor Deutsch has been widely honored for his scientific contributions involving research on cooperation and competition, social justice, group dynamics, and conflict resolution. He has published extensively and is well known for his pioneering studies in intergroup relations, social conformity, and the social psychology of justice. His books include: Interracial Housing (1951); Theories in Social Psychology (1965); The Resolution of Conflict (1973); Distributive Justice (1985); and The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice (2000, 2nd edition 2006).
Morton Deutsch founded this workshop series in 2003 and is our Honorary Convener since. He is a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board since the inception of our dignity work, and, in 2014, he has accepted, "with delight," our invitation to be our Honorary Lifetime Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors. Morton Deutsch is, furthermore, a Founding Member of the World Dignity University initiative. Please see Morton Deutsch's pledge titled Imagine a Global Human Community and its progress. Morton Deutsch is also the first recipient of the HumanDHS Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at the 2009 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict.

Evelin Gerda Lindner, Medical Doctor, Clinical and Social Psychologist, Ph.D. (Dr. med.), Ph.D. (Dr. psychol.), Organizer of the HumanDHS Conferences, Supporting the Local Conveners

Evelin Gerda Lindner is the Founding President of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and initiator of the World Dignity University initiative. She is a transdisciplinary social scientist and humanist who holds two Ph.D.s, one in medicine and one in psychology. In 1996, she designed a research project on the concept of humiliation and its role in genocide and war. German history served as starting point. She is the recipient of the 2006 SBAP Award, the 2009 "Prisoner’s Testament" Peace Award, and the 2014 HumanDHS Lifetime Award. She is affiliated with the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN), which was superseded, in 2009, by the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), at Columbia University, New York City. She is also affiliated with the University of Oslo, Norway, with its Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, and with its Department of Psychology (folk.uio.no/evelinl/), and, furthermore, with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. Lindner is teaching globally, including in South East Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Africa, and other places globally. [read more]

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Social Psychologist, Organizer of the HumanDHS Conferences, Supporting the Local Conveners

Dr. Linda M. Hartling is the Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). She is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, HumanDHS Global Core Team, HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, HumanDHS Research Team, and HumanDHS Education Team. She is the Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).
Linda is affiliated with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Until November 2008, she was its Associate Director. Linda is a member of the JBMTI theory-building group advancing the practice of the Relational-Cultural Theory, which is a new model of psychological development. In addition, Linda coordinates and contributes to training programs, publications, and special projects for the JBMTI. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical/community psychology and has published papers on resilience, substance abuse prevention, shame and humiliation, relational practice in the workplace, and Relational-Cultural Theory. [read more]
Please see:
• Humiliation: Real Pain, A Pathway to Violence, the draft of Linda's paper for Round Table 2 of our 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City.
Humiliation: Assessing the Impact of Derision, Degradation, and Debasement, first published in The Journal of Primary Prevention, 19(4): 259-278, co-authored with T. Luchetta, 1999.
• Shame and Humiliation: From Isolation to Relational Transformation, the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMIT), Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College No. 88, Wellesley, MA 02481, co-authored with Wendy Rosen, Maureen Walker, Judith V. Jordan, 2000.
• Humiliation and Assistance: Telling the Truth About Power, Telling a New Story, paper prepared for the 5th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies 'Beyond Humiliation: Encouraging Human Dignity in the Lives and Work of All People', in Berlin, 15th -17th September, 2005.
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Open Space Dignilogue Format, created on August 12, 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created in December 2014 for our 2014 New York Workshop (Pdf)
•  Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, June 2 – 5, 2015.
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created by Linda Hartling on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.

SIWPS ICR Concentration, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Aldo Civico, Ph.D., Andrea Bartoli, Ph.D.

Andrea Bartoli inspired this workshop series and helped design it in 2003. 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). We also wish to give special thanks to Beth Fisher-Yoshida, Academic Director of a Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at The School of Professional Studies (former School of Continuing Education) at Columbia University.

Tonya R. Hammer, Ph.D.

Tonya R. Hammer is also a Member of the Global Coordinating Team, and the HumanDHS Research Team.
Since 2013, Tonya is Assistant Professor of Counseling at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. Prior to that, since August 2008, Tonya held the position of Assistant Professor with the University of Houston-Clear Lake, in Texas, U.S.A. She wrote her doctoral dissertation at the Counselor Education and Supervision department at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas. Her Masters degree in Psychology and Counseling is from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas and her bachelor's degree is in English from the University of Texas, Arlington. [read more]

 


 

Program

Day One, Thursday, December 3, 2015, Columbia University, Teachers College, 179 Grace Dodge Hall

 

9.00 am Registration, Meeting, Greeting, Listening, Learning, and Digniloging



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

We have no words to thank Sandra Afflick, Thaina Mondesir, Suzanne Lipton, Danielle Coon, Charlott Macek, and Drew Pham, all at Teachers College, for so kindly securing the venue for our workshops! Grace Dodge Hall 179 is an incredible gift to our workshop participants!

Our gratitude goes to Tonya Hammer for helping to organize our workshop from Oklahoma, even though she could not be with us in New York City! Rick Slaven courageously stepped into her shoes at our worskhop, and was joined by Rita Anita Linger, Bonnie Selterman, and Connie Dawson, who most lovingly took over whenever needed! See the photos above!

This was the first worskhop with Dignigardeners! Phil Brown, David Yamada, Michael Britton, Claudia Cohen, and Michael Greene 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. See our Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, as well as our reflections on Appreciative Nurturing.



Lucienne Nicholson, Stevie Moffic, Awais Anwar, Stephanie Tice (formerly Heuer), Kathy Goodman, and James Shanahan stepped forward to be part of our Careholders! See above a picture with some gathering at the Careholder meeting prior to the workshop's start. Stevie Moffic was our new "director of psychogeography of the room"! And we can always rely on dear Anne Wyatt-Brown for keeping an eye on the timing of our workshop!
We are immensely grateful to all of them for so generously gifting their time and energy to this workshop!





On Thursday, our dear Gabriela Saab from São Paulo courageously shouldered the task of video-taping, and on Friday, it was her dear friend Mariana Ferraz, who gifted her expertise in that field to us. See their photos at the top above.
On Thursday and Friday, dear Hua-Chu Yen from Teachers College came by to take lovely photos, and from Thursday afternoon onward our star-photographer Anna Strout gave us the privilege of her keen eye! See their photos above in the middle.
And allow us to thank most warmly the media people, the facilities people, and the security people of Teachers College! As a representative of all of them, meet Dale Odunlami on the photo at the bottom, who was there for us very early in the morning, before any participant had arrived! And, dear Joe Levine, thank you so much for sending us Rebecca Donaldson!



See our book table! Thanks to Uli Spalthoff, our not-for-profit Dignity Press has plublished almost 30 books in the past 3 years!

10.00 am Welcoming All Participants by Linda Hartling, Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network (Video)

10.10 am Welcoming All Participants by Danielle Coon, Associate Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) (Video | Pdf)



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Please see the 2011 and 2014 Welcome Words by Claudia Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR)

Every year, the participants of our workshop are being welcomed by a representative of The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, in the name of Peter T. Coleman, Director of MD-ICCCR, and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4).

• Building a World of Dignifying Dialogue: Introducing the Appreciative Frame of our Dignity Approach (Pdf 2014)

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. Linda is also affiliated with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Until 2008, she was its Associate Director.



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. Linda is also affiliated with the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at the Stone Center, which is part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Until 2008, she was its Associate Director.

Linda usually sets the frame of our workshops and conferences within "Appreciative Enquiry" that takes the best from the concept of debate, and dignifies it by placing relationships first. We create a list of agreed upon norms having to do with the nature and tone of our dialogue.
Donald Klein used to support Linda in her efforts. To our immense sadness, our beloved Don passed away in June 2007. We are still heartbroken. We commemorate his memory with great love. Linda continues to keep our workshop together with her untiring caring interventions, while we remember Don's caring wisdom that always used to save our conferences in crucial moments!

It is important to note that our appreciative frame is a HumanDHS-defined version of AI. We emphasize "waging good conflict" (Jean Baker Miller). We believe that diverging opinions and perspectives need to be expressed and not avoided, because diversity enriches. However, diversity only enriches if embedded into mutual connection and appreciation. If not harnessed lovingly and caringly, diversity has the potential to humiliate, divide, create hostility, foster hatred, and even violence. In the spirit of our vision, we, the HumanDHS network, wish therefore to avoid the latter, and instead open a space of common ground and mutually caring connections, a space for the safe expression of even the deepest differences and disagreements, and the toughest issues of humiliation, trauma, and injustice to be aired safely.

Please see also:
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Open Space Dignilogue Format, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  Our Appreciative Frame, created in December 2014 for our 2014 New York Workshop (Pdf)
•  Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded on May 27, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the 25th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, in Kigali, Rwanda, June 2 – 5, 2015.
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created by Linda Hartling on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.

10.30 am Introducing Everyone with Phil Brown (Video)



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

First round of introductions in five groups of identifications:
1. University / college
2. Pre-K-12 educators / consultants
3. Human/social services/NGOs
4. Graduate students
5. Others (governments, etc)

Second round of introductions in five groups of identifications:
1. Visual arts
2. Reading / writing
3. Physical activity (participation or watching, swimming, dancing, running, sports, gardening)
4. Social networking
5. Spiritual development

11.00 am – 11.30 am A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling, Honoring the Message of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner (Link to Nobel Peace Prize nomination page | Video | Powerpoint | Video on Bertha von Suttner | see also Pdf 2014)



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Evelin G. Lindner, Ph.D.s, Founding President of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network
Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network

11.30 am - 12.45 pm Dignilogue 1: How are human dignity and humiliation relevant to destructive conflict? (Please note that this title is meant to serve only as inspiration; the topic of humiliation is so new that we do not wish to force it into too rigid and narrow structures)

Phil Brown explained how you can participate in a Dignity Dialogue (Dignilogue)

How we use to go about: Every discussant has ca. 7-10 minutes to present her entry point into the discussion, then we have an open discussion. We have 2 empty chairs in the circle that can be taken by participants from the audience who wish to introduce a question or comment. We have two moderators for each Round Table. In that way, the Moderators are not prevented from also being Discussants: while one Moderator makes a contribution as a Discussant, the other takes over as Moderator, and vice versa (with only one Moderator, this kind of flexibility would be lacking). We kindly invite the Moderators to summarize the discussion immediately following the dignilogue, and identify three "Key Learning Points" from the discussion."
Peace Linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos commented on this format as follows (May 2, 2012): "It enhances RELATIONAL DIGNITY. Everyone will make the most of such dignifyingly used time! A great humanizing, interactive format: a little bit of MONOlogue, followed by much DIALOGUE, will help create DIGNILOGUE."
Dignilogue Moderators introduce the contributors (including the moderators), manage time in a supportive and friendly manner, facilitate discussion after presentations, and summarize highlights.
Dignilogue Contributors present their contributions within the alloted time frame and nurture a lively dialogue
Please see:
- A Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download
- Appreciative Facilitation: Hints for Dignilogue Moderators, written in February 2006 by Judith Thompson to support the Moderators of our workshops
- Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created by Linda Hartling on October 10, 2015, for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 3 – 4, 2015.

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



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Participants in Dignilogue 1:

 

•  Michael L. Perlin (Video) and Alison Lynch (Video)

- “Had to be Held down by Big Police”: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Perspective on Interactions between Police and Persons with Mental Disabilities (2015)

•  Gay Rosenblum-Kumar (Video)


•  Janet Gerson (Video)

•  James Shanahan (Video) and Mark Turner (who was unfortunately hindered to join us)

•  Steven Moffic (Video)

- Cultivating Dignity Development In Our Grandchildren (2015)

•  Reinaldo Rivera (Video)



Those who planned to join us and were unfortunately hindered to be with us:

•  Carol Smaldino

- Vulnerability Protected: Respecting the Rawness of Vulnerability and Giving it the Protection it Needs (2015)

 
The history of Dignilogue 1:

Round Table 1, 2014
The moderators were Phil Brown & Beth Fisher-Yoshida
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2013
The moderators were Maggie O'Neill & Phil Brown
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2012
The moderators were Tonya Hammer & Evelin Lindner
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2011
The moderators were Michael Britton & Evelin Lindner
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2010
The moderators were Michael Britton & Ariel Lublin
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2009
The moderators were Michael Britton & Grace Feuerverger
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2008
The moderators were Michael Britton & Beth Fisher-Yoshida
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2007
The moderators were Michael Britton & Beth Fisher-Yoshida
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2006
The moderators were Donald Klein & Beth Fisher-Yoshida
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 1, 2005
Round Table 1 in 2005 was entitled What's Relevant in Destructive Conflict?
The moderators were Beth Fisher-Yoshida & Miriam Marton
Please see the participants and their contributions here.

Round Table 1, 2004
Round Table 1 in 2004 was entitled What's Relevant in Destructive Conflict?
The moderator was Beth Fisher-Yoshida
Please see the participants here.

- An opportunity for the Moderators to summarize the dignilogue and identify three "Key Learning Points" from the discussion
- An opportunity to turn to your neighbor and share what reflections are going through your mind just now

 

12.45 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch & Digniloging, Digniposters, Digniart, Dignibeing, Dignimovement & Announcements of our News, including the Dignity Press flyer

• Lunch in the Cafeteria in the basement of Teachers College, or in the Everett Café at the entrance of the Gottesman Library, or you could bring your own food and eat it in our workshop room.

Afternoon: Turning Ideas into Action

 

1.30 pm - 4.45 pm Co-Created Dignilogues # 1 - Facilitated by Phil Brown (Video)

For the past decade, we have continuously worked to dignify the traditional institution "conference." The Open Space movement has started from the observation that after mainstream academic conferences, the participants, when asked, often say: 'Oh, I slept through the presentations, but the coffee breaks were wonderful!' In other words, the basic idea behind the Open Space approach is that academic conference can be rather boring; invited speakers might not be in tune with the audience; and reading papers aloud may be particularly uncommunicative. The creators of the Open Space approach thought: 'Ok, why don't we create conferences that are structured like coffee breaks!' Please read more about the originator of the Open Space Technology, Harrison Owen. See also Open Space Tools by Peggy Holman.

In slight variation of traditional conferences, we therefore aim at co-creating our conferences. We have adapted the Open Space approach, added the term dialogue, and connected it with dignity to form the expression Dignilogue (see also our Video page for how peace linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos has inspired this linguistic creation). You can see an Introduction into the Dignilogue Sessions Format, created by Linda Hartling on August 12, 2012, for our 2012 Norway Conference, or 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 this workshop.

This format is very open, it means that a conference is self-organizing. However, when we tried this in our first workshops in New York (for instance, in 2004), it turned out that for our NY participants required more structure. Therefore, we waited until 2012, before we opened up the workshop to self-organize more. 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 is 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, or When Nothing Is Cool by Lisa Ruddick, Criticism, 2015.

Since 2012, our afternoons were therefore 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 as they were 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 invited to send an abstract or a paper they wish to share — or to develop a new paper as it might emerge from the inspiration that the workshop experience brings. Everybody is warmly invited to send it to us also after the workshop so we can publish it on this website.

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. Please note the way we work in our newsletter10.

This year, we created a new role in our workshop, namely the role of Dignigardener (dignity and gardener) for each Co-Created Dignilogue. This person has 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 and gather together afterwards to experiment with new forms of "conferencing" wherever you live in the world. New solutions are necessary and they need to be nurtured in dignified ways, ways which protect them from being destroyed by being framed in old paradigms (such as those of protest that simply ends in new dominators taking over). See our reflections on appreciative nurturing, or Charles Eisenstein's Reflections on the New Story Summit, or Evelin's text Is it Possible to "Change the World"? Some Guidelines to How We Can Build a More Decent and Dignified World Effectively: The Case of Dignifying Abusers.

These Dignilogue topics emerged (Video):



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Phil Brown shaped the Co-Created Dignilogue Session (Video)

 

Videos of Co-Created Dignilogue Sessions #1

 

Co-Created Dignilogue 1: James Shanahan: Shame, Power, and Healing Dynamics (Video)

Co-Created Dignilogue 2: Daniel Rothbart: Systemic Humiliation: War, Tyranny, Racism (Video)

Co-Created Dignilogue 3: Lyndon Harris: Gardens of Forgiveness: Bringing Attention, Curiosity, and Interconnectivity (Video)

- No Future Without Forgiveness: Strategic Aims and Considerations for the Gardens of Forgiveness Movement (2015)
Topics: 1. What Forgiveness Is/Is Not 2. The Science of Forgiveness 3. Forgiveness as a Tool for Conflict Transformation 4. The Gardens of Forgiveness Movement: From Beirut to the World 5. Tips for Starting Your Own Garden of Forgiveness

Co-Created Dignilogue 4: David Yau-Fai Ho and Caise Hassan: Transforming Madness into Dignity and Leadership Assessment (Video)


 

Participants in Co-Created Dignilogues # 1 and # 2:

The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

•  Danielle Coon

•  Azin Aliabadi, Kristen Rucki, Meredith Smith, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute, Columbia University

Azin Aliabadi Kristen Rucki

•  Claudia Cohen

•  Tony Gaskew

 

•  Daniel Rothbart

Power, Humiliation, and Violence: Understanding Identity-Based Conflicts (2015)

•  Stephen Freedman, on Friday

•  Fonkem Achankeng I, and his wife Patience

- Human Dignity & A World Beyond War: Partnerships and Collaborations in Our Global Commons (2015)

•  Kathy Komaroff Goodman and Christine Straw


•  Martha Eddy

•  Christine de Michele, on Friday, please see her Appreciative Introduction


•  Bonnie Selterman, please see her Appreciative Introduction

•  Adair Linn Nagata

•  Allison Bobick

•  David Yau-Fai Ho

Madness, Violence, and Human Dignity: Transforming Madness for Dignified Existence (2015)

•  Lyndon Harris and Maria Lund

No Future Without Forgiveness: Strategic Aims and Considerations for the Gardens of Forgiveness Movement (2015)
Topics: 1. What Forgiveness Is/Is Not 2. The Science of Forgiveness 3. Forgiveness as a Tool for Conflict Transformation 4. The Gardens of Forgiveness Movement: From Beirut to the World 5. Tips for Starting Your Own Garden of Forgiveness

•  Kathy Beckwith and Wayne Beckwith

•  Gabriela Saab and Mariana Ferraz

•  Connie Dawson

•  Michael Greene

•  Mariana Vergara, Xiao Xue Du, Jun Yi, Julia Morales-Abbud, and Charles

Jun Yi

•  Julia A. Morales-Abbud, also connected with Fred Ellis!

•  Annecy Baez

•  Lucienne Despinosse Nicholson

•  David Balosa


Global Intercultural Citizenship in “Dignity Studies” Specialization (2015)

•  Tamara Oakman

•  Karen Hirsch (Roberta Wall is unfortunately hindered to join us)

- What Might Quantum Physics, Transforming Systems and Love Have to Do With Each Other? (2015)
Inspired by the perspective of Nonviolent Communication (that all humans - and other sentient beings - have core universal needs), might systems (at every scale) possibly have their own inherent needs? If yes, how might looking through the eyes of love even (or especially) at systems whose functioning might be described as having undesirable impact in various ways possibly benefit those looking And yield insights that can contribute to genuine systems transformation?

- Listening Deeply with Love to the Needs of Our Bodies - or Risking Burn-Out (2015)
How might the intention to bring this quality of "listening" to the various needs of our bodies and then doing our best to respond with love contribute to our own resilience and sustainability as change agents? What are various ways we can incorporate user-friendly practices in our daily lives? What are the many very understandable challenges and obstacles to doing this? What might the beneficial impact be to others by the example we set and the energetic quality of our Presence?

•  Rita Anita Linger

 

 

•  Chipamong Chowdhury (family name), or Bhante Revata (monk's name, as known in the monastic communities)

•  Doaa Rashed and Caise D. Hassan

•  Ted Schulman and Fred Sullivan

•  Awais Anwar, please see his Appreciative Introduction

•  Bruce Miller

•  Liliana Lisboa

•  Vinanti Sarkar Castellarin

•  Ken Solway


List of those who planned to join us and were unfortunately hindered to be with us:

•  Kingsley Okoro and Clement Osunwokeh

African [Igbo] Holism: A Model for the Contemporary Quest for an Integrated Community (2015)

•  Maria Volpe

•  Jacqueline Howell Wasilewski

•  Glyn Rimmington

•  Lucien Lombardo

•  Mneesha Gellman

•  Jillian Post

•  Azza Karam and PL de Silva

•  Sindiso Mnisi Weeks

•  Tissa Janelle Thomas

•  Olga V. Lehmann

•  Erin Hilgart

•  Jennifer Kirby

•  Muloki Augustine Aggrey, his daughter Violine Ester Kaghala, and colleagues Patrick Kafuko and Philip Kunya

•  Manal Radwan

•  Qin Shao

•  Mark Robert Massalu Itallange

•  Adriano Sverko

•  Kristin Slaney

•  Hassani Scott

•  George Chidieber Iheanacho

•  Arthur Kanegis

•  Sylvester Lahai

•  Kebadu Gebremariam

•  Suzanne Lipton

•  Ann Marie Hager

•  Carole King

•  Kesh Bahadur Pariyar, Sujan Pariyar, Alina Pariyar

•  Jacques M. Ngenda

•  Marcia Kannry

•  Saruni Kissangas

•  Caroline Kaufman

•  Richard Le

4.45 pm - 5.00 pm Wrapping up Day One

 

5.00 pm End of Day One of our workshop

 


 

5.00 pm - 7.00 pm Public Event
"Honoring Alfred Nobel's Message"

Everybody is invited to our public events, entrance is free, since our work is a labor of love and we offer it as a gift!
Venue: Columbia University, Teachers College, 179 Grace Dodge Hall, 525 West 120th Street, New York City (subway 1, exit 116th Street)

 

•  Musical contribution: In the spirit of our motto of Unity in Diversity, the evening began with Fred Ellis and his children, singing songs from many cultural backgrounds




Video

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Meet the First Woman Nobel Prize Winner: Bertha von Suttner!

Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner in Dignilogue on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination of Our Dignity Work
(Link to Nobel Peace Prize nomination page | Video | Powerpoint | see also Pdf 2014)



Video

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

•  Everyday Dignity - Claudia E. Cohen (Video)



Video

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Claudia E. Cohen is a Senior Lecturer in the Social-Organizational Program at Teachers College and has been the Associate Director of the MD-ICCCR from 2008 to 2015. As a scholar-practitioner of conflict studies, her career has combined research, practice and teaching in a range of settings.

•  Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color - Tony Gaskew (Video 1, Video 2 next day)



Video 1
Video 2 (given next day)

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Tony Gaskew, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, and Founding Director of the Prison Education Program at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford. He is a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, an FDD Terrorism Fellow, and a University of Pittsburgh Faculty Diversity Fellow. His research examines the connective relationship between structural & direct violence, the criminal justice system, and the Black American experience. He is the author of numerous publications on issues surrounding social justice, including his latest book, Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility. Due to his ongoing community outreach efforts in creating post-secondary educational initiatives within the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 2007, he recently received the FCI McKean Volunteer of the Year Award.



Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event
•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

•  Philip Brown Invited Reflections (Video)



Video

Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event
•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days


On the picture on the right, please see our guests of honor, Judit Révèsz and Ikhlaq Hussain

•  Linda Hartling Wrapped Up (Video)

•  Musical contribution by saxophonist/flutist Premik Russell Tubbs



Still photos:
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

•  7.00 pm Ending of our Public Event

 


 

Day Two, Friday, December 4, 2015, Columbia University, Teachers College

 

Morning: Listening, Learning, and Digniloging

 

10.00 am Welcoming All Participants

Reinaldo Rivera Introduced Michael Britton (Video)

 

10.15 am - 11.00 am The Globalization of Dignity (Video)
Michael Britton always holds our Don Klein Memorial Lecture in place for the lecture that Don usually presented:
The Humiliation Dynamic: Looking Back... Looking Forward

Michael Britton is a Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors, the HumanDHS Global Core Team, and a Member of the HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, as well as Co-Director and Co-Coordinator of the HumanDHS Stop Hazing and Bullying Project. He is also the HumanDHS Director of "Global Appreciative Culturing."
Michael is concerned with integrative thinking across neuroscience, in-depth psychotherapies and historical/cultural living, Michael's work looks at how participation in the historical life of our times and interior life are deeply intertwined. See an introduction to Michael Britton and his work by Reinaldo Rivera (Video).

Donald Klein was a Professor Emeritus of the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was a Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors, a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board and Global Core Team. To our immense sadness, our beloved Don Klein passed away in June 2007. We are still heartbroken. We commemorate his memory with great love. He spoke to us about Awe and Wonderment. About our human ability to live in awe and wonderment, not just when we see a beautiful sun set or the majesty of the ocean, but always. That we can live in a state of awe and wonderment. And we do that, said Don, by leaving behind the psychology of projection. The psychology of projection is like a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where you believe that what you see is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way. However, it is not reality. It is a projection. And in order to live in awe and wonderment, we have to look through this scrim and let go of all the details that appear on it, in which we are so caught up. When we do that, we can see the beautiful sun set, the majestic ocean, always, in everything. We will continue our work while keeping Don’s words at the center of our work and in our hearts.

In 2008, Michael Britton kindly prepared the thank-you cards for our participants and helpers and he chose this picture of a scrim to honor Don's memory:


Please click on the picture to see it larger

11.00 am - 12.15 pm Dignilogue 2: How can we cultivate dignity?

(Please note that this title is meant to serve only as inspiration; the topic of humiliation is so new that we do not wish to force it into too rigid and narrow structures)

 
Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: Michael L. Perlin and Gabriela Saab
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven
See here a Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Participants in Dignilogue 2:

 

•  David C. Yamada (Video)

 

•  Anne Wyatt-Brown (Video)

- Humiliation and Resilience in Higher Education (2015)

•  Ani Kalayjian and Felicia Wu Wuchen (Pdf | Video)

- I am a Syrian Refugee (2016) (Pdf | Video)
- Transforming Horizontal Violence in Haiti through 7-step Integrative Healing Model, and Forgiveness and Peace Gardens (with Lorraine Simmons, 2015)

•  Mara Alagic (Video)

•  Stephanie "Safa" Tice (formerly Heuer)

- Now What? (2015) (unfortunately, due to technical reasons, no video is available)

•  Dignilogue 2 Afterthoughts


Those who planned to join us and were unfortunately hindered to be with us:

•  Annette Anderson-Engler

 
The history of Dignilogue 2:

Round Table 2, 2014
The moderators were David C. Yamada and Tonya Hammer
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2013
The moderators were Beth Fisher-Yoshida & Roberta Kosberg
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2012
The moderators were Beth Fisher-Yoshida & Philip Brown
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2011
The moderators were Beth Fisher-Yoshida & Rita Anita Linger
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2010
The moderators were Beth Fisher-Yoshida & Emanuela C. Del Re
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2009
The moderators were Beth Fisher-Yoshida & Miriam Marton
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2008
The moderators were Antoinette Errante & Philip Brown
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2007
The moderators were Maggie O'Neill & Philip Brown
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2006
The moderators were Maggie O'Neill & Philip Brown
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2005
The title of Round Table 2 in 2005 was Is Humiliation Relevant in Destructive Conflict?
The moderators were Judith Thompson & Manas Ghanem
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 2, 2004
The title of Round Table 2 in 2004 was Is Humiliation Relevant in Destructive Conflict?
The moderators were: Carlos Sluzki & Donald C. Klein
Please see the participants and their contributions here

- An opportunity for the Moderators to summarize the dignilogue and identify three "Key Learning Points" from the discussion
- An opportunity to turn to your neighbor and share what reflections are going through your mind just now

 

12.15 pm - 1.00 pm Lunch & Digniloging, Digniposters, Digniart, Dignibeing, Dignimovement & Announcements of our News, including the Dignity Press flyer (see 2014 flyer)

• Lunch in the Cafeteria in the basement of Teachers College, or in the Everett Café at the entrance of the Gottesman Library, or you could bring your own food and eat it in our workshop room.

Christine de Michele and Anna Strout in Synchrony

 

1.00 pm - 1.30 pm Recognitions, Remembrances, and Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration

The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days
•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Celebrating the Careholders of this workshop



David Yamada received the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award

Linda Hartling announced the recipient of the 2015 HumanDHS "Half"-Lifetime Achievement Award, David Yamada!

Linda Hartling received the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award (Video | Powerpoint)
Evelin Lindner announced the recipient of the 2015 HumanDHS "Half"-Lifetime Achievement Award, Linda Hartling!
If you feel called, and have not already done so, it would be great to have also your birthday wishes for dear Linda on her birthday page! She will turn 60 at the end of December.

 

Afternoon: Co-Creating: Turning Ideas into Action

Linda Hartling Celebrates Fluid Expertise in Shared Leadership

1.30 pm - 4.45 pm Co-Created Dignilogues # 2

These Dignilogue topics emerged:



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

Co-Created Dignilogue 5: Bonnie Selterman: The Definition of Dignity: Earned? Forfeited? Innate?
- The Dignilogue in Action (Video)
-"Message to the World" (Video)

Co-Created Dignilogue 6: Christine de Michele: How Music Breaks Down Barriers and Shame (Video)

Co-Created Dignilogue 7: David Balosa: Global Intercultural Citizenship

- The Dignilogue in Action (Video | Powerpoint)
- "Message to the World" (Video)
- Global Intercultural Citizenship in “Dignity Studies” Specialization

Co-Created Dignilogue 8: Connie Dawson: Shame-based Family Systems and Reparative Rules & Mariana Vergara: Mindfulness in Action
- The Dignilogue in Action (Video)
- "Message to the World" (Video)

 
The history of Dignilogue 3 (until 2013, when it was replaced by co-created dignilogues):

Round Table 3, 2013
The moderators were David C. Yamada & Stephanie Heuer
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2012
The moderators were David Yamada and Roberta Kosberg
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2011
The moderators were Grace Feuerverger and Roberta Kosberg
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2010
The moderators were Philip Brown and Stephanie Heuer
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2009
The moderators were Emanuela C. Del Re & Sondra Perl
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2008
The moderators were Emanuela C. Del Re & Patricia Rodriguez Mosquera
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2007
The moderators were Emanuela C. Del Re & Carlos E. Sluzki
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2006
The moderators were Nora Femenia & Kathleen Freis
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2005
The title of Round Table 3 in 2005 was Can the Notion of Humiliation Be Useful for Public Policy Planning? What Can We Envisage As Best Practice Models?
The moderators were Annette Anderson-Engler, Ana Ljubinkovic & Miriam Marton
Please see the participants and their contributions here

Round Table 3, 2004
The title of Round Table 3 in 2004 was Can the Notion of Humiliation Be Useful for Public Policy Planning? What Can We Envisage As Best Practice Models?
The moderators were Donald C. Klein & Linda M. Hartling
Please see the participants and their contributions here

4.15 pm - 5.00 pm Closing Reflections - Moving into the World (Video)
We thank Kathy Komaroff Goodman for sharing with us What A Wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong!



The still photos of this workshop come in several web galleries:

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 211 photos of the morning of Day One
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 80 photos of the afternoon of Day One

•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 103 photos of the Public Event
•  Thursday, December 3, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 3 photos of the Public Event

•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Anna Strout's 364 photos of all of Day Two
•  Friday, December 4, 2015: Please click here to see all of Evelin Lindner's 75 photos of Day Two

•  Please click here to see Hua-Chu Yen's 51 photos of both days

•  Please click here to see Rita Anita Linger's 23 photos of both days

David Yamada sang with us:
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
I see trees of green, red roses, too,
I see them bloom, for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin', "How do you do?"
They're really sayin', "I love you."
I hear babies cryin'. I watch them grow.
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world!

We shared ONE thing that we took home from our workshop.

Linda brought this poem to us:
Outwitted, by Oregonian poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940):
He drew a circle that shut me out -
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!

We also collected appreciative feedback and ideas for collective planning about how to cooperate during the coming year, until we meet again next year.

5.00 pm End of Day Two of our workshop

 


 

Prior and Subsequent to our Workshop

 


On December 17, 2015, Linda Hartling thanks all participants with a lovely photo collage!
• Please click on the picture above to see it larger.




December 2, 2015, Board meeting with our dear David Yamada as new board member! Welcome! Our dear Linda was leading the meeting as lovingly as always, with dear Rick Slaven, our Director of Dignifunding, and with Anne Wyatt-Brown, Janet Gerson, and Gay Rosenblum-Kumar. Our dear Uli Spalthoff participated from Ludwigsburg in Germany via Skype!
Please see:
Good News December 2015
• Ulrich Spalthoff: The Dignity Press flyer of 2015
• Please click on the picture above or here to see more photos.




On November 24, 2015, it was an immense privilege to be with dear Morton Deutsch, E. L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education, and Director Emeritus of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, U.S.A.
• Please click on the pictures above or here to see them larger.

 


 

Participants in all NY workshops so far

 


 

Papers

All participants are warmly invited to send in full papers after the woirkshop.
Please notify us, if you wish to submit any of your papers also as a book chapter or as a journal article in our Journal of HumanDignity and Humiliation Studies.

Please see earlier submitted papers here:
• List of all Publications
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2004 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2006 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2007 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2008 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2009 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2010 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2011 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2012 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2013 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict

 

Abstracts/Notes/Papers of 2015

Please see further down the papers/notes that participants send in prior to the workshop so that everybody can get acquainted with all others beforehand.

See here the work by:
Andrea Bartoli
Linda M. Hartling
Donald C. Klein

Victoria C. Fontan

Evelin G. Lindner

Ani Kalayjian (2015)
I am a Syrian Refugee (Pdf | Video)
Deep reflections shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Fonkem Achankeng I (2015)
Human Dignity & A World Beyond War: Partnerships and Collaborations in Our Global Commons

Paper shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Stephanie Tice (formerly Heuer) (2015)
Now What? (2015)
Deep reflections shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Anne Wyatt-Brown (2015)
Humiliation and Resilience in Higher Education (Pdf | Video)
Paper shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Daniel Rothbart (2015)
Power, Humiliation, and Violence: Understanding Identity-Based Conflicts (Pdf | Video)
Book synopsis shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Anie Kalayjian (2015)
I am a Syrian Refugee (Video)
Reflections shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Ani Kalayjian and Lorraine Simmons (2015)
Transforming Horizontal Violence in Haiti through 7-step Integrative Healing Model, and Forgiveness and Peace Gardens
Abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Lyndon Harris (2015)
No Future Without Forgiveness: Strategic Aims and Considerations for the Gardens of Forgiveness Movement (Pdf | Video)
Work shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015. Topics: 1. What Forgiveness Is/Is Not 2. The Science of Forgiveness 3. Forgiveness as a Tool for Conflict Transformation 4. The Gardens of Forgiveness Movement: From Beirut to the World 5. Tips for Starting Your Own Garden of Forgiveness.

David Yau-Fai Ho (2015)
Madness, Violence, and Human Dignity: Transforming Madness for Dignified Existence (Pdf | Video)
Paper shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

David Balosa (2015)
Global Intercultural Citizenship in “Dignity Studies” Specialization (Pdf | Powerpoint | Video 1, Video 2)
Abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Carol Smaldino (2015)
Vulnerability Protected: Respecting the Rawness of Vulnerability and Giving it the Protection it Needs
Contribution to the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Michael L. Perlin and Alison Lynch (2015)
“Had to be Held down by Big Police”: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Perspective on Interactions between Police and Persons with Mental Disabilities (Pdf | Video 1, Video 2)
Abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Kingsley Okoro (2015)
African [Igbo] Holism: A Model for the Contemporary Quest for an Integrated Community
Abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

Steven Moffic (2015)
Cultivating Dignity Development In Our Grandchildren (Pdf | Video)
Abstract shared at the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 3-4, 2015.

 


 

Ideas for More Dignilogue Topics

Your input is very welcome!

Ani Kalayjian kindly wrote (July 9, 2009):
Can we have a special section at the December Conference for highlighting both of these volumes, as well as the forgiveness book which will be in print on Aug 4th right at the APA Convention in Toronto. We could get some of the authors of the forgiveness book on a panel addressing: Slavery, denial, US prisoners, Sudan Genocide (these authors are living in this geographic area). We can also do the same another panel on the II volumes that you contributed in focusing on rituals to transform humiliation into empowerment.

Karen Murphy kindly wrote (November 25, 2009):
I was thinking that CBS’ 60 Minutes Investigation of Congo’s Conflict Minerals on November 29, 2009 (see Enough's new Conflict Minerals web portal), would be a very interesting opportunity/resource for a roundtable, evening event, that is, using the 60 Minutes episode to raise awareness and to provide a context for discussion about the ways that we can make a difference in our daily lives to improve (even, in this case, save) the lives of others. Wishing you well and very grateful for you and your work--Karen
60 Minutes Episode on Conflict Minerals
If you have a cell phone in your pocket or a gold ring on your finger, you are directly linked to the deadliest war in the world. How is that possible? For over a century, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been plagued by regional conflict and a deadly scramble for its vast natural resources. The conflict in eastern Congo today - the deadliest since World War II - is fueled in significant part by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals. Armed groups generate an estimated $180 million each year by trading four main minerals: the ores that produce the metals tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. This money enables the armed groups to purchase large numbers of weapons and continue their campaign of rape and brutal violence against civilians, with some of the worst abuses occurring in mining areas. After passing through traders, smelters, and component manufacturers, these materials are placed in jewelry and electronic devices, such as cell phones, portable music players, and computers, and sold in the United States. See also www.enoughproject.org/conflict-minerals.

Karen Murphy kindly wrote (January 28, 2009):
I am writing with an idea for the conference.
Have you had the chance to read Samantha Power's book Chasing the Flame? It's about Sergio Vieira de Mello and his work in various countries emerging from mass violence. Based on his life's work, Power proposes several key principles. One of them is dignity.
The book is the first product in a campaign that focuses on foreign policy. There is also a documentary (premiering this month at Sundance film festival) and a feature film by Terry George. In addition, there is a website that explores the key issues, www.chasingtheflame.org, and www.chasingtheflame.org/2008/08/the-principle-o.html (for an example of one of my blogs).
I was thinking that it would be so interesting to loop your work into this campaign. Perhaps members of the conference could read the book and then discuss it at a roundtable. You could then post blogs on the site or write in other forums.
It would be so interesting to bring your research into this conversation on foreign policy, nation building, national reconstruction and reconciliation, etc. As you might know, Samantha Power has played and continues to play a key role in Obama's foreign policy - looping your work into the website would be a way to bring it to a wider audience and a way to help shape this emerging conversation.
January 29, 2009:
I'm sure we can get copies of the book at a discounted price for conference attendees - and I'd love to think about how you might take the foreign policy lens and apply your scholarship - and perhaps then post as blogs for www.chasingtheflame.org, thus broadening their audience and yours. Best, Karen

Floyd Webster Rudmin:
"Asymmetries in self-perceptions of being the humiliatee versus the humiliator"
"Archetypal humiliation in literature: A survey of English literature teachers"

Annette Anderson-Engler:
"Constructing Narratives after Violent Conflict"
Annette kindly wrote on March 31, 2006: "I would like to discuss how individuals construct their narratives after traumatic experiences or event."

Dharm P. S. Bhawuk:
"Theory, Method, and Practice of Humiliation Research"
This could also be a topic for our Open Space

Ana Ljubinkovic:
"Assistance and Humiliation"

Varda Mühlbauer:
"Humiliation/Dignity in the Workplace"
"Humiliation/Dignity in the Family"

Zahid Shahab Ahmed:
"Humiliation and Child Sexual Abuse"

Victoria C. Fontan:
"Terrorism and Humiliation" and
"Armed Conflict, Escalation and Humiliation"

Miriam Marton:
"Consequences of Humiliation"

Jörg Calliess:
"How to Prepare 'Non-Psychologists' (Human Rights Defenders, Peace Keepers, etc.) for Dealing with the Trauma of Humiliation in Victims"

Emmanuel Ndahimana:
"Ignorance and Humiliation"

Arie Nadler:
"Justice and Humiliation"

Alicia Cabezudo:
"Interlinking Peace Education and Humiliation Studies: A Bridge for Crossing Borders"

 


 

Material

"Conflict in the Workplace," ACResolution Magazine, Summer 2014.

Dutton, Jane E., Kristina M. Workman, and Ashley E. Hardin (2014). "Compassion at work." Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 1 (1), pp. 277-304, doi:10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-031413-91221.

"Mass Nervous Breakdown: Millions of Americans on the Brink As Stress Pandemic Ravages Society," by Gabriela Segura, M.D., Sott.net: Signs of the Times, April 22, 2013: "Fully one-third of U.S. employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all "millennials" (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder."