2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
representing the
30th Annual HumanDHS Conference
and the Fourteenth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict

"The Nature of Dignity The Dignity of Nature"

December 7 – 8, 2017
hosted by
The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution
(MD-ICCCR)
Columbia University, Teachers College (TC), Everett Lounge
525 West 120th Street, New York City, NY 10027
subway 1, exit 116th Street

in cooperation with the World Dignity University initiative

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Image courtesy of Gerd Altman

This workshop series has two parts:

•  Public Event
Thursday, December 7, 5 pm – 7 pm, TC
Open to everyone, free entrance, see
the flyer


•  Two-Day Workshop

Thursday and Friday, December 7 – 8, 10 am - 7 pm (registration at 9 am), TC
See the program
Only upon invitation,
no registration fee, we always use a dignity economy approach

If you wish to participate in our workshops, please send an email to workshops@humiliationstudies.org! Please know that you are always 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" listen to "speakers."
All participants are always warmly invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form, print it out, and bring it with you.
There is no registration fee, we use to share minimal cost according to ability at the end.
At the entrance of Teachers College, please show your picture ID and print out your invitation or program, so that you can show it.

Please see:
• Celebrating Our 14th Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, thank-you message to all participants, sent on January 25, 2018
• Newsletter Nr. 30, compiled subsequent to the workshop. You are warmly invited to contribute to it! (Please send your comments to us so that we can include them)
•  Public Event Poster (see a Jpg version)
•  Short Workshop Program
•  Announcements of our News and a Dignity Press flyer
•  Personal invitation letter
•  Invitations to the workshop: "Take a Look" invitation from October 12, 2017 (see a Pdf version), a reminder from November 13, 2017, and an announcement on MD-ICCCR.
•  This workshop was the fourteenth in a series that began in 2003: see the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 workshops, and a compilation of all NY workshops

Honorary Convenor since 2003 (he passed away in March 2017, and we honor his memory)
Morton Deutsch
First HumanDHS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner

Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Teachers College, Columbia University. Late Morton Deutsch convened the first workshop in 2003, and he has been its honorary convener until his passing in 2017. We wish to honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future.
(Click on the pictures above to see them larger; the photo with Morton Deutsch was taken in 2014.)

All
Day One
All
Day Two

• 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 late Director Emeritus, as our Honorary Convener since 2003, on behalf of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and the World Dignity University (WDU) initiative (since 2011). MD-ICCCR is part of the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network (CU-CRN), and, in 2009, also co-founder of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). We are very grateful to our hosts!
• We thank Drew Pham and Keerthana Hirudayakanth 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.

 


 

Practical details

•  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 Lodgings close to Columbia University, 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 AirBnB. We thank Erin Helfert for sending us this link. Thank you, dear Rosario Galvan, for writing to us on April 14, 2016: Here's another searcher for homestay, appartment rental: Roomorama. And see booking.com for hotel rooms also reflecting special deals for hostels and shared accommodations, perhaps better suited for younger students (in the search function just click on under $50 per night). They rent beds in shared rooms with shared bathrooms but also other options with private room and shared bathroom.
• 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 usually 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 the staff 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 very much thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Kyle Scott, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely photos! The still photos come in several web galleries:

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

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

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

• Please click here to see all Dignilogue posters

• Videos

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

"Messages to the World" for the World Dignity University (WDU) Initiative
Day One, December 7, 2017
• 21 Evelin Lindner Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 26 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "How to Reach the Unreachable About the Marginalized?"
• 27 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Education for Dignity" (unfortunately recorded without audio)
• 28 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "How to "Do" Dignity - Dignity As a Verb"
• 29 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Ageism Goes Both Ways!" (unfortunately, only the preparations were recorded)
Day Two, December 8, 2017
• 62 Michael Britton Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 63 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right?" (Zaynab El Bernoussi's Introduction and Pdf | Preparations | Lifestreaming by Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury | Zaynab El Bernoussi's Summary)
• 64 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Restorative Justice and Forgiveness"
• 65 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Dignity, Technology and Evolution"
• 66 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Transforming Power Abuse into Dignity"

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

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

• 20 Talia Shafir's Interlude
• 21 Evelin Lindner Explains the "WDU Message to the World"
• 22 Linda Hartling Reads from Kim Stafford's Poetry
• 23 Phil Brown and Linda Hartling Shape the Co-Created Dignilogues
• 24 Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making
• 25 Michael Britton Invites into Local Dignity Now Group Building
• 26 Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "How to Reach the Unreachable About the Marginalized?"
• 27 Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Education for Dignity" (unfortunately recorded without audio)
• 28 Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "How to "Do" Dignity - Dignity As a Verb"
• 29 Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Ageism Goes Both Ways!" (unfortunately, only the preparations were recorded)

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

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

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

• 47 Barbara DeCosta Introduces Herself
• 48 Barbara Bodine Introduces Herself
• 49 Bruno Varela Introduces Himself
• 50 Ariel Lublin Introduces Herself
• 51 Judit Révész Introduces Herself
• 52 Rick Slaven About Nametags
• 53 Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony
• 54 David Yamada Shapes the Co-Created Dignilogues
• 55 Candice Mama and Mecke Nagel Explain Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 56 Glyn Rimmington Explains His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 57 Spes Manirakiza and Talia Shafir Explain Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 58 Zaynab El Bernoussi Explains Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 59 Ted Schulman Explains His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 60 Bonnie Selterman Explains Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic
• 61 Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making
• 62 Michael Britton Explains the WDU Message to the World
• 63 Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right?" (Zaynab El Bernoussi's Introduction and Pdf | Preparations | Lifestreaming by Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury | Zaynab El Bernoussi's Summary)
• 64 Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Restorative Justice and Forgiveness"
• 65 Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Dignity, Technology and Evolution"
• 66 Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Transforming Power Abuse into Dignity"
• 67 Closing Thank-You Round

•  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 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.
- Appreciative Frame, by Linda Hartling on December 8, 2016, at the 2016 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 8 – 9, 2016.
•  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 2003 – 2017: Morton Deutsch (February 4, 1920 – March 13, 2017), 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 has been 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). Please note, in particular, Morton Deutsch's pledge titled Imagine a Global Human Community and its progress.
Morton Deutsch founded this workshop series in 2003 and has been its Honorary Convener until his passing in 2017. We will honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future. He has been a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board since the inception of our dignity work in 2001, and, in 2014, he accepted, "with delight," our invitation to be our HumanDHS Board of Directors Honorary Lifetime Member. Morton Deutsch has also been the first recipient of the HumanDHS Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at the 2009 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict. Furthermore, Morton Deutsch has been a Founding Member of the World Dignity University initiative.

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Social Psychologist, organizer of the HumanDHS conferences, in support of 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.
•  Appreciative Frame shared on December 8, 2016, at the 2016 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 8 – 9, 2016.
•  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.
Mini-Documentary of the Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict "The Globalization of Dignity," December 8 - 9, 2016

Evelin Gerda Lindner, Medical Doctor, Clinical and Social Psychologist, Ph.D. (Dr. med.), Ph.D. (Dr. psychol.), organizer of the HumanDHS conferences, in supporting of 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]
Please see:
Interview with Evelin Lindner - Challenges of our Time; Learning to Connect, December 8, 2016
Mini-Documentary of the Annual Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict "The Globalization of Dignity," December 8 - 9, 2016

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. We wish to give special thanks to all three for their kind support. Since 2015, CIRC is dormant and 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).
In 2009, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) was co-founded by MC-ICCCR.
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, for her support since 2001.

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, from 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 7, 2017, Columbia University, Teachers College, Everett Lounge

All
The still photos for Thursday, December 7, 2017, come in several web galleries:

We thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Kyle Scott, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely photos!

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

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

We have no words to thank the President of Teachers College, Susan Fuhrman, and the Director of the MD-International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Peter Coleman, together with his wonderful colleagues Danielle Coon, Claudia Cohen, Becca Bass, Charlott Macek, and Drew Pham's successor Keerthana Hirudayakanth, for having hosted our workshop also this year. What a gift Teachers College gives to the world by hosting a global dignity workshop! Our gratitude goes also to many other valued friends at Teachers College who are all so kind to make our workshop possible - thank you dear Samantha Lu and Portia Williams, dear Joe Levine, Kofi Asare, Jasmine Ortiz, Hua-Chu Yen, Kevin Waldron, James Kearney, Sandra Afflick, and Jennifer Govan, to name only a few!

Rick Slaven courageously stepped up again to manage everything from our registration table to dignifunding! He was joined by Bonnie Selterman, who most lovingly took over whenever needed!


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



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

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

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


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


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

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


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

Building a World of Dignifying Dialogue: Introducing the Appreciative Frame of our Dignity Approach (2017 Video, blocked due to the copy right claims for a song | 2016 Video | 2014 Pdf)

Linda M. Hartling, Ph.D., Director of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network.

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.
•  Appreciative Frame shared on December 8, 2016, at the 2016 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 8 – 9, 2016.

10.30 am Introducing Everyone with Philip M. Brown (Video)


Getting to Know Each Other (Video)

First round of introductions in five groups of identifications:
1. Higher Education: University - College
1.2 Higher Education - group 2
2. Visual or Performing Arts or Other
3. Human Services: NGOs/Nor-for-Profits

Second round of introductions in five groups of identifications:
1. Spiritual Development
2. Reading / Writing
3. Physical Activity: Sports/Dancing/Gardening
4. Visual/Performing Arts
5. Family (this was the small group that Michael Greene asked to be added on the spot)


Linda Hartling Read from Kim Stafford's Poetry (Video)

 


 

11.00 am – 11.30 am A Global Dignilogue with Evelin Lindner and Linda Hartling (Video)

We shared what happened at our 29th Dignity Conference in Indore, India August 16 - 19, 2017:
WDU Message: Shashi Kumar and Mike Morgan (August 18)
Pranjali Singh Parihar Taught 'Kathak' Dance to Nira Shahaf (August 16)
Pranjali Singh Parihar Taught Nira Shahaf to Dance 'Kathak' (August 18)
Dr. Amita Neerav Sang 'Kisi Ki Yaad Mein Dunia Ko Hai Bhilaaye Hue' (August 19)
Invitation to a Future that Dignifies People and the Planet: New Definitions of Heroism, by Evelin Lindner, on Behalf of Humankind, India, August and September 2017.


The still photos for Thursday, December 7, 2017, come in several web galleries:

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

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

We Asked for Permission to Post Photos and Videos (Video)

Martha Eddy's Interlude (Video)

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 an inspiration; the topic of humiliation is so new and multifaceted, as is dignity, that we do not wish to force it into too rigid and narrow structures

Phil Brown invited into Dignity Dialogues (Dignilogues) (Video)

How we usually go about: Every contributor has ca. 7-10 minutes to present her entry point into the dialogue, then we have an open dialogue. 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 contributors to the dialogue: while one Moderator makes a contribution to the dialogue, 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 contributions immediately following the dignilogue, and identify three "Key Learning Points" from the dialogue."
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 dialogue after presentations, and summarize highlights.
Dignilogue Contributors present their contributions within the alloted time frame and nurture a lively dialogue

Please see background information created by Linda M. Hartling:
•  Dignilogue: An Introduction to Dignity + Dialogue
created on 31th May 2015
•  Introducing the Open Space Format to the HumanDHS Network, longer version created on 13th August 2012
•  Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on 10th October 2015 for our 2015 New York Workshop
•  Our Open Space Dignilogue Format, created on 12th August 2012 for our 2012 Norway Conference
•  See also A Summary of Our Dignilogue Format created in 2010 for you to download
•  See also Appreciative Facilitation: Hints for Dignilogue Moderators, written in February 2006 by Judith Thompson to support the Moderators of our workshops

Honorary Convenor 2003 – 2017: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: David C. Yamada and Adair Linn Nagata
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven
See here a Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download
For the history of Dignilogue 1, see our Past Workshops




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

Participants in Dignilogue 1:

 

•  Michael L. Perlin, together with his son Alexander J. Perlin, co-authored by Alison Lynch (Video)

- "Them Who Are Slandered and Humiliated": How Marijuana Arrest Patterns Perpetuate a Racist Criminal Justice System and Shame and Humiliate Minority Youth (2017) (Video | Pdf)
- “She’s Nobody’s Child/The Law Can’t Touch Her at All”: Seeking to Bring Dignity to Legal Proceedings Involving Juveniles (2016)
- “Had to be Held down by Big Police”: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Perspective on Interactions between Police and Persons with Mental Disabilities (2015)

•  Claudia Cohen (Video)

- Dignity As a Practice: The Nonhuman Rights Project (2017) (Video)
- Is Dignity Possible During War Time? A Small Act of Humanity... (2016)
- Emotional Awareness: Can it Mitigate Against the Experience of Humiliation and Promote Constructive Conflict Resolution? (2009)

•  Tony Gaskew (Video)

- The Metaphysical Nature of Justice (2017) (Video)
- Creating Spaces for Dignity: Policing in Communities of Color (2015) (Video 1, Video 2 next day)
- Rethinking Prison Reentry: Transforming Humiliation into Humility (2014) (Abstract | Pdf | Video)
- Released: Searching for Dignity and Respect Through Prison Re-entry Initiatives (2010)
- The Role of Humiliation and Dignity for Structural, and Political Violence (2009)

•  Fonkem Achankeng I, and his daughter Ndemazea Fonkem (Video)

- Imperial Dispossession of ‘Others’ by Falsification of Dignity (2017) (Video | Pdf | Powerpoint)
- The Dignity of the Commons: Re-imagining Life Experiences from the Poor & Homeless to International Politics (2016) (Pdf | Powerpoint)
- Human Dignity & A World Beyond War: Partnerships and Collaborations in Our Global Commons (2015)
- You are invited to learn more about the history of the conflict in British-Cameroon from a debate organized in South Africa, to see one of Fonkem's articles on the conflict, and a letter addressed to the President of Republique du Cameroon by a party in the country in 2012.

•  Janet Gerson (Video)

- Climate Catastrophe and Political Discourse (2017) (Video)
- Bullying: Nuclear, Presidential, Patriarchial (2016) (Video)
- Janet also thinks of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah as having the pain, the humility, and the awe of being human, see 4'38'' or 7'21''

•  Sasha Moore (Video)

- Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2017
- An Intercultural Communicative Competency Handbook for Law Enforcement Personnel: The Transgender Community and Beyond (2017) (Video)
Thanks for stepping in for James Shanahan!

Open Chair Contributors:

 

•  Michael Greene (Video)

- Comments (2017) (Video)

•  Bonnie Selterman (Video)

- Poem "Consume This" (2017) (Video | Pdf)
- Comments to Dignilogue 1 (2017) (Video)
- Comments to Dignilogue 2 (2017) (Video)
- Poem "No Shoes" (Video | Pdf) (2016)
- Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2015

Moderator David C. Yamada Wrapped up Dignilogue 1 (Video)

They planned to join us and were unfortunately hindered to be with us:

•  James Shanahan

- The Role of Dignity and Humiliation for Current Advances in Police Training (2009)
- Conflict Resolution: Spirit & Technique - A comprehensive course taught for law enforcement officers, critical incident workers and other emergency first responders (2012)

•  Beth Fisher-Yoshida

 

•  Kathy Komaroff Goodman

 

•  Gay Rosenblum-Kumar

- Looking Back on 25 Years of Building Capacities for Conflict Prevention and Transformation in the United Nations (2014)
- Horizontal Inequality and Humiliation: Public Policy for Disaffection or Cohesion? (2005)
- Humiliation, Conflict and Public Policy (2004)

12.45 pm - 1.30 pm Lunch & Digniloging, Digniposters, Digniart, Dignibeing, Dignimovement & Announcements of our News, including the 2016 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

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

Talia Shafir's Interlude (Video)

Evelin Lindner Explained the "Message to the World" (Video)


Linda Hartling Read from Kim Stafford's Poetry (Video)

Michael Britton Invited into Local Dignity Now Group Building (Video)

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

For the past decade, we have continuously worked to dignify the traditional institution "conference." The Open Space movement originally 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 motivating impetus 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). Please see an Introduction into the Dignilogue Sessions Format, created by Linda Hartling on August 12, 2012, for our 2012 Norway Conference, and read more about the Dignilogue format and what it entails. See also Linda's Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on October 10, 2015, for last year's workshop, and Gabriela Saab's Dignigardener Tips created on December 6, 2016. See, furthermore, our reflections on Appreciative Nurturing.

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 read about the way we work in our newsletter10.

There are two main ways to conduct our WDU videos:
1. Each group can choose two representatives (usually the initiator chooses one participant in the group) and they engage in a short dialogue (example). Advantage: the message may be clearer.
2. The entire group can stand in front of the camera (example). Advantage: everybody is being included.

For our 2015 workshop, 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.

Dignilogue Topics That Emerged (Video)


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all Dignilogue posters


The initiators of topics explained them briefly (video)

Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making (Video)

 


Co-Created Dignilogue 1 "How to Reach the Unreachable About the Marginalized?" (Video)


Co-Created Dignilogue 2 "Education for Dignity" (Video, unfortunately recorded without audio)


• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 17 photos of Day One

Co-Created Dignilogue 3 "How to "Do" Dignity - Dignity As a Verb" (Video)


Co-Created Dignilogue 4 "Ageism Goes Both Ways!" (Video, unfortunately, only the preparations were recorded)

Participants in Co-Created Dignilogues # 1 and # 2 on Day One and Day Two of the Workshop

The still photos for Thursday, December 7, 2017, come in several web galleries:

We thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Kyle Scott, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely photos!

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

 

• Our hosts were warmly invited to participate in this workshop:

•  Eric Marcus, Becca Bass, Aimee Lace, Kim Nguyen, Charlott Macek, and Keerthana Hirudayakanth, of the MD-ICCCR, Teachers College, Columbia University, were all warmly invited to spend as much time with us as possible
•  Joshua Fisher, Azin Aliabadi, Kristen Rucki, Meredith Smith, and Connie Sun, of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), Earth Institute, Columbia University, were all warmly invited to spend as much time with us as possible
•  Harriet Jackson, Teachers College External Affairs, was warmly invited to spend as much time with us as possible
•  Venera Kusari, Columbia University, was warmly invited to spend as much time with us as possible

•  Brian D'Agostino

- Dignity, Humiliation, and Social Transformation, in Psychohistory News, vol. 37, no. 1 (Winter 2018), an overview of the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7 - 8, 2017.
- Militarism, Machismo, and the Regulation of Self-Image, in The Journal of Psychohistory 45 (3, Winter 2018)
Abstract: The topic of militarism could hardly be more timely. In 2015, the world failed to meet the Millennium Development Goals while spending over 1.6 trillion dollars on war and war preparations (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2016), more than ten times what it would have cost to meet them (United Nations Development Program, 2012).

•  Irene Javors

- Do Ask; Do Tell: Contemporary Questions For Psychohistorians and Psychobiographers (2017)
- Please see her 2017 Appreciative Introduction

•  Jonathan Cohen

- Please see his Appreciative Introduction 2017

•  Adair Linn Nataga

•  Barbe Chambliss

•  Renée Monrose

See Renée Monrose's Face-to-Face exhibition at the Union Theological Seminary

•  Mara Alagic

 

•  Glyn Rimmington

•  Qin Shao

•  Martha Eddy

- Mindful Movement, book talk at Gottesman Libraries on December 6, 2016.

•  Talia Shafir

- Somatic Psychology and Dignity (2017)

•  Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra

- Nature, Dignity and Conflict: A Perspective from Indian Philosophy (2017)
"The tension between the Gandhian vision of Gram Swaraj (village self-rule) and the Nehruvian vision of heavy industrialization contributed to this friction. The paper, while focusing on these tensions, factors dignity in the analysis, and emphasizes how the undermining of dignity has contributed to ecological imbalance in India.""We can certainly realize our full destiny and dignity only if we educate and train ourselves to be able to refrain from retaliation." ― Mahatma Gandhi.

•  Zaynab El Bernoussi

- Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right? (2017) (Pdf | Video of Introduction | Video of Dignilogue Preparations | Lifestreaming by Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury | Video of Summary)
- Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2017 and see also Visiting Scholar Sheds New Light on Concepts of Dignity

•  Rambabu Talluri

- Journey with Lenape Tribe for Defending their Rights and Sustainable Development (2017)

•  Maria E. Guillen

•  Mecke Nagel

- Troubling Justice: Towards a Ludic Ubuntu Ethic (2016)

•  Arndt Hassel

•  Antti Pentikäinen and Viena Pentikäinen

 

•  Candice Nompumelelo Mama

•  Linné Deacon

Ndemazea Fonkem, daughter of Fonkem Achankeng I

•  Liliana Lisbão

•  Katherine Stoessel

•  Ariel Lublin

- Ariel Lublin Introduced Herself (Video)


•  Erin Reilly for Ani Kalayjian

- Transforming Humiliation Through Soul-Surfing: Movement and Breathing (2017, see also Ani Kalayjian's new book Forget Me Not: 7-Steps for Healing our Body, Mind, Spirit, and Mother Earth, and BronxNet TV on May 24, 2017 (Armenia), August 23, 2017 (Haiti), October 18, 2017 (Perspectives), October 18, 2017 (UN), and a Teleconference on January 8, 2018)
- Align with Mother Earth (2016)
- I Am a Syrian Refugee (2015) (Pdf | Video)
- Transforming Horizontal Violence in Haiti through 7-step Integrative Healing Model, and Forgiveness and Peace Gardens (with Lorraine Simmons, 2015)

•  Spes Manirakiza

•  Brandon Scott and his brother Kyle Scott

•  Karen Hirsch

•  Holly O'Grady

•  Judit Révész

- Judit Révész Introduced Herself (Video)

•  Roberta L. Kosberg

 

•  Denyse Kapelus

•  Denise Shaw

•  Jillian Post

- Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2017

•  Ted Schulman

•  Bruno Varela

- Bruno Varela Introduced Himself (Video)

•  Barbara DeCosta

- Barbara De Costa Introduced Herself (Video)

•  Michael Brannigan

•  Barbara Bodine

- Barbara Bodine Introduced Herself (Video)

•  Michelle Jones

•  Tunde Weekes (together with Doaa Rashed)

 

•  Musicologist Michael Sherwin and Rose Sherwin

•  Sean Keller, a friend of Helena Norberg-Hodge

- The Economics of Happiness Workshop and Toolkit is a do-it-yourself tool for activists and others who want to kick-start effective global-to-local action in their community or within an existing group.
- See a short animation on "going local" (translated into over 25 languages, giving a brief overview of what economic localization is and why it's so important for our future)
- "Globalization and Terror," by Helena Norberg-Hodge, in Local Futures, Economics of Happiness, October 28, 2015:
...Despite the clear connection between the spread of the global monoculture and ethnic conflict, many in the West place responsibility at the feet of tradition rather than modernity, blaming “ancient hatreds” that have smoldered beneath the surface for centuries. Certainly ethnic friction is a phenomenon that predates colonialism and modernization. But after four decades of documenting and analyzing the effects of globalization on the Indian subcontinent, I am convinced that becoming connected to the global consumer economy doesn’t just exacerbate existing tensions—in many cases it actually creates them. The arrival of the global economy breaks down human-scale structures, destroys bonds of reciprocity and mutual dependence, and pressures the young to substitute their own culture and values with the artificial values of advertising and the media. In effect this means rejecting one’s own identity and rejecting one’s self. In the case of Ladakh, it is clear that “ancient hatreds” didn’t previously exist and cannot account for the sudden appearance of violence... By improving conditions in villages, towns and small cities, this strategy would also help stem the unhealthy tide of urbanization—the depopulation of rural areas that is structurally linked to corporate-led globalization. We also need to look critically even at those well-meaning proposals, like the UN’s recent Sustainable Development Goals, that call for further “aid” to the Global South to alleviate poverty (a presumed cause of terrorism). The elimination of poverty is certainly a worthy goal, but most aid is export-oriented and actually increases real poverty while tying people more tightly to a global economy over which they have no control. It undermines the ability of communities and whole nations to produce for their own needs, maintain their own culture, and determine their own future. It cannot prevent either poverty or terrorism. Like further trade deregulation, most development aid primarily enables global corporations to exploit labor, resources, and markets worldwide...

They planned to join us and were unfortunately hindered to be with us:

•  Daniel Rothbart

- Invading the Mind and Controlling Population Groups: The Power of Systemic Humiliation (2016)

•  Eileen Barker and Russell Wilkie

- Forgiveness as a Path to Dignity (2016)

•  Jackie Wasilewski and Marek Kaminski

- The Role of Dignity and Humiliation in Indigenous Cultures and Its Usefulness for Global Dialogue (2009)
- Transforming Humiliation: Spiritual and Dialogic Aspects (2011)

•  Merle Lefkoff

- Indigenous Knowledge and the New Science of Complex Adaptive Systems (see Video) (2016)
- When the Butterfly Flaps Her Wings in Gaza (2005)

•  Gabriela Saab

- Empathy, or Why Humanity Cannot See Itself as One Group and How We Could Change That from a Local Perspective (2016)

•  Mariana Ferraz, please see her Appreciative Introduction

 

•  Rita Anita Linger

- Enhancing Dignity and Reducing Humiliation through the Practice of Mind-Body Skills (2016)

•  Lyndon Harris

- No Future Without Forgiveness: Strategic Aims and Considerations for the Gardens of Forgiveness Movement (Video) (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

•  Maria Lund

 

•  David Yau-Fai Ho and Guangdong "Nina" Shao

- David's Expressive Dance to Ambush from Ten Sides (2016)
Published on 26 Aug 2016: Yo-Yo Ma is my hero who champions intercultural fertilization in the musical realm. The Silk Road Ensemble he has created is indeed a meeting of strangers who will enrich the musical world across cultures. The piece “Ambush from Ten Sides” is a real success in intercultural fertilization. Its militant tenor invites an interpretation with martial arts as a central component.
- Madness, Violence, and Human Dignity: Transforming Madness for Dignified Existence (2015)

•  Maggie O'Neill

- Humiliation, Social Justice and Ethno-mimesis (2005)
- Forced Migration, Humiliation and Human Dignity: Re-Imagining the Asylum-Migration Nexus through Participatory Action Research (PAR) (2006)
- Humiliation and Human Dignity: Conducting Participatory Action Research with Women Who Sell Sex (see www.safetysoapbox.com) (2007)
- Humiliation, Social Justice and Recognitive Communities: Thinking about the Asylum-Migration-Community Nexus in the Context of HDHS(2012)
-
Refugee Women, Human Rights and Belonging: Educating for Dignity (2013)

•  Anastasia Sarantos Taskin

- Please see her 2017 Appreciative Introduction

•  Carol Smaldino and Angelo Smaldino

- As a Therapist: Cultivating the Dignity of Being Ourselves(2016)
- see also:
- "In a Dialogue: In a Dignilogue," by Carol Smaldino, Huffington Post, December 20, 2016
- "Finding Dignity in Emotional Anguish," by Carol Smaldino, Huffington Post, December 29, 2016
- Vulnerability Protected: Respecting the Rawness of Vulnerability and Giving it the Protection it Needs (2015)

•  Joni and William Baird

- Joni and Bill Baird co-direct a non-profit organization for women’s rights. Bill Baird’s U.S. Supreme Court case, Baird v. Eisenstadt, legalized birth control in the U.S. in 1972.

•  Anne Wyatt-Brown

- Learning and Creativity Throughout One’s Life (2016)
- Aging in the Right Place (2016) (see also Stephen Golant's book)
- Humiliation and Resilience in Higher Education (2015)
- From Auschwitz to the International Court of Justice in the Hague (2010)
- The Burden of Palestinian Education: Undoing Humiliation (2009)
- A Holocaust Narrative of Humiliation and Resilience (2008)
- A Challenge to Medical Hierarchies (2007)
- Humiliation In My Brother’s Image (2006)
- A Woman in Berlin: The Complexity of Humiliation at the End of World War II (2005)

•  Michele Rusinko
•  Hassan Keynan

•  Erin Hilgart

•  Petra Loewen

•  Cornelia Zelter

•  Rose-Anne Moore

•  Stella Nkechi Azuoma

•  George Chidieber Iheanacho

•   Éva Fülöp

•  Melissa Lisbão

•  Karen Murphy

•  Courtney Eye Furlong

•  Claudia Maffettone

•  Lucien Lombardo

•  Vincent Lombardi and his wife
•  Steven Moffic

•  Bob Lenz

•  Sharon Ellison

•  Laura McGrew

•  Robert Paul Churchill

•  Christine de Michele

•  Sandra Harris

•  Floyd Webster Rudmin

•  Kebadu Gebremariam

•  Alberto Collazzoni

•  Cyrien Kanamugire

•  Noriko Ishihara

•  Tony Allicino

•  Poul Poder

•  Mariana Vergara

•  Kiyoko Sueda

•  Connie Dawson

•  Domício Coutinho

•  Antoinette Errante
•  Ted Hall

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, "The Nature of Dignity and the Dignity of Nature," Columbia University, Teachers College, Everett Lounge
Everybody is always invited to our public events, entrance is free, since our work is a labor of love and we offer it as a gift!

 

•  Linda Hartling, Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) 


The still photos for the Public Event come in several web galleries:
• Please click here to see all of the 18 still photos of the Public Event taken with Evelin Lindner's video camera
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 42 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 3 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Joe Levine's 2 photos at the Public Event

• Please click here to see all 8 photos downloaded from Facebook

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



•  Betty Reardon, the Mother of Peace Education, Honored Us with Her Presence

•  Judit Révész and Ikhlaq Hussein Honored Us with Their Presence


The still photos for the Public Event come in several web galleries:
• Please click here to see all of the 18 still photos of the Public Event taken with Evelin Lindner's video camera
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 42 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 3 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Joe Levine's 2 photos at the Public Event

• Please click here to see all 8 photos downloaded from Facebook

•  Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: An Explosive Mix - And How We Can Defuse It with DignityEvelin Lindner, Founding President, HumanDHS, (Video | Book)

Please see Severn Suzuki speaking at Rio92, published on June 16, 2013. Thanks, dear Ardian Adzanela!

•  Musical Contribution by Fred Ellis, Singing His Song "Stardust" (Video | thank you, dear Mara, for your lovely recording!)


•  David Yamada Led Everybody in Singing "A Wonderful World" (Video)

•  Saying Good-Bye


The still photos for the Public Event come in several web galleries:
• Please click here to see all of the 18 still photos of the Public Event taken with Evelin Lindner's video camera
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 42 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Glyn Rimmington's 3 photos of the Public Event
• Please click here to see all of Joe Levine's 2 photos at the Public Event

•  7.00 pm Ending of our Public Event

On IDEA(L)S IN A FOREST: An imaginative reflection
Peace linguist Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist from Recife, Brazil, president of the Board and Co-founder of ABA Global Education in Recife, and author of Dignity - A Multidimensional View, in Dignity Press, 2013, sent this reflection as a gift to the conference participants on December 2, 2017:

When ideas into a forest walk
About what do its trees talk?

When ideals a forest penetrate
What do plants seem to celebrate?

When in a forest, ideas into ideals are transformed
How are forest visitors' beliefs deeply reformed?

When, in a forest, ideas are treated with dignity
How do they become inspiring ideals for Humanity?

When our ideas about Nature into ideals are elevated
How can the Dignity of Nature be globally cultivated?

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

Glittering with possibilities,
May we carry these seeds,
Guided by wisdom and the wind,
Reforesting lives,
Replenishing the planet,
So all can breathe
Dignity.

• Click on the photos above to see them larger.

 


 

Day Two, Friday, December 8, 2017, Columbia University, Teachers College, Everett Lounge

All


The still photos for Friday, December 8, 2017, come in several web galleries:

We thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely photos!


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

Morning: Listening, Learning, and Digniloging

10.00 am Linda Hartling Welcomed All Participants and Shared Practical Details (Video)

Rick Slaven with Humor, on Nametags (Video)


10.15 am - 11.00 am The Nature of Dignity and the Dignity of Nature (Video)
Michael Britton always holds our Don Klein Memorial Lecture in the place of the lecture that Don Klein held each year until he passed away in 2007, titled 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 prepared thank-you cards for the workshop 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

Martha Eddy's Interlude (Video)

Recognitions, Remembrances, and Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration

 

Michael F. Britton Received the Human Dignity (Half!) Lifetime Award! (Background | Video)


Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony! (Video)


From left: Rambabu Talluri, Janet Gerson, Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury, Candice Mama, Renée Monrose, Mara Alagic, Bonnie Selterman, Spes Manirakiza, Adair Linn Nagata, Zuzana Luckay Mihalcinová, also Hua-Chu Yen, and Karen Hirsch

The still photos for the Beacon of Dignity Award Ceremony come in two web galleries:
• Please click here to see all of Candice Mama's 15 photos
• Please click here to see all of Rambabu Talluri's 37 photos

11.00 am - 12.15 pm Dignilogue 2: How Can We Cultivate Dignity?

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

Honorary Convenor: Morton Deutsch
Moderators: Michael L. Perlin and Janet Gerson
Seating Manager: Rick Slaven
See here a Summary of Our Dignilogue Format for you to download
For the history of Dignilogue 2, see our Past Workshops




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

Participants in Dignilogue 2:

 

•  David C. Yamada (Video)

"Can a Narcissist Feel Your Pain? (Maybe Yes, Study Suggests)", by David Yamada, Minding the Workplace The New Workplace Institute Blog, May 31, 2014
- American Elders: Human Dignity and the Aging Population (2012)
- Intellectual Activism: Using Blogs and Social Media to Advance a Human Dignity Agenda (2011)
- The Dignifying Effects of Workplace Bullying Legislation (2009)


•  Danielle Coon (Video)

•  Phil Brown (Video)

- Developing a Dignifying Culture in K-12 Schools (2017) (Video) See also the book edited by Phil Brown, Student Discipline: A Prosocial Perspective (2016)
Prosocial Education: Developing Caring, Capable Citizens, abstract presented at the 2012 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 6-7, 2012.
Prosocial Development: Defining the Basis for Prosocial Education, discussant background notes presented at the 2011 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 8-9, 2011. See also a slide of the Prosocial Double Helix.
-  Prosocial Education, prepared by Ann Higgins D'Alessandro, Fordham University, and edited by Philip Brown, Rutgers University, for the 2010 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 9-10, 2010.
-   Philip M. Brown kindly guest-edited "Humiliation in the Academic Setting," A Special Symposium Issue of Experiments in Education, published by the S.I.T.U. Council of Educational Research in 2008.
- Reflections on Policy and Humiliation: Addressing the Needs of Poor Minority Children in New Jersey’s Public Schools, draft paper presented at Round Table 3 of the 2005 Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 15-16, 2005.
- Humiliation, Bullying and Caring in School Communities, paper presented at the Workshop on Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, November 18-19, 2004.

•  Doaa Rashed (Video)

- How Can We Cultivate Dignity (2017) (Video)

•  Zuzana Luckay Mihalčinová (Video)

- See the flyer of the Wiener Woche der Würde (Vienna Week of Dignity) that Zuzana plans together with Katha Schinkinger, Christiane Bertolini, and Martin Rohla


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

- Mindful Speech (2016)

Open Chair Contributors:

 

•  Bonnie Selterman (Video)

- Poem "Consume This" (2017) (Video | Pdf)
- Comments to Dignilogue 1 (2017) (Video)
- Comments to Dignilogue 2 (2017) (Video)
- Poem "No Shoes" (2016) (Video | Pdf)
- Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2015

•  Barbe Chambliss (Video)

•  Moderator Michael L. Perlin Wrapped up Dignilogue 2 (Video)


They planned to join us and were unfortunately hindered to be with us:

•  Annette Anderson-Engler

- Humiliation Through Silent Grief in Women: When Words Are Not Enough (2010)
- Shared Narratives: The “Voice” of Personal and Social Identity – Are we Listening? (2009)
- Constructing and Reconstructing Narratives – A Passageway to Personal Meaning and Social Change (2007)
- Displaced Identity and Humiliation in Children of Vietnam Veterans (2005)
- Humiliation and Displaced Identity (2004)

•  Grace Feuerverger

- The Fairy Tale as a Pathway Toward Dignity for Children of War and Other Oppressions (2016)
- Auto-Ethnographic Reflections on the Immigrant and Refugee Experience in an Inner-city High School in Toronto (2012)
- Acts of “Great Generosity of Spirit”: The Classroom as a Pathway Toward Abundance and Dignity (2011)
- On the Child's Right to Identity, the Best Interests of the Child and Human Dignity (2009)
- Teaching and Writing Vulnerably: An Auto-Ethnography about Schools as Places of Hope (2009)
- Building Bridges to Peace and Social Justice: An Emancipatory Discourse in a Jewish-Palestinian Village in Israel (2006)
- The "School For Peace": A Conflict Resolution Program in a Jewish-Palestinian Village (2005)

12.15 pm - 1.00 pm Lunch & Digniloging, Digniposters, Digniart, Dignibeing, Dignimovement & Announcements of our News, including the 2016 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.



Renée Monrose has created the wonderful Face-to-Face exhibition at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with Columbia University in Manhattan. Thank you so much, dear Adair, for introducing us to Renée! What an amazing gift it was that our workshop participants were able to visit your exhibition, dear Renée!
• Please click on the photos from December 8 and 9, in the two rows below, or click here to see them larger.

• Please click on the photos in the top row or here to see more pictures of Renée in November 2016.
• Please click here, to see more pictures from last year.

Afternoon: Co-Creating: Turning Ideas into Action

 

For the history of Dignilogue 3 see our Past Workshops
(until 2013, when it was replaced by co-created dignilogues)

 

1.30 pm - 4.45 pm Co-Created Dignilogues # 2 - Facilitated by David Yamada, Arndt Hassel, and Linda Hartling (Video)

Dignilogue Topics That Emerged



• Please click on the photos above or here to see all Dignilogue posters

Candice Mama and Mecke Nagel Explained Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic (Video)

Glyn Rimmington Explained His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic (Video)

Spes Manirakiza and Talia Shafir Explained Their Co-Created Dignilogue Topic (Video)


Zaynab El Bernoussi Explained Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic (Video)


Ted Schulman Explained His Co-Created Dignilogue Topic (Video)

Bonnie Selterman Explained Her Co-Created Dignilogue Topic (Video)

Co-Created Dignilogues in the Making (Video)

 


 

Michael Britton Explained the "WDU Message to the World" (Video)


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

Co-Created Dignilogue 5 "Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right?" (Video of Zaynab El Bernoussi's Introduction and Pdf | Video of Preparations | Lifestreaming by Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury | Video of Zaynab El Bernoussi's Summary)

•  Zaynab El Bernoussi

- Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right? (2017) (Pdf | Video of Introduction | Video of Dignilogue Preparations | Lifestreaming by Bhante Revata Chipapong Chowdhury | Video of Summary)
- Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2017 and see also Visiting Scholar Sheds New Light on Concepts of Dignity

 

Co-Created Dignilogue 6 "Restorative Justice and Forgiveness" (Video)


Co-Created Dignilogue 7 "Dignity, Technology and Evolution" (Video)


Co-Created Dignilogue 8 "Transforming Power Abuse into Dignity" (Video)

Closing Thank-You Round

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

4.15 pm - 5.00 pm Closing Ceremony - Moving into the World (Video)


We thank Kathy Komaroff Goodman for sharing with us What A Wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong!

We thank David Yamada for singing with us What a Wonderful World:
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!

Linda always reminds of this poem by Oregonian poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940):
Outwitted:
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!


The still photos for Friday, December 8, 2017, come in several web galleries:

We thank Glyn Rimmington, Renée Monrose, Hua-Chu Yen, Rambabu Talluri, Candice Mama, and many others, for taking such lovely photos!


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

5.00 pm End of Day Two of our workshop

 


 

Prior and Subsequent to our Workshop




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

Thank you so much, dear Glyn, and Harriet!

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

Thank you so much, dear Liliana and Melissa!

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

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

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

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

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

December 14, 2017: Saying good-bye to everybody at Teachers College... To Peter and his wonderful MD-ICCCR team, to Joe Levine of TC's External Affairs, to Jennifer Govan of Gottesman Libraries, and many many more, altogether I said good-bye to 36 people and thanked them for their wonderful support for our dignity work and our workshop!
December 12, 2017, how wonderful to meet with Karen Fuller at DOROT, brought to us by Adair Linn Nagata! Karen is the Director of Health and Nutrition Services at DOROT-Generations Helping Generations, in New York City. See her standing on my left side in the back of the photo. On my other side is Shannon O'Connor!
• Please click on the picture above to see it larger!
December 11, 2017, how wonderful to reconnect with Eric Marcus! We both miss Morton Deutsch so very much...
I will always be so thankful for being included with my chapter titled "Emotion and Conflict: Why It Is Important to Understand How Emotions Affect Conflict and How Conflict Affects Emotions," in Morton Deutsch, Peter T. Coleman, and Eric C. Marcus (Eds.), The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition, Chapter 12, pp. 283-309, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-118-52686-6, 1272 pages. See the Book Launch Event Page.
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December 6, 2017, what a wonderful End Of Year Gathering at the MD-ICCCR Center! We were able to express our profound gratitude and thanks to Peter Coleman and his team for hosting our "Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict" every year since 2003! So nice to catch up with so many dear friends!
• Please click on the pictures above or here to see more photos.
December 6, 2017, our dear Linda was leading our board meeting as lovingly as always, with dear Rick Slaven, our Director of Dignifunding, and our dear Uli Spalthoff participating from Dörzbach in Germany via Skype!
Please see:
Good News December 2017
• Ulrich Spalthoff: The Dignity Press flyer of 2016
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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
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2015 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
• Papers, Abstracts, and Notes for the 2016 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict

 

Abstracts/Notes/Papers of 2017

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

Brian D'Agostino (2018)
Dignity, Humiliation, and Social Transformation, in Psychohistory News, vol. 37, no. 1 (Winter 2018), an overview over the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7 - 8, 2017.

Brian D'Agostino (2018)
Militarism, Machismo, and the Regulation of Self-Image, in The Journal of Psychohistory 45 (3, Winter 2018)
Abstract: The topic of militarism could hardly be more timely. In 2015, the world failed to meet the Millennium Development Goals while spending over 1.6 trillion dollars on war and war preparations (Stockholm International Peace Research Insti- tute, 2016), more than ten times what it would have cost to meet them (United Nations Development Program, 2012).

Janet Gerson (2017)
Climate Catastrophe and Political Discourse (2017) (Video)
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Tony Gaskew (2017)
The Metaphysical Nature of Justice (Video)
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Claudia Cohen (2017)
Dignity As a Practice: The Nonhuman Rights Project (Video)
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Philip M. Brown (2017)
Developing a Dignifying Culture in K-12 Schools (Video)
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017. See also the book edited by Phil Brown, Student Discipline: A Prosocial Perspective (2016)

Rambabu Talluri (2017)
Journey with Lenape Tribe for Defending their Rights and Sustainable Development
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Irene Javors (2017)
Do Ask; Do Tell: Contemporary Questions For Psychohistorians and Psychobiographers
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra (2017)
Nature, Dignity and Conflict: A Perspective from Indian Philosophy
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Zaynab El Bernoussi (2017)
Can Dignity Become a Constitutional Right? (Pdf | Video of Introduction | Video of Dignilogue Preparations | Lifestreaming by Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury | Video of Summary)
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017. Please see her Appreciative Introduction 2017 and see also Visiting Scholar Sheds New Light on Concepts of Dignity.

Doaa Rashed and Tunde Weekes (2017)
How Can We Cultivate Dignity (Video)
Contribution shared at the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Michael L. Perlin, Alexander J. Perlin, and Alyson Lynch (2017)
"Them Who Are Slandered and Humiliated": How Marijuana Arrest Patterns Perpetuate a Racist Criminal Justice System and Shame and Humiliate Minority Youth (Video | Pdf)
Contribution to the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

Fonkem Achankeng I (2017)
Imperial Dispossession of ‘Others’ by Falsification of Dignity
(Video | Pdf | Powerpoint)
Contribution to the 2017 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Columbia University, New York City, December 7-8, 2017.

 

 

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

•  Mission LifeForce - Law Is Upside Down, Mission LifeForce, November 7, 2017, #MissionLifeForce - right now, dangerous industrial activity is legally permitted, while resisting it is criminalised. But we can change this. Go to https://missionlifeforce.org to become a legal trustee of the Earth and help fund a law to protect our planet, our communities, and all those who take action as conscientious protectors.

•  Presenting your Earth Protectors Defence in Court, Mission LifeForce, November 7, 2017, Key information for conscientious protectors - activists who are trustees of the Earth Protectors Trust Fund and wishing to use the document in a court of law. Go to https://missionlifeforce.org for more information on how to become a legal trustee of the Earth and help fund a law to protect our planet, our communities, and all those who take action as conscientious protectors. #conscientiousprotectors #earthprotectors

•  "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."