33rd Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
A 'Caravan' conference titled 'Cultivating Good Living Amazon: Nurturing Solidarity with Mother Earth'

Amazonia, Brasil

28th August – 3rd September 2019 in Marabá, the State of Pará
3rd September – 7th September 2019 in Belém, capital of the State of Pará
A WhatsApp group was created for the conference on 12th August 2019

This very special Dignity Conference began on 28th August 2019 in Marabá, the 'gate to the industrialisation of the Amazon', and ended in Belém, a place of immense cultural diversity, visionary history and indigenous roots, culminating on World Amazon Day on September 5th. This conference was not a traditional conference, where participants come to a fixed place, it was a 'caravan' conference, where the conveners of the conference went to the participants to engage in dignity dialogues. The conference took place at the time when the Amazon had just been set on fire (starting on 10th August) and everyone was in a state of anxiety, alarm, and emergency. Also important institution were being set 'on fire', albeit in a different way, while we had our conference, such as the federal university of the city of Marabá that was scheduled to be closed due to funding being cut. In this dire situation, we attempted to be as supportive as possible and carry out a caravan of dialogues. We had the privilege of learning from the true experts of sustainable dignifying life, namely, those who know how to live with the rain forest and its water ways, rather than against it – we admired the knowledge of a fishing community and a gardening community. We also had the privilege of speaking at the City Council of Marabá, we went to schools and the university (as it was still open for the last days). In Belém, we were honoured by being invited into the Legislative Assembly of the State of Pará on the Amazon Day.

This region of the Brazilian Amazon has the greatest biodiversity and concentration of iron ore and drinking water in the world. But it also has the world’s highest statistic for murdered activists and contains the most violent cities (genocide of black youth and extreme abuse of women), with the worst high school education in Brasil (Dan Baron, 10th January 2018).

If you wish to participate in our conferences, please email us! Please know that you are invited to spend the entire conference with us, so that true dignity-family-building can emerge! All our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community.
You are invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form, print it out, and bring it with you.
There is no registration fee, we usually share minimal cost according to ability at the end.


In 2012, the AfroRaiz Collective of Cabelo Seco, Marabá, Pará State, sang 'Amazon, Our Land' (picture in the middle).
Since 10th August 2019, their land is on fire (photos from Alter do Chão, Pará State, 16th September 2019).
See Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour)

The conference had two parts, the first in Marabá, the second in Belém
See the invitation letter, in English and Portuguese
See the original programme (en | pt)
(The programme had to be changed from minute to minute, due to the crisis situation, also the dates changed – see the final outcome further down)

1. Caravan of Dignity Dialogues in Marabá
Wednesday, 28th August – Monday, 3rd September
Marabá is the 'gate to the Amazon'
See Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour)

2. Caravan of Dignity Dialogues in Belém
Tuesday, 3rd September – Thursday, 7th September
Belém is the capital and largest city of Pará State in the north of Brasil
Iit is the ideal place for the immersion into its diverse culture and indigenous ways of living

Pre- and Post-Conference Excursions for Those Interested
• For the adventurous: It is possible to go by boat from Belém to Manaus and continue on the Amazonas River from there
• Visit the Castanheiras of Eldorado dos Carajás monument
Monument

Local Hosts, Conveners, and Coordinators

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Manoela Souza and Dan Baron
Directors of the Transformance Institute: Culture & Education
and its AfroRaiz Youth Collective of the 'Rios de Encontro' (Rivers of Meeting) project in the Community University of the Rivers in Marabá, Pará, Brasil
See Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour)


Sandro Ruggeri Dulcet
Directeur général at Humana Comunicação & Tradução, and Director at HUMANA COM & TRAD
See Instituto Humana, Belém, Pará, Brasil


Gabriela Rodrigues Saab Riva
Human Rights Law and Environmental Law (USP)
Specialist in the Right to Water as a Human Right, Researcher of HumanDHS, São Paulo, Brasil
Also host of the WhatsApp Group for the conference

in cooperation with
Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS),
and the World Dignity University initiative

Good Living Amazon is an alternative paradigm project. It is seeded in the small Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco, the first settlement of Marabá City, between the threatened Itacaiúnas and Tocantins rivers, in Pará State. It is coordinated by the Transformance Institute, who hosted the first part of our conference in the Community University of the Rivers. Please visit this interview for background on the Rivers of Meeting project and the community, and watch 'Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour)'.
Dan Baron invites you, if you wish, into a partnership/collaboration with the virtual Networks of Creativity. You are invited to contribute with small videos. He sends us these poems as his welcome:
Good Living
Let Our River Pass
Letter from Mariana

Rios de Encontro (Rivers of Meeting)

The Transformance Institute: Culture & Education and its AfroRaiz Youth Collective in the Community University of the Rivers

Redes de Criatividade rumo à II Fórum Bem Viver

ENCONTRO ABRA 2018: Idealização da metodologia e cronograma do Redes de Criatividade, como contribuição ao Fórum Mundial Alternativo de Água (FAMA)

• If you wish to participate in our conferences, please send us an email. Please know that you are invited to spend the entire conference with us, so that true dignity-family-building can emerge! All of our events are part of an ongoing effort to nurture a global dignity community.

• Thank you for emailing your message and introductory information to conferences@humiliationstudies.org. Please kindly include your contact information and any other details you would like to share with our community (such as CV, papers, articles, presentations, video links, etc.).

• There is no registration fee for our conferences. To cover our expenses, we usually summarise 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.

• You are invited to fill out our Appreciative Introduction form (Word/PDF), print it out, and bring it with you.

• We gratefully count on you to obtain your own tourist visum and make your own transportation and accommodation arrangements. Please see options further down.

• Please see our general invitation for this conference sent out on 24th June 2019, and a personal invitation letter in English and in Brazilian Portuguese.

• Please see here the programme of the conference as it was conceived prior to the conference, in English and in Brazilian Portuguese. Due to the crisis situation, the programme had often to be changed from minute to minute.

• Have a look at all our previous conferences and see also the Newsletters written after our past conferences.

•  How you could get to the conference venue
One way to go to Marabá is via Belém, the capital of the state of Pará. It is 10 hours by bus or 45 minutes by plane (Azul flies from Belém to Marabá). Our caravan conference began in Marabá on the morning of 28th August and ended there on 3rd September 2019. (If we had been a larger group, collective boats, 20 people a time, go from the Imperial Hotel at reasonably prices and provide security. Simple coaches travelling outside or across the city, 40 people a time, are easy, very practical, and cheap).
After our caravan conference ended in Marabá, it continued in Belém in the afternoon of the 3rd September, and lasted until 7th September 2019.

• Where to stay
We always gratefully count on all participants to make their own transportation and accommodation arrangements. Some of the conveners stayed in the Imperial Hotel in Old Marabá, overlooking the River Tocantins. It is clean and modest (ca. 25 USD per night), ca. 12 minutes walk from the Cabelo Seco community, and located among restaurants and open-air bars. The reception speaks Portuguese, but little or no English. Address: Avenida Marechal Deodoro, 1923 Marabá Pioneira Marabá - PA, 68500-020 Telefone: +55 (94) 3321-0323. Internet at the hotel is variable, but good in the Kitutes restaurant and for dinner, reasonable in the Por do Sol (sunset) restaurant.
For Belém, Hotel Soft was recommended by Mano Souza and Dan Baron. Address: 612 Braz de Aguiar Boulevard, Centro, Nazaré Zip code: 66.035-000 Belém, PA, Brasil. It is well-located, a modest and safe city-centre hotel, beside an excellent restaurant for lunch and another for dinner.

We always kindly ask local participants who reside in close proximity of the conference venue to lend a helping hand to those traveling from afar, which also helps us keep our events collaborative, inclusive, and affordable for all.

Please enjoy some articles that introduce you to Cabelo Seco: Festival Beleza Amazônica 9th December 2017, 16th December 2017, and 21st December 2017. Further down, Dan Baron shares more background material. Enjoy some postcards (cartão postal Rios de encontro):

• Please click on the photos above to see them larger!

• Where to eat
Dan Baron kindly shared with us on 30th December 2017: 'Kitutes restaurant is our partner (in the Old City), and guarantees quality, health, diversity and good access for a buffet collective lunch'.

• Pre- and Post-conference experiences
• Visit of the Castanheiras of Eldorado dos Carajas (1999)
Monument
• For the adventurous: It is possible to go by boat from Belém to Manaus and continue on the Amazonas River from there.
Both excursions were not part of the conference.

•  Please kindly note that...
• There is no registration fee for our conferences. To cover our expenses, we always summarise 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 use the invitation letter we send you and inquire in your country and your university about possibilities. See, among others, for the U.S., www.supportcenteronline.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 in our conferences 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 participants during our conferences since we value the creation of mutual trust in relationships and would like to refrain from contributing to an ever more bureaucratic and legalistic society.

•  Green conference and reinventing organization
We strive to organise 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).

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

 


 

•  Frame
•  List of Conveners
•  Programme: Marabá | Belém
•  List of Participants
•  Papers
•  Background Material
•  Previous Reflections on the Format of the Conference
•  Pictures and videos

Still pictures:
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Day One, 28th August 2019
• Please click here to see the pictures of the visit to the Câmara Municipal de Marabá, Prefeitura de Marabá, the City Hall of Marabá or the Marabá City Council
• Please click here to see the pictures of the end of the day in a restaurant overlooking the river Tocantins in Marabá

Day Two, 28th August 2019

Day Three, 30th August 2019

Day Four, 31st August 2019

Day Five, 1st September 2019

Day Six, 2nd September 2019

Day Seven, 3rd September 2019

Day Eight, 4th September 2019

Day Nine, 5th September 2019

Day Ten, 6th September 2019

Day Eleven, 7th September 2019

Videos:
In preparation for the conference:
01 Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour)
02 Gaby Saab Welcomes into the WhatsApp Group, 23rd August 2019
03 Michael Boyer Introduces the Dignity Greeting, 23rd August 2019

Day One, 28th August 2019
04 The members of the Rivers of Encounter Project were welcomed by the City Hall of Marabá, Pará, Amazon, Brasil. This is the relevant section cut out by Evelin Lindner from the video of the entire session that was recorded by the City Hall and posted on their Facebook page
05 The Marabá City Council invited Evelin Lindner to deliver a brief message (recorded on her camera).

Day Four, 31st August 2019

Day Five, 1st September 2019

Day Six, 2nd September 2019

Day Seven, 3rd September 2019

Day Eight, 4th September 2019

Day Nine, 5th September 2019

Day Ten, 6th September 2019

Day Eleven, 7th September 2019

•  What happened in our previous meetings? Please see Newsletters!



 

Frame

by Linda Hartling, 2004

In our meetings we aim at creating a humiliation-free, collaborative learning environment characterised 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 meetings, 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 emphasise 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. Perhaps, this could be conceptualised 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:
An Appreciative Frame: Beginning a Dialogue on Human Dignity and Humiliation, written by Linda in 2005
Appreciative Facilitation: Hints for Round Table Moderators, kindly written in February 2006 by Judith Thompson 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, 27th-30th August 2012, in Oslo, Norway.
- Our Appreciative Frame 3, a video created in December 2014 (see also Pdf), for the 2014 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, in New York City, December 4–5, 2014.
- Appreciative Enquiry 4, a video that was recorded 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, 2nd - 5th June 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

 

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

See the videos made in Brasil when Evelin spent time there in June 2012. See also See also still pictures. Evelin's 2012 Digniventure reflections.

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, the 2014 HumanDHS Lifetime Award, and she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She is affiliated with the University of Oslo, Norway, with its Centre for Gender Research, and with its Department of Psychology (folk.uio.no/evelinl/), furthermore, 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. She is also affiliated 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


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

Dr. Linda M. Hartling is the Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). She is also a Member of the HumanDHS Global Advisory Board, HumanDHS Global Core Team, HumanDHS Global Coordinating Team, HumanDHS Research Team, and HumanDHS Education Team. She is the Editor of the Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (JHDHS).
Hartling 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. Hartling 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, Hartling 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.
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.
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


Gabriela Rodrigues Saab Riva, Organiser, and Convener

Gaby was the host of the WhatsApp Group for the conference.
She is a member of the HumanDHS Research Team and the HumanDHS Education Team.
Gaby has earned her PhD from the University of São Paulo. She holds two Masters in Public International Law and Human Rights. Her studies focus on human rights, environmental protection, and armed conflicts. She graduated from University of São Paulo with a Bachelor's Degree in Law and has completed the Sciences Po International Program in Paris, where she studied sustainable development policies. [read more]


Daniel Baron, Host, Organiser, and Convener

Daniel Baron is a community-based arts-educator and cultural activist, presently living and working in Marabá, in the Amazonian state of Pará, northern Brasil. He studied English Literature at Oxford University where he did doctoral research into theatre as popular education. After a decade of community theatre and mural collaborations dedicated to conflict transformation and social justice with excluded communities in Manchester (Northern England) and Derry (North of Ireland), in 1994 Dan accepted a permanent post in theatre and popular education at the University of Glamorgan, in Wales. He left Wales in 1998 to collaborate as a Visiting Professor at the State University of Santa Catarina and has been collaborating with communities within the Landless, Indigenous, Trade Union and University movements of Brasil ever since. His Pedagogy of Transformance emerged through these collaborations and dialogues with other cultural movements in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Two national awards in 2008 and 2010 from the Ministry of Culture and a national UNICEF award in 2011 allowed Dan to accept an invitation to live and collaborate with the Afro-Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco ('dry hair'), founding community of the city of Marabá, in the quest to develop sustainable communities through living popular culture.
Between 2004-10 Dan was the President of IDEA (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association), and Coordinator of the World Alliance for Arts Education between 2006-2010. He is a member of the World Council of the World Social Forum.
10th January 2018: Good Living Amazon is an alternative paradigm project. It is seeded in the small Afro- Indigenous community of Cabelo Seco, first settlement of Marabá City, between the threatened Itacaiúnas and Tocantins Rivers, Pará State. This region of the Brazilian Amazon has the greatest biodiversity and concentration of iron ore and drinking water in the world. But it also has the world’s highest statistic for murdered activists and contains the most violent cities (genocide of black youth and extreme abuse of women), with the worst high school education in Brasil. [read more]

Dan kindly sent us this in 2018 and 2019:
Letter from Marabá 1: Toxic promises
Letter from Marabá 2: Storms and fury
Letter from Marabá 3: Democracy in prison
Letter from Marabá 4: Our time will return
Letter from Marabá 5: University of good living
Letter from Marabá 6: Touched by the future
Open Diary 'Everything that no-one wants (in the shadows of dictatorship)', 7th September 2018
Atlas of the Future: Brasil’s rivers of creativity: Future League Rios de Encontro, 2019
Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour), August 2019


Francisco Cardoso Gomes de Matos, Peace Linguist, Linguista da Paz, Inspirer, Inspirador

Professor Francisco Gomes de Matos is the co-founder of ABA GLOBAL EDUCATION in Recife, Brasil, and the author of DIGNITY: A Multidimensional View (Dignity Press, 2013). He has taught linguistics and languages at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in Recife, northeastern Brasil till his retirement in 2003. He holds degrees in languages and law from UFPE and in linguistics from the University of Michigan and the Catholic University of São Paulo. [read more]

O que falta ao Brasil? What's Missing in Brasil?
by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist, professor emeritus of Linguistics, Federal University of Pernambuco, and president of the Board, ABA Global Education, Recife, Brasil, 13th December 2017 (Pdf).
In ENEM, the Brazilian National Examination for College Entrance, taken by high school seniors, a written essay in Portuguese is required of examinees. If the topic of year 2017 had been 'What's missing in Brasil?' a resulting huge sample would be provided of how Brazilian pre-university students would perceive and describe gaps in the country's systems of education, pulic health, security, economy, agriculture, industry, media, technology, arts, sciences, inter-government power relations. The universe of essays would enable us to organize many lists, such as a list on what should be done to overcome hunger/poverty/absolute misery and to provide low-cost housing for the poor. Another list would be focused on core values which Brazilians would be short of, such as respect, honesty, integrity, spirituality. In the data bank of essays, we would find examples of Imaginative Citizenship (political parties which would prioritize public health, environmental co-rersponsibility. Imagine, for instance, a political party devoted to environmental dignity). The insights and reflections found in the essays would help adults exercise their critical thinking in a humbling manner, by welcoming young people's suggestions, especially those recommendations aimed at implementing a veritable Brazilianhood.
Dear reader, what do you think is missing in Brasil ? Make a list of such gaps as challenging problems and suggest solutions which would help TRANSform Brazilian positively. What's missing in Brasil so it can go beyond the national motto ORDER AND PROGRES? PluriDIGNITY, DIGNEducation, DIGNIpolitics, DIGNIcommunity living.
Dear reader, please probe the multidimensionality of DIGNITY in the current Brazilian context.

Professor Francisco Gomes de Matos, kindly gifted the following reflections to this conference:

Línguas Indígenas | O Direito à Água | The Right to Water
23rd April 2019

Amazon(i) a(s): um ecoreflexao
30th August 2019

Amazonia, uma vasta e variada regiao.
Da Ame'rica do Sul , ambiental coracao.
No Brasil,grande parte da Amazonia e' o portentoso Amazonas estado
Por um majestoso,navega'vel rio banhado
Amazonia, mais que uma extraordina'ria
riqueza natural
e' uma macrorealidade ecolo'gica que
requer sustentabilidade local, regional e universal

On sustainability
29th August 2019

Sustainability is deeply embedded in Nature
It is a life--long commitment by Humanity
to treat the environment with all Dignity
and to ensure people's right to Serenity

On the Dignity of the Amazonian region:
A global plea

26th August 2019

Among  Life-supporting Universals
Inherently yours and mine, one stands out: Dignity
Human Dignity we could view more comprehensively
by applying to Nature that uniQUALITY.
In such spirit, in this Conference context
let's speak of the Dignity o Nature and
inquire:
1- What is known about Amzonian ecological reality? Why?
2- Is the Amazonian region being treated dignifyingly? Why?
3- Are Amazonian indigenous communities protected by the local/federal government? Why?
4- Are Amazonian flora/fauna treated with respect?
5- How can the concept of Environmental Dignity of Amazonia be described / discussed economicalky,
educationally, politically, legally, sccientifically, technologically?
6- What Statement on the environmental Dignity of Amazonia could be drafted by the Conference participants in Portuguese, English and a local indigenous language as a Plea to be globally addressed by HumanDHS ?

Amazonicamente falando
Por sua DIGNIDADE pleiteando
7 de ago de 2019

A Dignidade da Amazonica regiao?
Esta' no respeito, no cuidado, no Amor
a sua flora, sua fauna, sua populacao

Humildade na Amazonica regiao?
De quem vive longe das grandes cidades
das florestas no coracao
nas margens ribeirinhas
onde sobrevivem criancinhas

Brasilidade na Amazonica regiao?
O Portugues e as Linguas que os indigenas falam
Culturas mantidas na diversa Nacao

A Regiao Amazonica ,como dignificar?
Para a EcoDignidade as novas geracoes educar

A Regiao Amazonica como proteger, preservar, fazer prosperar?
'A nossa Identidade Brasileira uma co-Identidade Amazonica aprendamos a acrescentar e cultivar

On Dignity: A Challenging Checklist
For the Marabá DIGNEVENT
25th April 2019
Dignity is a way of living
Dignity is a way of giving
Dignity is a way of forgiving
Dignity is a way of character-enhancing
Dignity is a way of humility-advancing
Dignity calls for everyday peaceful Communication
Dignity calls for everyday respectful Cooperation
Dignity calls for everyday economic Egalisation

On Amazonian Dignity: An Ecolinguistic View
For the Marabá DIGNEVENT
6th February 2019
Amazonian Dignity above us lies
Look at all the birds in its vast skies!
Amazonian Dignity below us is found
Listen! The fish make their own sound!
Amazonian Dignity its forests and all around
In its splendor, fauna and flora abound
Amazonian Dignity its legends and traditions thrive
Through indigenous languages its history is alive
Amazonian Dignity is the core of local Nature's Rights
Illuminating Amazonians' villages and cities with dignifying environmental lights

The DIGNalphabet
'In my humble DIGNalphabet, I am spiritually present in the Maraba Conference!'
15th April 2019
Altruism | Benevolence | Character-elevating | Decency | Empathy | Friendship | Goodness | Human Rights awareness | Integrity | Justice | Kindness | Law | Mercy | Nonviolence/Nonkilling | Open-mindedness | Peace | Questioning | Respect | Spirituality | Tenderness | Understanding | Virtue-valuing | World-Citizenship nurturing | Youth-inspiring

The Dignity Tree
(Portuguese)
4th May 2019
If DIGNITY was a tree
What would we see?
Among its branches, inspiringly there would be three:
Character-elevation | Behavior-amelioration | Life-quality transformation
Among the fruit Dignity would bear, what would you and me share?
Dignicharacter formation | Dignilogue cultivation | Digneconegalization | DigniNature preservation | DigniHumanity education
Please add to this imaginative piece!

Inspired by the words of Professor Francisco Gomes de Matos, these murals were painted by the pupils of Redjane Andrade, a teacher of English at a public school in Recife, in August 2019. It was made into a T-shirt that even Professor Francisco can wear!

Redjane Andrade kindly explained (18th September 2019): This Dignity Tree was painted on the wall in a event in my city Recife by a graffitti artist. The women who painted the tree is my sister, she knows my work and project with students in public school. She lost her son in 2015, and he was a graffitti artist. She decided to join a group to help young people in socially vulnerable situations.



 

Caravan of Dignity Dialogues in Marabá
28th August – 3rd September 2019

(See an explanation of the concept of Dignity + Dialogue = Dignilogue)


Gaby Saab was the wonderful host of the WhatsApp Group for the conference!


Michael Boyer kindly suggested a new greeting, a Dignity Greeting!
(Evelin Lindner uses the infinity symbol, or the Möbius Strip, or the lying number 8, ∞, to make the 'unity in diversity' principle visible, and to show how this can help us model the form of dialogue that truly manifests the human rights ideal of 'every human being is equal in dignity'.)

Day One, Wednesday, 28th August 2019, Marabá, Pará

At the opening of the ordinary session on the morning of Wednesday, 28th August 2109, the Marabá City Council welcomed members of the Rivers of Encounter Project, who were scheduled to leave for a tour of four European countries: Austria, Poland, Germany, and Belgium on 2nd September. Six young people from the Cabelo Seco Community would defend the Amazon in Europe, showing the strength of culture and what they are doing to help preserve it.

The Câmara Municipal de Marabá, Prefeitura de Marabá, the City Hall of Marabá or the Marabá City Council, is made up of twenty-one seats since 2013 (until 2012 there were thirteen), when, by determination of the Superior Electoral Court, the municipalities got a number of councilors equivalent to their population. The old City Hall building was called Palacete Augusto Dias. The current City Hall building was opened on December 23, 2010.


These are pictures of the Câmara Municipal de Marabá taken from the internet.


Still photos and videos of Day One:
• Please click here to see more pictures of the event
• On the photo on the left: Manoela Souza is speaking to the City Hall
• Article in the local newspaper Correio: 'Jovens vão à Europa defender a Amazônia' (Pdf)
• Link on the maraba.pa.leg.br website: The Camera receives project rivers of meeting
• On the photo of the right: One of the speakers in the general event, Pedrinho Correa Lima (Abaetetuba, 28.10.1964–) Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro (PTB)

See videos of Day One:
• See the relevant section cut out by Evelin Lindner from the video of the entire session that was recorded by the City Hall and posted on their Facebook page


•  A video of Evelin Lindner's message recorded on her camera


This is the AfroRaiz Collective (African Roots Collective) that left for a tour of Europe (Austria, Poland, Germany, and Belgium) on 2nd September 2019. On the picture on the left, they thank the participants of the national mental health day on 18th May 2019. On the right side, they celebrate their annual kite festival in their community Cabelo Seco (dry hair) in August 2019. They do so in the midst of the destruction of the Amazon.
• Please click on the pictures to see them larger. We thank Dan Baron for sharing them with us.



This was the situation in the Amazon, seen from Europe in July 2019: 'Brazil Continues to Destroy the Rainforest – But Resistance Is Growing' (Pdf) is an article that was published in Germany in July 2019, explaining how the forest is cut and telling the story of a small indigenous group who vows to resist. It does not mention European drivers of this destruction, such as the EU-Mercosur agreement. The article misleads the European reader to believe that the problem can be solved within Brasil. The European reader remains unaware that European interests work as an amplifier of the problem. Indeed, the problem did not get smaller after July, on the contrary, it got much worse, as fires were started everywhere on 10th August.


We ended the day at a restaurant on the banks of the river Tocantins.
From left: Gabriela Saab, Dan Baron, Manoela Soua, Evelin Lindner.
• Please click here to see more photos.

End of Day One

 


 

Day Two: Thursday, 29th August 2019, Marabá, Pará

Venue: House of Rivers, Cabelo Seco

•  Welcome from the AfroRaiz Collective of young artists, cultural and pedagogical leaders from Cabelo Seco


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all photos of this morning session
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•  Welcome from the hosts of this Dignity Caravan, Dan Baron and Manoela Souza, Directors of the Transformance Institute Culture & Education and its Community University of the Rivers

 

•  Welcome from the conference convener, Gabriela Rodrigues Saab Riva, Human Rights Law and Environmental Law (USP), Specialist in the Right to Water as a Human Right, Researcher of HumanDHS

 

•  Introduction to the Amazonian frame, Claudelice Santos, Sustainable Extractivist and Law of the Land undergraduate (University of South and South East Pará), sister of assassinated forest protector Ze Claudio dos Santos

 

•  Introduction to the international frame: Who We Are: Our Global Dignity Family, Evelin Lindner

, founder-president of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) network and World Dignity University Initiative

 

•  12.30 Skype meeting with Johan Galtung, 'father' of and Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa on the emergency in the Amazon. , and

Johan Galtung, born 1930, is the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies.

See 'Johan Galtung, a Pioneer: Conceptualizing Peace Journalism', by Antonio C. S. Rosa, M.A., Editor - TRANSCEND Media Service Peace Journalism, 22nd October 2018.
Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa, born 1946, is a pioneer in Peace Journalism. He is the founder-editor of the pioneering Peace Journalism website, TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS (from 2008), an assistant to Prof. Johan Galtung, Secretary of the International Board of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment.

• Session at the Escola Irmã Theodora, a public school in Marabá


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all photos of this afternoon session
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Please see this letter from a group of young pupils from that school who had organised themselves to look into the destruction of the Amazon:

•  Portuguese original
•  English translation
•  German translation
•  French translation
(translations by Evelin Lindner)

• 3pm – 5pm Introduction by Gabriela Saab and dialogue session at the Federal University of Southern and Southeastern Pará (UNIFESSPA) with students and teachers of Law of the Land about Restorative Justice, Ecocide Law, Healing Pedagogies and Practices, Resilience Studies, Social Media for Dignity


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all photos of this evening session
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See the letter to the International Criminal Court and to the UN Secretary-General from the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and the World Council of Anthropological Associations on 30th August 2019, denounceming the Brazilian government for ecocide.

See also some background material:
• Ecocide law: 'The Whanganui River in New Zealand is a legal person. A nearby forest is too. Soon, the government will grant a mountain legal personhood as well. Here's how it happened, and what it may mean', by Kennedy Warne, National Geographic, April 2019.

• Social media: General Data Protection Regulation

• Healing and resilience: 'Territories of Life' Indigenous and Community Conserved Area (ICCA), Great Transition Initiative, Transition Towns, Human Rights Cities, Ecovillages, Urban agriculture, Boston Food Forest Coalition (BFFC)

End of Day Two

 


 

Day Three: Friday for the Future, 30th August 2019, Marabá, Pará

 

• 10am – 12am Interview in Radio Correio 92.1 with Dan Baron, Evelin Lindner, and Gabriela Saab


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all photos of this radio session
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• In the House of Rivers, Manoela Souza invited Gaby, Evelin, and Dan to a delicious early evening dinner


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all photos of this evening. (To open weg galleries, you need flash player. See how to active it.)
On the right side, you see the famous radio bycicle donated by a Dutch anthropologist, after he had visited. See it in action in Rios de Encontro: Towards a Good Living Amazon (Flying River Tour).
In the middle you see a unique library, a library whose aim it is to be empty: its books are given to the community!

• 7pm – 9.30pm (House of Rivers) Performance of Flying Rivers by AfroRaiz Collective, with songs by local poets, followed by Roundtable with social movements and community activists

 

• 9.30pm Circle of Love Gifts


• Please click on the photos above or here to see all photos of this morning session
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Evelin lives globally, and whenever she receives a gift in one part of the world, she takes it to another part of the world and looks for a worthy recipient for that gift. The concept is called 'circle of love gifts'. When she has found a worthy recipient, she tries to take a picture of the recipient and sends it to the giver of the gift (the photos you see above will therefore be sent to the givers of the gifts). In that way, not only is her global life a bridge-building endeavour, also the gifts that she carries help build more bridges. It is also a 'footprint' of her path through the world. Her suitcase is there always full with gifts, and she rather wears the clothes of her hosts.

End of Day Three

 


 

 

 

 

Day Four: Saturday, 31st August 2019, Marabá, Pará

 

Welcome

 

9am – 7pm Visit to Tauiry Fishing Community, Pedral de Lourenção

 

End of Day Four

 

 

 

 

 

Day Five: Sunday, 1st September 2019, Marabá, Pará

 

Welcome

 

9am – 7pm Visit to Assentamento de Nova Ipixuna, site of murder of Ze Claudio e Maria Silva, two forest activists, and their living project

 

End of Day Five

 

 

 

 

 

Day Six: Monday, 2nd September 2019, Marabá, Pará

 

Saying good-bye to Dan, Mano and the AfroRaiz group

 

End of Day Six

 

 

 

 

 

Day Seven: Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, Marabá, Pará

 

Meeting with Claudelice Santos

 

Leaving for Belém

 

 

 

 

 

Caravan of Dignity Dialogues in Belém
3rd September – 7th September 2019

(Explanation of the Dignity + Dialogue format = Dignilogue)

Day Seven Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, Belém, Pará

 

We met in the Belem Soft Hotel and co-create the programme for the next days

We meet in Hotel Soft, 612 Braz de Aguiar Boulevard, Centro, Nazaré, Belém, PA, 66.035-000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

List of Participants

Dan Baron and Manoela Souza, hosts, conveners, and organisers of this conference

Evelin Lindner, host, convener, and organiser of this conference

Gaby Saab, host, convener, and organiser of this conference

Francisco Gomes de Matos, nurturer of this conference from Recife

Linda Hartling, nurturer of this conference from Oregon

Lasse Moer, nurturer of this conference from Oslo: Botanic garden in Oslo

 


 

Papers

All participants are warmly invited to send in papers.
Please notify us, if you wish to submit any of your papers also as a book chapter or as a journal article.

Please see earlier submitted papers here:
• List of All Publications

 


 

Background material

• 'The Religion of This People Is Their Land,' say Sr. Dorothy Stang's successors', by Carlos Tautz, Global Sisters Report, 13th June 2019.

There Is a River Above Us, TEDxAmazonia talk by Antonio Donato Nobre, 15. mar. 2011

• 'The Guardian View on Higher Education: Humans Need the Humanities: The Subjects of Least Obvious Use May Prove to Be of Ultimate Value', The Guardian, 30th April 2019.

• '2018 Sees Deforestation of 12M Hectares, Brazil Leads in Losses', Telesur, 26th April 2019.

• 'Amazon Deforestation, Already Rising, May Spike under Bolsonaro', by Robert T. Walker, The Conversation, 28th January 28, 2019.

• 'Brazil Environment Chief Accused of "War on NGOs" as Partnerships Paused: Civil society groups condemn move by minister, appointed by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, as illegal attack on environment', by Anna Jean Kaiser in Rio de Janeiro, The Guardian, 17th January 2019.

• 'Brazil: 1 Millon Women Unite Against Alt-Right Bolsonaro', Telesur, 14 September 2018.

• 'How Brazil can beat the odds and restore a huge swathe of the Amazon', by Danilo Ignacio de Urzedo and Robert Fisher, The Conversation, 28th August 2018.

• '207 miljøvernere ble drept i fjor. Nå reagerer Norge', by Torgeir P. Krokfjord, Dagbladet, 27. august 2018.

• 'We Only Protect What We Love: Michael Soule On The Vanishing Wilderness', by Leath Tonino, The Sun Magazine, April 2018, pp. 4 - 16.

• 'Latin American Countries Sign Legally Binding Pact to Protect Land Defenders', by Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 5th March 2018: 'New treaty compels states to investigate and punish killings and attacks on people defending their land or environment'.

• 'UN Moves Towards Recognising Human Right to a Healthy Environment', by Jonathan Watts, Global environment editor, The Guardian, 9th March 2018: 'Formal recognition would help protect those who increasingly risk their lives to defend the land, water, forests and wildlife, says the UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment'.

• 'Brazil Announces End to Amazon Mega-Dam Building Policy', Mongabay Series: Amazon Infrastructure, Global Forests, by Sue Branford, Mongabay News & Inspiration from Nature's Frontline, 3rd January 2018.

• 'Dams Hurt Indigenous and Fishing Communities in Brazilian Amazon', by Mario Osava, Inter Press Service, October 22, 2017.

• Invitation to Rivers of Creativity, cultural action for life, which includes ‘Future Now!’ (exchange of projects, February-July 2017); ‘Worldwide Wave‘ (solidarity action with the Amazon, 27-30 May 2017); and ‘Forum of Wellbeing’ (28 July-04 August 2017).

• Community University of the Rivers: Cultivating transformative pedagogies within formal education in the Amazon, by Dan Baron, 2017.

• Community University of the Rivers: Cultivating transformative pedagogies within formal education in the Amazon, by Dan Baron, 2016.

• Waste, poem by Dan Baron, 2005.

'Living with Brazil's landless', by BBC News Online's Dominic Bailey, BBC News, 14th April, 2003, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2940709.stm