Newsletter Nr. 35 (December 2020, subsequent to our 35th Annual Conference, our 2020 Workshop)

Compiled by Evelin Lindner, in Germany (December, 2020)


Contents

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


Pictures

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


December 10 – 12, 2020, Seventeenth Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, representing the 35th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), titled "From a Virus Pandemic to a Pandemic of Dignity: How Can We Escape Complicity with Institutionalized Humiliation?" Virtual, in Partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City


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Meeting and Greeting: Connection-Reflection Groups — explained by Janet Gerson (Video)

Main program points
•  Day One
•  Day Two
•  Day Three
•  Honoring Peter Coleman
•  Messages to the World
•  Michael Britton's Don Klein Celebration Talk
•  Dignilogue 1: "Dignity Studies: Reimagining Learning in of World of Crises"
•  Dignilogue 2: "Race and Policing"
•  Dignilogue 3: "Unity in Adversity and Dignity: War, Women, and Indigenous Wisdom"
•  Dignilogue 4: "Religion, Covid-19, and Human Dignity: How Does Religion Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic?"
Dignilogue 5: "Continuing Connections: Dignity Now Groups for Developing Ongoing Dialogue"
•  Evelin Lindner's Talk
•  Music, Movement, and Poetry

Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Columbia University, together with honorary convener Morton Deutsch. He convened the first workshop in 2003, and he has been its honorary convener until his passing in 2017. We wish to honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future.
• The photo with Morton Deutsch was taken in 2014. Please click on the pictures above to see it them larger.
Welcome and Greetings on Day One of our workshop
with Linda Hartling, Danielle Coon, Evelin Lindner (Video)

• Introduction by Bhante Revata Dhamma, Nomad Eco-Monk (Video)
• Participants welcomed each other in the chat
Danielle Coon welcomed all participants (Video)
Danielle Coon is the Associate Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), Columbia University, Teachers College (TC)
Linda Hartling, Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and Evelin Lindner, Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, welcomed all participants (Video)
Anna Strout gathered the participants for her group photos (long | short | Video at the end of the day)
• Linda Hartling introduced the Appreciative Frame for this workshop (Video 2020)

Scrim

Michael Britton gave the traditional Don Klein Memorial Lecture on Day One of our workshop
Michael uses Don's metaphor of a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where one believes that what one sees is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way: see Don's explanation.

• This is Michael Britton's Don Klein Celebration Lecture of 2020 (Video)
See also the original video that was pre-recorded on October 18, 2020, and edited by Linda Hartling on December 3, 2020

• Please see all of Michael Britton's Don Klein Celebration Lectures since 2007 here

Dignilogue #1 on Day One of our workshop
Dignity Studies: Reimagining Learning in of World of Crises


• DigniHosts – Linda Hartling, Mara Alagic, and Evelin Lindner
• DigniContributors – David Yamada, John Bilorusky, Rosa Reinikainen, and Maggie O’Neill
Pre-Dignilogue 1: Chat

Video of Full Length of the Dignilogue
Mara Alagic (Video)
Evelin Lindner (Video)
• Introduction by Linda Hartling (Video)
David Yamada (Video)
John Bilorusky (Video)
Rosa Reinikainen (Video)
Maggie O'Neill (Video)


Dignilogue #2 on Day One of our workshop
Race and Policing

• DigniHost – David Yamada
• DigniContributors – Tony Gaskew, Charles Hayes, and Eunice Avilés Faria

Video of the Full Length of the Dignilogue
• Introduction by David Yamada (Video)
Tony Gaskew (Video)
Charles Hayes (Video)
Eunice Avilés (Video)


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Bonus Session at the end of Day One of our workshop
Deepening the Dialogue/Co-Creativity Groups


Lyndon Harris: Dignilogue on Forgiveness as a Tool for Conflict Transformation "Healing the Wounds of History (Video)
• with Tony Gaskew, Mecke Nagel, Isabel Barroso, and Maria Lund
• Lyndon Harris announced his Bonus Dignilogue on Forgiveness (Video)
• Lyndon Harris shared Afterthoughts on Day Three (Video)
• "Message to the World — Forgiveness" (Video | Video recorded on December 10, 2020)


Dignilogue #3 on Day Two of our workshop
Unity in Adversity and Dignity: War, Women, and Indigenous Wisdom

• DigniHost – Janet Gerson
• DigniContributors – Fr. Jean d’Amour, Keri Lawson-Te Aho, and Vidya Jain

Video of the Full Length of the Dignilogue
"I Prefer to Die With Them" The Story of Rwandan Heroine Félicité Niyitegeka with Jean d'Amour (Video | original film on Gwen Gates's channel | HumanDHS channel, September 11, 2020)
Keri Lawson-Te Aho (Video)
Vidya Jain (Video)
• Post-Dignilogue 3: Janet Gerson (Video)


Dignilogue #4 on Day Two of our workshop
Religion, Covid-19, and Human Dignity: How Does Religion Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

• DigniHost – Phil Brown
• DigniContributors – Chipamong "Chipa" Chowdhury Bhante Revata Dhamma, Zaynab El Bernoussi, Mugdha Yeolekar, and Reverend Darrell Daniel for Michelle Daniel Jones

• Full Length with Introduction by Phil Brown (Video)
Zaynab El Bernoussi (Video)
Mugdha Yeolekar (Video)
Chipamong "Chipa" Chowdhury Bhante Revata Dhamma (Video | On Dignity Video)
• Darrell Daniel for Michelle Daniel Jones (Video)

Peter Coleman Was Honored with the 2020 HumanDHS Lifetime Commitment Award
Video edited by Linda Hartling on December 16, 2020


Message of Appreciation from Evelin Lindner (Pdf)
Peter Coleman's Remarks in Appreciation of the 2020 HumanDHS Lifetime Commitment Award, recorded on December 11, 2020 (Video)
• See also Peter Coleman’s Life Story in "Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution, Instructor Peter Coleman Highlights #ScholarStrike," MD-ICCCR at Teachers College, Columbia University, September 11, 2020 (Video)

Peter T. Coleman is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University where he holds a joint-appointment at Teachers College and The Earth Institute. Dr. Coleman directs the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), is founding director of the Institute for Psychological Science and Practice (IPSP), and is executive director of Columbia University’s Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4). His next book titled, The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarizationwill be released in 2021.


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Bonus Session at the end of Day Two of our workshop
Deepening the Dialogue/Co-Creativity Groups


Seema Shekhawat: Dignilogue: Making Dignity Inclusive: Bringing in Women and Other Vulnerable Groups
Seema kindly explained: "I would like to engage participants on how important it is to include (consciously) women and other vulnerable groups in the global struggle for dignity for all, especially in the pandemic scenario.”
From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity — From a Virus Pandemic to a Pandemic of Dignity: How Can We Escape Complicity with Institutionalized Humiliation? Evelin Lindner ((Pdf | Video December 12, 2020

See also:
Version of 45 minutes pre-recorded on December 8, 2020 | Version of 48 minutes pre-recorded on December 6, 2020 | Version of 51 minutes pre-recorded on December 5, 2020, all in Germany

Dignity Now New York City


Dignity Now Hameln
Dignilogue #5 on Day Three of our workshop
Continuing Connections: Dignity Now Groups for Developing Ongoing Dialogue


• DigniHost – Elaine Meis, supported by Linda Hartling, Janet Gerson, and Evelin Lindner
• Contributors: The Dignity Now New York Group & the Dignity Now Hameln (Hamelin) Group

• The Dignity Now New York City Group Presents Itself, Introduced by Linda Hartling, Elaine Meis, and Janet Gerson (Video)
• The Dignity Now Hameln Group Introduced by Evelin Lindner (Video)
• Contribution from Hameln: Dignity Now: Hameln Presents Good Ideas from the Past and the Future for a More Sustainable Future. Thoughts Are Unchained (Digniworld channel | HumanDHS channel, recorded in October and November 2020, finalized on November 21, 2020)
• Michael Boyer's Digniworld (Video)
• Ideas for the Future (Video)
• Photos (Video)

His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal: "Message to the World"
Video edited by Linda Hartling on January 3, 2021

See the original Video that His Royal Highness pre-recorded in the Majlis in Amman, Jordan, on December 10, 2020.

Prince Hassan bin Talal has served as the president of the Club of Rome from 1999 to 2007, the board of directors for the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Oklahoma, the Parliament of Cultures, the Royal Jordanian Polo Club, and the International Tolerance Foundation for Humanities and Social Studies, and is honorary president of the Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development since 2012.
Prince Hassan bin Talal is a member of the Jordanian royal family, he is the brother of King Hussein, who was King of Jordan until his death in 1999, and he is the uncle of King Abdullah II, the present King of Jordan, who reigns since February 7, 1999.

Messages to the World
"Messages to the World" are a contribution to the World Dignity University Library of Ideas to be shared with the world and, hopefully, inspirational for future generations.

See more messages here
A big thank you to all
music, movement, and poetry contributors
throughout the workshop!

See more here



 

Dear Friends!

We had a wonderful workshop! It was titled:
2020 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict "From a Virus Pandemic to a Pandemic of Dignity:
How Can We Escape Complicity with Institutionalized Humiliation?"
(representing the 35th Annual HumanDHS Conference
)!
All our events are part of an ongoing effort to build a global dignity community.

 

Thanks!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our 2020 workshop had to be a virtual gathering, and Linda and I are overwhelmed by the generous support from all of you, dear friends, and we would like to express our deep gratitude!

First, please join me in expressing the deepest of gratitude to Linda M. Hartling (see a video of gratitude prior to the workshop, and a video of thanks at the end of the workshop). Without Linda's wisdom, care, and huge gift of time, without her loving nurturing, our network and our conferences would not be there. I met her first via email in 1999, introduced by Don Klein, and our collaboration began in full intensity when we met in person for the first time at one of the two foundational Dignity Conferences, the one in Paris, France, in September 2003 (the other foundational conference was convened by Morton Deutsch in New York City in July 2003, see more further down).

Please join me in celebrating Linda’s leadership! In November 2008, Linda relinquished her administrative responsibilities at Wellesley College to devote more time in service of HumanDHS as our HumanDHS Director! Rick and Linda moved across the North American Continent and found a physical home for the Pacific Rim Branch of HumanDHS and the first HumanDHS Dialogue Home in Portland, Oregon. Everyone is invited to visit! And please send Linda all of your relevant books to be included in the HumanDHS library! A big BIG thank-you to you, dearest Linda and Rick!

This year, our very special thanks go to Linda for creating a whole new virtual platform for our workshop under pandemic conditions! Then she proceeded, as always, with setting the frame of appreciative inquiry in Donald Klein's spirit, and from then on, she led the entire workshop, keeping all participants connected through her unique gift of nurturing a spirit of dignity and weaving a web of connections, thus holding us all together!

Rick Slaven always steps up most courageously in our worskhop series! Rick Slaven always creates a unique atmosphere of humor, modeling our motto of "taking ourselves lightly, even when we take our work seriously." A profound thank-you goes to you, dear Rick, for being our Director of Digni-Funding and of Digni-Fun!

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

In this spirit, instead of "shareholders," we have Careholders! This year's Digni-Planners deserve more gratitude than ever, given the challenges of holding our workshop virtually for the first time! Thank you so much for supporting Linda, dear Janet Gerson, Mara Alagic, Elaine Meis, Michael Britton, Bhante Revata Chipamong Chowdhury, Anna Strout, David Yamada, Phil Brown, and Georg Geckler!

Dear All!
Linda and I, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all of you who co-created our 2020 Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict representing the 35th Annual HumanDHS Conference! Your contributions made our workshop a unique and exiting experience! We are immensely grateful to all of you for so generously gifting your time and energy to our dignity work!

We are deeply grateful to the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR) of Teachers College of Columbia University for their faithful support for our global dignity work since 2001! Late Morton Deutsch convened the first of this workshop series in July 2003, and he has been its honorary convener until his passing in 2017. We wish to honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future. MD-ICCCR is a co-founder of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) (since 2009). We would like to thank Peter T. Coleman, and Danielle Coon, Director and Associate Director of the MD-ICCCR, together with their wonderful team, including Andy Chan, Jaspar Leahy, and Charlott Macek, for their wonderful ongoing support. We also wish to thank Josh Fisher, PhD, Director of the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University, and Beth Fisher-Yoshida, PhD, Executive Co-Chair of the AC4, and Director of the Youth, Peace & Security Program.

We would like to send words of support to the new President of Teachers College, Thomas R. Bailey, who suddenly had to face a pandemic. We send words of support also to Portia Williams, Joe Levine, as well as our friends from media, facilities, and security at Teachers College, Kofi Asare, Jasmine Ortiz, Hua-Chu Yen, Kevin Waldron, Corine Best Campbell, Yeremy Chavez, James Kearney, Sandra Afflick, Audrey Hurley, Yocasta Brens-Watson, Patricia Gibson, Jennifer Govan, to name only a few of all those valued friends at Teachers College who are so kind as to make our annual workshop series possible since 2003!

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

This was the sixth workshop with Digni-Gardeners. Their role is 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 us all, rather than tear the fabric of the relationships apart. Please see an Introduction into the Dignilogue Sessions Format, created by Linda Hartling on August 12, 2012, for our 2012 Norway Conference, and read more about the Dignilogue format and what it entails. See also Linda's Dignilogue Tips and Dynamic Dignilogue List, created on October 10, 2015, for last year's workshop, and Gabriela Saab's Dignigardener Tips created on December 6, 2016. See, furthermore, our reflections on Appreciative Nurturing.

We thank Anna Strout for being our most remarkable nurturer of dignity! She always takes such lovely still photos! And equally many thanks to Georg Geckler for doing all our video-recording for us this year!

Our warmest thanks go furthermore to our Digni-Hosts! Dignilogue #1 on Day One of our workshop, titled Dignity Studies: Reimagining Learning in of World of Crises, was hosted by Linda Hartling, Mara Alagic, and Evelin Lindner, Dignilogue #2 on Day One of our workshop, titled Race and Policing, was hosted by David Yamada, Dignilogue #3 on Day Two of our workshop, titled Unity in Adversity and Dignity: War, Women, and Indigenous Wisdom, was hosted by Janet Gerson, Dignilogue #4 on Day Two of our workshop, titled Religion, Covid-19, and Human Dignity: How Does Religion Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic? was hosted by Phil Brown, and Dignilogue #5 on Day Three of our workshop, titled Continuing Connections: Dignity Now Groups for Developing Ongoing Dialogue, was hosted by Elaine Meis.

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

And, please join us in celebrating our dear Peter Coleman, whom we had the privilege of honoring with the 2020 HumanDHS (Half!) Lifetime Commitment Award!

See now the virtual book table of Dignity Press with its imprint World Dignity University Press. Thanks to Uli Spalthoff, our not-for-profit Dignity Press has plublished almost 30 books in the past years! Please note that we are looking for a successor for our dear Uli now, who has given his all over so many years!

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

Let us end this part of the letter by sharing our wonderful "Messages to the World" and contributions of art!

A big thank you to all creators of
"Messages to the World"!

"Messages to the World" are a contribution to the World Dignity University initiative's Library of Ideas to be shared with the world and, hopefully, inspirational for future generations.
See also the virtual book table of Dignity Press with its imprint World Dignity University Press. Thanks to Uli Spalthoff, our not-for-profit Dignity Press has plublished almost 30 books in the past years! Please note that we are looking for a successor for our dear Uli now, who has given his all over so many years!
• Evelin Lindner Invites into the "Message to the World" (Video 2020)
• Michael Britton and Evelin Lindner Offer Guidelines for the "World Dignity University (WDU) Message to the World" (Video 2019)
• Evelin Lindner Explains the Concept of the "Dignivideos - Messages to the World" (Video 2017)
• Michael Britton Explains the Concept of the "Dignivideos - Messages to the World" (Video 2017)
 
His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal
"Message to the World" (Video shared on Day Three | Video recorded on December 10, 2020, in the Majlis in Amman, Jordan). Prince Hassan bin Talal has served as the president of the Club of Rome from 1999 to 2007, and is a member of the Jordanian royal family, he is the uncle of King Abdullah II, the present King of Jordan
 
Pre-recorded messages

Kathy Beckwith: "Message to the World — Dignity through Kindness, Respect, and Peace" (Video | Video recorded on November 26, 2020)
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner: "Message to the World" (Video recorded on October 25, 2020)
• Evelin Lindner: English, German/deutsch, Norwegian/norsk, French/français (recorded on October 30, 2020)
Hayal Köksal: "Message to the World" (Video recorded on November 28, 2020)
Georg Geckler: "Message to the World" (Text | Video | Video recorded on November 30, 2020)
Lucien Lombardo: "Message to the World — Learning about Dignity" (Text | Video | Video recorded on December 5, 2020)
Michael Perlin: "Message to the World" (Text | Video | Video recorded on December 7, 2020)
Christopher Pollmann: "Message to the World — About a Vicious Spiral against Muslims in France" (Text | Video | Short Video | Long Video recorded on December 7, 2020)
Message to the World — Prevent Domestic Violence (a PSA shared by Anna Strout on November 15, 2020 | Small poster) (PSA = a public service announcement in the public interest disseminated without charge, with the objective of raising awareness)
Ani Kalayjian: "Message to the World — Transforming Humiliation Through Meaningful World Mindful Actions" ((Video Day Three | HumanDHS channel | Meaningful World channel, video recorded on December 8, 2020)
Lyndon Harris: "Message to the World — Forgiveness" (Video | Video recorded on December 10, 2020 | see also his Dignilogue on Forgiveness on Day One of the workshop, its Announcement, and Afterthoughts)
 
Messages created during the workshop

Marilyn Langlois: "Message to the World" (Video)
Vinod Verma: "Message to the World" (Video | see also Call the Whistle, Documentary shared on December 11, 2020 | see his Gift of Singing Video)
Gershon Mitchel: "Message to the World" (Video | see also his Note of Appreciation Video | and First Things First: A Universal Truth — A Poem Spoken recording on December 4, 2020)
• Message from Emmanuel Ndahimana (Video| Bishop Desmond Tutu Explains Ubuntu Video)
Father Jean d'Amour: "Message to the World" (Video | see also his contribution to Dignilogue 3: "I Prefer to Die With Them" The Story of Rwandan Heroine Félicité Niyitegeka Video | original film on Gwen Gates's channel | HumanDHS channel, September 11, 2020)
Peter Barus: "Message to the World" (Video)
Virginia Swain: "Message to the World" (Video)
Harold Becker: "Message to the World" (Video | see also The Love Foundation — Celebrating 20 Years and We Are Love, Orlando, Florida, September 30, 2020)
George Iheanacho: "Message to the World" (Video)

This year, we had the most outstanding contributions of music, poetry and movement!

A big thank you to all
music, movement, and poetry contributors
throughout the workshop!

Musical contributions

David Yamada: What a Wonderful World (Text | Video)
Ikhlaq Hussain: Love Letter 3 - Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo in Raag Yaman (recorded in Geneva on August 15, 2020)
Die Gedanken sind frei / Thoughts are Unchained by the DignityNowHameln group (World Dignity Movement channel | HumanDHS channel)
Andrea and Regina: Der Mond ist aufgegangen (Video of verse 1 on Day Two | Video of verse 2 on Day Three | Video of verse 1 + 2) Der Mond ist aufgegangen wurde 1790 vom Matthias Claudius als religiöses Abendlied geschrieben, vertont wurde es noch im selben Jahr vom Hofkapellmeister Johann A. P. Schulz. English: The moon has risen was written by Matthias Claudius in 1790 as a religious evening song, and it was set to music in the same year by the court conductor Johann A. P. Schulz.
• Hameln Sings (all vocal interludes brought together) (Video)
Audrey Hurley: The Lord's Prayer (Audio recorded on November 20, 2020)
Kathy Beckwith: Child of the Earth (Video on Day Three | Audio, recorded on November 5, 2020)
George Wolfe: Native American Flute Improvisation (with Robert Willey playing the drum Video | Video pre-recorded August 30, 2020 | Video of another improvisation recorded on July 12, 2020 | see also George Wolfe's saxophone play at the 2014 workshop Video)
Navanita Hridy Sings Halleluja by Leonard Cohen (Video | Audio)
Keri Lawson-Te Aho and Mr. Paikea Tamuera Ariki Sing Ko te Amorangi (Text | Video, recorded on December 9, 2020, in Aotearoa New Zealand)
Keri Lawson-Te Aho and Mr. Paikea Tamuera Ariki Sing Whakataka te hau (Text | Video, recorded on December 9, 2020, in Aotearoa New Zealand)
Dragvoll Music
Christine de Michele Sings About the Black Community's Significance for Jazz Music on Day Two, in Honor of Tony Gaskew's Talk the Day Before (Video)
Fred Ellis Sings So Long, See You Soon (Video 2020 | Video 2019)
 

Movement

Martha Eddy Offers a DigniStretch Activity on Day Two (Video | see also DigniCalm and DigniStretch activities pre-recorded on December 4, 2020)
As introduction, Martha Eddy suggests How to Be Alone
See also: Somatic Resources for Stressful Times | Global Water Dances Mission | Global Water Dances (GWD) YouTube Channel | Global Water Dance: Documentary, 3 minutes | Global Water Dance, 12 minutes

 
Meditation

Bhante Revata Dhamma: On Dignity (Video)
The videos further down were only shared during the workshop
Bhante Revata Dhamma: The Nomad Monk (Videos recorded in 2020, brought together by Linda Hartling on December 3, 2020)
Bhante Revata Dhamma: Poetry 2 (Video recorded on December 6, 2020)
Bhante Revata Dhamma: Poetry 3 (Video recorded on December 6, 2020)
 
Poetry

Bonnie Selterman: Escaping Complicity — A Poem (Video | Pdf | Spoken recording on November 21, 2020)
Gershon Mitchel: First Things First: A Universal Truth — A Poem (Spoken recording on December 4, 2020 | see also his "Message to the World" Video | his Note of Appreciation Video)

 


 

History of this Workshop Series


Our conferences are upon invitation. You are warmly welcome to contact us at to workshops@humiliationstudies.org if you wish to join us next year in this workshop series in December 2021. Please know that we always invite you to spend the entire duration of our conferences together so that real dignity-family-building can emerge!

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

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

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

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

The grand finale of each afternoon is to invite representatives from each Dignilogue to create a Dignivideo, where they document the highlights of their conversation and insights, and more than that, formulate a "message to the world" as it has cristallized in the dignilogue. These videos are treasured contributions to our World Dignity University Library of Ideas to be shared with the world and will inspire future generations of our community. The aim of this video is "to speak to the world," to offer a message that the world should hear (rather than "report" on what had happened during the Dignilogue). Linda's guideline in 2019: "Please give a short introduction into what the group was about, and then explain what grew out, bring the message, the call to action that your groups wants to communicate to the world!"

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

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

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

We thank YOU more than words can express!

Evelin & Linda, on behalf of our entire network.

 


 

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What Is the Aim of Our Work?

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Messages from YOU

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Welcome Again!

We would like to end this newsletter by thanking you again for all the wonderful mutual support. You contributed so generously, therefore let us give our warmest thanks to ALL OF US! We very much look forward to our upcoming two conferences in 2020!

Please let us know as early as you can if you would like to join us, particularly if you wish to be part of a Pre-Planned Dignilogue in our next Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict in December 2021! Thank you!

In the meantime, please be warmly invited to our next HumanDHS conference in Madrid, Spain, in September 2021!

Linda & Evelin, December 2020