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Aug
16
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With Gratitude: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
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NNI would like to share our heart-felt gratitude to the team at IJR for the use of their venue for our August 2017 Intensive 1 Facilitator training.. It was absolutely a success and I thank you for enabling that! The kindness and the support we were shown is greatly appreciated.

The IJR

Aug
16
Admin NNI
With Gratitude: Aerotechnic
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NNI would like to share our heart-felt gratitude to JP and the staff at Aerotechnic for the use of their venue for our August 2017 Advanced Facilitator training..  It was absolutely a success and I thank you for enabling that!  The kindness and the support we were shown is greatly appreciated.

Aug
13
Admin NNI
Cape Town Intensive One training
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CT training Intensive 1 is off and flying! Well done for diving in deeply in your very first training dialogue. This group was able to sit in grief and anger of the death and loss of their children by violence and other symptoms of systemic inequality.

… A special thanks all the true stories that were shared. This group is already a healing and transformative force in the world…

Aug
10
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Advanced Facilitator Training
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Congratulations to the 10 NNI facilitator-coaches who completed their NNI Advanced Training this week in Cape Town.

You are a gift to this world.

The way you have made NNI processes and dialogues part of your life, your community and this world, is more than inspiring – its is magical, healing and mind-blowing! It is transformation. Well done!!!!

Jul
24
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Parrow NNI Youth Dialogue
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Youth shifting the ‘system’ through dialogue!

I was privileged to facilitate the first transformational dialogue at the Parow library on Friday, 21 July. The host and organiser of this dialogue was a passionate young man still in his Matric year. He has also been to at least two NNI-CC dialogue events before, one in which I was co-facilitator & another as a participant and when he and I began to forge a closer relationship of mutual trust.

My young host had expressed a desire to host a dialogue in his community in Parow and trusted me to facilitate it, which I wholeheartedly accepted. He took responsibility for booking the hall at the library in liaison with one of the library staff members who had also expressed an interest in dialogues.

When I met him at the library on Friday afternoon, he was excited and expecting 9 participants who had expressed interest. Unfortunately, the library staff member could not make this specific dialogue, as well as a teacher and some friends from his school. We finally started, about 20 minutes later than planned with just three keen participants in the room, with me as facilitator. As we as NNI facilitators believe and continue to express: “whoever is meant to be in the room will be in the room”!
I was probably older than the combined ages of the three participants! How humbling! What an honour! Two are still at High school and third had matriculated a year ago and was determined to exploring a career in IT and web design despite lacking the resources at his former high school. Each young participant arrived with some burning concerns; each one felt challenged in specific ways, yet each one was open to embrace the dialogue process. And so the process began!

The chosen topic for the day was “How do people make personal decisions?” – an amazingly ‘mature’ topic for this group of young participants!

After ‘dreaming’, the ‘system’ began to dialogue with earlier voices of “who will I hurt if I’ll decide this way?”; “(lack of) influence”, and “fear of the unknown”. The voice of ‘fear’ also gave rise to other voices of “rejection’, ‘scared’, ‘anxiety’, ‘violence to self’, ‘bitter’ on on the on the one side, and voices of “courage” and “(more) influence on on the other. The ‘system’ then moved into the two dominant voices of ‘positive thoughts’ & ‘self’-love’ on one side, and a single voice of ‘negative thoughts’ on the other, who still needed to be persuaded to make the shift.

At this point, about half-way into the dialogue process, we were joined by a 4th young participant who quickly got into the process and helped influence and ignite the required shift for the single voice of ‘negative thoughts’ who continued to be held as an important, if marginalised voice in the ‘system’ – true to the one of the principles and agreements of this ‘deep democracy’ process.

At the conclusion of the dialogue, the entire ‘system’ had come to embrace “positive thoughts” with the elements of “self-love”, “greater influence”, and “courage”. There was a palpable lightness and confidence in the “system”, that gave shape to clear and accountable actions for each of the participants and a rousing closing new community ritual.

Once again, I was thankful that I could hold a safe and energetic space for the dialogue process and to trust it’s intrinsic wisdom. I come away very hopeful that our youth, despite many pressing challenges they continue to face on all sides, remain open, determined, and committed to being and making a difference in their personal and community lives.

NNI Special Agent Roger
Jul
7
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NNI with CWD at Samora Machel
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4th July 2017 NNI dialogue with the Catholic Welfare and Development centre in Samora Machel

.CWD and NNI have an exciting collaboration happening. NNI will be conducting dialogues at one of their centres in Samora Machel. It is an impoverished areas that faces huge unemployment rate, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, poverty etc.

Youth unemployment was the topic discussed at this dialogue.

Jul
7
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NNI #ViewsFromTheYouth Dialogue
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16th June 2017:

Youth Day in South Africa remembers the uprising of the South African Youth in 1976.  This began in Soweto and spread across the country.  The Youth will not be silent!

#VeiwsFromTheYouth chose the topic of Gender-based violence to dialogue and here is what our NNI Agents heard about South Africa:

“Patriarchy is entrenched in South Africa ;

Young men seem to lack role models in how to treat women with respect and consideration.

Abusive behaviour has been normalised.

Many women have many mixed feelings towards men and are able and available to express them when given the opportunity.

Many men are not in touch with their feelings and tend to intellectualize.”

Jul
6
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June Diversity Dialogue in Midrand
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“Our dialogue on Saturday 24 June started at a political level looking at how a leader responds to opposition. After some people expressed their wish to make the dialogue about more personal opposition, we landed up looking at the bully in our midst. We recognised that society, the government, social media and some parents can become “the bully”. The bully tends to use power to shame and manipulate, intends to harm and seems unable to hear the victim. We realised that most bullies had themselves been bullied. It was apparent that bullies often feel small and powerless and want others to feel the same way. On a deeper level there seemed to be an “I don’t know what to do” a “cry for help” and a “longing for love” from the bully. Some of us also acknowledged the uncomfortable possibility of ourselves becoming the bully…”  NNI Agent Vera

Jun
23
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NNI Diversity Dialogue May 2017
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Diversity Dialogue in Midrand: “The topic chosen on 27 May was “patriarchy and #men are trash”. Some feedback: “it was powerful to hear others’ personal stories – different and the same as my own”, “we all need each other”, “there is power hidden in the women of South Africa”, “let’s not be judgemental”, “we are going through the same struggles”, “let us take responsibility and parent well”, “I am never alone in how I feel”.” -NNI Agent Vera

Jun
14
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NNI Dialogue at KnowthyFarmer on Monday 12th June 2017
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“It is becoming a habit now. I mean the habit of conducting an NNI at the offices of the KnowthyFarmer restaurant in the Oude Moulen Village near Pinelands.

The decision by the management to not facilitate but participate even gave more power to the dialogue. Some moments that touched me where the obvious quiet voices gradually feeling comfortable to claim more space in the dialogue and very deep issues were brought forward about insecurity, trust to talk to the bosses during working hours. Incidentally one of the topics was how do we behave in front of the boss when I am merely a worker and when or where does one leave their personal burdens that might cause them to be distracted during work yet they simply cannot wish away their individual issues just like that when they arrive for work. Both Management and workers shared their very intimate concerns with each other without recriminations or feeling victimised and this I have a sense it was ‘true’ because after the dialogue they share a meal together all ten at the same table and the bonding continued.”
– NNI Agent Lawrence