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Jun
25
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NNI CWD Dialogue 12 June 2018
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On the 12th of June we held our fortnightly CWD NNI dialogue with the community of Tafelsig.
The topic was unemployment, something that affects the entire community.

” What I am hearing about SA: Poverty. An education that does not prepare young people. Complete loss of power when formal employment is not forthcoming.
What I saw at the end of the dialogue: 3 ladies energised the meeting like if the room was full. They were unstoppable. 
Actions: look for job.
Accountability: They mentioned the person who will keep them accountable but they will also meet to check how they are doing” – NNI Special Agent Sylvester

Jun
25
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Diversity Dialogues NNI June 2017
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Diversity Dialogue is a team of brave and passionate NNI facilitators, taking NNI dialogue to their communities.

This was a private Diversity Dialogue at Arcadia Christian Church with more than 25 people. The topic “The Struggle with Identity because of the Past” was chosen. As each voice made an opening statement it was evident that many voices expressed fear underlying their main points of view. “Shame”, “Fear”, “Stereotypes” and “Anger” were the main contributors to the conversation. Out of the voice of “History not dealt with”, a “Longing for accountability for the past” from all sides, “Disillusionment with reconciliation”, but also a strong “Hope in a new identity in Christ” emerged. “Being judged”, “Inner Brokenness”, and “Distrust” tended to observe rather than participate in the conversation.

Struggling with Identity

Jun
25
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Diversity Dialogue’s NNI 2 June 2018
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Diversity Dialogue is a team of brave and passionate NNI facilitators, taking NNI dialogue to their communities.

Our diversity dialogue on 2 June at Nokuphila was a small group but this lent itself to a more intimate conversation – the participants chose to dialogue about the challenge of family relationships. In a small group the question I sometimes ask myself as a facilitator is “Where is the diversity?” but we had exactly the diversity needed for the topic.

So many valuable insights were expressed … Keeping secrets from each other eats away at the individual secret-keeper as well as the relationship. Then it spills over into other relationships too. Secrecy spreads. A lack of trust and fear of rejection result in the wearing of masks even in close relationships. It is so easy to get into a rut of poor communication and takes a lot of personal work to change.

The importance of good communication was emphasized throughout the dialogue. A key to this was seen as the idea that “the problem” can be seen as separate from the individuals in the relationship. Instead of pointing fingers at each other in blame, they can together face the problem and make progress.

The Challenge of Family Relationships

 

Jun
25
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Consciousness Cafe NNI Dialogue Youth Day 2018
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Consciousness Cafe are NNI facilitators who host amazing NNI dialogues around the country. On important days they have essential dialogues: 16th of June was no exception.

Consciousness Cafe’s June 16 2018 Dialogue was a dynamic one.
Facilitators Keke Shabangu and Lungi Sokhulu were overwhelmed and inspired when over 60 students from Westbury High schools joined the youth dialogue at Constitution hill at 12 pm.
The topics that came up already showed us the kind of world we are living in, where teenagers in high school are affected by and want to speak about abuse, drugs in prisons, human trafficking, bullying, gangsterism and drug and alcohol abuse – among others.
Drug and alcohol abuse among our teenagers was the topic chosen for discussion, and the group was taken to a deep reflection about why this is a problem. Poverty, broken families, peer pressure, I don’t know any better, were some of the issues put forward as to why our teenagers suffer form drug and alcohol abuse.
The group had to leave suddenly and the adults who were left over were left with an overwhelming heaviness and hopelessness. Being faced with the real issues that our youth are dealing with left us with a disparaging sense of powerlessness and despair.
The dialogue evolved further, with parents and teachers stepping in to share their challenges and frustrations, leading to ideas and solutions and an overwhelming desire to hold hands and offer assistance where we can. Adults in the room offered mentorship to the learners, computer training, skills development as well as further Consciousness Café dialogues to be carried out in the community. Many members of the group expressed interest in the upcoming NNI training in order to somehow offer the support needed in too many of our communities.

This youth day brought us to the centre of what the youth is living, we were forced to look into it and see where we can fit in to be part of the solution. We are motivated and apprehensive but very aware of what our joint responsibilities are to move forward.

Jun
25
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Consciousness Cafe NNI dialogue for Workers’ Day 2018
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Consciousness Cafe held an NNI dialogue for Workers’ Day: 1 May 2018. Thank you to the facilitators and all who attended this important and transformational dialogue:

Our 01 May 2018 Dialogue for Workers Day at the Workers museum, facilitated by Lungi and Keke was a memorable one.
The chosen topic was: Why do we need validation from outside to embrace our culture.
The topic chosen by the system presented a colourful concrete, diverse dreaming phase as the system expressed unity. The voices preventing cultural presence and strength in our society were, low self esteem, colonisation, lack of protection from governance and policy, the fact that we still don’t know what this rainbow nation is, as well as pride, among many others. There was a common feeling of low self esteem that set the dialogue tone. As the dialogue progressed, We noted a strong presence of “a lack of identity” . After identity was introduced to the system, there was more sympathy from everyone and a calm, safe, emotional environment created. Many realisatins that were made involved a lot of ‘looking within myself’ when considering some of the critisms and our society is plagued with and potential solutions. Solid and interesting collaborations were made in this group and we look forward to watching Souh Africa’s space and finding these initiatives driving the change we so desperately need to see.

The closing was enlightening; with the mixed group of diverse races, ages reciting this Xhosa verse:
Uqobo lwakhe uqonde ukuqoqa amaqanda awaqoqel’ enqolobaneni

Jun
25
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Diversity Dialogue’s NNI May 2018
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NNI Diversity Dialogues are powerful, community lead, transformational dialogues. Read all about the April dialogue:

At our Diversity Dialogue on 5 May, the topic chosen by the participants was Poverty in South Africa. The theme of conflicting values came up throughout the dialogue. We realised there is a conflict between the values we aspire to generally for our society and what we are aiming to achieve ourselves, e.g. we want poverty alleviated as long as we don’t have to sacrifice something ourselves, as women we want leadership positions for ourselves but we don’t necessarily want women in authority over us, we want to encourage black people to value themselves but we prefer white teachers or schools for our children, we say we value menial labour as much as university careers but we are not willing to pay the salary that reflects that value.

Poverty in South Africa

May
7
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NNI CWD Tafelsig Dialogue: 24th April 2018
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Our fortnightly dialogues with CWD Tafelsig are always powerful, but it is not an easy. The community of Tafelsig, in the Cape Flats, have many difficulties they wish to find a way through, and all of them are doing the hard work to improve their lives, and their community.  This dialogue was no different:

“Drugs and lack of money were the two issues present in the room right to the end of the dialogue. At one time, lack of education and communication became the most significant voices.
Participants are energized around the action chosen… to decide for themselves how to celebrate the community. “- NNI Agent Sylvester

Apr
24
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NNI Diversity Dialogue: March 2018
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Land restitution without compensation

A longing for justice and a demand for fairness were both vented. The question “How does one appropriately express the anger evoked without being consumed by it?” lingered in the room…

Overall, there was an acknowledgement by whites that are trying to be bridge builders, that we have war on our hands if the land issue is not addressed, the need to pray for wisdom and tolerance as a nation, also a strong consensus that those white people that benefited from previous land acts, who left the country for overseas, should also be required to pay restitution.

Apr
24
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NNI Diversity Dialogue: Nokuphila April 2018
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What does it mean to be an African in South Africa?

There was a longing for hope and for a new dream that would unite us. This culminated in a conversation with an ideal African, where the characteristics we would like to see included love for the country, selflessness, not taking things personally, courage, wisdom, the ability to resist the temptation of money, humility, caring, generosity, understanding, resourcefulness, multi-lingualism and multi-culturalism, a commitment to growth, provision for others, just doing the job. We realised we could all become the ideal African – our description was valid across gender and race…

Apr
12
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CWD Tafelsig NNI Dialogue 10 April 2018
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“The group was excited and motivated to organise a march in collaboration with other organisations in Tafelsig. They expressed how they felt lighter, refreshed, encouraged and had more understanding of the system. They were excited at the breakthrough that they had with the gang members (role played) and saw that if someone tells the truth the system is set free. One of the pearls of wisdom was “The Truth will set us Free”. The group chose to end off with a group hug and powerful prayer.” – NNI Agent Bronwen