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Oct
18
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NNI Consciousness Café Cape Town
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Consciousness Café SA: “Why are we struggling (to connect) and how do we connect and cross the divides?” was the topic at our Cape Town café this weekend. 17 brand new faces came along and spent the afternoon facing up to the uncomfortable challenges of South Africa – together. ”

Thank you NNI Agent Genene and Special Agent Roger

Oct
18
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Consciousness Café NNI Dialogue for Heritage Day
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The amazing Consciousness Café SA, held an NNI Dialogue for Heritage Day. Together the facilitators brought out the deep truths and experiences that may be uncomfortable, but are necessary to face to access healing, for ourselves and our country. “In discomfort there is growth.”

“Consciousness Café a last minute change of venue may have affected our numbers. We were a small group with the majority white people. There was an awareness of voices missing from the conversation. The topic chosen was “An open conversation about pain, anger, shame and violence in South Africa”. The dialogue started with these four voices. At first pain and anger were the strongest voices in the room. Pain was a multi-layered voice expressing the pain experienced by black South Africans, Africans from other countries and white South Africans. Anger expressed frustration with resistance to change and a feeling of battling alone. Many in the room identified with that experience. Violence gave the group insight into how difficult it is to break out of a cycle if that is all you have ever known. Shame broke through its paralysis to acknowledge it’s own role as white people in history still benefiting from the system. After some time hope entered the room. The privileged voice of “get over it” was confronted. There was a communal longing for a new start, perhaps starting with a cleansing ceremony we can all take part in. To close off the space we came up with our own ceremonial act which symbolized an accepting of our own shadow side, our own contribution to the problems we experience. In discomfort there is growth.”

We thank the photographer Madoda Mkhubeni for our beautiful photos.

Oct
18
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Diversity Dialogue September 2017
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NNI Special Agent of Transformation Vera facilitated an important and deep dialogue with her community. These are regular dialogues and have great meaning and healing for her community, and for our country. Pause: Dialogue: Shift: Action.

“Diversity Dialogue “The wage gap” was the topic chosen by the participants. This opened up a doorway into a conversation between two voices: the privileged and less privileged. As people chose which voice they would represent, we found ourselves mirroring the systemic consequences of Apartheid – pale privileged facing darker less privileged. Everyone committed to fully explore the voice they represented even if they usually don’t completely identify with it. We realised that privilege expressing “get over it” throws less privileged people deeper into their pain. As the conversation progressed there was some movement of people between the groups. Respectful listening and an apology from privilege for inaction in changing a hurtful system had a connecting and healing effect. We left with personal commitments to positive action in our own sphere of influence.”

Sep
4
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Auckland Park Church youth group NNI dialogue on Friday 25th August
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“Many topics came up from #Bring back the land, #Fees must fall #Economics #Drug Abuse and #Gender Based Violence came top. There were 10 participants in the group. There was a lot of emotions in the room, and no voice moved to join in another. Participants were adamant on voices they were occupying. I felt a huge responsibility.” – NNI Agent Balfour

Sep
4
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Grabouw NNI ‘Consciousness Café’ on 30th August
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“A robust group of 14 met Liberty Books – Grabouw Mall. The Dialogue topic was racism and inequality but we ended up exploring race as a form of baggage. The group become aware that we were holding many generations of legacy (racial and otherwise) and that all of us were traumatized in varying degrees but that numbing ourselves to our feelings about racism was sustaining the effects of racism. We allowed ourselves to truly feel some of the hurts of racism. Our actions included cultivating self-love, looking at what we are carrying and asking if it is really ours and resisting stereotypical perceptions.” NNI Agent Sacha

Aug
28
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NNI Dialogue 22 August 2017 at the CWD Tafelsig
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“This community is in the grip of gangster violence. There is no trust between people. Probably the biggest thing that NNI is bringing is open and honest communication. Which will hopefully lead to trust, connection and collaboration. At the end of the day!”- NNI Special Agent Karen

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
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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
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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!!!!