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CWD Tafelsig NNI Dialogue 10 April 2018

“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

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JHB NNI Facilitator Training April 2018

The 4-Day Intensive NNI Facilitator – JHB, SA

This is neither usual ‘facilitation’ nor usual ‘dialogue’ – it is learning to be a dialogue warrior; how to guide any team, group or community to their edge, and facilitate their transformative process in order to cross safely to a new paradigm:

An Introduction to Facilitating Transformational Dialogue
– for Facilitators, Coaches, Change management- & Organisational Development- practitioners, Catalysts, Community leaders, Civil society mobilisers, Human beings wanting to further greater global and local equality…

Dates: 19-22 April 2018
Times: Thursday-Sunday 8:30am – 6:30pm
Venue: Workers’ Museum Johannesburg
Cost: R7500 But if you apply before 19th March the cost will be R6500
(R10 000 is the global pricing, 25% of the price substituted by NNI Dialogue Institute for South African economic citizens)

To book your place contact Melanie at:
[email protected]

Early Enrolment discount price:
R6500 if you book before March 19th

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Do you want to work with us?
Are you inspired to spread healing through transformation? Do you have what it takes to get in the door and bring communities, countries and corporates to dialoguing for the greater good? Are you passionate about social justice, change and transformation?
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, we are excited to announce that we are looking for an Outreach and Relationship Lead to bring NNI dialogues, programs and training to the world.




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Job Opportunity: NNI Outreach and Relationship Lead

Outreach and Relationship Lead

Employment Opportunity: Cape Town

NNI is a hybrid social enterprise that consists of a NPO arm as well as a Consultancy and Training Institute.

The central NNI methodology consist of transformational processes that supports expression, emotional processing, awareness dialogue, as well as personal responsibility and accountability. We specialise in transformational dialogue facilitation in both community and corporate spaces, as well as training, coaching, and the design of unique systemic transformation programmes. 

We are currently looking to employ an overarching outreach and relationship lead who would serve both the NPO and company of NNI. This position is work-from-home (for now but could change), could be a full time or part-time position, and will run on trail basis for 6 months.

Job description:

Create opportunities and build strong working relationships with stakeholders, organisations, members of public, government and other NPO’s to spread and ignite transformative facilitated dialogues and other transformation processes NNI offers.

This person will be solely responsible for running and expanding the outreach arm of NNI and needs to be a highly motivated, energetic, independent self-starter with a heart and passion for transformation work and excellent communication and social skills.

This person will be responsible for:

Creating new working relationships and stakeholder engagement 

Building and maintaining strong and warm relationships with all stakeholders

Nurturing and maintaining current relationships

Researching scope and new opportunities for growth and expansion

Leading initiatives in new areas

Meeting with organizations/government/public as NNI ambassador

Managing and executing all administration involved in these projects 

Organizing and overseeing placements of facilitators


Must have excellent and professional (ILR Level 4-5) spoken and written English language proficiency

Must be have average isiXhosa and Afrikaans spoken and written ability (ILR level 2-3)

Extraordinary interpersonal and communication skills

Excel in building authentic and strong working relationships

Must have excellent computer literacy 

Must have a driver’s licence and own transport

Supportive and coach-like approach

Meticulous and excellent organizational and admin skills (record keeping, report writing, documenting events)

Writing of professional reports, blog posts and social media messaging

Social media and website updating 

Give reports of each dialogue or project

Write posts for social media on the outcomes of these dialogues

Ensure contact between NNI and the organisation is easy and mutually beneficial

Support communication and ensure that all details are recorded

Create and writing proposals 

Experience in coaching and change work desired (but not required)

Experience in social activism desired (but not required)

Experience in government and/or corporate desired

Experience in similar position desired

Apply to with your CV and a cover letter describing what skills you can bring to assist you in this work, and how you see yourself in this role.Applications close Monday 22nd January.

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Training Dates for 2018

Welcome to the New Year: It’s time to make a change.  Change within and without.  Bring change to your communities, countries and the whole world!

If you would like to receive more information about these trainings please contact [email protected]


South African Training:

April 19-22: Intensive Facilitator Training 1 in Johannesburg

Aug 23-26: Advanced Facilitator Coach Training 2 in Johannesburg

UK Training:

July 5-8: Intensive Facilitator Training 1

October 4-7: Intensive Facilitator Training 1 OR Advanced Facilitator Coach Training 2 (depending on numbers)

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Farewell to Busi

More than year ago, Busi (our previous admin person) moved her position to lead NNI Outreach for us. She did an amazing job and forged a sturdy path for NNI to become a trusted name in some of the most conflicted areas in the Western Cape! With her calm, patient but persistent presence, she built strong relationships and structures with NNI and CWD to bring transformative and healing processes to traumatized communities. Busi is now stepping out as NNI outreach due to other career and family opportunities. However, as an advanced NNI Agent of NNI Ignite and a facilitator for NNIDI, she remains a big part of our community! We include a few words from Busi:

“Hello all from Busi. It’s been 3 full years since I’ve been at NNI. I started in an Admin role and moved over to an Outreach role: I must be biased and say I loved Outreach more . Interacting with stakeholders creating those relationships has been phenomenal! Unfortunately my time at NNI Ignite has come to an end, however I will still be an active Facilitator
Coach. Kindly welcome whoever will be replacing me and love them as you love me. Wishing you a 2018 full of transformational possibilities

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Article by a facilitator- Do our economic institutions need to get better at emotion?

Kayshani Gibbon

A couple of months ago an RSA fellow, Jonelle Naude, invited the Citizens Economic Council programme team to take part in a facilitation training programme she was delivering.

The training was delivered as part of the No-name Initiative (NNI), set up by Jonelle as a way to hold difficult conversations and resolve conflict in post-apartheid South Africa. I was fortunate to be able to attend this training, and spent four days immersed in ‘dialogue’, learning how the NNI process works and practising new facilitation techniques.

The No-name Initiative training

NII dialogues invite a group of individuals to enter into conversation on a contentious subject, and then take the place of different ‘voices’ or perspectives that may exist on that subject matter – seeing these perspectives as part of a system on that topic. Participants are asked to set their individual identity aside and experiment with talking from different perspectives in order for the system to ‘show itself’.

The facilitation methodology builds upon Theory U and Deep Democracy; encouraging participants in the system to move from talking on a content and information level, into feelings and energy, before moving back up again. This way, participants in the system acknowledge each other as humans with similar emotions and sensations, recognising that we all share a common need in wanting to be accepted and listened to, and often this results in traditionally marginalised voices being given the power to speak and be heard.

By reaching this level of understanding, the theory is that when individuals in the system return to talking about the subject on an information level, they are better able to listen and reach compromise. Thereby tackling some conflict and allowing the system to rebalance itself.

How is this relevant to the outside world?

Our society, its politics and the economy are all part of a system too, and recent trends – the rise of populism and phenomenon of ‘post-truth’ – could be interpreted as this wider system failing to communicate and listen to its marginalised voices. We documented the experience and stories of such voices from people we met during our Economic Inclusion Roadshow and you can read some of these in our recently released interim report: Citizens, Participation and the Economy.

The learning I took from the NNI training was that as a society we need to get better at communicating with each other, not only on a content level but an emotional level too. We are currently overloaded with information, and simultaneously having that information filtered in ways we are unaware of. Leading us to a point where we no longer know which sources to trust, and we become more entrenched in our opinions as the only voices we hear are those in our echo-chamber of similarly minded friends and family. Some individuals may choose to disengage from it all, feel disillusioned and apathetic, while others continue along a path of ever polarising debate, fuelled by confirmation bias and passion not reason.

One of the reasons Brexit and Trump campaigns were so successful is that they tapped into the public’s emotional psyche; calling on people’s sense of fear and desire for change, so that the information and evidence in their campaigns became almost irrelevant. The Leave Campaign appealed to the lived experience of those ‘left behind’ by the process of globalisation; using messaging such as ‘take back control’, and misleading the public into thinking the (incorrect) figure of £350 million a week we would save in payments to the EU would be spend on public services such as the NHS. The Remainers were not above the same tactics however, and faced criticism for their claims that every household would lose £4,300 if the public choose to Brexit.

These types of weaponised narratives portray a black and white, simplified version of reality, creating divisions in society and demonising anyone not adhering to the mainstream white, male-dominated and market-based culture.

In his book ‘The Myth Gap’, Alex Evans talks about the importance of myths and stories in drawing people together in movements for change. He explains that scarcity messaging – of economic insecurity, migration, and building walls – brings with it a sense of fear, causing people to act selfishly and individualistically to grab what they can. Instead he argues we need new stories that unite people; stories of hope that can catch the public imagination and inspire collective action to solve complex problems such as world poverty and climate change.

How can we move forward?

Our leaders: The breakdown of public trust in politicians and economists has been documented world over. Communication with evidence and information alone may no longer be enough for these actors to show the public that they are trustworthy. Instead this information needs to come with a story, in a language decolonised from the elite circles of our economic or political institutions. This is not to say there is no place for truth – truth is of the utmost importance – but the facts and figures need to be accompanied by a story people can connect to, a story that has relevance to their lives.

Our institutions: Political and economic institutions create the rules and culture by which society is governed, and can be thought of as the enablers within the system whose role it is to make sure all the different voices can contribute. This means addressing structural inequality that persists in the UK. Maeve Cohen, Rethinking Economics Director suggests reforming economics education so everyone feels confident enough to engage with complex issues, and Nick Jones, Director at PwC, recommends experimenting with deliberative democracy to bring together groups with different perspectives. These are just some ways in which a more rich and meaningful conversation could be encouraged.

Our public: Pointing the blame externally or giving in to apathy corrodes our democracy and breaks apart our connection to others in society. Recognising we are all part of a wider socio-economic and environmental system, puts the onus on all of us to communicate across it. We need to crawl out of our trenches of bias, listen to the different parts of the system, and support those with little power or no voice (nature for example) to be heard. To link back to the NII training – we need to bring the system into balance.

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NNI Dialogue Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay

November NNI Dialogue at “Silver City”, Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay:
NNI Special Agents Busisiwe and Karen facilitated a dialogue on the topic of Water, Waste & Sanitation. It was so needed as people struggled to find their voice.

Words from Karen:
“What am I hearing about SA:
In communities there is so much suppressed emotion. And so many people do not use their voice. Whatever the reason is. Think that they almost expect to not be properly listened to, because of that lack of engagement. And the huge appreciation when people do feel engaged with and listened to in a dialogue…”

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Grabouw NNI CC Dialogue

Last night at Liberty Books – Grabouw Mall NNI Agent Sascha facilitated an NNI Consciousness Café.

“We had 11 participants + me and the topic was Entitlement – why do we have it and what are we going to do about it.

Our group agreed that entitlement was a complex issue that varied in impact and meaning depending on the context. It was agreed that on the whole entitlement was not constructive in society and that we needed to carefully consider the expectations we set up for our children. Particularly because moving into a community and workplace carrying entitlement would leave children with false ideas and sets them up to fail. Some parents within the group expressed disappointment with the way that their children had reacted to being given as much as possible and often in the face of much sacrifice, they saw too late that saving and protecting their children had not helped them grow. Some of the group, who are these children, spoke of the expectations that are held of them as a real trap and a hindrance to family relationships. We agreed that entitlement occurred in the absence of respect. Many of us chose listening as an action, mostly because we saw that someone who was genuinely heard would be less likely to make entitled assumptions, and that someone whose needs were met was less likely to take what they want.”

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NNI Diversity Dialogue, October 2017

NNI Special Agent Vera’s Diversity Dialogues are simply amazing. Doing regular dialogues with the same communities is possibly one of the best ways to encourage real action and accountability.

“At our Diversity Dialogue on Saturday 28 October, the topic chosen was “white fragility”. People in the room were willing to represent the voices of white supremacy, denial, black pain, shame and guilt, and identity. It emerged that there was some experiential struggling with identity in both white and black circles. When the voice of white supremacy spoke, there was a regular expression of frustration, anger, resentment, even vengeance from the voice of black pain. Conversations between these two voices often became a blame game. When the voice of shame and guilt vulnerably expressed embarrassment and shame, hope entered the room and there was a greater sense of connection. The cycle of public discourse that often deteriorates to finger pointing needs to be broken – we left thinking about how we could contribute to making an alternative interaction possible…”