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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

May
26
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NNI Dialogue at the KnowThy Farmer restaurant
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On Monday 15 May we held an NNI Dialogue at the KnowThy Farmer restaurant, Oude Moullen Eco Village.

“Participants were a group of 9 workers including the management. Among the topics put forward they eventually chose the topic “How do we find balance between structure and flow?” competing with “Men are Trash” until we settled for the former. The dialogue went into fits and starts, partly because there was a strong presence of an ancient voice (Innate design) that presented a compelling “argument’ that kept pulling us back to its message of ‘we have lost the value of natural foods and we should obey the laws of nature as our guide to life and that of symbiosis drawing our attention to team work. It was when the voice of Fear showed us vulnerability that the group could crossover the edge. ”
-NNI Agent Lawrence

May
17
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NNI Hout Bay Dialogue
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May 6 Dialogue in Hout Bay Facilitated by NNI Agent Karen
Topic: Social injustice/Fear/Pain/Lack of activity

“It was an incredibly powerful dialogue to and for me. I got to understand and deeply feel the impact of social injustice: how much fear and pain it comes with, and how that paralyses us. And how each and every community – regardless of race, wealth, gender, location, etc. – is affected by it: how we all suffer from it. And how disconnected we are in our paralysis: from our own feelings and emotions as well as from each other. And how connecting to both our feelings/emotions and each other reconnects us, which “unparalyses” and enables us to move again, therewith enabling activity and constructive action.”

May
12
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1st NNI Dialogue in Switzerland
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The first ever NNI Switzerland dialogue took place this week within the community of the Alumni of the Coaches Training Institute. Seven curious community members showed up despite the heavy rain to learn, to bravely enter a conversation that that could easily become a lonely, frustrating, going nowhere type of discussion: How do we want to be together in this community?
Through sadness, disappointment, a world of possibilities, inclusion and support we came into a dialogue that freed participants to express their needs and dreams, expectations and be ready to let go in sake of letting come.
A big thank you to the CTI Alumni that contributed and came despite the rain and busy agendas. We’ll be back!”
  – NNI Agent Francisco
May
8
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3rd NNI Berlin Dialogue- Report back
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NNI FiT, Wiebke Renner, facilitated a 3rd NNI Berlin Dialogue on the 29.04.17 and this is what she has to say….

“Facilitating this dialogue was such an enriching experience. It gave me so much hope for our world because we got to see the innate strength and resilience of human beings, the creativity and resourcefulness that lives in every system.

The topic chosen was “How do we communicate?” themes in the topic were longing for deeper, more meaningful conversations and how our insecurities and assumptions run many of our daily unsatisfying conversations. What could be more valuable than deep dialogue to let the system experience communication patterns and teach itself.

A big thank you to the brave souls who jumped into the 3rd dialogue in Berlin. A true celebration of diversity! Real conflict. Real anger. Real vulnerability. And finally, lots of love and free flow of energy!” Love, Wiebke

May
8
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NNI Nairobi Dialogue: NNI Dialogue on Crime – with Youth Workers in Kenya
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NNI Nairobi Dialogue
NNI Dialogue on Crime – with Youth Workers in Kenya (facilitated from CT)

NNI Ignite is experimenting with virtual facilitation – we had an insightful dialogue on CRIME, with youth workers in Kenya. These inspiring young adults are involved in charities supporting a food scheme for street children and environmental development. They have been battling with the devastating effect of poverty and crime amongst the youth, and the glamorization of criminal behaviour – to the point of (some) feeling hopeless in their own work and mission.
In this dialogue the voices of the Youth stuck in crime (“this is the only way possible for me”) became a powerful teacher in what it takes to reach out and truly connect, to listen, and sit together: Even if it is not possible to agree or even understand each other on a cognitive level, it remains my “my brother and my sister” not just a “criminal”, and I need to walk over and sit with ‘the other’ as a first step in communication and facilitating change.
Thank you Hital for making this dialogue possible and inviting these inspiring youth workers!

Apr
12
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Reflections on the NNI on 8th April
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Powerful Post Transformational Dialogue reflections from one of the participants at the 8th April NNI at the Bookery in Cape Town:

“I came away with many of my own learnings, questions and new possibilities for change, and also with a fresh hope that there are many fellow South Africans who are committed to being and making a difference amidst our frustrating and challenging times. Many recognised their own specific privileges, and were willing to step up and use their privileges as opportunities for decisive change for good, rather than being paralysed by fear or guilt or locked in anger/rage.

My hope tonight, after a momentous few days in SA, is that as fellow citizens, irrespective of our differences, agendas, and self/group interests we can become ongoing co-creators of a sustained, mobilised campaign for radical regime change and transformation in our beloved South Africa, where party politics is put aside in the genuine interests of the country of all our citizens, especially the most vulnerable, exploited, and marginalised.

A People United Can Never Be Divided!”

Apr
12
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NNI Dialogue 8th April Cape Town
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NNI Agents of transformation, Nobantu, Sylvester and Karen, facilitated a dialogue on the topic of Apartheid at the Bookery in Cape Town:

“Apartheid was so powerful and imprinted in every cell of our being that both beneficiary and victim could not dream of a world without it. This created a heavy palpable silence that participants kept on referring to.

The end of the dialogue kept on showing lots of excitements, participants grouped round the anger/rage and the need for action from privileged individuals.

This moved the session from deep dialogue into action and responsibility”

Mar
8
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Berlin NNI Empowered Musicianship Dialogue
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On Saturday 4th March our first ever Berlin NNI Dialogue was held, here are a few words from our NNI Agent Wiebke:

“The group chose with astonishing consensus the topic “Balance between self and other (me and we)“. What does it take to be oneself and be connected to others? Why do we conform?
The shared dream was warm, natural and colourful, allowed for diversity, movement, harmony, belonging. It included a continuous creation of possibilities to fulfill individual and collective potential. There was also a voice of worry that such a dream might create boredom and stagnation. Which was a powerful stand for the diversity within the dream, the desire to include thunderstorms in the picture of balance.

The system taught itself that the goal might not be to get rid of fear, but to include the fear as part of our shared human experience.

After completion there was a deep sense of connection and appreciation for a Saturday afternoon well spent. A yearning for deep dialogue was fulfilled that day. Berlin received the gift that NNI brings with openness and gratitude!”