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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.

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Nov
3
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ARNSA and NNI
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It was such a pleasure to be sharing the underpinnings of the NNI methodology as applied to the topic of racism at the Anti-Racism Network South Africa’s annual conference at Constitution Hill. NNI Fits Keke (Consciousness Café SA) and Vera (NNI Footprints) did a brilliant job co-facilitating the dialogue and showcasing the methodology in action. We celebrated not only our own privilege in being able to do this work, but also the many wonderful initiatives making a real difference in our country. Thank you Keke, thank you Vera! And big thanks to Claire for making it possible for us to present together at this conference.

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Oct
21
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Inner Voice Dialogues with the Primrose Community
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Tamara, Khaya and Max, the NNI FiTs team: Inner Voice Dialogues, work with the Primrose community, and hosted their third community dialogue in Primrose, Germiston on the 15th of October 2016.

The topic chosen was the hot subject of #feesmustfall – and the teachings that came with it were refreshing and unexpected.

Some of the dialogue voices –

Andile said: “The conclusion that someone in order to qualify to study for free in the university, must give their best at high schools to be granted a free university education.”

While Ngwepe wrote: “The most powerful part for me was that fees must fall and students should be granted affordable university fees.”

And last but not least, Machakas realisation: “To let out your voice and be heard, (the) voice has emotion because (the) situation paralysed it.”

Thank you to each and every participant for attending our dialogue and continuing the #feesmustfall conversation in a safe and healing space.

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Oct
20
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NNI Dialogue on the 6th October
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for-website-logo2Facilitator in training Vera Facilitated an NNI Dialogue on the 6th October:
“In the dialogue I facilitated on Thursday, there seemed to be a growing awareness of the power of the black majority to effect change and the responsibility that comes with awareness and privilege.
Some of the challenging questions that participants were asking themselves, included: When I am in a position of enlightenment and privilege, what am I going to do to empower others? What am I willing to sacrifice to see the dream becoming a reality? Do we stand up and become uncomfortable for the sake of the greater majority? Who sustains the systems? Is the plight of the majority in the minority’s hands? Who holds the power? Am I underestimating my power?
It was a privilege to be part of the process!”

Sep
23
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Toekomsrus NNI dialogue
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Toekomsrus in the West Rand had a NNI dialogue- done by one of our newest Facilitators-in-Training Rowayda.

The topic chosen by the participants was “Crime, community, politics- no trust no peace”

“It essentially centred around power relations within the community. Eg: between neighbours, parents and children; government and people; different races…” -NNI FiT Rowayda

Sep
23
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Kitso-Lesedi Youth-Dev By-Thapelo in Primrose, Germiston.
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Tamara, Khaya and Max, the NNI FiTs team: Inner Voice Dialogues, work with the Primrose community. On the 17th of September 2016 they hosted their second community dialogue at Kitso-Lesedi Youth-Dev By-Thapelo in Primrose, Germiston.

“It was a lively discussion about corruption by the local youth of the area.

They felt it was helpful to see the many sides of corruption, and how we each have a choice of condoning and accepting it.

Thank you to each participant who trusted us to hold the space, and Kitso Lesedi for allowing us to bring NNI Ignite! to their centre – so much passion and hope in our youth!” -Tamara

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Sep
19
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Activate Leadership Dialogue
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“Had the privilege to sit through tough conversations with youth (Activate Leadership programme) again. Interesting that this is the second unrelated youth group in a row that felt a strong need (overwhelming majority vote) to dialogue about “What the Blesser Culture means for South Africa”. This allowed the light to shine on so many other underlying issues in our society.” – Ise-Lu NNI FiT

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Sep
16
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DIALOGUE AT CWD TAFELSIG: 13TH SEPTEMBER 2016
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website-feetThe Topic was Poverty and life issues relating to it

“WHAT STOOD OUT

There was a voice that kept on encouraging the other voices and also acknowledging others’ journeys. This happened frequently and resulted in loads of sharing and learning happening, and also expressions of gratitude and reassurance that we can do so much more than we limit ourselves to.

The ages ranged from 18 to 70 odd years of age, and the group used the platform to share and the dialogue was like one unit, and one voice could not believe how much she spoke, claiming that she is usually shy.

One voice felt happy, a little sad, proud and relief when she revealed her journey of kicking her drug habit and mentioned that she is struggling and not fully recovered. Another voice shared her mastectomy and the disastrous effects of chemo treatment and one voice felt that her “problem – unemployment” was not as big or what others are facing.

At the end of the session – the NNI is absolutely necessary in all communities and we want more …… ” – NNI FiT Amina

Sep
16
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Tafelsig Community Dialogue 30 August 2016
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“Love, Support, Trust, Respect and Non-judgement are things that we do have control over. We will give it, and get it in return, therewith building a bridge together towards the better future that we foresee.” – Karen NNI FiT

Sep
16
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Tuesday 2nd of August Dialogue was with the staff at the Tafelsig Community Centre.
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NNI FiT Dave facilitated this session.

Some of what was said:
“It makes me want to look into myself and let go”
“Acknowledging the problems, accepting situations and letting go of the past and only emotions that may cause, disruptions/upsetness to your life”
“We all got to understand each other better.”