The High Road Framework as backdrop for the no-name initiative 

The character of the NNI was formed by a qualitative research study (Naude, 2011) conducted in 2010 that asked the question: “what does South Africa need most right now in its journey towards greater healing, transformation and equality?

A consistent theme in the research suggested that we need:

A process that enhances understanding and builds community and active citizenship

Furthermore it was suggested that this process should be aimed at crossing the ‘divide’ through:

  • acknowledging rank and power discourse
  • accessing the creativity and resourcefulness of the system
  • enhancing communication and empathy
  • creating structures of practical and emotional change
  • enhancing ownership and activism
  • the dawning of a new community

As such, this framework holds the meta-intention for the facilitator in any NNI. It is not something that is held as an outcome – rather it is a held as an overarching context and forms a backdrop to whatever topic is chosen by the group.

This framework is to be held very loosely. The facilitator’s job includes both to actively seek out and bring awareness to moments and opportunities that align with the above framework, as well as to allow and facilitate whatever wants and needs to unfold in the system.