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Oct
9
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NNI Fabulous Womxn

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A Big welcome to our newest cohort of nni agents, the FABULOUS WOMXN! Fierce, funny, passionate, powerful, expansive…

These brave and passionate women participated in our September JHB NNI training. They are already making changes to the world!

Oct
9
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Blog post from a facilitator

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A brilliant blog post about our NNI Facilitator training, and the outcomes and work that followed. Thank you Paula for putting your experiences into words:

I’m going to give a training in London next month, do you want to join?’, said the founder of nni (no name initiative), an admirable woman I trust. That would be her first dialogue facilitation training in London, after years of running it successfully in South Africa.
The invitation came during one of those phases when I needed novelty (which happens more often than I dare to admit to myself). I had no idea what a ‘dialogue’ was, if there was any difference versus the uncountable business facilitations I did during my career or if it was like group coaching. I was curious, so I decided to check…
That training was life changing beyond the technical learnings. I always had an urge to ‘save the world’, but never found a way to start. But in a world where polarisation is the order of the day, and people are increasingly struggling to listen and understand the other (or even themselves), the course gave me a tool to start changing this near me.
Since then, I facilitated 10 dialogues in my community, with topics ranging from ‘fear of terrorism’, ‘religion in today’s world’, ‘materialism’, ‘racial justice’ and ‘polarisation’. The next will be about ‘loneliness’. These are big social themes that evoke big emotions. I learnt a lot about them, about people and about how group dynamics (or systems) work and change. Most importantly, people who participate have a safe space to share their views; feel heard and respected, whatever their perspectives; increase their self awareness; understand ‘the other’ and feel empowered to make shifts in their own lives.
Is this a drop in the ocean? Maybe. But every movement starts somewhere and nni has been in this journey for years. I’m proud of being part of it and, thanks to my curiosity, doing my share to change the world, one drop at a time.
https://paulaswhitecanvas.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-life-changing-moment.html
Aug
17
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Women’s Day NNI – Consciousness Café

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This women’s day – Consciousness Café was fortunate to be invited into the Pretoria space through the Torralbas Burchell family. At the Open Warehouse, 2 men and several women chose the topic of “How do we (as women) take men along on the journey to a better society”
The topic was a heavy one; with a heavy gravity being felt in the room from the very beginning of the dialogue. Women expressed their frustration with a world that ignores their abilities; pays them less; and dismisses their emotions and opinions because they’re on their period or they are pmsing. Apart from the violence that patriarchy has made normal in women’s lives, the group was absorbed in a moment of the myriad of difficulties standing between a better society for all; both men and women.
Men became vulnerable and expressed the sheer fear they feel for what women are capable of, and the strength they show in dealing with emotions, and how women just do the very things men fail and are so challenged to do with such grace and finesse. We acknowledged the need for each other in a society filled with broken men; and even though we can call them trash, what next? How do we fix the next generation of men; most of all – is it our job as women to keep fixing when that’s all we’ve been doing?

The dialogue reached a pmore hopeful space when we realized our collective responsibility in changing the status quo. Men realized their responsibility in challenging male friends and family when they spoke out of turn and perpetuated patriarchy. Equally; women realized that as fatigued as they are, we still need to keep calling out injustice and addressing issues whenever we can.

It was an important and necessary conversation, and we were all lifted out of complacency and encouraged to keep up the good fight for women in our society

We ended off with a delicious hearty braai to feed the hungry but determined soul.

Aug
15
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NNI Diversity Dialogue on the 4th August

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What blocks progress?

The topic of “What blocks progress?” drew the most votes at our Diversity Dialogue on 4 August 2018 – “We have such potential as a country. Why are we stuck?” A long list of reasons was identified: Inequality & poverty, Labelling & discrimination, Poor leadership with no integrity, Broken people, families & communities, Fear, A culture of destruction & rage, Greed, Denialism, Right wingers, White supremacy, Patriarchy, Despondent & desperate youth … it seemed overwhelming – there was a general feeling of paralysis and fear in the room.

Anger moved us out of this trapped overwhelming feeling at the beginning of our time together and it became a lively dialogue … For more details follow the link http://tt-tt.co.za/blog/