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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.”