The Global Dialogue Lab – Changing the way we make change

In the next Global Dialogue Lab

Our Special Guest: Rama Mani

Friday, November 3, 2017

Question: What do people do with power? What does power do to people?

Dr. Rama Mani was awarded the Peter Becker Peace Prize in 2013 in Marburg, Germany, for the combined impact of her scholarship and peace activism. She is a peacebuilder, poet and performance artist whose life, work and art are devoted to global and individual transformation.

Dr. Rama Mani is the Founder of Theatre of Transformation Academy, whose purpose is to champion and support the creative power of humanity to shape our shared future.

She is the Convenor of the Enacting Global Transformation Collaborative Initiative at the University of Oxford’s Centre for International Studies, which seeks to redefine paradigms of power, and shape creative and humane responses to current global crises.

Theatre of Transformation’s catalytic process, based on 25 years of expertise in peacebuilding, leadership and governance, engages people to transform crises into opportunities through four transformative steps: ‘witnessing reality, awakening possibility, envisioning change and enacting transformation’. The Academy’s programmes create circles of solidarity between diverse people and cultures, and raise funds for peace and justice missions in countries in conflict.

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About the Global Dialogue Lab

Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger, creators of One World in Dialogue, are joined by writer and agent provocateur, Bayo Akomolafe for a series of monthly forums on new approaches to activism and change-making. With the input of the hosts and special guests, the Lab is designed to cultivate the thinking, aliveness, and creativity that can take us in new and unexpected directions. Rather than sharing best practices or learning new skills, participants in the Lab are invited to stay with what troubles us and to hold the dilemmas of change, together. Especially for social justice activists, change-makers, and aid workers, the Lab offers solidarity, support and surprise.

What happens in the Global Dialogue Lab?
We start with a dialogue between the hosts and our special guests—folks like Mallika Dutt, Charles Eisenstein, Shelley Sacks or Alnoor Ladha. We explore the deeper issues facing change-makers, personally and in their work, and draw on their experience and wisdom to illuminate new territory and open up new lines of thinking and questioning. Then we break into small groups for deeper, more intimate discussion. (We do this via videoconference—we actually can see each other!) After the groups, we come back together and sum up with sharing our insights and new questions.

Meet the Hosts

Meet the Facilitators

Each month we have a changing group of volunteers to help guide the small group dialogues.
You can learn more about some of the facilitators below.
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Upcoming Guests

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  • Dr. Rama Mani: Nov. 3, 2017
    Peacebuilder, poet, and founder of the Theatre of Transformation.
  • Pawan Gupta: Oct. 13, 2017
    Educator, explorer of post-colonial mindscapes

Past Guests

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  • Mallika Dutt: Sep 2
    Mallika Dutt is founder, president, and CEO of global human rights organization Breakthrough,...
  • Shelley Sacks: Dec. 2
    cross-discipline artist for sustainability & ecological citizenship
  • Gibrán Rivera: Jan. 6, 2017
    master facilitator anchored by Evolutionary Leadership
  • Charles Eisenstein: Oct. 7
    Charles, author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, is...
  • Leymah Gbowee: Nov. 11
    Leymah won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for leading a brilliant and...
  • Alnoor Ladha: Feb. 3, 2017
    co-founder & Executive DIrector of The Rules
  • Annie Levin: March 3, 2017
  • Amir Ahmad Nasr: April 7, 2017
    Arab Spring blogger, storyteller, entrepreneur
  • Pi Villaraza: May 5, 2017
    author, healer, community builder
  • Rose Sackey-Milligan: July 7, 2017
    social & racial justice change maker, ordained in Afro-Cuban Lùkùmí tradition
  • Yael Treidel: Sept. 1, 2017
    Peace activist in Israel/Palestine

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