The Global Dialogue Lab – Changing the way we make change

In the next Global Dialogue Lab

Special Guest:
Dr. Aunkh H. Chabalala

Friday, February 2, 2018

Question for 2018: What is sacred activism?

My life’s purpose is totally committed to uniting humanity through sharing the gifts of consciousness from a universal, yet Afrikan perspective. I serve humanity as a medical natural scientist, sangoma-inyanga (metaphysician-healer) and epidemiologist with special interest in research, development and innovation of natural medicines and food. Additional services to the planet include facilitating consciousness expansion tools in ancient African-Egyptian (Kemetic) cosmologies, spiritual technologies, meditation techniques, initiations, and medical martial arts (qi gong, tai chi, etc.)

I founded the Amen-Ra Institute (non-government) and Infinite Earth whose objective is to restore holistic African-Egyptian sciences of consciousness and life for the development of thriving societies. Professionally, I’m tasked with providing leadership in the area of Indigenous Knowledge-Based Technology Innovation of the South African Department of Science and Technology. My PhD research was on interfacing indigenous knowledge with modern science, technology and innovation for inclusive development. However, my passion is in restoring ageless and timeless spiritual wisdoms of the ancients; interfacing these with bio-based sciences for socio-economic development.

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Past Dialogues

Short Takes — Register to Access the Full Dialogue

Hosts Elizabeth Debold, Thomas Steininger, and Bayo Akomolafe share their thoughts about a new kind of activism. (Full length)

Global women’s rights activist Mallika Dutt explores the difference between human rights and interconnectedness.

Author and environmental activist Charles Eisenstein speaks about the one principle of radical activism: What is it like to be you?

Nobel Peace Prize winner and change strategist Leymah Gbowee explains why, in these times, peace must be loud.

Shelley Sacks, University of the Trees founder and practitioner of social sculpture, explores what a paradigm shift is in practice.

Following the 2016 US election, evolutionary activist Gibran Rivera explores epiphany and emergence as engines for deep change.

Alnoor Ladha, co-founder of The Rules, wonders whether the purpose of our civilizational crisis is to ask big questions.

Annie Levin, curator for The Emergence Network, asks if our feelings are really the right guide for action.

Amir Ahmad Nasr, author of My Isl@m and tech entrepreneur, explains why tech disruption is like colonialism.

Spiritual leader, healer, and cultural pioneer Pi Villaraza speaks about how technology can bring the Eastern and Western minds together.

Dr. Rose Sackey-Milligan, activist and Lukumi priest, asks if true social liberation is possible without deep spiritual liberation.

Yael Treidel, a leader in Women Wage Peace in Palestine-Israel, speaks about real relationship as a way to step outside the “system.”

The Indian educator and thinker Pawan Gupta explores what it means for people to be colonized by a foreign language.

Dr. Rama Mani, peacebuilder and transformative leader, uses dramatization to explore how leaders can get beyond power abuse.


Our theme for the year:

“What is Sacred Activism?”

Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger open up the theme for 2018: “What is sacred activism?” (Full length.)

Meet the Hosts

About the Global Dialogue Lab

Elizabeth Debold is the founder and anchor of the Global Dialogue Lab, where she is often joined by One World in Dialogue co-founder, Thomas Steininger. From time to time, writer and agent provocateur, Bayo Akomolafe jumps in to co-host this 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 and support through the creation of a shared field of inquiry and unity.

What happens in the Global Dialogue Lab?
We start with a dialogue between the hosts and our special guest—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. Next, we come together with all participants (who want to join) and continue the conversation with the guest, hosts, and whole group. Finally, participants break into small groups for deeper, more intimate discussion.

The GDL is held via Zoom videoconference—we actually can see each other! (And you can also join by phone, if you prefer.) After the groups, we encourage a continued conversation on the Facebook Global Dialogue Lab page.

The format of the GDL will change as the field between us develops. We see the creation of this field of inquiry and unity as a form of activism — through developing a global socially conscious and consciously social We.

Upcoming Guests

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  • Dr. Aunkh H. Chabalala: Feb. 2, 2018
    traditional African wisdom & healing, poverty eradication
  • Cynthia Jurs: March 2, 2018
    Teacher, Open Way Sangha

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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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
  • 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

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