The Global Dialogue Lab – Changing the way we make change

The 2019 Global Dialogue Lab

Our Special Guest:
Nicolás Amaya

Friday, April 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm UTC

Question for 2019:
What can WE do? What’s the potential of coming together?

Do you ever wonder how technology could be used to connect us rather than divide us? Could it be used for the most precious sharing of human presence? This is the question that has been nagging at Nicolás Amaya. He and his partners have created “Human Online,” a website that creates the space for human encounter. Their hope is to provide people with the opportunity to connect, simply, silently, over the internet so that we can build a deeper sense of our shared humanity.

Here’s what Nicolás says: “Technology and the virtual world have always been fascinating for me, and in the past they often served me as a way to escape feeling and being vulnerable in relation to others. I’ve found my calling in using technology to create ways for people from all places and backgrounds to experience a deep sense of connection with each other. I believe that caring about each other comes naturally when there is safety and presence, and that shared inner experiences facilitated through technology can help humanity see more of itself, having a profound impact in the challenges the world faces.”

Would you like to experience this with Nicolás?

Join us on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 3:00pm UTC, 17:00 CET, 11am EDT-US, and 8:30pm in India. to meet and dialogue with Nicolás and to experience the power of a minute of shared presence. Learn how we can meet beyond division and what the potential is for meeting in this way.

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We offer this work as a gift toward the future of a world in dialogue.
We seek to network people, like you,
with the change-makers, spiritual leaders, and activists
who see that changing human consciousness
is a foundation for deeper cultural change.
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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.)

Dr. Aunkh H. Chabalala opens us up to “uBuntu,” a way of being and relatedness of the Bantu people, as sacred activism.

Cynthia Jurs explains how the Earth Treasure Vase practice — given to her by a 106-year-old Tibetan monk — opens new potentials for healing.

How can we keep our hearts open as we face into the inequalities in this world? Sabine Lichtenfels speaks about a very deep engagement with sacred activism.

Rami Efal, of Zen Peacemakers Int’l, opens a dialogue about how knowing can be a form of violence…and not knowing is a foundation of sacred activism.

Patrick Kronfli, the co-founder of Unify and Global Sisterhood, shares the entrepreneurial spirit, humility, and vision that drives him to create spiritual movements.

Agota Ruzsa, from Hungary, brings a deep cultural view to dialogue–going to the root of things in her language. Here we explore what an “open society” might mean–an it’s not Soros!

Meet Moetu Taiha whose relationship with Land and Water opens a new way of being human. This Grandmother of the Sacred We brings us into a new relatedness.


Our theme for the year:

“What can WE do?

What’s the transformative potential of coming together?”

Meet the Hosts

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Past Guests

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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.

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.
If you would like to join us as a facilitator, write to:

Enjoy the Lab?

Stay tuned for our next course

The Power of We
A 6-month online course about the emergent potential of We Space
led by Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger and special guest faculty

Begins January 26, 2019

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