The Global Dialogue Lab – Changing the way we make change

The 2019 Global Dialogue Lab

Our Theme:
What can WE do?

Starting Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

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

For 2019, the Global Dialogue Lab will offer a series of interactive dialogues from pioneers in “We Space” — new forms of relatedness, collective intelligence, and culture making. Each session will introduce you to an innovator of the collective and offer a chance to explore their methods of creating a powerful We.

Our last guest in the Lab: Moetu Taiha

Our conversation with Moetu was an extraordinary encounter with a profound intelligence of connectedness. She explored her relationship with Land, her mountain, and her river, and opened everyone’s eyes and hearts to a new way of being in the world. This way of being is, in itself, a form of sacred activism.

Visit Moetu’s website

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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.
We are very grateful for your support–we cannot do this without it!


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.

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

Learn More