DIALOGUE OF ACTION:
The Action of Dialogue creating community
Sunday, 06 November 2011
"Life is not a contest or a conquest,
but a quest for the best
in each and every one of us."
~ Hugh, Mann, M.D.
Eagle Rock, Missouri
Kasbari is an activist-citizen in the Middle East -- a Palestinian scholar,
writer, wife, and mother.
The accomplished facilitator of people and of change defines four actions to speed up war's end:
1. Cross borders to successfully engage perceived adversaries in authentic, face-to-face, ongoing Dialogue.
2. Tell your story to the world. Invite news professionals to document what you experience and what progress you create with others.
3. Expand the circle to include vastly more, interested citizens and, yes, also the skeptics, and unconvinced -- all the voices.
4. Strengthen your own, needed support system at home by involving people who matter most to you, so they also experience how easily ice is broken.
WATCH and LISTEN:
THE DIALOGUE OF ACTION - THE ACTION OF DIALOGUE
"Desire to Know the Other"
Carol Daniel Kasbari -- 20 min video
TEDxJaffa - November 2011
Carol is an
exemplary citizen-leader of the 2000s -- The Citizens' Century.
There are more people like Carol.
The best of us.
In each of us.
Winds of change blowing from the Middle East leave no nation unaffected.
"Taking to the streets" is being re-defined.
Acknowledging the important "no more" and "anti," some protest movements are adding the "yes" with face-to-face human engagement, listening, and illustrating tomorrow.
September 2011 in 40 places across Israel, 10,000 women and men assembled around 1,000 tables with facilitators to humanize one another and brainstorm about next-steps for themselves and their shared future.
This moment illustrated a new breed of leadership, the importance of hosting, excellent communication, and the power of co-creation.
Hub Tel Aviv:
The Athens square brought back to life
READ one participant's experience (edited):
"We have done it! Amazing experience of collective wisdom, a call for wake up, and social action and innovation.
I am still full of adrenalin and can't really grasp.
It was amazing to hear the productive silence of 5,000 people in Tel Aviv discussing the future.
Everyone could feel the power of Being together, listening, and respecting the other.
For many people it was a first experience in such a dialogue and it was an eye opener.
The social technologies that we have learned in the last 20 years from the World Cafe, Open Space, Circle practice and others was now the platform to enable this miracle.
We are all part of one tissue that is now vibrating."
Creating Blood Relations
Muslims, Christians, Jews
March 2005 introduced BLOOD RELATIVE -- http://traubman.igc.org/bloodrel.htm -- in theaters, the story of one person with a Muslim Palestinian father and Jewish Israeli mother.
September 2011 gave us more -- BLOOD RELATIONS.
This time it's not theater but collective action by courageous citizens in the Holy Land.
The Parents Circle ~ Families Forum -- http://www.theparentscircle.com/Home.aspx -- is more than 600 Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost an immediate family member in their conflict.
"It won't stop, until we talk," they conclude.
They meet face to face in a reconciliation process that must be be in place -- a mandatory part of any future political agreements.
No relationships, no peace, they remind us.
SEE them reach out to each other:
The Parents Circle ~ Family Forum
10 min video
The Israeli Palestinian Blood Donations Project
sixty years of blood loss it was time to give blood.. .for each other.
Israelis and Palestinians exchanged blood donations.
Thus, they forged blood relationships between future recipients.
The first to be invited to donate blood to each other were PCFF members of both sides of the relationship.
The project was launched on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 as part of the International Peace Day.
Palestinian and Jewish citizens donated blood to each other.
"Could you hurt someone who had your blood running through their veins?" they announced.
SEE INSPIRING VIDEO:
Launching the Blood Relations
September 2011 -- 2-minute video
CAN ADD YOUR BLOOD.
In addition to real blood, you can make your own symbolic-yet-powerful contribution:
VIRTUAL BLOOD DONATION
Partners With Faces
In 1958, TILL WE HAVE FACES (C.S. Lewis) reminded us: "How can (they) meet us face to face till we have faces?"
In 1998, ENEMIES gave faces to Holy Land Jews and Palestinians living side by side in harmony.
United Colors of Benetton and Newsweek bravely published ENEMIES in 84 full-color pages of portraits and success stories of Muslims, Christians, and Jews living, communicating, and working together.
In Tel Aviv, Hebron, and Jerusalem, through daily contact these citizens overcame the barriers of fear, hatred, and racial and religious differences.
DOWNLOAD for your inspiration:
84 pages - 26 MB
Yesterday early way-showers insisted
Their stories were little-known.
Today more people are engaging better, telling their stories.
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm