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Dignity Letter — October 2018
Warmest greetings to you!

Welcome to our Dignity Letter! As we celebrate 15 years of global collaboration, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS) hopes the news, events, and resources shared in this letter will encourage your work in the world!

  • Welcome to Our 2018 New York Workshop!
  • Good News and Good Ideas: Books, Articles, Honors
  • Celebrating Our 2018 Dignity Conference in Egypt
  • Dignity Education Opportunities
  • Dignity Leadership Possibilities
  • New European Data Collection Guidelines
We Look Forward to Welcoming You to Our
15th Annual Workshop on Transforming
Human Dignity and Violent Conflict
What Is the Language of Dignity?
December 6th – 7th, 2018 — Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
2017 Workshop Participants
Workshop Theme:
What Is the Language of Dignity?

This is our very warm welcome to — and reminder of — our upcoming annual  Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict , Thursday and Friday, December 6th - 7th, 2018, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York. 

In our community, people speak many different languages, yet we are all joined in our efforts to practice a shared language, the language of dignity . Our theme this year — “What is the language of dignity?” — is an invitation to think deeply about what communicates dignity in our lives, in our communities, and in the world. 
Many Ways to Connect and Contribute

Whether you join us as a creative contributor, a supporter, an active listener, a moderator, a dialogue facilitator, or in some other collaborative capacity, we want to emphasize that everyone in the workshop plays an important role in creating a climate of connection and mutual learning on the path to dignity.

If you would like to participate:
You will find all of the latest details about the workshop -- updated regularly -- at:

New Friends:  If you wish to join us, we invite you to send us a message and introductory information to: . Thanks for including your contact information and any other details you would like to share with our community (e.g., CV, papers, articles, presentations). We gratefully count on you to make your own transportation and accommodation arrangements.

Returning Friends:  We look forward to welcoming you again to our workshop! Thank you for helping us finalize our plans by confirming your participation and confirming the best fit for your contribution.

  • We have developed an initial plan for this year’s program, which is posted on the workshop website. We would be deeply grateful if you would have a look and let us know what you think.

  • Just now the program remains tentative and flexible. It would be wonderful to receive your confirmation by Wednesday, October 31st or sooner so we can finalize the program knowing we have heard from you. 

  • We would particularly love to know if you would like to contribute in a way that is not yet listed. Thank you so much for confirming your participation!

All Friends:  If you have an abstract or a paper you wish to share, you are warmly invited to send it to us so we can publish it on our HumanDHS website. Thank you! 

We look forward to welcoming you!
Good News and Good Ideas for Action!
The HumanDHS Community Honored
as Part of the Open Recognition Week
Victoria Fontan, global scholar and author of the groundbreaking book Decolonizing Peace, honored the HumanDHS community with a tribute as part of Open Recognition Week, October 22-28, 2018.

In her words, "the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network has placed the study and promotion of human dignity at the forefront of many academic disciplines... The network has been walking the talk of human dignity and, by recognizing everyone of its members as an equal contributor, has contributed to creating a world where dignity is recognized as being paramount to humanity."

Dignity Press Book Coming Soon!
The Human Climate:
Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us
By Carol Smaldino
In her new book, The Human Climate, Carol Smaldino brings a developmental approach to her work as a psychotherapist. A Huffington Post contributor 2008 – 2017, her blogs explore the connections between emotions and social/political issues. 

This book helps the reader explore the human climate—the personal, social, and emotional context in which we live. The author suggests that in order to face the divisions inside us and between us, we need to come to better terms with our own emotions. It will be released by Dignity Press in January 2019.

A New Book Review
Evelin Lindner’s Blue Planet Perspective for Transforming Humiliation and Terror
by Janet Gerson
Janet Gerson, Education Director for the Institute on Peace Education, published a thoughtful review of Evelin Lindner's newest book: Honor, Humiliation and Terror: An Explosive Mix and How We Can Defuse It with Dignity in a newsletter for the Global Campaign for Peace Education (September 2018).

This review notes that: "Dignity is the core principle for transforming global relations to a peace-based system that embraces equality and inclusion..."

New Two-Volume Publication
Workplace Bullying and Mobbing
in the United States
Edited by Maureen Duffy and David Yamada
Congratulations to Maureen Duffy and David Yamada (pictured) for publishing a remarkable, comprehensive resource for understanding damaging relationships in the workplace: "Offering multidisciplinary research and analysis on workplace bullying and mobbing, this two-volume set explores the prevalence of these behaviors in sectors ranging from K–12 education to corporate environments and exposes the damaging effects of workplace bullying on both individuals and organizations."

Maureen Duffy is a preeminent authority on workplace mobbing behaviors. David Yamada is a highly esteemed member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors and a distinguished scholar of the law who writes a popular blog: Minding the Workplace .

New Book
Leading with Dignity: How to Create a Culture that Brings Out the Best in People
By Donna Hicks
In Leading with Dignity, Donna Hicks argues that the extent to which leaders pay attention to, recognize, and understand the dignity concerns underlying people's grievances makes an enormous difference as to whether leaders can solve conflicts, have better relationships, and remedy toxic workplace cultures. Donna Hicks is an associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and she is on the Global Advisory Board for HumanDHS.

31st Annual Dignity Conference
Dignity and Innovation — Strategies for a Sustainable Future 
September 2018 in Cairo, Egypt
We Are Celebrating the 2018 Global Dignity Conference!

Thanks to all who were able to join us in September for our 2018 Dignity Conference in Cairo, Egypt ! The group co-created a breathtaking conference, full of passion and inspiration! The room was filled with dignity and generated lifelong connections! Once again, we made a great step toward building a global dignity family!

Please join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to Ragnhild Nilsen for being the inspirer of this conference! We are also deeply grateful to Regina Hanel, Konstanze and Helmy Abouleish, and all their wonderful friends who welcomed everybody so incredibly warmly and generously! What a privilege it was to be with you at our conference!

We will be updating the conference website and uploading the photos and videos soon. We are looking forward to sharing videos and pictures with our entire community! In the meantime, please have a look at the wonderful summary of highlights of the three-day Workshop part of our conference at the SEKEM Ecovillage, and then see highlights from our Public Event at the Heliopolis University for Sustainability.

We are so touched by how everyone at the conference practiced and manifested dignity! The conference realized the very dignity that we, as humankind, need if we wish to offer our children a decent future on our beautiful but finite Blue Planet!

Thanks to all who filled the room with dignity!

The conference was arranged cooperatively by SEKEM and  Heliopolis University for Sustainability in Cairo, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS), and the  World Dignity University initiative , together with Innolab, Sea Direction, and Nortura, Norway. The Heliopolis University has been created by SEKEM, which was founded by  Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish .

Thanks to all who made this conference possible!

Photos: Dignity Conference Participants from Heliopolis University for Sustainability;
The Gizah Pyramids by Ricardo Liberato
Save This Date! Join Us in the Amazon!
Please Save This Date:
33rd Annual
HumanDHS Conference
Toward an Amazon of Good Living through International Exchange and Collaboration
 in Marabá , state of Pará ,
in the Brazilian Amazonian region
5th - 10th September 2019

Dignity Education Opportunities!
WDU Globe
The World Dignity University initiative (WDUi) and the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) are continuing their partnership by seeking three or more people who would like to study together as a cohort group pursuing BS, MS, or EdD degrees.  WISR is a degree-granting institution partnering with the WDUi, which enables members of the HumanDHS community to pursue the academic degrees in areas of their interest.

WISR’s mission is strongly compatible with the commitments and values of HumanDHS, the organizational home of the WDUi. WISR helps students build bridges toward their personal and professional goals through action projects, research, and writing that leads to a sustainable and just future for all.

For an example of the outstanding work of a WISR alumnus, please read Tom Athanasiou's recent article published in The Nation magazine this month: 1.5 to Stay Alive, Says a Landmark UN Climate Report. The author was the first person to receive a master's degree from WISR!
Dignity Leadership Possibilities for You!
Are you looking for opportunities to make significant contributions to building a better world? Please allow us to invite you to consider joining with us in our collaborative work for dignity!

All our dignity work is a labor of love. We are looking for visionary individuals who wish to make a substantial commitment, donating their full-time focus, expertise, and energy to help us increase dignity throughout the world . This type of leadership involves practicing sophisticated dignity skills to encourage and inspire the efforts of our global members who wish to contribute, but have limited time available.

In particular, we invite those who would like to take on leadership roles supporting large-scale dignity projects, such as the World Dignity University initiative . We are extremely thankful to Uli Spalthoff for creating a wonderful platform for us, from which we can continue to grow into the future! 

We warmly invite you to share your leadership skills by joining with us to build dignity in the world. Computer knowledge would be essential. Ideally, this might include knowledge of Joomla, the capability to program using Python, Django, databases, and html. A person who knows how to program in other computer languages could learn all of this within several weeks.
New European Data Protection

Dear EU Friends,

New European data protection laws (GDPR) came into effect May 25th, 2018. Please allow us to kindly remind you that you are currently subscribed to our "Dignity Letter," formerly known as "Take a Look." These messages provide you with the latest updates relating to the work of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies community , along with its projects: Dignity Press and the World Dignity University initiative . Subscriber data is held securely and will never be shared with third parties.

If you would like to unsubscribe from this list, you can do so at any time by clicking the link in the footer of this email.

As a valued member of our collaborative community, we hope you will want to continue receiving updates about our shared work for dignity in the world!
Thank you for all of your efforts to bring dignity into the lives of all people!

Evelin Lindner , MD, PhDs, Founding President
Linda Hartling , PhD, Director
Uli Spalthoff , PhD, Director of Project Development and Systems Administration 
Michael Britton , EdD, PhD, Board Member 
Richard Slaven , PhD, Director of Dignifunding
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