Liberation for All: Bringing Tenderness to Conversations about Power and Privilege
December 18 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
8am – 11am PT / 16:00 – 19:00 UTC
(Find your local start time here.)
In support of the Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) Community
One of the foundations of our work within the Nonviolent Global Liberation community (NGL) is an unwavering trust that a different way of living is entirely possible. Instead of living in scarcity, separation, and powerlessness, we see the possibility of living in flow, togetherness, and choice. Not in the sky, not in an afterlife, and not somewhere else: here, now, with each other, in ever-widening circles.
We don’t all start this journey from the same place. In addition to keeping us separate from each other as individuals, all patriarchal societies have profound divisions between people rooted in the extraction of resources from the many for the material benefit of the few. We live within extreme disparities in life experiences, access to resources, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and much else.
Walking towards our vibrant vision from within this is an immense journey. There is much to figure out, collectively, at the systemic level. There is much to look at, question, and transform, individually. And there are a million conversations to have with each other to be able to move, together, with whomever we are at any given moment, to build a future for all of us, with no one left behind. This calls for immense humility because no one yet knows how to have such a conversation in a way where people who have experienced impacts across power differences can be heard and engaged with deeply and, simultaneously, people with access to resources, relational power, or societal privilege can leave such conversations with growing capacity and insight. Can tenderness support us on this journey?
What is planned for our time together?
Here are some of the questions I want us to explore together, along with whatever you bring to this event:
- How can tracing any system that divides people based on group membership to its patriarchal roots of scarcity, separation, and powerlessness support us in seeing the humanity of everyone, regardless of where we are caught?
- What are the key challenges about embracing a framework of liberation from within different social locations?
- How do we increase our capacity for loving confrontation so as to keep pain and discomfort to only what is necessary and to maintain tenderness throughout?
- How do we fully embrace the language of liberation, in which no one is wrong, with sufficient humility so that we can disentangle intention and impacts in both directions and honor everyone’s capacity limits?
- What can support us to co-hold with others, across our differences, the entirety of anguish about how things are and the challenge of facing privilege?
This is one of the many areas we focus on and experiment with within NGL. In this one, in particular, it is important to acknowledge that we don’t have answers and we have divergences within us.
What NGL is about
NGL’s purpose is “to integrate nonviolence into the fabric of human life through ongoing live experiments with truth focused on individual and collective liberation.” (Strange words? Read the detailed explanation here.) Since May 2022, nearly five years since we began our work, we are ready to share the fruits of our work and what we have learned. The key question we are grappling with is how to liberate ourselves from patriarchal conditioning and rediscover what it might take for humanity to realign with life.
We are also ready to ask, as widely as possible, for resources to flow toward us in support of the work. We are ready for bolder and deeper experimentation. For example, as BayNVC, our mother organization, is closing, we are passionately experimenting with how far we need to move from mainstream ways of functioning in order to align with our dreams of a full gift economy when the rest of society continues to function as it is.
And we are under-resourced.
We are confident that people exist who would be enthusiastic about what we are doing and will want to support it. Are you one of them? Here are the different ways that we can envision support coming our way.
Bring the vision to where it’s needed
Are you aware of individuals, communities, or organizations that are aiming to function in practical, visionary ways and who might want one or more of our experienced practitioners to offer them concentrated ongoing support, beyond a 3-hour introduction?
Do you have friends you could imagine inviting to this and other events? As individuals alone, we are very limited in our capacity to move effectively towards vision. When we come together with others, our capacity increases significantly, especially if we want to live in visionary ways. Who would you want to do this within your neighborhood, family, community of interest, or anywhere else in your life? What would keep you from inviting them to come with you?
Engage with us in support of the vision
Are you yourself ready to join us and offer your passion, skill, and energy by taking on tasks (always within capacity!) and participating in projects that could use support? If you are unsure, come check us out by joining our growing community of NGL Friends here.
A radical approach to funding the vision
Do you have access to financial resources, directly or indirectly, that you could flow our way in support of what we are doing? This event is offered entirely on a gift basis. We are hoping that many people will participate and not give us anything, because they can’t. SO MANY events are not available to people who need them because they require money to participate. We are longing to remove barriers to access, as many as we know how.
Simultaneously, we could imagine someone giving us $20,000 instead of anything resembling “market value.” This is a big step on the way to the vision of a world where resources flow to where the need is, without any money being involved: given the world we live in, we start with asking those who can to give us what would be seen as outrageous amounts of money, so that the people who want to do the work that we are doing can do so without having to earn money somewhere else.
So far, we have not received much when offering these events, and we are very much hoping that more people choose to give higher amounts as this is crucial for our sustainability.
What happens within NGL?
This event is part of an ongoing series of 3-hour interactive introductions to the learning, principles, and practices emerging through the work we are doing within the Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) community as we aim to fulfill our purpose.
Our intention is to offer digestible chunks of our work that are both practical and visionary. We are longing to make available to anyone, anywhere, the exciting discoveries we are making about what we can do together as humans when we restore, even in small measure, our trust in life. We also want to share what we are learning about the challenges that turning the tide entails. We are experimenting in many areas, including in particular:
- What supports the increase of individual and collective capacity to move towards our vision of a world that works for all?
- What are practical ways of living within the flow of maternal gifting?
- How do we make integrative decisions that support choice within togetherness?
- What makes humility and vulnerability in the sharing of information possible?
- What makes it possible to liberate ourselves from conflict aversion so that feedback and learning can flow?
- What is the relationship between collective capacity and the presence of conflicts?
- What is a path of liberation for all when it comes to the tough topics of power and privilege?
- What does it mean to distribute leadership within a field held by a visionary leader?
Yes, we have been experimenting in all these areas at once.
We started with many principles and practices that Miki had already uncovered through her research, teaching, consulting, and writing. Now many of us are active participants even as Miki is still the main person articulating what we are learning together. This shift to a larger number of committed people increases our collective wisdom. For each of the events in the series, several people are planning to offer similar events afterward to increase capacity for themselves and for NGL as a whole. As more of us are able to share foundational and emerging NGL content as their own, with authenticity, responsiveness, and rigorous accuracy, we are deepening into a flow of modeling, coaching, and mentoring – leaders to apprentices, peer-to-peer, and apprentices to leaders. One of our goals is for Miki’s work to outlive her. Please support us as we step closer to allowing that to happen, both individually and as a community.
Registration & Contribution
Please register here for ‘Liberation for All: Bringing Tenderness to Conversations about Power and Privilege’
on December 18th, 2022, 8am – 11am PT / 16:00 – 19:00 UTC (Find your local start time here.)
and make a contribution at any time via the PayPal links below. Thank you.
If you want to contribute in US dollars, please make your contribution here.
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if you want to contribute in UK pounds, please make your contribution here.
This NGL Intro is part of an ongoing series of monthly introductions to NGL. Here is the next one if you wish to mark your calendar:
- Sunday, January 15, 2023, 2-5 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. UTC (Find your local start time here.)
- Needs, Impacts, and Resources: Making Decisions that Care for More of Us
If you have any questions, please email Heather Austin, BayNVC Program Coordinator & NGL Events Team Point Person
CNVC Certified Trainer, author and co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and the North America NVC Leadership Program, from Oakland, California, USA
Miki Kashtan is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) and Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration. Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, mediation, consulting, coaching, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, The Highest Common Denominator: Using Convergent Facilitation to Reach Breakthrough Collaborative Decisions (2021) explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society. She is also the author of Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future, Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives, and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in the New York Times (“Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech”), Tikkun, Waging Nonviolence, Shareable, Peace and Conflict, and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.