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Evelin Lindner: How to Be a Mandela and Create a World of Freedom and Dignity

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Published on Oct 31, 2011

"How to Be a Mandela and Create a World of Freedom and Dignity instead of Fighting for Individual Freedom in an Undignified World?" is a video clip that was recorded on October 30, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, USA, by Linda Hartling, for the World Dignity University initiative.
Margaret Mead said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Evelin Lindner, together with her colleagues, aim to act on Margaret Mead's saying when they work to manifest equal dignity for all living beings as a two-tiered refolution (Timothy Ash), or a two-tiered evolutionary reconstruction (Gar Alperovitz), and it must become a continuous, never-ending refolution. It is a two-tiered process because not just dominators are to be taken down, the dominator model itself is to be taken down. In former times, when rulers were toppled by revolution, their usurpers kept the system in place without reforming it; former underlings became the new dominators. The new partnership model, in contrast, calls for entirely new ways of living together.
The new ways are those of equal dignity manifested through unity in diversity, rather than uniformity and division. The new ways emphasize continuous process and fluidity, rather than rigidity. They emphasize learning, co-creating, moving ahead together. Partnership cannot be forced, it cannot be commanded, it cannot be straight jacketed into rigid rules. Partnership must be nudged and nurtured, through lovingly asking questions, through creating common ground, through forming relationships of social cohesion, from where we can walk together toward a more favorable future for all.
The "Emotion and Conflict" book recommends an action plan for humankind with two core loops to travel, (1) acquiring new awareness for global responsibility, (2) acquiring new personal skills of cooperation, and (3) creating new global institutional frames that enable new forms of global and local cooperation. Institutions (3) have preeminence because decent institutions can drive feedback loops that foster (1) and (2) in systemic rather than haphazard ways. The first loop, the initial realization of new institutions, depends on a few Nelson Mandela-like individuals, who "nudge" the world's systems into a more constructive frame. The second and subsequent loops will have the advantage of enjoying the support from the system, no longer only depending on a few gifted individuals. A new culture has to emerge, locally and globally, at all societal, social, and psychological levels, a truly humane culture of Unity in Diversity, where people have access to the full range of their emotions and learn to regulate them so that their motivational force can drive the creation of an ecologically and socially sustainable world rather than a world of destruction.
See more on www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/evelin02.php.

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