Re-Authoring Diversity and Inclusion
This 2-day Re-authoring Diversity and Inclusion virtual workshop with Chené Swart and Lungi Molamu will focus on discovering and learning how our stories of the “other” shape and maintain who we include and exclude in our relationships, communities and organisations.
october 2020 dates tbd
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What is it about? In our two days together, we will explore how our capacity as story-makers and meaning-makers influence our way of being with the “other”. We will also discover how the gifts of dignity, human connectedness and hospitality can open up possibilities in our relationships to “unother” the “other”.
We will focus on the following themes:
• The role of culture and language in constructing the “other”
• Understanding privilege and power in inclusion
• Practices that include and welcome the stranger/ “other”
Who should attend? Community leaders, facilitators of group-work, activists, leaders, managers, HR and OD practitioners, coaching professionals, educators, social workers, and healthcare professionals.
How will we learn? In this workshop we learn through conversation and the movement between content and life experiences. The learning experience seeks to ignite the beauty and dignity of all who participate. Chené and Lungi have worked together on these issues for many years. Expect to be engaged fully by these sessions. You’ll be stimulated by important ideas and perspectives, engage in deep conversations, spend time doing individual work, and reflect together on what all of this means in our tumultuous world.
NewStories and Lungi and Chené are also offering a 4-hour Introductory Session.
Chené Swart is a Narrative Therapist from South Africa who has been translating these ideas and practices with organisations, communities and individuals from various cultures and contexts. Her work builds on the gifts of narratives, human connectedness, diversity, moving through and transformation that inspired the book, Re-authoring the World! For the last 20 years she has been exploring how we can take back the pen and re-author with dignity and beauty our human presence in this world. The work she brings is an offering to change and challenge the way we look so that we can see and do differently in our relatedness with ourselves, one another and the world. She believes that “the way things are” can be challenged, re-authored and transformed and is committed to participate in and contribute to conversations and actions that re-author our world towards the common good, one narrative at a time!
Lungi Molamu is an Orgainisational Development Consultant from South Africa having worked for over twenty years in the area of Diversity and Inclusion. She completed a two- year Advanced Diploma in Narrative Ideas in 2016 and has been incorporating these ideas in her work. The gifts she brings to her work on Diversity and Inclusion as a Narrative Therapist drives her to examine and to question the plots we have taken for granted. The various roles we have created for ourselves and others over time, and the realisation that we have choices in re-authoring these narratives. This re-authoring constitutes a new relationship with life and the world. It enables one the creation and recreation of the self as a character in one’s own on-going story. It has a transformational character which is critical in Diversity and Inclusion.
Chené and Lungi started working together in diversity and inclusion projects in 2008 and have combined their love for narrative work in workshops and client work since 2017 in their Re-authoring Diversity and Inclusion workshops and journeys. Their work is built upon years of working together in this field, a deep friendship and a love for narrative re-authoring ideas that continually open up new ideas and practices.
And there is more: This workshop is one in a series of six workshops that can be attended as a whole or separately with Chené Swart. These workshops address the most important themes of re-authoring ideas and practices over a 6-month period. Learn more here.