When someone's in immense pain and uses words that are hard to hear, see if you can bring in as much compassion as you would to someone who was cut with a sword. Focusing on what's important to them, and not so much on how it was said. This may support greater understanding and healing. Otherwise, we risk prioritizing needs, norms, and inequities of the dominant culture, over caring for people who bear the invisible brunt of such norms.

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  • Date Written/Produced 03/2019
  • Duration Read time: 12 - 18 minutes
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  • Skill Level Advanced Skill Level
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How do we address historical and present challenges regarding the invisibility of privilege and power? What can we do, especially if we are people with privilege, to transform these conditions?  However challenging these kinds of situations are, and whatever our position, we can move towards more inclusivity by learning and doing significant inner and outer work.

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  • Date Written/Produced 06/2011
  • Duration Read time: 3 - 5 minutes
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  • Skill Level Intermediate Skill Level
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In groups, relationships and society we may not want to dominate or take away from others’ access to power, to choice, to participation in decisions, nor to shaping the vision and direction of the dynamic. And yet how do we do it anyway without knowing it? Discover how privilege operates on a societal level and becomes so invisible in groups. Learn why the conversation is usually excruciating for members of both privileged and under privileged.

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  • Date Written/Produced 06/2011
  • Duration Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
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  • Skill Level Intermediate Skill Level
  • Points 4
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What is it that we are taught we can’t have, and what is it that we are encouraged to pursue instead? This guide could help you see through what's hidden behind the curtain of our societal conditioning.

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  • Date Written/Produced 11/2010
  • Duration Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
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There's the real need. And then there's the privilege that’s offered as a substitute for it. Privilege substitutes support the existing structure of society. It can look to us as if giving up the privilege would amount to giving up everything -- if we don't believe the real needs can even be experienced. If we connected directly to the needs, we could become subversive, agents of change.

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  • Date Written/Produced 06/2011
  • Duration Read time: 4 - 6 minutes
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  • Skill Level Intermediate Skill Level
  • Points 4
  • Multi Trainer Num 1
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Want to increase diversity, plus improve group dynamics and group functioning? There are things you can do to make NVC settings more welcoming to people of color. Learn more about how to use NVC; attend to impact; help the community understand and demonstrate more awareness; factor in historical context; engage; create a more inclusive climate; and more!

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  • Date Written/Produced 06/2019
  • Duration Read time: 9 - 13 minutes
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  • Points 6
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Finding ways of connecting across differences can be challenging and confusing — Join Roxanne Manning for an exploration and discussion of the concepts she's found helpful for navigating these kinds of difficult situations and enrich your life!

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  • Skill Level Beginner Skill Level
  • Duration 40 minutes
  • Production Date 11/17/2017
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What exactly IS privilege? In this powerful excerpt, Roxy and Martha explore ten areas where privilege often shows up in our lives. Check it out, and discover what makes up YOUR “privilege identity pie!” Listen In.

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  • Skill Level All Skill Levels
  • Duration 7 minutes
  • Production Date 07/08/2019
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When a participant's sister reveals the Ku Klux Klan broke into her home and dragged her towards a burning cross, it challenges her commitment to nonviolence. Miki shares a practice that, even in extreme polarization, connects freedom and healing in us all. Listen.

Excerpted from Miki's course Responding to the Call of Our Times in 2017.

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  • Skill Level All Skill Levels
  • Duration 11 minutes
  • Production Date 10/2017
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In learning how to re-invent the economic system so that it distributes resources in a way that includes as many people's needs as possible, we would need to be in a process of mutual influence with one another. However, addressing resource distribution can be complex when people in different social locations have 1.)a different sense of what's considered "enough" 2.) different capacities to find creative strategies that work within the given limitations, and 3.)different levels of self doubt, shame and capacity to put their concerns and needs on the table. Can we collectively create conditions that support people to stretch productively so that included in the outcome are the needs, perspectives, ideas, and concerns of people who are less powerful? What needs to be in place to support the way towards a better future?

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