Dignity Report* - March, 2017

Good News: 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination!


Medal: Erik Lindberg (1873-1966). Front side (obverse) of one of the Nobel Prize medals in Physiology or Medicine awarded in 1950 to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Derivative of File:NobelPrize.JPG.


Dear Friend!

We warmly congratulate Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for his crucially important work, and the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015!

At the same time, we are still very thankful that also our global dignity work was nominated for the 2015, the 2916, and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. We were nominated by a group of people who, out of appreciation for the prize, wishes to refresh awareness of its roots. We are celebrating all of the remarkable individuals and groups (2015, 2016, 2017), who were nominated as candidates whose work is regarded to be in particular resonance with the original will of Alfred Nobel and his inspirer Bertha von Suttner (see her 1889 book, Die Waffen nieder! or Lay Down Your Arms!). Nobel's intention was "that his prize should benefit the 'champions of peace,' he meant the movement and the persons who work for a demilitarized world, for law to replace power in international politics, and for all nations to commit to cooperating on the elimination of all weapons instead of competing for military superiority."

We are delighted that included in the list as representative of our Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network, was Evelin Lindner, our Founding President. Her nomination is an affirmation of our global dignity work and her forty years of service and action to bring peace and dignity into the lives of all people, characterized by compassion, equal dignity, diversity, humility, and mutually beneficial collaboration. You can see more here.

Please know that Evelin's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is your nomination! As you know, our dignity work is based on the African Ubuntu philosophy of "I am because of you!" and YOUR dignity work is crucial for bringing more dignity into this world! This nomination has been an encouragement for us all.

Evelin profoundly thanks all those who included her in the nomination for the prize, which she views as a nomination for our shared efforts as a dignity community. It is the courage and strength that grows through working in a deeply connected and supportive community that replenishes her energy to keep going, as we hope it replenishes the energy of all involved. As Evelin sees it, this nomination is a celebration of our decade of collaboration in which each of us does our part according to our abilities — in the spirit of Ubuntu. It is also an encouragement of our future efforts as a community. Each of us has an important role to play in this urgent effort to bring dignity and peace into the lives of all people.

You are Warmly Invited to Share Your Reflections and Encourage Everyone’s Commitment to Dignity and Peace!

For us, humility and modesty are at the core of dignity, and therefore also at the core of our work. Bertha von Suttner’s message is manifested in our approach more radically than may be apparent at first glance, for instance, in our emphasis on future-oriented nurturing by way of what we call dignicommunication. To be true to our stance of humility, we have considered keeping our nomination confidential. Yet, it would have been irresponsible to deprive the members of our global dignity family around the world. Since February 2015, the nominations have had invaluable results for our global community. In a world where speaking up for dignity is often difficult or even dangerous, this nomination has brought greater safety and support to members who dare to speak up, even when at risk. And since our work is profoundly in line with Alfred Nobel’s intentions, we feel that protecting the members of our global dignity family through this nomination is justified.

Each of us plays a vital role in bringing greater dignity and peace into the world. In recognition and appreciation of our global collaboration, we would love to hear your reflections, that is, what inspires your efforts and ongoing commitment to cultivating dignity and peace in the world? Thank you for allowing us to share your reflections with the many members of our global dignity family. You are warmly invited to post your message in the comment field at the bottom of this page (your comment will be visible when it is released by the administrators).

Your words will encourage our HumanDHS community and encourage all who work for a world of peace, a world that dignifies the lives of all people.

With loving gratitude,
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies




Dignity Report* - March, 2017

In Loving Memory and Appreciation of Morton Deutsch, February 4, 1920 - March 13, 2017

Morton Deutsch, Linda Hartling, and Evelin Lindner
at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, December 2014


There are not enough words in the universe to express our sadness as we mourn the loss of one of the greatest visionary leaders of our time, Morton Deutsch, who passed away March 13, 2017.

Morton Deutsch is at the heart of our transdisciplinary global community, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS). His life’s work is written into every aspect of our path-finding global collaborations, and he is a central source of our energy for building a “global human community,” united by the strength of our diversity, united in dignity. 

Morton Deutsch was—and will always be—our first Honorary Lifetime Member of the HumanDHS Board of Directors and the first recipient of the HumanDHS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He was a Founding Member of the World Dignity University initiative and inspired one of our most vital initiatives to building peace and dignity in the world, our publishing house Dignity Press.

The late Morton Deutsch launched the field of conflict resolution during the Cold War, on the premise that cooperation brings opponents to a common ground, while competition undermines trust. He is one of the world’s most respected scholars of Conflict Resolution and the founder of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR), renamed in 2013 to The Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. He has been widely honored for his scientific contributions involving research on cooperation and competition, social justice, group dynamics, and conflict resolution. He has published extensively and is well known for his pioneering studies in intergroup relations, social conformity, and the social psychology of justice.

We are especially grateful for Mort’s extraordinary leadership and support as the founder and honorary convener of our series of collaborative Workshops on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Teachers College. He organized the first workshop in 2003, and we are infinitely thankful to the MD-ICCCR for hosting it since then. In December last year, we had our 13th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict!

Building on Mort’s foundational insights and leadership, HumanDHS has brought together countless citizens in many parts of the world, gathering in the spirit of ubuntu for dignity conferences across continents: since 2003 in Europe (Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Dubrovnik), Costa Rica, China, Hawai’i, Turkey, New Zealand, South Africa, Rwanda, and Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. He will be with us in spirit in our future conferences in India (2017), Egypt (2018), and in the Amazon in Brazil (2019).

Mort’s groundbreaking research inspired a world of scholarship, activism, and research on the dynamics of dignity and the impact of humiliation. Our HumanDHS community, as represented by Founding President Evelin Lindner, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize again this year, for the third time. Mort’s enduring influence can be found in the 26 books published by Dignity Press since its inception in 2012. This includes Evelin Lindner’s books as a global scholar on humiliation and conflict, and her next publication, Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: Humiliation and Terror - Defusing and Preventing an Explosive Mixture, Volume I. This also includes Linda Hartling’s scale to explore the internal experience of humiliation, which has gained global recognition, being translated into Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Portuguese.

Morton Deutsch’s enormous contributions are beyond imagination. He was a living beacon of dignity, walking the talk by building relational bridges through mutually empowering collaboration. His work gave the HumanDHS community the courage to transcend the limits of hyper-competitive individualism to co-create an evolving language of connection that constructively nurtures collaboration. Guided by his ideas, HumanDHS shaped a framework of innovative approaches for working together, such as meeting in the spirit of appreciative enquiry; organizing workshops and conferences around conversations rather than lectures and presentations; applying the African concept and spirit of ubuntu; and developing the art and practice of Dignilogue (dignity + dialogue). These approaches can be seen in the more than 200 videos available through the HumanDHS website.

Morton Deutsch’s vision of a global human community is needed now more that ever. We warmly invite you to join us in our commitment to realize his vision of a better world strengthened by collaboration, dignity, and peace. 

Please see Morton Deutsch’ invitation to “Imagine a Global Human Community” and pledge: http://www.humiliationstudies.org/documents/DeutschRemembrance2017.pdf

Please read more about Morton Deutsch’s life and work at: http://www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/deutsch.php

A map of the global collaborations inspired by the life and work of Morton Deutsch:









Dignity Road Report* - November / December, 2016

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: Book talk by Evelin Lindner

You are warmly invited to the book launch of Evelin Lindner's new book
Honor, Humiliation, and Terror
to be published by Dignity Press in spring 2017

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12 - 2 pm
Gottesman Libraries of Teachers College, room Russell 306
525 West 120th Street, New York City, NY 10027
subway 1, exit 116th Street

Please rsvp at http://library.tc.columbia.edu/news.php?id=1461 (scroll down)

A very warm WELCOME
from Evelin






Dignity Road Report* - November, 2016

Reflection on Paul Raskin's Journey to Earthland by Evelin Lindner: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization!

Evelin Lindner on the importance of the affective and institutional dimensions of global citizenship, reflecting on Paul Raskin's book, Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization (Boston: Tellus Institute, 2016).
See http://www.greattransition.org/publication/jte-reflections-lindner






Dignity Road Report* - October, 2016

Welcome to our 13th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict at Columbia University in New York City, December 8 - 9, 2016!

Morton Deutsch is the honorary convener of this workshop series since 2003.
See www.humiliationstudies.org/whoweare/annualmeeting/28.php.
If you wish to join us, send us a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Thank you for all you do to create a world of equal dignity for all! 
Evelin Lindner, MD, PhDs, Founding President
Linda Hartling, PhD, Director
Kjell Skyllstad, Professor, Senior Project Consultant   
Uli Spalthoff, PhD, Director of Project Development and Systems Administration   
Michael Britton, EdD, PhD, Board Member  
Richard Slaven, PhD, Director or Dignifunding





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