Dignity Report* - July, 2017

Welcome to the New Book "Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: An Explosive Mix – And How We Can Defuse It with Dignity"!


Dear Friend!

You are warmly welcome to have a look at Evelin Lindner's new book: 

Honor, Humiliation, and Terror: An Explosive Mix – and How We Can Defuse It with Dignity. Lake Oswego, OR: World Dignity University Press, Dignity Press, 2017.

See the book on the Dignity Press website and on the HumanDHS website. From these sites you can download the author's summary of the book, her personal Pdf edition, or buy the printed book (which has shortened endnotes). You see the Foreword by Linda Hartling, the Contents List, the Reviews of the book, and many other details.


Book Description

Humankind has reached a boiling point. Violence, hatred, and terror have become deeply entangled with honor, heroism, glory, loyalty, and love. Over the past five percent of modern human history on planet Earth, roughly the past ten millennia, human activity has reached a crescendo of rapid and ruthless competition for domination, a fight for power over people and the planet, where "might" has become "right." Within this context, a dangerous culture of honor has evolved, in which destruction is mercilessly merged with love: “It is my duty, if I love my people, to heroically destroy our enemies and secure all resources for us,” underwritten by an ominous motto: "If you want peace, prepare for war."

Humanity has haphazardly constructed an entire world-system on top of this merger, holding the whole world hostage through never-ending cycles of domination and humiliation. The consequence, today, is the ubiquitous destruction of human and environmental life on this planet. Terror and terrorism are the tools of a twisted honor system that should alert us to the mounting danger while we still have a window of opportunity for change.

With this book, the author encourages us to recognize the immense historic opportunity that is open to us in the wake of these dangerous times. Drawing on 40 years of research gathered on her personal path of living globally, she calls us to action in service of restoring and replenishing the health of human arrangements of relationships, emphasizing the lifesaving necessity of mutually dignifying cooperation. When we overcome the legacy of honor and terror together, in mutual respect, we can address the social and environmental crises of our time and the terror these developments foment. 

This book is a breathtaking, globally informed account of how humanity can reverse the rising tide of terror, making dignity our destiny and legacy… before it is too late.

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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