What is the 'Gandhi-King Convergence'? The idea came because we were discussing how attendees at conferences usually spend most of their time sitting in workshops and talks, which, while inspiring and informative in themselves, often don't give people a chance to connect with each other, to share our stories, and to learn from each other's successes, mistakes, and challenges. Isn't this what a conference should be for? We want to give you all a chance to hear from each other, to connect with each other, to build that network of interconnectedness that is the basis for the movement for the 21st century. The group of individuals that will come together at the conference has never come together before and will never come together again in exactly the same way ever again, but remarkable things can come out of chance meetings. The 'working groups' are an experiment in fostering discussion and building community among those drawn to the Gandhi-King Conference, and this ning community is intended to be a place where people who connect at the conference can continue the discussion throughout the year.
Some seeds for general discussion:
We were all brought here together by the inspiring ideas and wisdom of Gandhi and King (and many others!), but they weren't just philosophers, they were community organizers.
How can nonviolence get back to its practical roots?
What is the bridge between the nonviolent idea and action?
How do you embody nonviolence in your work?
How do you stay nonviolent at the personal and organizational level?
How do you measure 'success', quantitatively and qualitatively?
What are the limitations of and alternatives to the corporate model for sustainable social change work?
What has been your greatest insight that has changed the way you work, that you would like to share with others?
How can universities contribute to the movement?