Dignity Its essential role in resolving conflict

Broadcast on August 15, 2017
With Dr. Donna Hicks

Join Dr. Donna Hicks, an associate at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, as she highlights the concept of dignity, and the role it plays in our lives and relationships. She introduces the "Dignity Model, which includes the "Ten Elements of Dignity" and the "Ten Temptations to Violate Dignity." Underlying relationship conflicts at all levels — interpersonal to international  — are violations of dignity. Donna shows how to use dignity to heal broken relationships and to promote reconciliation between parties in conflict. The conversation will relate the idea of “dignity” to the intersection between neuroscience, spirituality and peacebuilding that we are exploring in the “Rewiring the Brain for Peace” project.

During this enlightening session, you'll discover:

  • What dignity is & how it differs from respect
  • Ten ways to honor dignity
  • How to use dignity to restore broken relationships

Dr. Donna Hicks

Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Dr. Donna Hicks is an Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.  Dr. Hicks was Deputy Director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.  She worked extensively on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and as a member of the third party in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts. In addition to her work in the Middle East, Dr. Hicks founded and co-directed a ten-year project in Sri Lanka, which brought the Tamil, Sinhalese and Muslim communities together for dialogue. She has also worked on the conflicts in Northern Ireland and Colombia, and conducted several US/Cuba dialogues. She is the Vice President of Ara Pacis, an Italian organization sponsored by the Italian Foreign Ministry.  They are currently involved in a dignity restoration project in Syria and Libya. Dr. Hicks was a consultant to the British Broadcasting Company where she co-facilitated encounters between victims and perpetrators of the Northern Irish conflict with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The encounters were made into 3 television programs that were aired throughout the United Kingdom and on BBC World.

Dr. Hicks has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts trainings and educational seminars in the US and abroad on the role dignity plays in healing and reconciling relationships in conflict. She consults to corporations, schools, churches, and non-governmental organization. She is the author of the book, Dignity: It’s Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, published in 2011 by Yale University Press.  Her second book, Leading with Dignity, will be published by Yale University Press in 2018.