The No-name Initiative (NNI) is a transformational group process that supports emotional processing and expression, awareness dialogue, as well as personal responsibility and accountability.
Some years have passed since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Although the TRC brought about a much needed platform for reparation and reconciliation, many who were not directly involved are still left with unresolved and unprocessed feelings and thoughts about our past. South African citizens seldom have access to platforms in which to express this constructively. There is a desire for change and at the same time, the unprocessed underlying emotional field that includes disempowerment, victimhood, disillusionment, anger, guilt, distrust and apathy is holding us back.
In essences the NNI aims to:
- provide a platform of a transformational group process for citizens; and
- generate the space for creating ownership and personal accountability structures.
A NNI could take anything from two hours to two days and can be used in groups of 5 to 500. We suggest that you
have 4 hours at your disposal to allow for a spacious group process as needed.
The NNI Methodology consists of the following elements:
1. Dreaming (individual and collective)
2. Group process (relying i.e. on principles of Deep Democracy and Worldwork)
3. Personal Commitment (self-empowerment and being accountable)
4. Connection and community (belonging and being part of a greater system)
This dialogue process is embedded in change theory, deep democracy, principles of coaching and process work, as well as ancient wisdoms. Although the community/group always chooses and finds consensus on their topic for dialogue, the process will always endeavour to release underlying emotional energy, express marginalised voices, and address power imbalances towards supporting empowered active citizens.
The NNI group process facilitates dialogue, understanding and change. This process supports the belief that once we feel heard and understood as human beings, it then becomes easier to let go of what has been holding us back and invite change and transformation. From the new emotional field, change and practical solutions becomes easier, and once disempowered citizens become active citizens.