On July 4th, Isabelle, Nükhet and Laure from 2d4b joined Hands with Hala (from Lebanon) and several of her friends for a collective hug to Jerusalem to bring peace in our hearts and in the world. With participants from the US, UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Lebanon, Jordan, Dubai, Algeria, we held an authentic and musical circle. Beautiful idea… The picture is representing the different people who joined, their hands, or their feet, or their eyes….

On July 4th, Isabelle, Nükhet and Laure from 2d4b joined Hands with Hala (from Lebanon) and several of her friends for a collective hug to Jerusalem to bring peace in our hearts and in the world. With participants from the US, UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Lebanon, Jordan, Dubai, Algeria, we held an authentic and musical circle. Beautiful idea… The picture is representing the different people who joined, their hands, or their feet, or their eyes….

Social business in South Africa

2d4b is supporting the Social Business of Tembeka Nkamba van Wyk. “Talking Beads" enables women in poor and rural communities of South Africa to earn an income through creating hand made craft sold in the cities of South Africa and the broader world.

If you want to support this great social business, and at the same time promote 2d4b, please buy our notebooks coming directly from Tembeka (ntembeka@yahoo.com). You can also buy the spoons and jewelry. All the money will go to Talking Beads. 2d4b makes no financial profit through this.

Thank you!

Tembeka also organises dialogues in South Africa. She will post more details about these.

We also acknowledge the work of Beautiful Soul to support Talking Beads. 2d4b met Tembeka through Patricia Sennequier, the founder of Beautiful Soul. Our aims and ways of moving forward are very much aligned. It is such pleasure to meet and work with like minded energies!

Madagascar in Paris (March 2011)

2d4b Hands met with a group of HEC business school students in Paris to help them prepare their study trip to Madagascar with a humanitarian mission for Don Boule de Neige, a French NGO supporting development in Madagascar through Microfinance.

The program the students decided to go and visit after that dialogue is one which got started following the dialogue in Madagascar in October 2010 (see below for details). We exchanged on the importance to decide which types of conversations to be having while in Madagascar and in what format. Much energy was created for all participants, the actors of development feeling the energy of the students, and the students feeling confirmed and supported in some of their choices and options.

Paris dialogue May 2011

As Avik came all the way from India, we took the opportunity to get together in Paris. 13 of us met on a Saturday morning for a long check-in and a brief dialogue. 3 men for 10 women, many nationalities and work status (from the health sector to consulting, unemployment, civil service…), many had participated in other dialogues before but 3 were at their first dialogue.

We finished with a picnic where partners and kids were welcome. Friendly and profound. All participants now really feel responsible for protecting our collective space from those who still have an urge to “fix” others rather than open up themselves and explore together. Even on a Saturday morning, dialogue feels like a great energy provider!

Dialogue à Bruxelles en Mars 2011

Isabelle nous a accueilli chez elle pour une journée de 10h à 16h. Nous n’étions qu’entre femmes, de plusieurs nationalités, générations, horizons. Après un check-in intense dans la véranda, nous avons expérimenté avec un picnic en silence. J’ai accueilli ce moment avec une immense gratitude. Quel bonheur que d’être ensemble, en silence! Puis nous avons repris le dialogue autour du feu. Là encore une grande vérité et un sentiment de connexion toujours aussi magiques.

Après nous être quitté, nous avons échangé par email et nous nous sommes soutenues par la pensée de loin.

Isabelle nous a invité à un nouveau dialogue en Juin. Nous avons hâte!

Dialogue à Alger en Février 2011

Amel a réuni un groupe de 31 personnes à Alger pour un dialogue d’une journée. Ce dialogue avait été prévu bien avant tous les évènements qui se sont soulevés ensuite dans la région et il était dans le cadre de l’itinéraire international pour écouter les voix étouffées. Ce groupe comptait des participants hommes et femmes de milieux sociaux variés. Certains travaillaient et d’autres non. La richesse des échanges a été profonde et l’authenticité a frappé les organisatrices. Nous espérons que la situation s’apaisera afin que d’autres dialogues puissent suivre à Alger.

Dialogue à Paris le 17 Décembre 2010

Le 17 Décembre, un dialogue se tiendra à Paris pour réunir les hôtes des dialogues de Bruxelles et Alger qui se tiendront en 2011, et faire le lien avec ceux ayant déjà eu lieu à Madagascar (voir la photo)et Paris.

Le dialogue commencera à 9h30 et finira à 12h30. En ces périodes de fêtes et de cadeaux, nous échangerons sur la position et l’influence des femmes occidentales sur les questions: “Donner ou troquer? Gratuité ou reconnaissance?”

Ce dialogue restera focalisé sur les femmes, ce qu’elles veulent, ce qu’elles sont, ce qu’elles offrent, mais accueillera aussi des hommes qui ont un point de vue important.

Nexus nous accueille dans ses locaux, 47 rue de Charenton, 75012 Paris.

Pour vous inscrire, contacter Laure le Douarec: laure@2d4b.com

Au plaisir de vous y rencontrer.

How the story of this circle evolved… (from Nükhet

I was ten, when I pinned up a Turkish poem saying … living like a tree, individually and free, and like a forest as brothers and sisters, this is our longing!

(last paragraph of Nazım Hikmet’s poem invitation”)

Back then I loved this idealistic poem, but had no clear idea about how this could be lived in daily life. 

A couple of months ago I discovered that over the last 3 decades I had developed some assumptions about the nature of this very relationship between individual and community. And I noticed that these assumptions were changing.

Most important: I took my underlying beliefs for granted.

I am passionate about better understanding the relationship between the individual self and his/her communities and how our different understanding of this relationship are informing the well-being of both: the individual and the collective.

Together with Laure we discovered how my inquiry theme ‘individual and community well-being’ is interwoven with the kind of work we are passionate about as 2d4b community. So I invited the 8 Hands who are hosting the dialogues in different countries to collaborate with me, to use my questions and insights to reflect on the overall itinerary.

My suggestion was that this relationship between the self and community could be paradoxical: I am well because you are well – You are well because I am well.

And so we are participating in our circle to understand and reflect on our own stories,  and allowing us to be informed by our collaboration.

This inquiry feels for me as an opportunity to embrace for the first time consciously a community without being afraid of losing my self.

I am grateful for the diversity and the dialogue that enables us to hold and build on the creative tension that lies at the heart of the topic and our circle, forming new stories and meaning.

Women Itinerary in Paris 20th september 2010 (post from Julie)

C’était un grand plaisir pour moi d’accueillir la vingtaine de femmes présentes à ce dialogue pour cette journée d’échanges.

Nous avons pu leur présenter le déroulement de la journée, leur permettre de se détendre et se sentir en confiance dans ce cercle. Un check-in de 2 heures environ a permis à chacune d’entre nous de se présenter selon les points sur lesquelles elle souhaitait s’exprimer(famille, religion, profession, projets, sensibilité, moments difficiles… ) Ainsi une vraie empathie empreinte de sympathie a pu s’établir dans le cercle. 

Puis nous avons établi des binômes de réflexion, qui sont partis discuter durant 20 minutes sur le thème des femmes et de nos choix aujourd’hui, par une approche personnelle ou générale. Chacune écoutant et accueillant les paroles de l’autre durant 10 minutes. De là sont partis beaucoup de liens, de sensibilités communes et de volonté de porter les intentions de l’autre. 

Je trouve formidable l’énergie très forte qui s’est dégagée de cette journée. Les liens qui ont pu s’établir après quelques heures intenses passées toutes ensemble. Je retiens que certaines ont mentionné le fait que s’accorder une journée comme celle-ci était un véritable cadeau à s’offrir. 

Depuis, quelques binômes ont repris et conservé des contacts et échanges réguliers. D’autres reparticiperont au 2ème dialogue organisé en décembre à Paris. 

Cette journée a donc été le point de départ de belles rencontres et belles relations entre nous toutes. 

Circle call of the 25/11/10 (Post from Magda)

Six women meeting virtually from different corners of the world. The US, Algeria, France, Belgium, Spain. One can not make it but she is on our thoughts. The pull factor: to reflect on the relation between the individual and the community. The dream: build something beyond us. The path: to nurture relationships that give meaning to our life’s flow.

In the check-in there is time for what it worries us. For what it enthuses us. For what it makes us terribly sad. For our dreams. For almost everything. Essentially there is time for us to listen fully and fully be listened to. With care, with understanding, with compassion. Without judgment. 

As the circle grows and as we find meaning to the 2d4b path different ideas emerge to keep it alive:

- 2 monthly calls at different timezones to make everybody able to join
- Country-based dialogues

Come, dance with us.

Come, dance with us, as the seasons come and go.