Intercultural Dialogue

In 2000, I was invited to present my vision at a conference at the University of Bergen, Norway, as part of a panel offering a Jungian perspective on the new millennium. There I met Prof. Liubava Moreva, then Director of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research. She invited me to join a dialogue that brought together prominent philosophers, humanities scholars, religious leaders, some government leaders, and a few artists to develop new ways of understanding the dynamic of contemporary culture. The dialogues were part of a UNESCO initiative to achieve intercultural understanding through interreligious dialogue. Eventually, I was named an International Associate of the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, Their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue, based at the Russian institute, and honorary board member of the UNESCO Crossings Institute for Conflict-Sensitive Reporting and Intercultural Dialogue, based at the University of Oregon, USA. I am no longer active in either role.

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Former Russian Academy of Sciences,
where the dialogues occurred,

Honor Day Foundation

Silversong Belcourt, of First Nation Cree ancestry, passed from this world before her mission was achieved. Silversong attempted to establish a national day of honor for indigenous peoples in the United States, similar in scope to the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King. She envisioned an annual ceremony, repeated in a twelve-year cycle, to recognize the contributions of indigenous peoples in modern day society. I supported her work as a consultant to the board and served as liaison to a regional initiative to develop interreligious dialogue and understanding. (To learn more about Silversong and her vision, here is a video http://www.evergreencpg.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Loree-Boyd-The-Honor-Way.pdf, based on the book Spirit Moves: The Story of Six Generations of Native Women by Loree Boyd: https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Moves-Story-Generations-Native/dp/188003259)

The Flow Project

After completing my Masters in Social Artistry in 2008, I co-founded The Flow Project to test the practical applications of my idea and vision, and served as the director until retirement in 2015. The Flow Project mission is to apply principles and practices of artistic mastery in resolving social and cultural challenges, mainly through leadership education. By 2010, The Flow Project had developed an international reputation. I was invited to participate in the UNESCO World Forum on Arts Education in Seoul, Korea, where TFP mission statement was adopted, with minor modification, as the 3rd goal of the UNESCO Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education worldwide.

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Doug Banner, Director, The Flow Project
Skye Burn, co-founder and former director

The Great Balance

In 2005, Russia gave the United States a sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli, to memorialize the struggle against world terrorism. The ten–story sculpture, often called the Tear Drop memorial, stands across the harbor and frames the space where the World Trade Center stood. In 2010, after attending the UN Commission for the Status of Women in NYC, I and three colleagues visited the Tear Drop sculpture. That night an idea came to us in our dreams. We dreamt of an initiative to focus on bringing life into balance in the global community. If you visit the Tear Drop memorial, you will find a pavement stone placed there to mark the inception of The Great Balance.

Charter for Compassion

Seattle was the first city in the world to adopt the Charter for Compassion on the level of city government. Created by theologian and religion historian Karen Armstrong, the Charter for Compassion has since been adopted by 70 cities in over 50 countries. Each city that adopts the Charter commits to an initiative, generally focusing on a systemic challenge (such as fresh drinking water, judicial reform). I served on the board of the Seattle-based organization that began building the structure to support worldwide adoption. For information about the progress visit www.charterforcompassion.org