CONTACT & CONVERSATION | 1.0 & 2.0
1.0 | Contact & Conversation 1.0 is our foundational grassroots offering. It's designed to gather people together from all walks of life and from all races in order to make the “Human Oneness” connection we all need to begin having real conversations that go beyond head knowledge and polite politically correct words.
2.0 | In Contact & Conversation 2.0 we begin building a dedicated community of individuals that continually create and live from a place of inner awareness. The mindfulness-based racism reduction techniques learned in 1.0 are practiced, honed, and integrated into a new lifestyle for people dedicated to healing themselves and their community, while being actively accountable to others dedicated to reducing racism.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION | RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTATION
D | Authentic diversity, inclusion and cultural competency training, supported by scientific knowledge, and practical interactive experience are severely needed in almost every institution and organization in the United States. The contagion of the toxic social mind conditioning of racism is an endemic feature of American culture which the Ambient Noise approach, using mindfulness and social psychology, can help to expose, address, and heal.
R | We feel strongly that as more people become aware and active in reducing racism within themselves and in society, there will be a need for new and ongoing research and social experimentation to help support the work that the educators, healers, activists, leaders and everyday people dedicated to change are doing.
Effective conversations around racism can actually happen.
Racism shows itself as a fundamental relationship that has been broken, and that being the "Human Relationship". Racism teaches and passes on the fear, hate, and tribal impulses to dehumanize others for control, subjugation, exploitation and extermination. The foundational relationship of compassion between humans in order to survive and thrive in the United States has been shattered via American Racism. Contact and Conversation helps begin the restoration of this severed relationship by "re-humanizing" each other through its unique method of Taoist-based mindfulness meditation and philosophy, physical connection, and evidence-based social psychological methods of reducing racism. This foundational skill-building workshop is a pre-requisite for participating in the Contact & Conversation 2.0 workshops.
Reducing racism within ourselves and society is a life-time practice.
We are under no illusion that the insidiousness of deeply entrenched American racism and implicit bias can be fixed over night. We know that for change to come we must dedicate our lives to the daily practice of making change even if we do not see the immediate results of our efforts. Contact and Conversation 2.0 is about doing the individual and group practice of mindfully challenging our social mind programming and conditioning around racism. It’s also about building and being accountable to a community of like-minded people that will check on and support each other on this healing path of freedom and liberation for all.
Practice... (Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams @ The Shambhala Center NYC, 2018)
Is your training Authentic?
Dealing with the human relationship problems that racism causes goes way beyond taking workshops, using buzz words, and checking off boxes. Putting a bunch of different people in a room, on a team, or into an organization, neighborhood, or university does NOT make it diverse. "Cosmetic Diversity" does not go to the heart of the matter, that of changing minds and attitudes and directly challenging social conditioning, where "Authentic Diversity" is all about encouraging those very types of changes which will lead to ongoing positive adjustments in the behaviors that drive and sustain American racism and implicit bias. Below are a few examples of authentic activists, teachers, and speakers in the field of reducing racism and creating racial equity that we are deeply in accord with.
Carrying on the scientific method of Social Psychological research
The importance and power of research in social psychology, sociology and other related fields cannot be overstated. Through the genius and hard work of dedicated men and women in the past and present, we are given tools to unravel, expose, and undo the diseased socio-cultural conditioning known as American racism.