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Principles of Consultation

(These are borrowed from the Baha’i approach to problem-solving, decision-making and conflict resolution which is called Consultation. Sounds a lot like Authentic Dialogue): Consultation is a form of collective decision-making carried out in accordance with a clear body of spiritual … Continue reading

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Invitation – Yaakov Scheid

Dear friends of NACAD, We are planning to devote the NELSOZ (NACAD Experiential Learning Session on Zoom) scheduled for May 22nd to an exploration of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because the timing is close to the 70th anniversary of the Nakba … Continue reading

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How We Deal with Conflict – Hugh Smiley

Here are 4 questions re you and your relationship with conflict that you might ponder before our Zoom sessions: • How do you view, define, understand conflict? • What did you learn about conflict in your family of origin (or … Continue reading

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Spring Returns and the Phoenix Rises

Every year, right around Naw-Ruz (‘New-Day’, the Vernal Equinox), for a few days the angle of the setting sun pours a luminous angel-orb across my living-room floor and through the bedroom door. Spring Equinox brings to mind the shamanic “dream-hunters” … Continue reading

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Living to Maximize Connection with Each Other and Earth in The Citizens’ Century

by Elizabeth “Libby” Traubman, B.A., M.S.W. & Lionel “Len” Traubman, D.D.S., M.S.D Our 50 years of marriage has included three decades of helping diverse people — sometimes entrenched enemies — sit down face-to-face and finally connect in successful, authentic Dialogue. This … Continue reading

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Sound and Silence: Authentic Dialogue’s Building Blocks

Watching David Suzuki’s “Sonic Magic: The Wonder and Science of Sound”, I was struck (like a bell) by the ferocious shift in big city ‘soundscapes’ over the last century. The ringing of church bells, once heard 40 blocks away, now … Continue reading

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Transcending Divides – Yaakov Schneid

What would it take for two people from the opposite sides of a divide to talk with one another so they can have a genuine, respectful encounter?  The world has been full of so many divides – violent ones involving … Continue reading

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Inner Dialogue through Music

Keys to Harmony by Hugh Smiley Over the years I have enjoyed applying my knowledge and experience as a psychotherapist and teacher to a healing journey through music. This synergy can help students of the piano and voice develop creativity, freedom and harmony, … Continue reading

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Flamenco for PTSD

Related to quotes from the development of the concept for NACAD, Trio Anda Luz has formed in Toronto. We are multi-cultural: Tania Hernandez (Mexico), Tarek Ghriri (Syria), Hugh Smiley (Canada) and, as in Authentic Dialogue, we co-create (our own flamenco style; there is … Continue reading

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Prickles and Peace – Hugh Smiley

This photo of my living room cactus and buddha-statue on a sunny afternoon inspires a possible sequence for getting to the informed and compassionate action required for healing and transforming the gargantuan backlog of accumulated and self-perpetuating trauma in our human … Continue reading

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