Deep Democracy Institute Moscow

Check out our new website for the Deep Democracy Institute Russia Thank you, Xenia, for the inspiration and creation.

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Thursday, 17. June 2010 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, مدونة اللغة العربية - Arabic Blog, Pусскоязычный Блог Russian Blog, EAST AFRICA BLOG0 comments

And you thought YOU had fun !!!

At the end of our recent leadership seminar in the Ukraine, our participants use a special technique to work on their insights. According to different intelligence types (Gardner) we learn and remember differently when using for example movement. In this small video, participants move each of their hands differently, expressing a special leadership quality that they have found, and let the hand work out the integration between them through spontaneous movement. Astonishingly, the hands find a movement solution and the person has an insight about what the hands did, that they can use in the days to come. As you can see, most of them have their eyes closed, in order to better focus on the kinesthetic and proprioceptive process and not to be disturbed by visual information.

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Sunday, 16. May 2010 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, Pусскоязычный Блог Russian Blog, EAST AFRICA BLOG3 comments

Our New Facebook Page

dear friends, we have a new facebook page. Check us out on We had fun putting it together and surprised and joyous about the support from so many people. Ellen and I are packing and will be on the road soon. Can't wait to see our friends soon.

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Monday, 05. April 2010 • EAST AFRICA BLOG, DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, Pусскоязычный Блог Russian Blog1 comments


"Truth is like a baobab tree; one person's arms cannot embrace it" (African proverb) 

We are grateful to Florence Champin from Nairobi for passing on this proverb to us. It's an image that resonates with the essence of Deep Democracy, as we understand it. Even if some arms are pulling against each other, and not in touch, they are all trying to embrace the bigger truth.

Today raised its flag - though it's a provisional flag, it is a flag, nontheless, waving in the winds. Thanks to everyone  who helped to get this done.

photo by Allie Cooper

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Thursday, 25. March 2010 • EAST AFRICA BLOG, DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

Deep Democracy Institute East Africa

Good news from Zak, our Kenyan lawyer this morning: DDI East Africa passed all the hurdles and is now a registered organisation in Kenya. Thanks Florence, Zak and Maryanne who worked so hard on making this happen. Our website in Kenya is about to go live, keep watching this at the end of the week, we hope to have some news for you.

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Monday, 22. March 2010 • EAST AFRICA BLOG, DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

DDI East Africa

We are in the middle of incorporating as DDI East Africa. It's been a great journey, led first and foremost by our incredible Florence Champin in Nairobi. Florence is the coordinator, director and spiritus rector of the DDI network, and key organizer of our upcoming workshop in April. The Deep Democracy Institute East Africa - DDI EA - Board consists of the Chair Maryanne Wachira from Nairobi, Moses Ikiugu, a professor who was born in Kenya and lives and works now at the University of South Dakota, and Max Schupbach, Portland, OR, USA. Maryanne will take over from Florence as the director of DDI EA in April, when Florence is moving to Europe.

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Sunday, 28. February 2010 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, EAST AFRICA BLOG2 comments

Our Nairobi Training

Nairobi skyline

We are very excited about our upcoming training in Nairobi, Kenya, ( and have so far had the most encouraging contacts with many Kenyans in the midst of setting up our first workshop there. We chose Nairobi as the town for our 3 year leadership training in East Africa, because it is not only the largest and fastest growing city of East Africa, it is also the hub for many international organizations, and a point of reference for many of the surrounding countries and regions - but even more than all of that, we admit, for it's sheer beauty.We look forward to learning from the Kenyan spirit that we have met in our contacts leading up to this. On a pesonal level, we are thrilled to be in the country of Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Prize winner. We also hope to experience some altitude running. Florence, our Kenyan co-ordinator, was trying to sign us up for the Nairobi Marathon on the Sunday before the workshop starts :-) We would have loved to run with the world's best runners, but a day before the workshop seemed a little too much. Now Florence is suggesting that we run the Lakipia Half Marathon next year, at an altitude of 5,500 feet. It's the world's only race that happens in a game park with helicopters above the runners to chase away the lions, elephants and rhinos.  I don't think we are in good enough shape to do it, also we can imagine running a personal best time to stay near the helicopters. If you want to find out more about our workshop, go to .


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Sunday, 20. September 2009 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, EAST AFRICA BLOG0 comments