via Recap of DoTS #6: Deep Learning and Reciprocity – News – Presencing Institute
Oct 30, 2019
Melanie Goodchild was Otto Scharmer’s esteemed guest speaker on the topic of “Indigenous Wisdom and the Civilizational Shift from Ego to Eco” for the sixth episode of Dialogues on Transforming Society and Self (DoTS).
Almost 600 people from 56 countries, depicted in the word cloud below, registered to attend our sixth DoTS session on Monday 28 October. The session was hosted by Otto Scharmer, who shared the space with special guest speaker Melanie Goodchild, generative scribe Kelvy Bird and special guest Peter Senge at MIT in Boston, on the land of the Massachusett (Massa-adchu-es-et) tribe. You’ll find the full video recording of the session below.
Reciprocal Relationships of Respect
Melanie Goodchild, founder of the Indigenous “social innovation think and do tank” Turtle Island Institute, opened the session by following the Indigenous protocol of the Anishinaabe tribe for introducing herself, calling forth the spirit helpers, and acknowledging the land and the ancestors. She then exchanged tobacco ties with Otto Scharmer and Kelvy Bird to acknowledge “a reciprocal relationship of respect”, explaining that it is the Anishinaabe way to offer sacred tobacco when you ask something from someone, in this case knowledge.
“We always want to engage in a respectful and ethical way with each other, and that’s why we offer each other tobacco.”
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