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Trio 16--Materials

Part One: Invitation and Overview

Part Two: Summary and Take-Aways

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Part One: Invitation and Overview

Save the date—10 December 2016
Living in Integrity as Global Citizens

“Our duty [and our desire and our delight—KOD]
is to turn hope into action: through hard work, commitment, skill, and integrity.” 
Ban Ki-moon,
UN Year in Review 2013 (12’:45”-13’:15”)

Dear colleagues,

Saturday 10 December is the date for the next Trio Gathering at our home (10am-noon). The overall theme is Living in Integrity as Global Citizens with the particular focus being Moral Courage. We are preparing some concise materials to guide our interactions and in consideration of SDG 16,  International Anti-Corruption Day  (9 December), and International Human Rights Day (10 December). Our intent is to encourage us all to be people of integrity who as global citizens resolutely do good and courageously oppose corruption at the individual-institutional-international levels.

 “Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.” UNDP and UNCOC (2016)

 RSVP at this email: MCAresources@gmail.com – doing this asap recommended.
Space is limited to 15. You are welcome to invite a friend/colleague but please have them also RSVP.

Warm greetings,

Michèle and Kelly
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Directions to our House
https://sites.google.com/site/virtrios/home/directions

Background and Content
Global citizenship is both a concept and a growing commitment that emphasizes our common identity and responsibility as humans. The Trio Gatherings this year (2016) focus on what it means to be global citizens, including educating global citizens, eradicating poverty, promoting peace, and living in integrity. Four of the main materials we will use to guide our interactions: the Gyeongju Action Plan: Education for Global Citizenship (from the UN DPI/NGO), Poverty Inc. (film), materials from Geneva Peace Week, and various materials on integrity (see below).

 “...the real improvements [in human rights] will come in the hearts and consciences of humankind, not in additional machinery .” Paul Kennedy, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations (2006)

Trio Gatherings (2013-current)
Trio Gatherings provide a relaxed place where colleagues can interact on important topics for mutual learning and support. They are informal and not sponsored by any organization/group. The gatherings are part of our commitment to encourage “global integration”—connecting and contributing relevantly on behalf of the major issues facing humanity and in light of our core values. The hosts (Michèle and Kelly O'Donnell) are consulting psychologists working in the areas of personnel development for international organisations, humanitarian psychology, anti-corruption advocacy/action, and global mental health.

Readings
Click HERE for the pdf version (10 pages)
--Integrity for UN Personnel (UN Core Competencies Framework), CORE Member Care (30 Jan. 2016)

--SDG 16 (SDG 16:4) in Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

--The Prince, chapter 15 (one page) Nicolo Machiavelli

--10 Psychological Tactics to Avoid Accountability and How to Address Them, CHS Alliance (24/2/16)

--Ordinary Heroes: Awakening the Good in You, PETRA People (October 2016)

--International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December 2016—United Against Corruption)

--Marley’s Ghost (excerpts), A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens (1843)

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Call to Action Matrix, UNDP and UNODC (2016; anti-corruption activities and ideas for 9 Dec.)

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Part Two: Summary and Take-Aways

Summary of Trio 16
Saturday 10 December (10:00-13:00) was the date for Trio Gathering 16. Thirteen people from various backgrounds participated (e.g., UN, civil society, health, education, business) The overall theme was Living in Integrity as Global Citizens with the particular focus being Moral Courage. We prepared some concise materials to guide our interactions and in consideration of Sustainable Development Goal 16International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December), and International Human Rights Day (10 December). Our desire was to encourage us all to be people of integrity who as global citizens resolutely do good and courageously oppose corruption at the individual-institutional-international levels.

 “Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.” UNDP and UNCOC (2016)

 We found our group interactions to be very thoughtful and challenging. As the group discussed integrity, we moved beyond more general definitions and moved toward the deeper essence of character, morality, and living congruently with our core values and our “best selves”. We watched a challenging TedxTalk by Mukesh Kapila on Courage or Cowardice, based on his personal struggles and eventual resolve to blow a whistle as a high-level UN official on the atrocities in Sudan.

Take Aways from Trio 16
Jan Dijkstra:
1. For me the Trio was the discovery of a community of elders, which I wish to share with my students. It is clear that our time will require courage and it would appear that to spark this courage, the stories of our elders are invaluable. I look forward to meeting up with them to organise opportunities to create such meetings of the different generations. Our community is rich with stories that deserve telling and sharing!

2. Also, since you responded positively to the idea of best possible self, here is the link to an activity that no doubt rooted the idea in my mind [“Best Possible Self” from Greater Good in Action]: 

https://ggia.berkeley.edu/practice/best_possible_self?utm_source=GGIA+Newsletter+Dec+6+2016&utm_campaign=GGIA+Newsletter+Dec+2016&utm_medium=email 

3. I also had to think of this TED talk, which struck me because of the courage of the lady presenting [Mallence Bart-Williams, Change Your Channel, 2015]:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfnruW7yERA

Michèle Lewis O'Donnell:
1. A message I picked up from our interaction is that character is key to integrity. Integrity is developed over time when we are faithful in the small things, or in other words, when we consistently choose to do the right thing. I wonder what influences subtly erode character, including my character, in contemporary culture, and why?

 2. I am struck by the important role of deep reflection, which includes looking back over our lives to see the way forward, when we are at critical crossroads and decision points. I think reviewing the impact (positive and negative) of our personal history and past decisions in this reflection process is instructive and helpful. I want to make more space for reflection in my daily life.

 3. I am reminded of these meaningful quotes from Robert Jackall, Moral Mazes (2010) 
“... bureaucratic work causes people to bracket off, while at work, the moralities they might hold outside the workplace... or privately and to follow instead the prevailing morality of their particular organizational situation. As a former vice-president of a large firm says: ‘What is right in the corporation is not what is right in a man’s home or his church. What is right in the corporation is what the guy above you wants from you.’... Actual organizational moralities are thus contextual, situational, and highly specific, and, most often, unarticulated.”  (2010)

 Kelly O'Donnell:
1. I was encouraged to hear several talk about the personal challenge/responsibility to live in integrity. And that corruption is not just about the bad people, bad leaders, and bad systems “out there.” A drop of hypocrisy pollutes integrity. But a drop of integrity does not purify hypocrisy. ‘Like a trampled stream and a polluted well so are righteous people who give way before the wicked’ (Proverbs 25:26).

 2. I am especially challenged by these quotes from the readings:
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-“When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance [inner disharmony between our ideal self and actual self] that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.” (Tavris and Aronson, 2007)

--“The air was filled with phantoms, wandering hither and thither in restless haste, and moaning as they went. Every one of them wore chains…none were free…The misery with them all was, clearly, that they sought to interfere, for good, in human matters, and had lost the power forever.” (Dickens, 1843) 

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Kelly ODonnell,
Dec 21, 2016, 7:43 AM
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