Tectonic Leadership Program
When the Middle East crisis escalated in 2009, Brenda turned to her friend and teacher Debbie Ford and asked “did she know an Arab she could partner with in healing the Middle East conflict? Debbie introduced Brenda to Samia Bahsoun; for the past year Samia and Brenda have worked together to create a center for developing a new kind of leadership; TECTONIC LEADERSHIP.
The Tectonic Leadership Center will be a vehicle for developing pairs of leaders from opposite sides of the conflict to take joint ownership in transforming the conflict – pairs creating a new relational architecture for sustainable coexistence. The five day pilot program was conducted May 2 to 6, 2011 in partnership with the University of Michigan Dearborn.
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Hate 2 Hope
Harnessing the power of tension between law enforcement and community in 10 weeks.
Executive Summary, by Brenda Rosenberg
- Troubled by growing tension between law enforcement and communities.
- Shocked by seeing destructive polarization of labeling,bullying,shaming, and dehumanizing on daily news reports.
- Horrified by loss of lives in both community and law enforcement.
I created Hate 2 Hope. I chose dialogue over destruction. I saw a need to lift our communities from the quicksand of miscommunication and judgment. I wanted to create a new discourse and demonstrate how it is possible to create positive change.
Hate 2 Hope, an initiative under my 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,Pathways To Peace Foundation uses a unique framework that directly addresses tension. Participants have the opportunity to identify and verbalize the most contentious points of tension without feeling criticized or censored. In just 10 weeks,(January 7, 2016 – March 15, 2016) the Hate 2 Hope pilot program in Roseville, Michigan engaged community, superintendent of schools, school principals and assistant principals, FBI, local law enforcement, youth and family members to:
- Create change by building a new level of understanding and taking joint ownership in transforming relationships.
- Develop and implement cooperative actions that benefit both law enforcement and communities.
- Deconstruct the negative images of both law enforcement and disenfranchised members of the community.
- Diminish the fear of compromise, by replacing the idea of loss with the possibility of creating something new together that has not been done before. Finding new solutions together.
- To ingrain this model of conflict transformation into the fabric of all communities through continued pilot projects, documentary and toolkit of the project, and a sustainable multi-media communication platform.
- To enable stakeholders to join forces to affect policy reform.
Without a positive model for engagement, the cycle of violence will continue for decades to come. By joining in transforming communities from Hate 2 Hope, we can:
- Build a trusting relationship between law enforcement and youth/communities.
- Enhance cultural competency, leadership and communication skills.
- Promote and enhance intergenerational relationships & cross-generational communication.
- Increase diverse recruitment for law enforcement agencies.
- Decrease incidences of police misconduct and resident aggression towards law enforcement.
Resource Guide for Your Community
Roseville Michigan: http://rosevilletectonics.weebly.com/ was created as part of the Roseville Michigan Hate 2 Hope Project. Community members can save it to the home screen of their phones.
Stay tuned for our Hate 2 Hope APP which will be able to be customized for your community.
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Healing communities: Harnessing tension through Hate2Hope, Read the Spirit, Sept. 25, 2016
Building Trust Between Police and Community, The Detroit News August 4, 2016
Club Bridges Gap Between Community & Law Enforcement. By Josh Kovach and Shyanne Methric. February 10, 2016
Roseville Police Department Ride-a-Long
From Hate to Hope, Leadership program bridges the divide between students and law enforcement. Jewish News, Mar. 31, 2016
Pilot program aims to bring police and community together. C&G Newspapers
IN THE PRESS:
Brenda Rosenberg and Samia Bahsoun expand the potential of Tectonic Leadership
EDITOR’S NOTE—Over the past two decades, Brenda Rosenberg has pioneered new approaches to bridging the dangerous chasms that separate so many of the world’s peoples. Her earlier Reuniting the Children of Abraham project wound up featured on network TV. For the past four years, working with colleague Samia Bahsoun, Brenda has spearheaded a new process for bringing polar opposites together, which she and Samia call Tectonic Leadership. The title refers to the power that emerges when the earth’s tectonic plates come together. Suzy Farbman told the story of this project’s origins in 2014. In 2015, Brenda and Samia published the story of their new work in book form: Tectonic Leadership. In 2016, this process was adapted to bring police and minority teen-agers together. This week, ReadTheSpirit asked Samia and Brenda to report on their latest use of this process—with college students struggling to come to terms with sexual harassment and roommate conflicts.