December 09, 2016

12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Necessary Conversations Global Research Forum – Digging into Dignity:
Exploring a Pillar of Humanistic Management

The Humanistic Management Network (HMN) invites interested scholars and practitioners to participate in the “Necessary Conversations” research forum. The forum focuses on ideas related to organizational practices that foster and promote human dignity and well-being in organizations and among societal stakeholders. The forum is facilitated every 1-2 months via global conference call around a topic of mutual interest.

The next forum topic Necessary Conversations – Digging into Dignity: Exploring a Pillar of Humanistic Management will be on FRIDAY, December 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST.

Dr. Donna Hicks, Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and author of Dignity: It’s Essential Role in Resolving Conflict (2011), will discuss the role of dignity as a common human yearning and powerful force that affects the way we feel about ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. She will focus on how dignity underlies every human interaction, at all levels, all of the time, and how dignity may be viewed as our highest common denominator.

Dr. Hicks has facilitated dialogues in numerous unofficial diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Colombia, Cuba, Libya, and Syria. She was a consultant to the BBC in Northern Ireland where she co-facilitated a television series, Facing the Truth, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

She has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts trainings seminars in the US and abroad on the role dignity plays in conflict. She consults to corporations, schools, churches, and non-governmental organizations. Her book, Dignity: It’s Essential Role in Resolving Conflict, was published by Yale University Press in 2011.

Our focus for this forum includes efforts to:

  • Advance novel research questions and insights about the relationships between management, dignity, and human well-being
  • Encourage and inspire organizational leadership to generate dignity through their management processes and practices
  • Enliven teaching and learning initiatives in the classroom & inside organizations related to dignity and well-being.

To join this or future conversations and to propose a forum topic you would like to lead, please email Erica Steckler ( or Olga Jaime ( to be added to the Necessary Conversations mailing list and receive call-in logistics. Information can also be found at the Humanistic Management Facebook page.

Suggested preparation for Friday, December 9: Please consider how dignity might be brought to the practice or processes of management to optimize well-being. Bring any reflections, key findings, highlights, useful literature, or questions to the call to spotlight how dignity can enhance the understanding and practice of management in organizations and processes of organizing in society more broadly.