Seeing the Invisible: Poverty, Race & Other Aspects of "Deep Identity"

Date: 19-Apr-2012
Capacity: Not Set (0% booked)


   April 2012 DLA Workshop

 Seeing the Invisible: Poverty, Race & Other Aspects of "Deep Identity"

Facilitator: Sharif Abdullah

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rio Salado College | Rio Conference Room

2323 W. 14th  St, Tempe, AZ 85281 (Link to Campus Map)

8:00am - 12:00 Noon

 (Adjacent to the Maricopa County Community College District)

This workshop will explore the following:


Why, in the wealthiest society on Earth, is there so much poverty?  Why is it GROWING?  Why, almost 150 years after the Civil War, is race still such a sensitive subject? 

And, what can we do about it?

Join Dr. Sharif Abdullah as he introduces new ways to perceive race, class, language and other aspects of “Deep Identity” – the parts of our personal identity that all of us acquired as children.  Sharif’s perspective is informed by his childhood, growing up in generational poverty in Camden, NJ, Time Magazine’s “Worst City in America”.  His perspective is also informed by his experiences in 38 countries, on every continent, representing over 100 distinct cultures.

Learning Objectives
  • What you can do to assist people in getting out (and staying out) of poverty.
  • Understanding how poverty fits into the five aspects of “Deep Identity”.
  • Understanding how “Deep Identity” contributes to “Deep Conflict” – the source of the 100+ wars that ravage our planet.
  • Understanding how practicing “inclusivity” is an antidote to “Deep Conflict”.
  • Experiencing proven strategies for communicating past filters and barriers… including poverty, race, gender, language and other aspects of “Deep Identity”.
  • Workshop modalities will be part lecture, part small group dialog, and part experiential.


Sharif Abdullah

Sharif Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation.   His mission is to bring currently dysfunctional systems and structures into alignment with our common human and spiritual values, to create a world that works for all living things.

Sharif consults with people and organizations on the leading edge of change, including government agencies, businesses and social service organizations.

As Director of Commonway Institute, he has visited over 35 countries and over 100 distinct cultures, giving him a unique perspective on our global human and spiritual issues, and a vision which spans culture and class.  He has proven experience in working with all peoples and in many different situations, bringing harmony in conditions of actual or potential conflict and discord.

His books on leadership and societal change include the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All, and Seven Seeds for a New Society.


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