GROUP DYNAMICS AND THE NEW HEROISM
We believe many people of all ages want to take courageous nonviolent action in support of their ethical beliefs –but they don’t know how to do it. They may have good instincts and intentions to act on their idealism but lack the social structures and support necessary to put their beliefs into action.
People who want to act with civic courage can make a difference in the world. But they must first learn how to seek out other like minded individuals to join them in pursuing a common goal.
We have developed a method to teach people how to form what we call Strategic Subgroups which will motivate and sustain courageous action taken in the chosen direction. Our goal is to mentor people as leaders who can effectively use the skills of group dynamics to help people listen to their conscience and act in concert with their beliefs.
We will meet with a group of young people across two days and our process will be captured by state of the art video. We will show our participants how they can enlist allies to form their Strategic Subgroups, follow through on their plan of action, and be true to their conscience.
We shall release our video to high schools and colleges nationwide to give both students and their teachers a model of how to move into action. We shall present a method of how they can organize peer support as they act nonviolently and call illegitimate authority into question. We shall model for our group members the key to the new heroism—a willingness to take calculated risks and to spontaneously act in situations they have never faced before. Participants will become attuned to a heroism that may involve considerable personal risk and may not offer any tangible reward.
Although governments have spent lots of money researching how to get people to obey authority—next to nothing has been spent researching the conditions which allow people to obey their conscience. Our video will help individuals practice civil obedience to universal values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the laws of the United States. We’ll be guides to our group—to let them act with respect for humanity and activate the creative energy of nonconformity.
We are dedicated to making ethical action come alive as a group centered activity. Together we shall show that ordinary people can act in extraordinary ways to accomplish heroic tasks.
Philip Zimbardo , the creator of the landmark Stanford Prison Experiment, and Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University will co-lead the group that will become the video
“GROUP DYNAMICS AND THE NEW HEROISM.”
Bill Roller, a master of group dynamics and producer of best selling spontaneous, unscripted videos, will collaborate with Philip Zimbardo in this undertaking—co-leading a group of young people and providing them guidance and non-authoritarian leadership.
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