In episode 7 of the Ikeda Center podcast, Donna Hicks introduces her definition of the concept of dignity as well as its relation to resolving conflict. She explains, "Every single one of us, we all have dignity. We're born with it. It's part of who we are as a human being and we all have inherent value and inherent worth. In fact, I would even argue that we are not only valuable and worthy, but that we are invaluable, that we're priceless and irreplaceable.”
Dr. Hicks also shares insights on fostering a culture of dignity in the workplace. She states, ”I think a good leader will recognize that not only does she or he have to embrace the work, but also embrace the concept that we want everybody to be treated as if they're valued and cared for here.”
Dr. Hicks is Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and author of the "Dignity: The Essential Role it Plays in Resolving Conflict." She has 20 years of experience facilitating dialogue between communities in conflict all over the world, including the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Cuba, and Northern Ireland. Learn more about her work at: drdonnahicks.com
The audio from this interview is from a series of video reflections that were posted on the Ikeda Center YouTube page in January of 2015.