(ONLINE) How Privilege / Lack of Privilege Affects Women: A Fishbowl Discussion, May 20, 2017

Dian Killian and Mary Mackenzie moderate a free Fishbowl discussion on How Privilege and/or Lack of Privilege Affects Women.

What is a Fishbowl Process?

The Fishbowl Process involves a small group of people – seated in circle – who’re having a conversation in full view of a larger group of listeners. It provides a creative way of including “the public” in a small group discussion. Although largely self-organizing once the discussion is underway, a Fishbowl usually has a moderator, and is almost always part of a larger process of dialogue and deliberation.
—Knowledge Sharing Tools and Methods Toolkit

Privilege and its ramifications have become important topics in our society, and as such are subject to endless hours of dialogue and debate.

Understanding it can be both heartbreaking and liberating.

For most of us, issues of privilege are so embedded in our daily lives that we have become inured to them. We’re often unaware of its subtle nuances – so much so that we may not even know to ask questions…

The NVC Academy believes it’s crucial to understand how privilege shapes our world communities if we’re to live in harmony with our values around nonviolence. For anyone committed to living nonviolently, understanding and questioning the inherent ramifications of privilege is imperative.

Join if you:

  • Hold equality in high estimation
  • See value in breaking through old patterns that keep some people marginalized
  • Would like to expand your understanding of how privilege shows up in our world society

Each Fishbowl is open to a select number of people – chosen in advance – who will be actively participating in the discussion: the ‘FISH’ of the process. Sign up to be a Fish.

Everyone else (up to 200 people) is welcome to WITNESS the dialogue between the FISH and moderators. The WITNESS role is vital to the growth and learning of all who are involved. At the end of each fishbowl, WITNESSES will be encouraged to comment on or ask questions. Sign up to be a Witness.

Please join us. Our goal is to open our hearts and minds to the systemic impact of privilege. Together, we can liberate ourselves and make a difference!

When you register, you will receive an email with complete instructions on how to access the fishbowls. This is a Zoom course: Zoom technology allows everyone the choice to see other participants and to be seen.

All registrants will receive access to the recordings. (Recordings will display images of only the active speakers.)

Date and Time:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

9:00-10:30am Pacific (California) Time


REGISTER to be a Fish.

REGISTER to be a Witness.


(If you’re intrigued by these sessions and would like to learn more, also consider registering for Removing Our Blinders: Seeing the Impact of Power and Privilege Conference.)