Exploring Diversity Dynamics: Lessons from the Robben Island Diversity Experience

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The Robben Island Diversity Experience is a six-day diversity experience based on the Systems Psychodynamic Paradigm. Since its inception in 1999 it has become one of the most powerful diversity experiences in the world. It not only deals with diversity on a content and dynamic level, but it is an intense personal journey in which delegates are confronted with their own reference systems, identity, power and relatedness. The presentation firstly outlines the systems-psychodynamic paradigm and explores from a theoretical point of view the core concepts related to diversity dynamics. The presentation secondly shares the insights and understanding gained from studying diversity at this deeper level through exploring the themes and dynamics that emerged from the different Robben Island Diversity Experiences.


Keywords: Diversity Dynamics, Systems Psychodynamic Approach, Group Relations / Tavistock
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: 60 minute Workshop Presentation in English
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Marius Pretorius

Managing Director, TDCI - Training Development Consulting Internationa, TDCI - Training Development Consulting International
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Marius is the MD of TDCI. He is an Industrial Psychologist with more than 17 years experience in the field of consulting and training. His passion lies in developmental work - specifically in the fields of OD, change and transformation, leadership and diversity. Marius has done extensive research in the field of diversity and has written several articles on diversity. He has designed, developed and presented numerous diversity related training programs. The annual Robben Island Diversity Experience initiated by Marius in 1999 is both personally as well as professionally an extremely power! ful diversity experience. TDCI has also hosted various Diversity related conferences such as the Diversity, Employment Equity and Transformation Summit, the Diversity Indaba and the Power of Difference.

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