Deep Democracy Institute

Our Vision

Deep Democracy Institute East Africa holds the vision that the worldwide development of diverse and explicit leadership cultures and disciplines is one of the key elements for sustainable local and global development. We consider the Deep Democracy Institute East Africa a thinktank and network that facilitates, supports and implements leadership development initiatives for this purpose in East Africa, and assists East African networks of professionals to connect to the international leadership development community, exchange ideas and experiences, and develop initiatives and partnerships.

"Truth is like a baobab tree; one person's arms cannot embrace it" -African Proverb

Why is Leadership Development a Key to Sustainable Local and Global Development?

In our view, each region of the globe, each community, each organization, and even each person has a unique individual path of development. This individual path includes its own framework from which to view reality, resolve issues, and find collaboration models with one neighbors that support one's own identity and values the identities of others. Individual paths are reflected in diverse narratives and philosophies within local communities and within the global community. They create diversity on our planet and between cultures with all their aspects, for example the experience of space and time, or the place and importance of relationship, or the role of history and ancestors, and many more.  This culminates in a multifaceted diversity about what it means to be human on this earth and in the universe.

We adhere to the Deep Democracy Paradigm, which suggests that all of these frameworks are equally valid and needed. Over time, all viewpoints must be heard and related to, as all information in a system is vital for its sustainability and blossoming. We are aware that at a given moment in history, some styles are more central and some more marginal.

We believe that leadership is the act of stewarding and tending to a chosen collective by assisting that collective in discovering its own developmental path, and helping it to blossom. We consider the awareness process in developing leadership for each region, community, and individual, to be the key to re-discovering innate value, appreciating, and consequently developing it. Each group will apply its own style, way, and timing on this natural path. Our leadership trainings assist in making organizations and individuals aware of this process, and facilitating its emergence.


Many organizations have strong initiatives for health care and health education, based on the belief that access to health care is important for a sustainable global development. We believe that these organizations are addressing an important issue. Our work brings an additional perspective that also appreciates the wisdom and tradition of local medical systems and traditional medical practitioners within a given culture. We believe that the reluctance of many global communities to pick up Western medical practices is not only due to lack of education or money; it is  also part of a dialogue between diverse medical communities and their respective life values. Our work cultivates leadership cultures that recognize the value of local medical systems. Our trainings teach leaders to facilitate the relationship processes between global health organizations and local medical communities and their medical views.Health is defined by science, by a local culture and last but not least by a community process who defines one's own needs.

In DDI we hold the vision that diverse, explicit leadership disciplines and cultures will promote an enriched and sustainable local and global co-existence. Our work encourages the blossoming of individuals and communities and assists them in communicating their unique essences within a diverse world without asking them to change, but to become even more themselves.


Many Organizations follow an implicit or explicit belief that the world is divided between more and less educated populations, and that sustainable global development depends on making worldwide education available. We believe that these organizations address an important issue. DDI wants to add to their efforts by bringing an additional component. We depend on the inherent cultural or organizational wisdom and traditional teachers of a given collective for the foundation of everything we do, and seek to discover and bring these out. DDI co-develops leadership cultures that are based on appreciating knowledge and knowledge management system that are already present. This is an organic way for us to learn from other groups and cultures. In addition, our leadership training focuses on facilitating the dialogue between natural wisdom and knowledge management of a region (such as storytelling) and knowledge management of global communities (such as academia with its journal tradition, for example.)



Organizations that hold a vision for building global sustainability by implementing conflict resolution methods are important for global development, as they assist all of us who are identified with our national, ethnic, tribal or religious communities to relate to one another in the global village in a new way. However, we feel it is equally important to value and respect  unique inherent cultural processes by affirming them rather than suggesting from an outside perspective that there is a superior way to deal with conflict, and that conflicting parties should leave their natural development process to go beyond war. This is based on an additional view which suggests that conflicting parties are simply groups that are in the process of clarifying their identities and values as they develop their own new leadership cultures. These new leadership cultures are essential for establishing neighborly relations upon a foundation of self-confidence and pride in belonging.
DDI aims to accept the global situation at face value and to fill the gap by assisting in the process of developing leadership cultures that are based on each group’s distinctive way of relating to its neighbors, thus co-facilitating with the region the natural development process.



We acknowledge the important work of organizations that provide aid to marginalized regions and communities; however, over time the process of bringing aid can actually inhibit natural leadership development within the community, which is vital to empower local groups to develop their own natural identities. Our work aims to complement this process by co-facilitating leadership training programs at the local level, and thus co-facilitating with the people of the region the relationship between local and global communities.



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