LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN AN ERA OF UPHEAVALS: A TOL CONVOCATION

LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN AN ERA OF UPHEAVALS: A TOL CONVOCATION

LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN AN ERA OF UPHEAVALS: A TOL CONVOCATION

( April 1-3, 2010)
Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN

Chair: Professor Hussein A. Warsame
( University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Maantaba malkaa inagu qummane, yaan la gees marine, Marka aanad hammon noloshu waa, mooyi dabadeede, Madhax ma laha aadmigu wuxuu, kuu mitamiyaaye, macaluul wax kaagama taraan, maal laguu guraye, midigtaadu waxay xoogsataa, maydha kaa jara e’ ,
Abdillahi Suldaan Maxamed ( Timacadde), 1971

In the mighty vortex of history, which inevitably crushes all peoples that are not as hard and as flexible as steel, such a community could not permanently permanently maintain itself. Theodore Mommsen, 1908

Program Outline (Preliminary)

LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN AN ERA OF UPHEAVALS: A TOL CONVOCATION,2400 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

Without overlooking the discern able variability in the condition of the Somali people,
these are, indeed, dark times for the majority. All indictors of the major spheres of
existence, from environmental, economic, cultural, political, to personal security, point
to the build up of vulnerabilities, best captured by this alarming fact: nearly half of the
population is now considered as malnourished.

The general state of affairs notwithstanding, we are convinced that some zones are more brittle than others. One such example is the Gadaboursi Community — inhabitants of a large swath of territory in the Horn of Africa. While specific members of this community have found notable successes in their respective endeavors, we hold
that these individual accomplishments do not add up to the progress of collective well-being. In fact, a strong argument can be made to the contrary: communal survival, let alone advancement, is in new danger. To be sure, the threats emanate from a variety of sources, whose clear identification, detailed analysis, and judicious prioritization are waiting to be undertaken. What is certain is this: there is a growing consensus that the most immediate challenge to the community, and key to any collective efficacy in the face of the mounting menace, is the question of effective and inclusive leadership ? one that combines the best of the community’s traditions and talents in imagining a new, galvanizing and enabling vision delivered and pursued with uncommon
competence, courage, and integrity.

Here, it is necessary to make clear the nature of the group’s affinity. The conviction
behind this initiative distinguishes between an affiliation based on tribal mentality/clanism and kinship. The first connotes what Somalis would call Qabiil and, thus, is motivated by small-mindedness and the ?Othering? of those who don’t belong to the assumed genealogical tree; the latter is grounded on the concept of Tol that
acknowledges primordial ties but, more importantly, stresses the following: optimum
protection of individual and communal welfare, meeting of obligations to other communities (from the closest neighbor to the most geographically distant of the Somali people) in a larger context of social justice and generosity. In short, Qabiil is always negative and lends itself to internal fissures and hate for the non-member. Tol , on the other hand, is conducive to group solidarity linked to deep empathy for strangers. We believe such a perspective transforms the way many contemporary Somalis relate to each other and, thus, bodes well for engagements that enrich
constructive pluralism.

This convocation, a prelude to more comprehensive others, has brought together a select cohort from the Samaroon diaspora to interrogate the phenomenon of leadership and to explore novel ways for the community to organize itself for the tough challenges already here and others that, no doubt, the future will thrust upon us. The
ultimate hope is that a conjunction of the imaginative intelligence and vigor of the
participants will produce concrete suggestions that will embolden the whole community to dare and make a new history.

Program Outline (Preliminary)

LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN AN ERA OF UPHEAVALS: A TOL CONVOCATION, 2400 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

Thursday 1st April, 2010

6:00: ? 6:30p.m Registration & Reciting the Quran: Sheikh Abdulkadir H. Egeh

6:30 – 7:00p.m Opening & Welcome By Chair of the Convocation (Professor Hussein A. Warsame)
7:00? 7:15p.m An Oration: Ugaas Abdirashid Ugaas Roble Ugaas Doodi

7:20 ? 8:20pm Dinner/Prayer Break
8:20 ? 10:20pm

8:20 ? 9:30pm
9:30 ?9:55pm
9:55 ? 10:20pm

Organizational Reports:

? ARDAA
? IQRA
? AMOUD Foundation
10:20 ? 10:25pm Closing Remarks (Chair)

Friday 2nd April, 2010

9:00 ? 9:30am Breakfast and Introduction
Chair
9:30 ? 10:30a.m Keynote Presentation: The Imperatives of Tol Leadership in an
Age of Ominous Upheavals
Professor, Ahmed Ismail Samatar

10:30?11:00a.m Questions & Responses
11:10 -12:00a.m

Report On Situation on the Home Front
Abdiwahid Sheikhosman, JD

12:00- 2:30p.m Prayer Program Outline (Preliminary)

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2:45 ? 5:00pm Operationalizing Leadership: How?When?

Parallel Group (7) Discussions

Chairs:
1. Dr. Omar Mohamed
2. Hassan Kamil Abtidon.
3. Yusuf Aden Qalib
4. Eng. Rashid C. Guled
5. Dr. Mohamed Farah Good
6. Roda H. Miisan
7. Dr. Hodan Muse Rabile

5:00 ? 5:15p.m Coffee/Prayer Break
5:15 ? 6:30p.m Parallel Sessions ?Group Discussions Cont’d
6:30 – 6:35p.m

Closing remarks (Chair)

6:35 ? 8:30p.m Preparation of Reports & Recommendation from Group Chairs.

Saturday 3rd April, 2010

10:00 ?10:10a.m Welcome Desk/ Opening (Chair)

10:10 ?12:45p.m Reports from Parallel Sessions/ Recommendations (Group Chairs)
12:45 ? 2:00p.m Lunch/Prayer Break
2:00 ? 4:00p.m

Meditations on Leadership ( Chair: Dr. Abdirahman Baileh)
Panel (15 minutes each):
? Dr. Abdirahman Baileh
? Dr. Mohamed Qowdhan
? Hamid Masheye
? Abdi Dahir Ayeh Program Outline (Preliminary)

LEADERSHIP BUILDING IN AN ERA OF UPHEAVALS: A TOL CONVOCATION, 2400 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

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