Re/Assemble: Learning from leaders of the last century

16 September 2020


Reverend Dr Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian

The Conversation


As communities seek recovery after the trauma of the past year, what kind of leadership will be required to come together stronger, driving societies and economies that support everyone? What lessons can we learn from the major revolutions we experienced only decades ago?


In this short talk during TPT 2014 Oslo, Rev. Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, an American civil rights leader and colleague of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, said that the leadership lessons we need to take us through this century probably comes from the last century, especially from two leaders – Mahatma Gandhi from the East and Dr King from the West – and that there is much our societies can learn from them.

“What will make us change is the fear of being destroyed instead of our humanity being improved.”

Rev. C.T. Vivian


As we begin the critical process of rebuilding – from our communities and institutions to our economies and social contracts – we have an opportunity to learn from the past and put the pieces together in new ways, for more inclusive, sustainable and just growth. Re/Assemble is the theme for The Performance Theatre’s first virtual session on 18 September 2020 and C.T Vivian’s words about leadership resonate with us louder than ever before.

Among global news about the pandemic and social unrest around the world, came news of Rev. C.T. Vivian passing away in July this year. We cherish the time spent with him in 2014.