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Generative Artificial Intelligence: Will it change the way we work?

Generative Artificial Intelligence: Will it change the way we work?

September 11th at 7pm EST

How will Generative Artificial Intelligence change our workplaces?

Hosted by Independent Dialogue Contractor Brian Garr

Will we need marketing and content creation people or just A.I. Prompters? How many people-hours will be lost to Generative A.I. each month and what will people do with those hours? Will this create a larger gig based workforce? These questions and more will be discussed as we delve deeper into the Generative Artificial Intelligence world.

Join us on September 11th at 7pm EST for a round-table discussion with several Generative AI experts to discuss disparate views on how G.A.I. affects our everyday life.



Maximilian Vogal from Berlin, Germany.  Co-Founder of BIG PICTURE venture fund.


image 3Karl Mochel is a user experience architect with 20+ years of experience in his field. A User Experience Architect, like an Architect looks to discover how people use physical space, looks to discover how people use devices and software, and in doing so, design software-driven experiences that are useful and desirable or efficient. He has done this for Oracle, Google, Autodesk, VMware, and GE, as well as other notable companies. Karl's work with Artificial Intelligence (AI) began at GE Global Research, where he worked on IoT analytics for fleets of industrial devices such as jet engines and wind turbines. As generative AI has grown in relevance, he looks at how it will impact businesses and what activities need to be considered to rise with GenAI, not be overwhelmed by it.




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Dr. Arle Lommel is a senior analyst with independent market research firm CSA Research. He is a recognized expert in artificial intelligence and machine translation, quality processes, human-machine interaction, and interoperability standards. Born in Alaska, he holds a PhD from Indiana University. Prior to joining CSA Research, he worked for the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in its Berlin-based language technology lab. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Hungarian and passable German, along with bits and pieces of other languages. In his spare time, he also plays an assortment of odd and unusual musical instruments.




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My Neighbors Voice


We'd like to thank My Neighbors Voice for partnering with us on January 14th 2021 on a joint virtual event. We appreciate your partnership during these times of COVID. Being able to sit and discuss our own thoughts in a safe place during a time when there is limited one on one contact was very enriching.



9/11 Conversations: 21 Years Later


9/11 Conversations: 21 Years Later

The Atlantic Institute would like to thank all that joined us in Greenville for our "Conversations 21 Years Later" Dialogue Dinner. It was a great experience to sit in a room of people from many faith backgrounds and listen and learn what life was like for us 21 years ago.

The stores and shares we were able to share with those that were younger in the room. The ways that some of us stood up and reacted were inspiring to hear. We are so glad we took this opportunity to sit and reflect on this immense tragedy. 



Fund-raising event

Fundraiser for First Responders


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The Atlantic Institute is seeking to rally our community for a very important fund-raising event!

As the COVID cases continue to rise - Hospital staff, first responders, and medical personnel are having to put their lives at risk. As medical facilities across the country are reaching and going beyond capacity, these workers are being pushed to their limits. We believe that at the very least they need a break and a sign of appreciation from the communities they serve.

Lets once again provide supplies and snacks to these vital workers to energize them and let them know the community loves them and their efforts. Back in April/May we were able to donate over 600 items to our First Responders! Let's do it again! This time we are involving all of you!!

We will be accepting funds through the 31st of this month. Donations will be accepted at either our website at (donation link?) or at PO Box 26535, Greenville, SC 29616.

Even the smallest gesture will go a long way, so please help us show our over-worked medical personnel that we care.

The Atlantic Institute is a 501-c3 nonprofit organization. Proceeds will go toward medical staff and all donations are tax deductible. For more information go to


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Family Game Night


Family Game Nights


The Atlantic Institute is proud to announce Family Game Nights! We'll be playing Escape Room style puzzle games that are designed to get people of different backgrounds working together for a common goal. Sign Up below for our next game night on October 28th at 7pm! More dates will be announced soon so stay tuned.

These games are for all ages and game nights are free of charge! All games hosted over Zoom so a microphone is required.




We have thoroughly enjoyed all of the dialogue discussions during this social distancing time. It's great to be able to expand the audience we reach to those in different states. We have enjoyed partnering with the Rumi Forum out of DC as well.

Dr Peter Cohen's discussion on Facing the Covid-19 Challenge with Empathy and Compassion and Dr Epsosito's United in Covid-19: Rediscovering Pluralism in the Face of a Shared Threat, were wonderful thought provoking discussions as well as a great time for all of us to connect.

We look forward to continuing the discussions....



Faith in American Public Life

Date And Time

April 15, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

About the Speaker

Melissa Rogers is a nationally known expert on religion in American public life. Her areas of expertise include the United States Constitution’s religious liberty guarantees and the interplay of religion, law, policy, and politics. Rogers currently serves as Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.


The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View

Date And Time

April 17, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

About the Speaker

Dr. Craig Considine is a scholar, professor, global speaker, media contributor, & public intellectual based at the Department of Sociology at Rice University. He is the author of many books & articles. Dr. Considine's opinions have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, Newsweek, & Al Jazeera. He has been invited to speak at some of the leading international organizations & universities in the world. Dr. Considine is visible on social media. He holds a PhD from Trinity College (University of Dublin), MSc from Royal Holloway (University of London), & BA from American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Considine is a U.S. Catholic of Irish and Italian descent.



Beach Sweep/River Sweep


Beach/River Sweep

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer waterway cleanup event. Every 3rd Saturday in September since 1988, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris
Saturday we joined S.C. Sea Grant Consortium on Folly Beach. Jennifer was Site Captain for is amazing volunteer opportunity


From Local to Global

From Local to Global

Peaceful coexistence: Cross-continental perspectives from South Africa and South Carolina

Date: March 27th at 12pm EST / 7PM SAST


We sincerely thank our partner Turquoise Harmony Institute in South Africa for coordinating a fascinating call on our "From Local to Global Series" The conversation we had on Peaceful Coexistence and learning from each other about the work all of us are doing was so refreshing that we hope this is just the beginning of some great international discussions. There was so much learned about each other in our breakout rooms that truly left us all wanting more.

Thank you to all that participated.



adrian birdDr. Adrian Bird has lived and worked in several diverse international countries, including Zimbabwe, India, the UK and the USA
Adrian currently works at Union Presbyterian Seminary, teaching courses in History, and Interfaith Relations, and served for three years as Chair of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, working to build bridges of understanding with partners across the State.
Adrian has many published chapters and articles, and is the author of "M.M. Thomas and Dalit Theology”.




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Former Broadcast journalist Najma Khota pioneered woman's voices on radio. She is a counselling therapist and an integrative health practitioner. Najma practiced as a trauma counsellor at a private hospital.
She is currently the General Manager for the S&S global education initiative. She has served on the board of several community organizations. Najma is driven by her passion for social justice and equal rights.






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Catherine Fleming Bruce heads Tnovsa Global Commons, which focuses on preservation and culture. She chairs the newly formed National Coalition Delegation, a group of former delegates from around the US and abroad elected to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.The organization will support civic engagement on public policy, democratic institutions, and the US constitution.

Catherine is the author of ‘The Sustainers: Being, Building and Doing Good through Activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social Movements. In 2017, she became the first Black author to win the University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Book Prize, awarded by their Center for Historic Preservation.

Bruce and her work have appeared in US News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, The Post and Courier (SC) and South Carolina Public Radio.




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Fellow at Al Sharq Forum, Istanbul Turkey, Deputy Chairperson Common Action Forum, Madrid Spain. Columnist Middle East Monitor London, United Kingdom. Member of the Board Mail and Guardian, Johannesburg, South Africa.





The Pillowcase Project

Sweet Dreams and Prayers For You:

The Atlantic Institute is proud to report that Sweet Dreams and Prayers For You was an incredible success! For this event, we joined forces with some of the Upstate's finest faith and interfaith communities to gather items that would make a positive impact on the lives of children entering the foster system. We are happy to say that 105 pillow cases stuffed with toys, hygiene items, clothes, blankets, and other essentials were decorated with love and care by our amazing volunteers! We were absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of goods raised by our partnering communities and cannot express our gratitude enough to those that helped make this vital program a success.

While none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Rund Abdelnabi and AI's own Christina Bell, we also recognize all the incredible work done by Holy Cross Episcopal, Upstate International, The Riley Institute, the Sikh Society of South Carolina, Congregation Beth Israel, Fostering Great Ideas, Temple of Israel, and Emmanuel Church of Christ. We are truly blessed to have truly empathetic people willing to help children in need.

We would like to give a special thanks to David White from Fostering Great Ideas for leading us all through the "Limbo" exercise which gave us all a glimpse of what it is like entering the foster system. This exercise gave us a good idea of why the items we collected and the sense of owning something that is truly your own is so important to kids facing the daunting foster care system.

We are excited to continue to make positive impacts to the foster system. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more opportunities!

Foster Care Drive
This January 12th, Atlantic Institute created a platform for Roann Abdeladl to share with the group what the Youth Interfaith program is that she created a few years ago IS and DOES. If you didn't make it to this event, you missed a great learning experience that will instill some faith in you of what our young can accomplish when we give them the room to accomplish their dreams. 
Roann and her board, comprised of two Christian students and one Jewish student, have brought together youth from various religious backgrounds to have dinner and dialogue together as well as volunteer at various locations together. She has taken on the role of a leader in her will be interesting to watch her unfold as she matures into a young adult.

Inspire joy and optimism in the coming year!

Inspire joy and optimism in the coming year!


We are partnering with South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light to put together a fun event you may be interested in.

We’ve all had a rough year and heading into 2021 we want to promote good vibes and a hopeful outlook. We’re seeking short videos of prayers, testimonials, hopeful messages or anything else that would inspire joy and optimism in the coming year. The interns at SCIPL will string the videos together and broadcast them on a loop on New Year’s Eve. We’ll help spread the link far and wide so as many people can see this message of peace, prosperity and good fortune. If you or anyone you know would like to provide a short video of this nature please record yourself, in no more than 30 seconds of time and email this to so they can get this in the video feed loop by Dec 18th Thank you so much, here’s to a brighter and more hopeful 2021.