We can move “Towards a Nonviolent World” by increasing awareness of alternatives to violence and training our skills to build peace. A nonviolent world is not only a place where there is no physical violence, but also no structural and cultural violence, or violence inside social structures or part of culture (habits, stories, norms and values). The underpinning of a peaceful culture is the recognition of inter-being on this Earth. If humans see that all is connected, they will start to relate to each other in compassionate ways, both in their daily lives, as societies and as one planet. Another important aspect of such a culture is to respect differences without attempts for domination, thus moving away from power-over to seek power-with.
Under this name, Towards a Nonviolent World, I, Nina Koevoets, work as a Peace Education trainer. Several trainings were implemented with the support of a Dutch NGO, “Foundation for Active Nonviolence”, that has been active since 1966 and the European “Erasmus+” fund for youth education. (See the menu for past and future training courses.)
Following a price I received in 2018, here’s an interview with me in Dutch.
Training: In eight to ten days, people get an intense introduction that gives a great start to become a Peace Builder. The ‘power’ of these trainings is that they both explore violence (the problems) and nonviolence (creative solutions). Generally each training has three elements: 1. Increasing Awareness of Conflict and Violence, 2. Practicing Conflict Resolution/ Transformation and 3. Developing Future Plans and Networking for Social Justice.
The Erasmus+ program has supported five trainings for youth workers across Europe from 2015-2018. You can find out more on the website, or download the one page description.
Workshops: I offer single workshops, lasting at least 3 hours. In these workshops I tap from the longer training program. They can be customized to the needs of the group. For example, one group may want to focus on Conflict Resolution Strategies, while another group may want to start a campaign. When I was at the Global Eco-village Conference in July 2017 (photo) I focused on community-building, while also introducing a few “classic” tools like the Two Hands of Nonviolence.
If you want to request a workshop have a look at this overview..
Webinars: In 2017 I hosted a few webinars with Rivera Sun, an author and activist from the USA. In 2018 I offered a new series of webinars with the following titles: 1. Violence and Nonviolence, 2. Responding to Conflict, 3. Heroes and Everyday Life, 4. Privilege and Power. The first few minutes can be viewed here.
Study Guide: I’ve been working on writing a Study Guide with Veronica Pelicaric “Engaging Nonviolence: Activating Nonviolent Change in Our Lives and Our World”, by Pace e Bene Press. It’s official now: it will be published in October 2019! It has three parts: 1. Exploring Nonviolent Power, 2. Nonviolence in Practice, 3. Planning and Strategy. Read more on the designated page. And have a look at the video.
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