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Dear friens, I´d like to invite you to a unique workshop for change agents with Miki Kashtan: Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past (19.-22.6.2017 in Prague, Czechia).

Are you committed to working for change and longing for an inspiring vision for the world?
Have you often wondered why so many social change organizations are full of conflict?
Are you eager to learn tools for facilitating efficient collaborative decision-making?
Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?
Would you like to find a path for attending well to power - your own and others'?
Are you drawn to combining love, courage, and truth in your work for change?

If you said "yes" to some of these questions, then this intensive workshop might be just what you want.

http://www.nenasilnakomunikace.org/miki-kashtan-eng/

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Hi everyone! Aikido is the martial art of peace. There have been many small studies recently about the relevance of Aikido in Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation. Please feel free to explore this site for more information. Comments and feedback are much appreciated! Domo arigatou gozaimasu!

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In this piece George Lakey suggests that readiness is the point of training in nonviolent action right now.  As one student facilitator from our Spring training put it: "Knowing that I could now organize a nonviolent movement, if there were ever an issue that I thought could be change with action, is a great feeling."

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Yesterday, the students in my undergraduate course on the American Civil Rights Movement facilitated a training workshop in nonviolence for the campus.  Here's a list of resources we gave out at the workshop.  (We focused the practical activities on a contemporary civil rights issue: mass incarceration.)

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Very cool organization that trains communities (include high schools) in nonviolent methods of engaging conflict -- to be "warriors" for positive peace.  

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In doing some pre-planning for offering a nonviolence training locally, I came across this awesome initiative by the Women Peacemaker Project.  It incorporates into nonviolent practice a critical examination of gender, including relationships between violence and the expectations of "manhood."  Very important.

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The San Antonio Peace Center provides an amazing set of resources -- most available free online -- for learning about nonviolent activism.  They have a "Facilitator's Manual" as well, which looks like a very valuable resource for people who are interested in training in nonviolence and training others locally.  I just ordered it!  I'll report back as I work my way through it.
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