Nonviolence Training

Spectrum of allies

  • To understand who our allies and opponents are.
  • To help in realizing that tactics need to be planned in relation to how much they do or don't attract key allies and move people towards being active allies.
  • To encourage more optimistic mobilization efforts through a realization that it is not necessary to win over the opposition to our point of view.
  • To invite people into the fascinating complexity of strategizing.

Pillars of power

1. To identify the pillars holding up the power structures we want to overcome.

2. To analyse the pillars with the goal of developing strategies to weaken them.

3. To identify the vulnerability of power structures.

The tree

To identify and analyse the nature and components of the problem and to come up with positive responses

10-10 strategies

This exercise helps people learn about the rich history of nonviolent campaigns, getting a better understanding of campaigns, tactics and movement

Speak out

  • To motivate members of a dominant group to process information about injustice.
  • To turn some power dynamics upside down so the dominant group can experience what it is like when others have an uninterrupted opportunity to dominate the “air time”.
  • To build more solidarity among those who have less power so they can support each other better in an organization or a workshop.
  • To create a norm that the dominant group can support each other to change rather than depend those who have less power to have to “teach them”.

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a group technique designed to generate a large number of ideas in a limited amount of time.

Conflict line

To have an experience on how we deal with conflict or how we often think about violence as a solution to solve a problem. An exercise to begin to question our militaristic mindset and challenge ourselves to find nonviolent and win-win solutions.

Hassle - Parallel line

To give people an opportunity to solve a hassle or conflict using nonviolence. To practice what it feels like to be in both roles in a conflict. This is a good introductory exercise for many situations.

Check-list for Facilitating a Training

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1) Facilitators should realise that it may take as long to prepare for as to actually present/facilitate the training. It is important that co-facilitators work together to build the agenda and are clear who is responsible for what and how they will work together.

2) Be realistic about the amount of time allotted for each section. Don't give in to the pressure to do the training quickly if it can't be done.

Check-list for Organising a Training

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1) Make sure that the space where the training will occur has enough room for people to do role plays and exercises, to sit in a circle, and that it is accessible to those coming.

2) Make sure there is a wall board or paper to write on.

3) Food and beverages are important; make sure someone is responsible for it or that participants are asked to bring something to share.

4) Outreach should include a clear description of the training and the need for full participation, its length, etc.

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