Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past: An Intensive for Change Agents with Miki Kashtan
“Imagine a future world in which we all value people and life and participate in the flow of generosity. A world where sharing our gifts and the mundane tasks of life are both done with wholehearted willingness, free of coercion. A world where attending to everyone’s needs is the organizing principle.”
— Miki Kashtan, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future.
As we work to transform this world, where the needs of a small group are prioritised over the needs of everyone else and all of nature, we need to look at the way we work to bring about change so as not to recreate the separation and divisions of the past.
Miki sheds light on aspects of new thinking that can support authentic, compassionate and inclusive change making, so we are not simply changing those in power and the names of things, but we are changing the fundamental logic that underpins our relationships and systems.
You are likely to emerge from this training empowered and equipped with the following:
- Practices to support you in embracing nonviolence in thought, word, and action
- Facilitation tools for supporting decisions that work for everyone
- Dialogue skills for connecting across differences
- Perspectives and tools for understanding and engaging with your own and others’ power and privilege
- An approach to building alternative institutions that anchor and embody your vision
- A path towards leadership that does not compromise others’ participation and wisdom
Whether you are a change agent within an organization, a facilitator, an activist, or are simply exploring how you might contribute more to life, this intensive can offer you a framework for creating change.
We will work with themes of power, privilege, leadership, social justice, nonviolence, dialogue, collaboration, feedback, conflict transformation, resource sharing, information flow and decision making, to mobilise our resources to make change. Whether it is small change in our families or organisation, or large change in politics or the World Bank we can use the same tools and consciousness to create a world where we meet more of our needs more of the time.
Event organizers in Prague in 2017 interviewed Miki about her reasoning, vision, and passion for this type of transformative work and created this video.
Costs & Registration
Food and Accommodation
|Food and accommodations options||Price|
|Solo occupancy, 2 nights, all meals||£280|
|Shared room, 2 nights, all meals||£235|
|Non-residential with lunch & dinner||£175|
|Non residential, just lunch||£135|
If you would like to attend and money is an obstacle, please contact Sophie Docker.
Tuition contribution will be asked for on the last day of the event and is planned to be on a gift basis rather than a fixed amount. It is our intention to look at how we manage resources as part of this event, recognising the role money plays in the dynamics of power and privilege on the planet and in the work we do. We will share the costs of offering the event and ask people to contribute based upon their need and ours.
Miki is an employee of BayNVC on a moderate salary for California. For BayNVC to be sustainable takes approx £2,625 ($3500) per day of Miki’s Training. As this is a 3 day training that amounts to £7,875. Organisation costs are estimated to be 10 days work at £150 per day £1,500 and travel another £500.
Total cost are expected to be around £10,000. We are expecting 30-50 attendees, so to cover the cost of tuition sustainably we would need an average of £200-£345 per person. We anticipate having people who will contribute far less, some who won’t contribute at all. Thus to make the total amount will take some number of people contributing far more.
We invite you to stretch into giving much less or much more than the average as you feel able and willing to.
Registration for the course is through the Hawkwood Website. You will choose and pay for your food and accommodation at this point.
About the trainer
Miki Kashtan is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works toward that vision by sharing the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, retreats, and training for organizations and committed individuals.
She is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki has supported nonprofits, corporations, community groups, government agencies, and others, helping hundreds of people work better together. She is the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society
The Centre for Future Thinking
Painswick Old Rd, Stroud, UK GL6 7QW
Phone: 01453 759034
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