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Tools for Liberation
May 4, 2022 - May 25, 2022
This is a 4-part workshop: Wednesdays, May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
9:00 – 12:00 London (BST) / 10:00 – 13:00 Paris/Berlin (CEST) / 13:30 – 16:30 Mumbai (IST) /
20:00 – 23:00 Wellington (NZST) / 01:00 – 04.00 Los Angeles (PDT) / 04:00 – 07:00 New York (EDT)
(You can check your timezone here.)
NVC Series: from Powerlessness to Reclaiming our Power
Are you concerned and, like us, deeply worried about what’s happening in the world? Do you feel overwhelmed by how much needs to change and how little power it seems like we have?
Here’s some good news: you can start where you are!
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is best known as a tool to engage with conflict and improve interpersonal relationships. It is not usually taught as a practice of liberation from the legacy of patriarchy, war, capitalism, racism, etc. We are putting on this workshop, in part, in an effort to show that it can significantly empower efforts to overcome oppression. This 4-part workshop will be an introduction to NVC anchored in a systemic frame i.e. how it can be a practical pathway to dismantle the inner structures that condition command and control responses that govern our world today. This may be of interest to activists looking for ways to make their contribution toward a world that works for all even more efficiently and congruently. It may be an opportunity for NVC practitioners to deepen their understanding of the systemic and political implications of NVC.
In this first event of “Tools for Liberation”, we will focus on
- sharing NVC as a practice to restore agency, based on the assumption that moving out of powerlessness and into conscious choice is an easily accessible step towards liberation.
- a theoretical framework to understand our socialization; we will explore in what ways we have internalized a sense of powerlessness, individually and collectively;
- tools to retrieve and cultivate our capacity to act consciously.
You are invited to click here if you want to read more details about what we will cover.
Because integrating these principles and practices goes so much against the grain of how we normally function, our experience is that ongoing practice in community enhances the potency of learning. For this purpose, we are planning to extend an invitation to join a practice group in between sessions for those who would like that.
Sharing “Tools for Liberation” is a new initiative of the Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) project. This workshop series will act as a pilot out of which we plan to develop future offerings and build infrastructure and agreements to support the project (such as a website and more). We would enjoy everything running smoothly, but there may be a few glitches along the way such as delays in answering emails and other logistical issues.
Who are we?
Verene Nicolas is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication and a member of the Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) Project.
Kevin Dancelme is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication and an NGL Friend and Apprentice
Verene and Kevin will be supported by Menaka Neotia who is an Associate of NGL and an Apprentice
More information about the team here.
How to register and what to contribute?
You are invited to complete this registration form and make a contribution via the link provided in the form or via the PayPal button below. Thank you.
Gift economy: Like all NGL offerings, this course is being offered on a gift economy. This is to support all in being able to access this body of knowledge. We invite you to give as much as you can without overstretching or resentment. This means even if you have no capacity to give us anything, you are still more than welcome. It’s a small part of helping move our world in the direction of a needs-based distribution of resources. For more information, see the “Deciding how much to contribute” section in the form.
The email you register with will be added to the google group for this course. This serves multiple purposes:
- We use it to send you updates about the workshops
- We use it to give you access to the shared folder which includes: course materials, etc.
- We use it to enable communication between course participants
This course will be recorded and recordings will be made available to all participants. If you choose not to be recorded, you can rename yourself with a nickname and turn off your camera. Session recordings and materials will be added to our NGL online library – when it has been created – for anyone interested in this offering in the future.
Thank you for your interest in this workshop. We are very excited to be launching this series and eager to work with you if you decide to join us.
If you have any questions, please email Menaka Neotia, Nonviolent Global Liberation (NGL) Associate and Apprentice at email@example.com.