Participants are able
• to understand the approach of nonviolent conflict transformation
• to identify and understand the need for nonviolent action to confront injustices
• to gain an overview of the wide range of nonviolent means
Peace work is often associated with “classic” peacemaking approaches like negotiations and mediation.
Such methods can lead to sustainable solutions and a de-escalation of conflict. However, in order for them to be successful, there has to be a certain degree of power balance between parties and awareness for the root causes of conflict. To create such pre-conditions, nonviolent direct action can be a tool to raise awareness, mobilise people and confront injustice.
The training addresses people who are or want to become peace or movement workers. Participants will study the basic concepts of nonviolent conflict transformation based on Diana Francis, including definitions of violence and peace by Johan Galtung as well as means of nonviolent action as described by Gene Sharp and others.