Tue, Jun 24, 2008
Nonviolent Action Manuals from CANVAS
The Center for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS), established in 2003, has developed two very informative and readable guides to engaging in nonviolent struggle. CANVAS trainers and consultants are world-wide recognized experts from Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine and South Africa, with experience in battling for democracy in their own countries. The guides, downloadable as pdfs, provide practical advice based on experience in the field.
The first item, entitled Nonviolent Struggle - 50 Crucial Points is fully illustrated (contributing to its hefty download size of almost 8 MB) and available in English, Serbian, Spanish, French and Persian languages. As the summary explains, the book is very pragmatic:
“The focus is firmly on practical questions. Crucial points about waging strategic nonviolent struggle appear as ‘how to’ questions:
- How do you plan symbolic public actions successfully with just a few supports?
- How do you recruit, train, and retain pro-reform activists?
- How do you manage scarce assets, such as volunteers and material resources?
- How do you plan your campaign and run it with constant feedback-loop management?
- How do you prepare to overcome the powerful influence of fear?
- How do you minimize the effectiveness of repressive mechanisms, including contaminants, surveillance and police repression?”
The second item, the CANVAS Core Curriculum Students Book, is organized in a workshop format, and each chapter serves as a lesson plan. These lesson plans were created, tested and refined by the authors through their experience leading workshops. The curriculum contains helpful graphics, tips, and important notes to make sure that valuable information is retained. Currently only the student manual is available, but future plans include the trainers manual as well.
Here’s the table of contents from the Core Curriculum:
I THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS
1. The First Step: The Vision of Tomorrow
2. Power in Society: Models and Sources of Power
3. Pillars of Support
5. Activating Nonviolent Power: Mechanisms of Change in Nonviolent Action
6. Activating Nonviolent Power: Methods of Nonviolent Action
II PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS
7. Strategy and Principles of Nonviolent Struggle
8. Planning Methodologies: The Power Graph
9. Impacting Audiences and Communicating Messages
10. Communication Tools and the Types and Categories of Targeted
III ORGANIZATIONAL AND OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
11. Managing a Movement: Leadership
12. Managing a Movement: Dilemma Actions
13. Fear and Overcoming the Effects of Fear
14. Contaminants to Nonviolent Struggle and Security Culture
15. Plan Format
FYI, Trainers from CANVAS will be hosting a pre-conference training prior to the PJSA conference entitled Building Cultures of Peace that is occurring September 11-14, 2008 at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon.
Fri, Jun 20, 2008
Winning Videos from the Make Talk Work Video Contest
The CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium has posted the winning videos from their “Make Talk Work” international video competition. Participants were asked to produce 60-second videos based on ideas from the Make Talk Work bookmarks series. You can see the 10 winners and honorable mentions on the Consortium’s home page or at the YouTube Channel where they are stored, namely JohnJayDisputeRes. Fun and interesting! Congratulations to the winners.
Fri, Jun 13, 2008
Public Conflict Resolution: Turning Lemons into Lemonade (Training Guide)
Public Conflict Resolution: Turning Lemons into Lemonade is a learning unit made available by the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University. The authors of the train-the-trainers tool, namely Ronald J. Hustedde (University of Kentucky), Steve Smutko (North Carolina State University) and Jarad J. Kapsa (Universtiy of Kentucky), have done a nice job putting together a full training package made up of 15 units (see table of contents below), each of which includes an instructors guide, overheads, handouts and powerpoint slides.
As the authors explain in their introduction, the material
“...is designed to be taught and used primarily by extension educators, community officials, and citizen leaders. The basic goal of the manual is to give workshop participants the applicable knowledge and skills to help teach others how to identify, understand, manage, and when possible and desirable, to resolve conflicts within their own communities. The materials that follow and the training sessions themselves are resources and guides. It is not our intention for Lemonade to be taken as a map on how to educate people to deal with conflict. These are concepts and skills that training participants can adapt to meet the needs of their constituency. Just as every community faces unique conflicts, so must the precise manner in which we confront and deal with conflict be of its own design.”
TABLE of CONTENTS
Unit 1 The Benefits of Public Conflict
Unit 2 Conflict Styles and Strategies
Unit 3 Separating Interests From Positions
Unit 4 Reframing An Issue
Unit 5 Communicating For Active Listening
Unit 6 Communicating For… Speaking For Yourself
Unit 7 Steps of Collaborative Problem-Solving
Unit 8 Problem Solving As An Advocate
Unit 9 Problem Solving As A Neutral
Unit 10 Evaluating Options and Reaching Agreement
Unit 11 Forming Coalitions As An Advocate
Unit 12 Sources of Conflict
Unit 13 Building A Framework
Unit 14 Process Structures
Unit 15 Understanding Consensus
Thu, Jun 12, 2008
2008 Global Peace Index Listings Posted
Last year I blogged about a new ranking system for countries based on their degree of peacefulness that was developed. The new rankings for 2008 are now available online. You can compare how countries have moved up or down in the ranks since last year, and now you can view countries group by world region.
Tue, Jun 10, 2008
Peace Education Programme Kit from the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
The Peace Education Programme material (developed and endorsed by UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF and INEE) teaches the skills and values associated with peaceful behaviors. The program is designed to be delivered in a wide range of settings to enable and encourage people to think constructively about issues, both physical and social and to develop constructive attitudes towards living together and solving problems that arise in their communities through peaceful means.
The program allows the learners to practice their skills and helps them discover the benefits for themselves so that they psychologically ‘own’ the skills and behaviors. To ensure that it is a viable project, it is essential that peace education is not a ‘one-off’ initiative but rather a well structured and sustained program. This kit provides the tools needed to do that. In the field, the whole kit is provided in a portable and durable blue box.
The term peace education can cover many areas, from advocacy to law reform, from basic education to social justice. This peace education program was designed to develop people’s constructive and peaceful skills, values and behaviors. Ideally this complements and supplements the process of peace building, whereby communities and nations develop social and economic justice (and legal reform where necessary).
Working with UNHCR, Ms Pamela Baxter, an experienced emergency educator, teacher trainer and civic educator, was recruited in 1997 as a consultant to work with refugee teachers to develop a skills-based program for school children and adults in the refugee camps in Kenya. The materials were developed further, using care not to focus solely on refugee situations in the language of the materials. From 2003-2004, there was a cooperative project between UNESCO and UNHCR (funded by the Norwegian Government), whereby the international consultant who developed the program (Pamela Baxter) worked 50% of her time with UNESCO colleagues to prepare an edited version of the PEP materials (the 16 pdf booklets listed below). More background on the Peace Education Programme Materials is available as part of a 2002 Dissemination Workshop Report.
The PEP Collection
Thu, Jun 05, 2008
New Tactics in Human Rights - Online Dialogues and Resources
The New Tactics in Human Rights website, available in three languages, is a collaborative effort of a group of international human rights organizations interested in exploring new approaches to promoting human rights. New Tactics Featured Dialogues are in-depth, online discussions on a particular tactic. These discussions are held once a month for one week.
As an example, May 28-June 8, 2008 had a focus on Training for Nonviolent Action. Participants in these dialogues include resource practitioners, members of the New Tactics human rights community, and members of the broader public. The featured resource practitioners are invited to lead the discussion because of their experience in the tactic being discussed.
The site also provides an impressive and growing collection of case study materials, many of which are available in multiple languages, including a resource handbook for practitioners; tactical notebooks; and a searchable tactics database.
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