Online Trainings

During the Corona pandemic we have developed some online trainings as an alternative to our presence trainings. Based on these positive experiences we have increased the number of online trainings and decided to make these a permanent part of our programme.

We will abide by our well-proven approach of combining theory and practice. Interactive learning also works online!

Our online courses come in two different formats:

Format 1:

First part with 4 days in one week: Half-day online meetings of the group with the trainers in a video conference, after each meeting participants work independently on material in our online learning plattform. At the end of this first part participants focus on a practical application exercise.

Second part with 1 day after some two weeks: Half-day with a video conference for reflecting on experience with practical application in the meantime and additional support.

Format 2:

1 day a week over a period of 6-8 weeks: Half-day online meetings of the group with the trainers in a video conference on a fixed day of the week. Until the next meeting participants work independently on material in our online learning platform, including practical application exercises.

In both formats, the video conferences usually take place between 09:00-13:00 hours (CET), with short breaks. The independent studies in our online learning plattform can be scheduled by participants in their own time. However, in format 1 the respective material should be finished before the video conference on the following day.

The overall workload includes the time for the video conferences (4 hours each) and for the independent study in our learning platform plus the practical application exercises (2-3 hours in between each video conference). Participants are expected to commit fully to this.

The participants are activists and staff of non-governmental organisations or initiatives, who promote nonviolence, peace and justice. They apply the acquired knowledge in their practical work and share it with others in their own contexts.

Topics and Dates

Dates (Format 1): 

  • 25.-28.01. + 15.02.2021

Objectives

Participants are able

  • to reflect upon and express their own role in processes of exclusion and inclusion at personal, interpersonal and structural levels in a global context
  • to critically reflect on the role of prejudices, power inequalities and ideologies in peace work and to begin to develop strategies to counter their negative effects
  • to explain and build upon the anti-bias and social inclusion approach in their own work context

Peace Work aims at establishing and nurturing inclusive societies that provide equal access to social, political and economic resources to all – irrespective of their ethnic origin, age, gender, physical or mental condition, religious background, sexual orientation, etc. The training introduces the concepts of Anti-Bias and Social Inclusion. It aims at strengthening respect for diversity and creating awareness for discrimination and social exclusion.

Participants will reflect how they themselves are involved and/or affected by the social/global power relations. They will learn how to initiate processes of prejudice awareness that motivate and equip individuals, groups and institutions to critically confront their discriminatory attitudes and actions, and thus develop sustainable empowering structures. 

Trainers

Cvetka Bovha

Prasad Reddy

Dates (Format 2): 

  • Fridays, 14. + 21. + 28.05. + 04. + 11. + 18. + 25.06.2021

Objectives
Participants are able

  • to apply the Do No Harm tool to a real project
  • to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Do No Harm approach in comparison with other tools they know
  • to integrate Do No Harm into existing project management procedures

We want to do good, but might do harm instead. How can we avoid doing harm? The Do No Harm approach was developed by many practitioners engaged in development work and humanitarian assistance to give an answer to this question. Nowadays it is used by many organisations, also particularly in peace and human rights work.

In this training the Do No Harm tool will first be presented by the trainers using a case study. Then participants will be supported in applying the tool to their own projects. In a confidential setting (based on Chatham House rules) the critical details of the project design will be identified and options for a conflict sensitive and effective re-design will be developed. The training is relevant for all who coordinate projects and intend to apply the Do No Harm tool to their own – which might be projects with a focus on peacebuilding, development or humanitarian assistance.

Trainers

Wolfgang Heinrich

Jochen Neumann

Dates (Format 2):

  • 29.-30.03. + 05. + 12. + 19. + 26.04. + 03. + 10.05.2021

Objectives

Participants are able

  • to facilitate the planning process of a nonviolent campaign in their own contexts;
  • to select creative forms of actions for successful and sustainable campaigns.

Successful nonviolent movements are not just reacting on their opponents, but use operational planning and develop campaigns to put their activists on the offensive.

The training will focus on the planning process for a nonviolent campaign: How to pick the right campaign and formulate demands? How can we plan and then handle dynamics of political campaigning? Can we find consensus for „nonviolent discipline“, and how to make everyone do the right thing at the right time? How to develop creative actions and create strong images? How should we communicate with authorities and opponents, and lead negotiations? How do we ensure sustainable change after the campaign is over?

The training is for activists, organisers and leaders as well as peacebuilders and trainers involved in nonviolent movements, who want to plan and coordinate successful nonviolent campaigns and/or facilitate others to do so.

Trainers

Thimna Bunte

Hilal Demir

Dates (Format 1):

  • 10.-13.05. + 27.05.2021

Objectives

Participants are able

  • to gain an insights into the concept of human rights and an overview of selected international and regional human rights instruments;
  • to formulate their own standpoint on the universality of human rights;
  • to identify potential strategies for defending human rights in their own context.

Human rights matter for peace work in at least three different ways. The denial of human rights can be a cause for conflict. Violent conflict often goes along with gross human rights violations. And human rights can serve as a vision for a just and peaceful society in a post-conflict setting.

In this training we uncover the origin(s) of human rights, give an overview of the most important international and regional human rights standards and apply these to selected case studies of human rights violations. Furthermore we will discuss the universality of human rights from different perspectives. We will share examples how human rights are effectively claimed and defended and how human rights defenders can be protected.

The training is relevant for all who want to gain a better understanding of the concept of human rights and who want to defend human rights or protect human rights defenders.

Trainers

Daniel Ó Clunaigh

N.N.

Dates (Format 1):

  • 19.-22.04. + 07.05.2021

Objectives

Participants are able to

  • identify and respond to emerging risks to the sensitive information they manage in their work;
  • maintain and improve the basic security of their digital devices and accounts;
  • in accordance with their necessities, understand and implement advanced tools to protect their data storage and communication.

This training will create awareness and support capacity-building which is relevant to the digital security of the participants. Peace activists will be enabled to do the risk self-assessment related to their own information management. They will gain insights into personal and organisational strategies on digital security concerning computers, internet and mobile/smart phones.

Participants will learn about secure behaviours and tools to use for maintenance of devices, safer storage and recovery of sensitive information, and more secure communication.

Trainers

Marianne Koch

Peter Steudtner

Dates (Format 1):

  • 27.-30.04. + 19.05.2021

Objectives

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.

Trainers

Jochen Neumann

Laura Weber

Dates (Format 1):

  • 15.-18.12.2020 + 14.01.2021
  • 14.-17.09.2021 + 04.10.2021

Objectives 

Participants are able

  • to assess the strengths and weaknesses of selected project management approaches and tools;
  • to select the relevant and appropriate tools for their project context;
  • to apply key elements of selected project management tools.

Peace work needs proper planning, monitoring and evaluation in order to be able to contribute positively towards conflict transformation. In this training we will deal with questions about effective ways to promote peace and respective tools are offered to find valid answers. These approaches and tools range from Outcome Mapping to „Do no harm“ and “Reflecting on Peace Practice”.

Participants will gain insights into selected tools and have the opportunity to apply these tools to their own projects and/or case studies. Participants will assess the strengths and weaknesses of these tools in order to choose and adapt the right tools for managing their peace projects.

The training is relevant for all who intend to engage in or are already in a position to coordinate peace projects.

Trainers

Gesa Bent

Jochen Neumann

Dates (Format 2):

  • 29.-30.03. + 05. + 12. + 19. + 26.04. + 03. + 10.05.2021

Objectives

Participants are able

  • to apply selected tools for the analysis of the dynamics of nonviolent social conflict in their own contexts
  • to think more strategically, i.e. formulating goals, steps and demands of nonviolent social movements
  • to reflect and more systematically manage risks and opportunities

From Gandhi to the “Arab Spring”, from the anti-nuclear movement to the struggle for…
The training will offer a “guided tour” through cycles and dynamics of strategising processes in nonviolent movements. We will use a variety of practice-oriented analytical and strategic tools, with many application exercises on participants’ own case studies.

Coaching elements will be used to tailor the trainings to the needs and interests of the participants, so that they will leave with a practical toolkit for further action. Special emphasis will be given to not just develop grand plans, but to deal with chaos and risks, opportunities and repression, and how to build strategic alliances, in order to turn inevitable failures and shortcomings into long lasting success.

Trainers

Mai Ali

Thimna Bunte

Hilal Demir

Costs and Application

Fee

The course fee is

  • 450,– Euro for organisations
  • 350,– Euro for individuals
  • 300,– Euro reduced fee for individuals (upon request)

The course fee covers the participation in the video conferences and access to the learning platform for the duration of the course.

If lack of funds is an obstacle to your participation, please let us know. Depending on availability of funds, we may be able to offer reductions on the participation fee.

Application

Applications should reach us as early as possible. We provide the application form for the respective trainings in due time on our website.

Please note that the deadline for applications is four weeks before the training starts, the latest.

We cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

Please note

We use secure open source software on our own managed servers. Participants will not have to install any software. For the video conferences participants will simply receive a secure link to a conference room (Big Blue Button) which they can open with any kind of browser. Similarly, for our online learning platform (Ilias) participants will receive a link and password protected access.

Participants should have a computer and mainly for the video conferences an internet connection with (at least) 0.5 Mbits/sec upstream bandwidth and (at least) 1 Mbits/sec download bandwidth. Please check your bandwidth in advance.

Application Form for our Online Trainings

Contact Persons

Jakob Meyer and Ambalika Wilhelm

ot [at] kurvewustrow [dot] org