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The Association

Some impressions of the general assembly and the annual conference “conflicts for resources" in September 2013

The Association

The Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action – KURVE Wustrow is a non-profit association supported by its members, who meet at least once a year for the annual General Meeting.

The association constitutes the framework and basis for all of the activities KURVE Wustrow unfolds with the assistance of her staff in the head office in Wustrow. The energy, goals and basic principles of her founders, and all those who remained faithful to her over the many years, are the drive and supervision  for everything that is being done here.

The management board, which has been selected by the annual general meeting for the duration of two years, consists of three honorary active members, who currently consult each other in the head office every two month.

For the work to remain alive and relevant to society the association needs people, who bring ideas, critique and support – as well as assume responsibility. We need members in the association and the management board.


Consider whether such a commitment might be a personal enrichment for some time!


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1979   First call to establish a Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action


January  1980   Establishment of the Association  in Hannover


June 1980 First General Meeting


March 1981 The General Meeting decides that the Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action (then called BuBgA) should be based in the district of Lüchow-Dannenberg


July 1981 Purchase of the house at Kirchstr. 14 in Wustrow


1982 First annual program, amongst others a basic course in social defense


March 1982 Land register entry – Owners: Udo Emse-Albers, the Hertle family, and the association 1/3


1983 Margrit Albers leaves, the Hertle family moves out

January 1984 The association is the sole owner of the house in Kirchstraße


1985 New logo of KURVE, valid until today


June 1985 GM decides to call the Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action simply and shorter “KURVE Wustrow” (curve Wustrow)


1986 Two technical-related fires in the house


1986 KURVE Wustrow is mentioned in the constitutional report


1987 KURVE participates in the foundation of the “Bundes für Soziale Verteidigung (BSV)” (Federation for Social Defense)


October 1987 The house is registered as a cultural heritage


1988 Workcamp of the Social Peace Service under the leadership of Dieter Schaarschmidt


1989 Withdrawal of Wolfgang Hertle from KURVE work


1989 Foundation of Nonviolent Action Wendland (nonviolent direct action group, who met in KURVE Wustrow)


1990 trainings take place in the new federal German states after unification


1990 Blockade campaign “Gorleben bebt” (Gorleben trembles) is being initiated and coordinated by Katja Tempel out of the KURVE house


1991 celebration: mayor of Wustrow visits KURVE Wustrow for the first time


1991 Beginning of the work on conscientious objection, Working- and Direct Action Group for a “military service free Republic of Wendland”, disruptive actions at battle reenactment in Göhrde

 1991 Introduction of the KURVE Board

1992 Editorial of the magazine “Graswurzelrevolution” (Grassroots Revolution) at KURVE Wustrow


1993 Foundation of the first KURVE training collective


1993 KURVE Wustrow begins Anti-Racism-Programs: Democracy from below


1993 First training for Peace Brigades International (PBI) at KURVE Wustrow


1994 Balkan Workcamp


1994 The Buddhist peace project „Bodhiraja Fondation“ in Sri Lanka is accepted as a support project

1994 KURVE Board is abolished


1995 15-year celebration


1995 „International Training for Nonviolence in the Context of War and armed Conflict“


1995 KURVE Wustrow organizes „Ausrangiert!“ (Scrapped!) with public Monday gatherings on the Castor train track

1996 Setting-up of AGDF-outpost


1996 House search in connection to the “Ausrangiert!”-action


1996 Voluntary service: Start of admission through the Voluntary Ecological Service program and sending through the European Volunteer Service (EVS)


1996 Peace work in Palestine commences


1997 First Gorleben International Peace Team undertakes human rights observation during the Castor-transport


1997 KURVE Wustrow begins receiving volunteers through the EVS program and becomes EVS-preparatory organisation


1997 Foundation of KURVE-field office in Sarajevo, later Centre for Nonviolent Action (CNA), Hamburg and New York


1998 Together in a conciliar process with the Ecumenical Service and the Voluntary Volunteer Service of the church province Saxony, a qualifying program for peace workers is offered on a part-time basis (until 2001)


1998 Withdrawal from the BSV. Reaction to different positions on the Civil Peace Service (CPS)


1998 Awarding of peace prize “Sievershäuser Ermutigung” (Sievershäuser Encourachement)


1999 Foundation of Polish field office “Zakret Wroclaw” (KURVE in polish), which becomes independent in 2001


1999 Foundation of the peacebuilding unit


1999 First international peace workers are in Turkey and East Timor, still without funding from the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development


2000 Big financial crisis


2000 Closing of KURVE office in Hamburg


2001 Renewed foundation of KURVE training collective following the Training of Trainers


2001 Following the events of 11.9. publication of the newsletter “Gewaltfreies Handeln” (nonviolent action) and running of the postcard campaign: „Im Gleichschritt geradeaus? Jetzt abbiegen!“ (Marching lock-step ahead? Turn now!)


2001 Guard and pray: anti-war vigil with the INKOTA network and the Gethsemane Church in Berlin


2002 Farewell to Hagen Berndt after ten years of working together


2002 International peace worker in Macedonia and Kenya


2002 KURVE peace caravan fails: Attempt to link the CPS and the Bombodrom resistance


2003 Start of a series of organizational development processes


2004 Konflikt, Initiative und Diskussion: „KURVE braucht Bewegung“


2004 Establishment of TK Windrose out of the KURVE training collective


2005 Foundation of the KURVE peace foundation


2005 First workers‘ council


2006 Sending of volunteers suspended due to financial reasons


2006 Development of Youth Power Project as an alternative to the international youth work


2007 Training in nonviolent conflict transformation for refugees who have experienced violence, in cooperation with IPPNW; first KURVE documentation


2008 Resumption of sending volunteers, this time through the weltwärts-Program


2008 Fire at KURVE Wustrow, one office burns out entirely, the police states that it probably was arson only one year later


2009 Design and organisation of the thematic area of “nonviolence and conflict management” at the German Social Forum in Hitzacker


2009 Change in the name of the association to “KURVE Wustrow - Centre for Training and Networking in Nonviolent Action”


2010 The GM decides to form a working group on ecology, which, among other things, shall figure out compensation for the generated flight prices


2010 Organization of the Wendland part of the anti-nuclear-human chain from Kümmel to Geesthacht


2010 30-year anniversary is being celebrated with a summer party and annual General Meeting, together with foreign partners and members of the association


2010 Coordination of direct action trainings against the Castor transports, in cooperation with “X-tausendmal quer” (X-thousand times across)


2011 gorleben365 – one year campaign against the exploratory nuclear waste repository in Gorleben, together with “X-tausendmal quer”


2012 The climate protection project proceeds with a seminar series for former volunteers


2013 In the framework of the Civil Peace Service international peace worker are going to Myanmar for the first time


2013 In addition to the autumn series, four practitioner trainings on civil, nonviolent conflict transformation now also take place during springtime


2014 A big Partner Meeting takes place with 40 peace and human rights activists from our partner organisations in Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Israel, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo