International Communities for Active Nonviolence, North America

The Active Nonviolence Course

Course Outline

  1. De-Normalizing Hidden Violence in Daily Life
    • Forms of violence.
    • Where violence occurs.
    • Theoretical framework and project for comprehensive change.
    • Building a CAN (Community for Active Nonviolence).
  2. Nonviolent Change is Possible
    • Project purpose.
    • External change: replacing competitive rules with cooperative rules.
    • Internal change: converting a negative/violent point of view into a positive/nonviolent point of view.
    • Active nonviolence: going in the back door.
  3. Seeing Things Positively
    • Our deep aspirations lead to a positive vision of the world, internal and external.
    • Sharing our vision.
    • Direct communication and active listening.
    • Teamwork for launching the change – triad and core team
  4. Changing Our Institutions – Seeing the Positive on the Institutional Level
    • Strengthening the positive: cooperative rules; affection, participation, and meaning; the active nonviolent approach to change.
    • Steps for forming a CAN.
    • Active listening.
    • Nonviolent conflict resolution.
  5. Changing Our Institutions – Seeing the Positive on the Institutional Level (II)
    • Making our work meaningful – projects for real change: from charity to social development.
    • Cooperative rules: games.
    • Fulfilling the need for participation through the Cooperative Assembly: representatives of all sectors participate in decision-making.
    • Key aspects of a nonviolent institution: direct communication; respect for others; shared reflection.
    • Sharing the vision: developing a common vision of the ideal institution and community.
  6. Changing Ourselves – Seeing the Positive on the Personal Level (I)
    • Seeing the past as positive by reconciling with ourselves and others.
    • Seeing the present as positive by finding a deep sense of peace inside us.
    • Seeing the present as positive: Experience of Peace.
    • Criticizing and reconciling – exercise.
    • Three pathways of suffering and the process of nonviolent change.
  7. Changing Ourselves – Seeing the Positive on the Personal Level (II)
    • Seeing the present as positive in our internal world: converting tense images.
    • Seeing the future as positive: guided experiences.
    • Free-flowing images.
    • The positive autobiography.
    • Guided Experience: The Rescue (document)
  8. Changing Our Society – Seeing the Positive on the Social Level (I)
    • Building cooperative and nonviolent communities. Forming alliances with positive organizations.
    • Steps in developing a Network Center. Functions and activities.
    • De-normalizing violence on the social level: The Story of Stuff (video)
    • Nonviolent social action – examples: The World March for Peace and Nonviolence. International Conference on Humanizing Education.
  9. Changing Our Society – Seeing the Positive on the Social Level (II)
    • Working with families: dialog and active listening.
    • Helping families participate in institutional decision-making.
    • Equal opportunities: leveling the playing field with active nonviolence.
    • Caring and nonviolent times and spaces in the community.
    • Network Centers: main function as Active Nonviolence Training Centers.
    • Nonviolent Families – a course for parents.
    • Nonviolent Cities

Basic Concepts

Hidden Violence – How it Manifests in Daily Life

Don Quixote and Profound Aspirations

The Root of Violence

Relaxation Exercises

The Positive as a Tool for Change

How Active Nonviolence Works