Working for Transformation without Recreating the Past: Workshop for Change Agents with Miki Kashtan Prague 19 - 22 June 2017

A unique opportunity to let yourself immerge in the work with Miki Kashtan, one of the most inspiring personalities of the current world of Nonviolent Communication. 

Meeting Miki Kashtan and her practice makes one believe another world is really possible. Miki Kashtan explores ways how can Nonviolent Communication be used for social change for many years. The principles that she is teaching can be applied here and now, when creating organisations and groups.

Whether you are a change agent within an organization, a facilitator, an activist, or are simply exploring how you might contribute more to life, this intensive can offer you a framework for making sense of your own passion as you build community with peers. The vision for this intensive includes bringing you clarity about how to work for change in ways that are consistent with your vision, values, and goals.

"Imagine a future world in which we all value people and life..

..and participate in the flow of generosity. A world where sharing our gifts and the mundane tasks of life are both done with wholehearted willingness, free of coercion. A world where attending to everyone's needs is the organizing principle." -- Miki Kashtan: Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future.

About you

If you are inspired by this vision, this workshop is an opportunity for you to start exactly where you are -- in your life, your organizational context, your activism, or your spiritual community -- and find ways of moving in that direction.

  • Are you committed to working for change and longing for an inspiring vision for the world?

  • Have you often wondered why so many social change organizations are full of conflict?

  • Have you been curious about nonviolence and how it can support work for transformation?

  • Are you eager to learn tools for facilitating efficient collaborative decision-making?

  • Do you wish to grow your capacity to connect with people across differences?

  • Would you like to find a path for attending well to power - your own and others'?

  • Are you drawn to combining love, courage, and truth in your work for change?

  • Are you looking to align your organization with its purpose and values?

If you said "yes" to some of these questions, then this intensive workshop might be just what you want.

What you can take away


You are likely to emerge from this workshop empowered and equipped with the following:

  • Practices to support you in embracing nonviolence in thought, word, and action

  • Convergent Facilitation tools for supporting decisions that work for everyone

  • Dialogue skills for connecting across differences

  • Perspectives and tools for understanding and engaging with your own and others' power and privilege

  • An approach to building alternative institutions that anchor and embody your vision

  • A path towards leadership that does not compromise others' participation and wisdom

Miki Kashtan will run this workshop in English. Workshop will not be interpreted to Czech.

Miki Kashtan

"The more needs of more people included in a solution, the more robust the solution."

Miki Kashtan:The Little Book of Courageous Living

For over twenty years, Miki Kashtan has been pursuing a passionate vision of a world that works for all, learning, developing, and teaching principles and practices that make such a vision a true possibility. A co-founder of bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC.org) and certified trainer with the international Center for Nonviolent Communication, she has inspired and taught people on five continents through mediation, meeting facilitation, consulting, retreats, and trainings for organizations and committed individuals.

 She is the author of Spinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives and The Little Book of Courageous Living. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society

Miki blogs at The Fearless Heart and her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Tikkun, Gawing Noviolence, Peace and Conflict, Shereable, and elsewhere. An Israeli native, and New York transplant, she has lived in Berkeley and Oakland, Califoria, since 1989. She holds a Ph. D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley. 

Listen to Miki speak in depth about social change and working for transformation HERE.

Check out this New York Times article to learn more about Miki's work and the principles and techniques she teaches.

See Miki´s Convergent Facilitation case study on transforming polarised politics ni the MInnesota state legislature.

We interviewed Miki about her reasoning, vision, and passion for transformative work and created this video. It is just under 5 minutes long and includes questions and answers about who might be interested in being a participant in this event.   

Dates and time

Monday 19. June: 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday - Wednesday 20. - 22. June: 10am - 6pm

Location and Venue

The workshop will be held in Prague, Czech republic. Prague is known as city of a Hundred Spires, a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Address of the venue: 

Villa P651 is a center for art, culture and education, located in Prague 6, at Pevnostní 651/8



Tuition

Participants from Central and Eastern Europe:  

US$365 - 260 sliding scale / 

Participants from Western Europe: 

US$450 - 365 sliding scale / 

Why a sliding scale? 

We would like the workshop to be sustainable in terms of energy as well as costs incurred by organizers and the facilitator. At the same time, we would like to make it accessible regardless of the different financial means of applicants. We are inspired by gift economy, yet it is a challenge for us to completely leave the patterns of transaction economy. The scale is therefore a way to keep clarity, sustainability and accessibility of the workshop regardless of different financial possibilities of participants.

We are aware that the level of living costs as well as the wages are different in Eastern and Western Europe and accross "social strata". We would like to ask participants from Western Europe to pay rather a higher tuition so that the costs of the workshop are shared based on what everyone can contribute. All participants can choose the tuition: what I am able to contribute and a bit more. 

If you would like to attend and money remain an obstacle, please contact the organizers. 

Lodging, Food and Logistics

When you register for the workshop, you will receive a link to an Accommodation and Meal Options Form. If you need help with transportation from airport or bus/train station to the venue, please let organisers know. 

Entry requirements

This program is open to all, previous experience with Nonviolent Communication is not needed.

Registration

Payment

Go to the "Register" section at BayNVC website. To reserve your space with a US$130 deposit, select the Deposit option. A course organizer will contact you later about paying the balance.

If you want to pay your full tuition up front please select the respective Tuition option.

Once you have made your payment, a workshop organizer will contact you to confirm that the payment was received, offer travel support and answer any questions you may have.

See BayNVC's policy re-cancellations and refunds here.

Contact

Tereza Čajková & Eva Malířová

00 420 774 540 849