Perhaps you’re seeking ways to manage tough conversations—and build bridges—with those who may disagree with you. Maybe you’ve been wondering what role nonviolence can play in shaping our shared human story, not to mention our social institutions. If so, we’ve created this simple and engaging training especially for you.
Nonviolence & the New Story of Humanity is for thoughtful individuals and groups who want to think deeply about core assumptions that keep us locked in an old story of violence, social injustices, and greed. This online training is highly practical for educators, workshop facilitators, youth group leaders, and anyone eager to bring a constructive, birds-eye approach to their leadership, activism, and/or community organizing.
"Wherever people gather for selfless ends, there is a vast augmentation of their individual capacities. Something wonderful, something momentous happens. An irresistible force begins to move, which, though we may not see it, is going to change our world.”
– Eknath Easwaran –
The Metta Center for Nonviolence provides educational resources on the safe and effective use of nonviolence, with the recognition that it’s not about putting the right person in power but awakening the right kind of power in people. We advance a higher image of humankind while empowering people to explore the question: How does nonviolence work, and how can I actively contribute to a happier, more peaceful society? The Metta Center holds special consultative status at the UN (Economic and Social Council).
This course is based on 5 thought-provoking animations, all of which run under 5 minutes. Each video connects the dots between dignity and building healthy systems/institutions.
The training material also includes reflective questions, suggested actions, and a library of resources that you can turn to over and over again. Challenging the old story of violence tends to draw doubts about nonviolence. So each part provides tips on responding to skeptics (be they other people or ourselves).