Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Notes from Nonviolence: Moving into Effective Training

The second week of the 12th International Nonviolence Summer Institute is all about preparing us to lead the  curriculum of the two-day Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation workshop.

With that in mind, Day Eight start with our final major review of the core content of the curriculum.  We then moved into a structural overview of the training and into key practices of effective Nonviolence trainers.

Photo credit: Thupten Tendhar
To anyone familiar with RAPP workshop facilitation, many of these will likely feel very familiar:

  • Community - Practice the principles we'll be teaching that build the beloved community
  • Goals - Keep our main curricular points of modules in mind so that we don't get lost on sidetracks
  • Roadmap - Give participants an overview so they know where we're headed
  • Participation - The group needs to be talking, not just the trainer
  • Teamwork - Practice this with your co-trainers, the participants, and encourage them to practice it with each other
  • Transitions - Make smooth transitions between modules to highlight the sequential nature of the content and help participants make connections
  • Repetition Repetition Repetition - Say the material once, say it again in a different way, and the summarize & highlight takeaways for clarity
  • Examples - Be prepared in advance with simple, easy to remember examples for when you want someone to better understand the content
  • Summarize - Review material frequently while being succinct and to the point
  • Debrief - This training is based on reflective and experiential learning - each module has at least one activity that needs to be debriefed
  • Variety of formats - The curriculum encourages a wide variety of activities, do them!
  • Communication - Be mindful of your voice, energy, and listen attentively
  • Timing - There's a lot of content to cover over 16 hours, keep the goals in mind and pace according to the curriculum
  • Movement - Move your body, move your hands, move your face; keep the group moving
  • Visual Aids - Use key words, large print, avoid too many words and tiny print

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