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Dancing with Disharmony: Strengthening Individuals to Resolve Differences in Communities

Community Development Evening Presentation held on 11 September 2013. The video recordings for this evening are now available for viewing below.

The Alternative to Violence Project (AVP)

Katherine Smith

This presentation will provide an overview of the AVP, from its inception in a New York prison in 1975, to its current status as an international movement. Today AVP is a worldwide network running a series of intensive workshops, using group experiential learning processes to empower people to find and use non-violent alternatives in response to the conflict in their everyday lives. These workshops on creative conflict transformation are held in prisons, schools, and the wider community. AVP facilitator Katherine Smith will outline the ways in which groups have adapted the workshops to incorporate local culture, customs, languages and context. This includes the project being utilised in countries disrupted by civil war, genocide and violence such as Rwanda, Kenya, Congo, Nigeria, Indonesia, Nepal, Colombia and Guatemala, with recent programs in Afghanistan, Liberia and Palestine. AVP’s presence in Australia for the past 21 years will also be discussed, including the development of Peace Leadership workshops for refugee communities.

Please phone (02) 9794 1900 if you have any questions.

Peace Leadership Training for People with a Refugee Background

Susan Cloete

This presentation will discuss ASeTTS and AVP WA’s collaboration in 2012 to bring ‘Peace Leadershop’ workshops to refugee community groups. The aim of this project was to increase understanding of ways in which conflict can be handled creatively, and to improve social cohesion within some refugee communities and homes. 7 workshops for 50 bilingual refugees or migrants were held. The 3 main groups were multi-faith Iranians, refugee youth and Africans. Participants were all volunteers aged between 15-60 years. This presentation will discuss the process undertaken by the participants, the outcomes of the program, which included 6 participants being trained to replicate the program in their community/language groups, and the effectiveness of the AVP program with refugee community groups.

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Watch the recordings below