This is an online and interactive workshop looking at nonviolence and de-escalation in one-to-one situations in the context of activism. This event is aimed at people in Cornwall but everyone is welcome.
Why learn about nonviolence and de-escalation?
Nonviolence is one of the core principles which is non-negotiable for everyone who wants to take action under the name of Extinction Rebellion (XR). De-escalation is a key skill for anyone involved in any action. It helps maintain nonviolent interactions and atmosphere. XR’s nonviolence has both a strategic and ethical dimension: Strategically, nonviolence is an effective tool in mass mobilisations, as evidenced by social science research.
Upholding nonviolent tension means actively creating a respectful culture and basis for trust whilst also exposing and confronting injustice. Ethically, XR takes the view that by undertaking the conscious, often challenging work of removing violence from the way we act and interact, we can connect more deeply and positively with each other and the world around us. Through this deliberate practice, we can model, or ‘prefigure’, the future we hope to create.
This training will provide:
-a deeper understanding of nonviolence
-a brief introduction to Non-Violent Communication
-practical de-escalation skills for maintaining nonviolence with small groups and individuals with a range of different scenarios
-practical role-playing exercises
After booking for this event you will receive a confirmation email with details of how to access Zoom, where the event will be held online. The event is free but you are very welcome to make a donation when you book. We hope to see you there!
This event is part of a whole host of online talks and training sessions that Extinction Rebellion Cornwall are running in the lead up to the Emergency Rebellion. Starting on August 28th, we will be joining a UK-wide wave of action to call attention to the overwhelming urgency of the Climate and Ecological Emergency.