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
Metta Center for Nonviolence
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).
That’s entirely up to you! Nonviolence & the New Humanity is a self-paced training, so you decide when to start and finish it. The training is organized into 5 key parts, which may make it easy for you to work through the material in a set amount of time, be it 5 days, 5 weeks, or 5 months. There really is no “right” or “wrong” amount of time.
What is the gift economy?
The priority in a gift economy is mutual support, rather than profit. So, it is an exchange that puts relationships first. We aim to make learning about nonviolence as accessible as possible. Offering this training on a gift-economy basis is a great way to help us accomplish this, as it means that anyone, regardless of economic background, can benefit from the course. We invite you to join this training with no strings attached. If you can support our work with a donation, we welcome your financial contributions, however big or small. If you’re not in the position to make a financial contribution right now, we welcome you to this course all the same.
How do I make a gift economy contribution?
Once enrolled, you’ll be routed to the gift economy page for this course. You can also find learn how to make a contribution in the Introduction section of the course. Alternatively, you can head directly to our online form for gift economy contributions for this course: http://bit.ly/NewHumanityCourse. Thanks so much for your support!
Can you suggest a way to take this course with a group?
We’d love to! First, you’ll want to make sure everyone is signed up for it. So start by sharing this sign-up page. Once everyone has signed up, collectively determine your training schedule and how you will move through the material together. For example: Will you meet every week (online or in person) to do and discuss some of the material together? The sky’s the limit—let your creativity shine! Create a schedule and set-up that works for everyone, then dive in.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you get lifetime access to the materials—across any device you own.