Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Workshop

Conflict is an unavoidable part of the human experience that can lead to positive or negative outcomes. Whether you are a teacher trying to change the culture of the school, an organizer working for social change, or simply an individual trying to deal with the conflicts in your personal life, you can benefit from learning conflict resolution strategies. Martin Luther King, Jr. utilized nonviolence as an approach to dealing with conflict. In his 1958 account of the Montgomery movement, Stride Toward Freedom, he outlined a framework for nonviolence resistance.

This framework was highlighted at the Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution Workshop which was held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Students, faculty, staff and community activists gathered to learn more about King’s philosophy. This event was a part of the 2015 Saint Anselm College Martin Luther King, Jr. Program.

“Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people,” facilitator Paul Bueno de Mesquita told the group of participants as he introduced King’s principles for nonviolent action. “Contrary to popular belief nonviolence is not for the passive, the weak, the apathetic or the fearful.”

Bueno de Mesquita was one four trainers from the University of Rhode Island Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies who were present to lead the one-day workshop. The Center was initially conceived in 1998 by a group of URI faculty and staff who shared a common interest in promoting and studying approaches to addressing conflict through nonviolence. Through its work the Center strives to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence, foster mutual understanding among people and to collaborate with and strengthen relationships with other organizations, agencies, and governmental departments engaged in peacebuilding and nonviolence work at the local, national, and global levels.

The Kingian Nonviolence workshop was highly interactive and utilized a variety of formats to convey information. Small group activities, readings, video presentations, mini-lectures and discussions helped participants explore topics such as: the definitions of violence and nonviolence, an analysis of the types and levels of conflicts, the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the principles (will) and steps (skill) of Kingian Nonviolence.

Participants received a certificate of completion and more importantly new skills and a new perspective on dealing with conflicts in their personal and professional lives.


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