When is the last time you went an entire day without being exposed to violence? Take in the news and you’re sure to hear about a bombing, war, shooting, or robbery. Attend class or a meeting and you’ll likely observe an insult, a cold shoulder, or some unresolved tension. On the road, aggressive drivers might lay on the horn or flash a one-finger salute. Even if you isolate yourself, it’s easy to feel self-hate or a negative thought toward someone. Conflict is everywhere.
New Way’s goal is simple: train people to effectively and peacefully handle conflict. Our training inspires and educates individuals to think and act differently—to break free from their own prejudice, bias, conditioning and judgment, which then allows them to reconcile conflict instead of lashing out or holding grudges. When we take an honest and critical look at our preconceived notions and past experiences, we can embrace forgiveness, understanding, and acceptance. Our training sessions are hands-on, down to earth, relevant, and real. Applying the principles we teach is not easy or comfortable; it takes hard work and commitment. Interested? Let’s get started.
Building on principles articulated and demonstrated by leaders such as Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the nonviolence method of conflict reconciliation can be powerfully applied to a wide variety of settings and issues. It has proven successful around the world in social movements, prison systems, school campuses, corporations, and personal relationships.
Our team has trained extensively with Dr. Bernard Lafayette (learn more about Dr. Lafayette here and here and here), who worked side by side with Dr. King and the other young leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King believed that nonviolence training was the key to really healing our country and allowing us to move forward.
In Selma, Alabama, our team gained practical experience using the principles of nonviolence as we worked to bridge divides in a deeply segregated town. The struggle became personal and every day that we worked toward building the beloved community, we realized that the real battle is within. You can read some of our stories here.
We frequently draw on our experiences in delivering New Way training, and our hope is that behind the stories participants feel the spirit of the beloved community: that we are stronger together and community is about honoring and respecting each part that makes up the whole. Our training techniques are interactive, creative and uniquely personal so that each participant walks away with insights and tools they can apply in their own corner of the world to be a difference-maker.
Contact Barak@somethingnew.org to schedule a training for your group and to learn more about how New Way can help unite your team.