Tools for Re-finding Connection at a Time of Polarisation

12 January 2022 - 22 February 2022


We seem to live in a time of exceptional division and polarisation: around attitudes to the earth, climate change, migration, economic systems, politics, Brexit, Covid-19. Fundamentally not agreeing on issues that are important to us with friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues can cause us deep pain and a sense of separateness and loss. At a broader level, having a sense that in our community or country there is a mass of people who believe in things to which we are fundamentally opposed can increase our sense of despair, anger and fearfulness for the future.

In this course we will explore some of the ways we unknowingly participate in polarisation, and practice simple but profound tools for re-discovering a sense of connection and togetherness with people we don’t agree with. We will explore how to have disagreements in a way that nourishes connection and relationship whilst honouring and expressing our own values and beliefs.

This process will draw on ideas from social anthropology, non-violent communication, peacebuilding theory and my experience of holding dialogue and building peace in the UK and Myanmar.

This will be an experiential learning process in which theory is discovered and explored through activities like personal story-telling, art activities, role-play, body-breath activities, small group and pair work. Individual reflection will enable learning to be personal and embedded; and group sharing will enable rich peer learning and supportive community to develop.

Live sessions are every Monday at 18:30-20:00 (UK time).

Attendance at all live sessions is essential to the course and the sessions will not be recorded.

Please check the dates for this course carefully before booking as it was originally due to run in September 2021. 

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This course will involve:

Individual reflectionLive discussionPrivate discussionRecorded videoWritten and visual

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communications adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Closed captions can be made available on all recorded material and may be available for live sessions upon request; please contact us directly in addition to booking if you require closed captions.

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