SPI 2017 Course Offerings
Session I – May 8 – 16, 2017
Session II – May 18 – 26, 2017
Session III – May 29 – June 2, 2017
Session IV – June 5 – 9, 2017
Session V – June 12 – 16, 2017
Only one course may be taken per session. All courses can be taken for training and skills enhancement or academic credit. Session 1 and 2 courses may be taken for three academic credits. Session 3, 4, and 5 courses may be taken for two academic credits. Most are also available for a third hybridized credit. Contact SPI for more information.
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SESSION I: May 8 – 16, 2017
Explore the nature, dynamics, and complex causes of conflict and violence. Discuss how relationships, motivations, culture, and worldviews increase or decrease violent conflict. Learn ways to understand and change multifaceted systems that perpetuate conflict.
Identify sources of conflict and resources for peacebuilding within and between religions. Analyze and enhance your faith identity as a peacebuilder. Develop capacity and skills in building structures of faith-based peacebuilding.
Focus on the role of leaders and organizations in working for social change and addressing structures, personnel, finances, and external networks and partnerships.
Sam Doe and Tim Seidel
Explore resilience as a development goal to strengthen people, institutions, and systems. Learn to design and monitor resilience projects. Understand and assess emerging frameworks for risks, structural vulnerability, and the fragility of systems.
Elaine Zook Barge and Vernon Jantzi
Expand knowledge of the STAR frameworks and models. Learn to lead STAR activities, adapt STAR concepts to your context and audience and leave with a plan for doing STAR-based presentations. This is an advanced course. Participants must have applied STAR concepts personally or professionally since completion of STAR Level 1 training (normally for a period of about 3-6 months).
SESSION II: May 18 – 26, 2017
Explore various competencies needed by those who feel compelled to work for peace and social justice. Strengthen your abilities to listen and communicate, create and maintain healthy boundaries, recognize and promote diversity, lead from your vision and values, and engage people in dialogue and decision-making.
Learn to formulate and test theories of change to monitor and evaluate conflict interventions, justice promoting initiatives, and peacebuilding programs. Experiment with techniques to improve continuous learning in practice.
Understand how the various forms of globalization contribute to economic, political, cultural, religious, ecological, and military conflicts. Discuss roles for individuals and communities in transforming globalization into a force for durable global peace.
Heidi Winters Vogel and Roger Foster
Investigate theater’s connection with community activism and civil discourse. Develop interactive tools to engage individuals and communities through embodied performance and create effective community-generated solutions to community issues and development.
This course uses a slightly different timeline that includes weekend days of coursework. Please click title for longer description of course and explanation of course timeline.
Learn to make your implicit knowledge explicit, see simplicity in chaos, and view patterns as they emerge, taking intentional actions to influence behaviors and patterns that generate peace or conflict.
SESSION III: May 29 – June 2, 2017
Explore violent extremism through a peacebuilding lens. Discuss violent extremism and unintended impacts of differing responses by comparing and contrasting definitions, geographical expressions, root causes, and various violent and nonviolent responses.
Discuss an approach to justice that is focused on accountability, restitution and repair as opposed to guilt, punishment and revenge. Identify the harm, needs and role responsibilities of key stakeholders in acts of crimes or violence from the perspective of victims, offenders, communities, and justice systems.
Explore ways to coach, support, challenge, and encourage key leaders faced with difficult and protracted conflict situations requiring them to promote or support system change in collaborative and constructive ways in support of their interests, needs, and goals.
Elaine Zook Barge and Ram Bhagat
Explore processes and tools for addressing trauma, breaking cycles of violence, and building resilience. Increase awareness of the impact of trauma on the body, mind, beliefs, and behavior of individuals, communities, and societies. Discuss meta-level trauma awareness as well as personal/societal situations that have caused trauma and how to move forward.
Roxy Allen Kioko
Build technical skills, adopt leadership and self-management practices, and focus on social-change sector-specific competencies. Improve your capacity to balance the art and science of managing inter-related projects and programs by building technical skills, adopting practices of leadership and self-management, and focusing on social-change sector-specific competencies.
SESSION IV: June 5 – 9, 2017
Understand the positive and negative roles and transformative power of identity and dignity within complex conflicts, violence, and trauma.
Learn social media techniques of video, photography and audio construction, interviewing and message framing to build connections and enhance the impact in your community and world. Using equipment as simple as a smartphone, practice creating visual/sound experiences that form the basis for community engagement and interaction.
Learn how to design and facilitate processes that enable diverse groups to discover innovative and effective responses to complex challenges faced by organizations, communities and social movements.
Explore linkages between truth, justice, and healing at personal and collective levels in the wake of violence. Discuss informal and formal approaches to truth-telling, restorative justice and reconciliation from around the world. Consider future applications of truth-telling amidst ongoing police violence against communities of color in the US.
SESSION V: June 12 – 16, 2017
Gain skills to lead a process that brings together victims, offenders, family, community members, and others to have difficult conversations and respond to acts of violence or crime. Explore the foundational values and key structural elements of the circle process and learn to design and conduct circles.
Discuss the education that is needed for the elimination of direct and indirect forms of violence. Explore strategies to reduce violence such as bullying, implicit bias, ethnocentrism, physical fights, or institutional discrimination in schools, the workplace, and the community.