Workshop in Kandy, Sri Lanka

“All grown-ups were once children… But only few of them remember it” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

During the 17th of August in Kandy, the BIP Team in Sri Lanka facilitate a workshop about the nonviolent approach in the resolution of conflicts. It was a success! There were more than 15 people willing to express and to share their own ideas about nonviolence and the way the world is being educated in a comprehensive way. We talked about the cycle of conflicts, in which ways they can be faced and how nonviolence communication can help us. It was a very interactive workshop where everybody was invited to move and to feel every aspect of a conflict, taking the attention of all the volunteers -didn’t matter the age, ethnic group or sex-. Playing different games and using tools as videos, debates or the theater of the oppressed, the participants were pushed to talk about their own reflections making others think and helping to create a comfort zone during the whole day. The main reflections were about the conflict itself and how nonviolence can really help us to solve it, in a realistic way.

There is a need of refreshing this kind of theory in order to continue pushing the world to change the way of thinking about conflicts. And why not in a funny and interactive way? We believe the important part of a workshop is what people takes home with them, and using non formal tools, it’s always easier to catch the attention and leave a footprint of what had been talked. From Sri Lanka, we encourage all the people around to get information about the nonviolent approach in the resolution of conflicts and try to plan a day of activities with some friends or unknown people, that can lead to make reflections about how do we deal with conflicts in small scale and also bigger.
For us it was a big opportunity to improve our capacity to create and invent a workshop about nonviolent approach also using funny games that could be done with children but also with adults. What all of us had bring at home is the reflection that conflicts are always an opportunity to improve good relations if we use some nonviolent communication tools: for example empathy and the capacity to not destroyed the point of view to other people, but through the creativity find a new way to stay together and to cooperate to reach each other our needs. The nonviolent approach is a process, there are not fixed rules. Everytime and everywhere we face a conflict we face it in a different way depending of our education, background, country, etc…
This is the incredible power of the nonviolent: if all of us have the intention to learn how to live together with others, instead of destroy them, all the conflicts could be solved.

As Jamila Raquib said: “the greatest hope for humanity lies not in condemning violence but in making violence obsolete”. Let’s learn together how to fight the violence, in Sri Lanka and in all the world.