World Gathering 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal

Session Materials

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This section will build the story (and history) of our 2017 AVP World Gathering.

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Topic Sessions

AVP After the Earthquake
The April 2015 earthquake severely affected communities in Nepal. This experience caused much fear, anxiety, sadness and conflict. We will share how Nepalese facilitators used the AVP program and approach to help the recovery and healing process.

AVP and Structural Violence
Participants will identify structural violence and its relationship with direct violence in various contexts, uncovering some universal and historical root causes of violence. Through brainstorming, exercises and discussion on questions like ‘Does AVP make any meaningful difference in contexts of structural violence, or is it a band-aid?’ we’ll explore whether and how AVP can contribute to a sustainable, just peace.

AVP and the Brain
In AVP's 42 years, both facilitator observation and evaluations from participants have enabled AVP to hone its activities to enable real change. Medical science has recently made huge progress identifying and measuring the effect of our experiences on brain plasticity. This workshop explores how brain plasticity can damage our thought processes and how AVP can help heal them.

Brain Function and Emotion
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AVP as a Mentoring Tool for University Students
Academic results-oriented education where children are drilled for exams does not allow time for learning of life skills. Consequently, university students are often vulnerable to destructive influences. AVP helps them in self-awareness and nonviolent reactions. Facilitators will present their own programmes followed by discussion and sharing of participants’ experiences.

Watch the session here.

Agenda Review
Gathering: Name, country, if you work with university students
Facilitators share experiences
Group discussion
Guiding questions

  1. How can we make AVP interesting for young people?
  2. Anyone have success stories?
  3. How can AVP help with the learning process for students?

AVP in Conflict Areas
Sharing the experience and impact of AVP work in conflict areas, including Sudan, Colombia and Philippines, each with its own unique challenges and joys.

AVP in the Middle East
AVP Facilitators from Gaza and Israel will describe the introduction and development of AVP in the Middle East, starting with Palestine and Israel, in 2007. We will discuss strategies for expanding AVP to other parts of the Middle East and how to involve AVP facilitators in this expansion.

Basic Workshop: Critical Elements
We will review the AVP Basic Workshop: the AVP philosophy, critical sequences of activities, building community, affirming self and others, listening from our core selves to the core selves of others, and supporting focused storytelling. We invite everyone to bring a recent Basic Workshop agenda from your area to share.

Building Harmonious Relationships in AVP teams
What are the sources of disharmony or conflict in your AVP organisation or facilitator team? How do you address them and build better relationships? We offer two exercises for building harmonious relationships (used in a follow-up to advanced workshops in Russia), and invite participants to share approaches and exercises they use.

Building Reflection into Workshops
This session will make us more conscious of ways to build self-exploration and self-reflection into our workshops, through journals, mindful practices, meditation techniques and agenda development. We will share and brainstorm ways we incorporate self-reflection into our workshops.

Challenges of AVP in Prison
Using an AVP format, we will share challenges about starting and sustaining a prison program, dealing with administrations, funding, boundary issues and challenges of re-entry into the community. After introductions and a gathering, we will choose a few focus topics for the rest of the session. We look forward to hearing the challenges and joys of bringing AVP to prisons in your country.

Introduction of topic and team
Agenda preview
Gathering: name and prison program in your country
Challenges and ideas in small groups to overcome these challenges
L&L – Jail Break
Closing with questions

Starting a prison program

  • Presentation about AVP workshops
  • Go to other conferences to introduce AVP
  • Find a room
  • Find one facilitator with experience in prisons
  • Facilitator travel fund
  • Certificates are important
  • Official letter from AVP
  • Meeting with director and people in leadership, social workers, psychologists
  • Website – AVP – information – organising guide – starting a prison program
  • Stable contact with officers, who support AVP
  • Get in contact with prisoners
  • Check your own motivation!

Keeping a prison program going

  • Challenge: youth have short sentences; spaces or rooms
  • Find people serving longer sentences
  • Partner with other organisations/re-entry so you do not lose contact with trained inmates when they get out
  • Do research / make studies to show the importance of the work
  • Keep good contact with the prison staff
  • Money! Look for donations for supplies and pay for facilitators
  • Dedicated volunteers


  • Western Australia: do AVP at end of sentence to get parole; not involved afterwards unless a facilitator then joins the community
  • India: already academic, vocational training offered by prison system; dangerous when they get out; AVP workshops important because nothing else offered like it
  • Honduras: train inmates to do handicrafts, jewellery, piñatas first; AVP facilitators receive sentence reduction and get special ID cards as AVP facilitators; AVP helped him train for a job; offer transitional housing
  • USA-New York: AVP is allowed to be used for trailer visits; Landing Strip for people coming home (a meal, networking and AVP exercises); have Quakers and others visit people in prison to prepare them
  1. Benefits from being an AVP facilitator; employment prospects; shorter sentence
  2. Training that can help them survive economically
  3. Volunteers to support people who have come home
  4. Businesses geared to people who are formerly incarcerated, like Homeboy Industries
  5. Connection to transitional housing, rehab programs
  6. Connecting with community workshops and family and funding

Connecting our Communities Internationally and Locally through Technology
How does your AVP group communicate at the local, national and international levels? How can AVP International support your information technology needs? Bring your questions about the AVP International website, country member sites and the IT and communication resources available for your AVP group.

Diversity Challenges
A core belief in AVP is inclusiveness. In most AVP workshops, participants come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and face many different obstacles to fully participating in workshops. We will discuss the challenges facilitators face in ensuring as inclusive a workshop as possible to deal with the diverse participants we have and could face in workshops.

Facilitator Development: From Apprentice Facilitator to Workshop Coordinator
How does your group invite, train, support, and give recognition to facilitators from apprentice levels to workshop coordination? Using the AVP Facilitation Learning Guide and Competencies as the framework of developmental stages of facilitation, we will share ideas about knowledge, skills, and attitudes of experienced, skilled, and effective facilitation from apprentice to workshop coordination. We are seeking new ideas for revision of the Guide.

Giving Effective Feedback in AVP
Feedback is a communication skill that nurtures or destroys facilitators. It is essential for growth together in community. Good feedback turns a lousy workshop into a growth experience. In this workshop we will share ideas and stories of when feedback has been useful. We will pose scenarios and practice effective feedback in role play situations. If others bring difficult cases, we will try to problem-solve.

Watch the session here.

Report on Topic Session Giving Effective Feedback

Opening Talk
Concentric Circles
Closing ---- sculpture

On a scale 1 (very bad) to 10 (excellent)
How is your own experience in doing feedback?

Brainstorm: What Makes Effective Feedback

  • Must be true; genuine
  • Take enough time
  • Cannot be forced
  • Start and end positively
  • Be affirming
  • Be clear and simple
  • Willingness to accept affirmations
  • Willingness to accept differences
  • Believe in the process; believe in possibilities
  • Speak your opinion
  • When offering an idea, check to see how other feels of if they agree
  • Make guidelines for feedback
  • Respect power differences
  • We are equal in power
  • Empathy – speak from the heart
  • Develop trust
  • Sincerity; be gentle
  • Understanding attitude; love
  • Willingness to stay connected
  • Within a supported relationship
  • Define where to improve
  • Identify beforehand (in team building) where each one wants to improve
  • Start with “I wonder” - cultivate curiosity
  • Minimize all judgement
  • Said during workshop “I wonder why I bothered to make that mistake if I didn’t want to learn from it.”
  • Mutual process for all of team
  • Ask before offering suggestions
  • “What went well?”
  • Good idea to have food together before or after the debrief
  • Include team-building aspects during debrief


We need to focus on getting ready to receive (not just give) feedback and we haven’t practiced the ability to receive feedback. There are three major reasons feedback gets stymied: defensiveness, being tired, or the process is not seen as mutual. These problems damage the receiving of feedback.

AVP must include in the agenda enough time for debrief (therefore feedback) at the end of each workshop. It must be part of the process of learning and given more attention.

A Model for Sharing Feedback during Team Debrief

(Ideal if there is 90 minutes for a team of 3 people. Schedule it soon after the workshop but not when team is tired and unable to think.)

  1. Time for self-reflection or writing or quiet evaluation while together
  2. Gathering (ask volunteer, volunteer yourself)
    1. What did I do well?
    2. What could I have improved?
  3. All team members do #2
  4. Choose an issue or exercise to discuss how to improve. Focus on how the team can help the exercise. Look for how to do it differently, not necessarily better.
  5. If a team member is still unhappy with how an exercise went, then focus on “What did you need?” (not what went wrong)
  6. End positive – appreciate, laugh at mistakes, enjoy!!

Do differently (vs. “better”)

Handling Trauma that Arises During AVP Workshops
AVP workshops often create a space in which participants share deeply from their experiences, resulting in an emotional release that AVP facilitators are not always ready to handle. After sharing from personal experience, we will discuss the pervasiveness of trauma and practice some basic exercises.

Keeping Facilitators and the AVP Community Involved Through Continuing Learning
This workshop will share models for building and sustaining facilitation teams. We will also explore ideas and models for keeping the greater AVP community involved after they have been through the Basic and Advanced workshops. We are hoping to form a network that can generate ideas and support each other to maintain vibrant AVP Communities!

Maintaining Dignity by Understanding Human Needs
We will introduce our social, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs using an exercise called Feelings and Needs. In the discussion following, we will explore how recognising these needs can help people who are marginalised maintain their dignity and self-worth.

Making Role Plays Easy and Impactful
All-In Role Plays offer an easy and impactful way to practise conflict resolution skills for real life conflicts. They allow practise in using Transforming Power while in a stressful situation and to enable people to avoid fighting or fleeing. After taking part in an All-In role play, participants will discuss and compare different approaches to doing role plays.

Peace and Reconciliation in Nepalese Communities
We will explore areas such as how communities received and integrated ex-combatants following the civil war, how the reconciliation worked, and how communities have regained peace.

Self-Governance and Inclusive Decision Making for Local AVP Groups
Many AVP groups have structures that are based on AVP’s core beliefs. One structure that is dynamic, flexible and supports AVP‘s values of equal participation in decision making, transparency and empowerment is AVP Namibia’s Management Circle! We will explore this structure in detail, compare with other structures and discuss positive aspects to include in AVP group structures.

Sharing Facilitation Skills, Sharing Stories
We’ve all run into thorny problems in workshops. We can all use ways of learning to facilitate better. This will be an open discussion on challenges, issues, unusual circumstances that arise during workshops needing good and creative facilitation skills. Bring your questions and your stories of what you have tried and what has worked.

Taking AVP into Schools
Sharing the experience of bringing AVP into schools with children, parents and teachers. How can the culture of nonviolence be brought into schools? What are the impacts of the program? How can it be more effective?

Topics for group work

  • Why and how do we introduce AVP in school?
  • What additional activities in addition to the AVP manual make the children and teachers more fruitful?
  • How does AVP in school influence parents?

Mini workshop to introduce AVP to a school (teachers / admin / students)

  • To reduce violence between children and children, teachers and children, teachers and admin, teachers and parents, parents and children
  • More restorative justice
  • AVP works! (write up case studies)
  • Get a list of schools and go to visit them with your AVP materials
  • Get to know the teachers and the parents first
  • Share stories of where AVP was helpful

Understanding Conflict Dynamics and Transformation
We’ll brainstorm on what conflicts are and are not, followed by group discussion on causes and positive aspects of conflicts. We’ll deliberate on intervention strategies, including the ABC triangle of conflict and other relevant models. Establishing the linkages between conflict and communication will highlight elements of AVP which give perspectives on conflicts and conflict-handling strategies.

Agenda Review, Introductions
Gathering: Name and country, What is conflict
Models: Power and Rank
L&L: Laughter Chorus
Conflict Tree
ABC Model
Plenary review

Conflict Tree; AVP Conflict Presentation

What Makes Us AVP Facilitators?
What are the building blocks of becoming an AVP facilitator? Being an AVP facilitator is more than getting a certificate after completing a training workshop (T4F). We will explore that ‘more’ that makes us AVP facilitators. Can it be learned?

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Welcome / Agenda Preview
Gathering: Name, Country, When I became an AVP facilitator…
Introduction to the topic
Pair Sharing: What were the important learning experiences as you were becoming a facilitator – scribe, report to whole group
Open Sharing: What would help you to grow as a facilitator? How can experienced facilitators help new facilitators?

  • The process to understand and become a facilitator takes a long time
  • Remember participants may not understand quickly and right away, it may take them a long time
  • Make the change visible in ourselves and others including children
  • Recognise that AVP is a way for all of us to apply our different beliefs and ideas into action
  • AVP is successful with people from many different backgrounds and brings people together, then they like the change in their setting, but it is hard to find other facilitators who join us in the “middle way” helping all groups not just their own
  • Use as few words as possible in instructions
  • Let participants share first – then share as facilitator in activity debriefing
  • Self-reflection in each exercise
  • Balanced structure for spontaneous learning, learning opportunities in various ways
  • In team, ask – when did you use that the last time in your life
  • Team preparation (9 hours) – practice
  • Commitment to pass and be changed by that
  • Trusting the process (no need to control everything)
  • Learn to listen many sides mutual understanding – Be quiet!
  • We are here to practice – no cancellation of workshops, ever
  • Listening (from the heart for understanding)
  • Experienced the transforming power
  • Flexibility / how to develop a tool box of experience
  • I can be true human being
  • Peace is simpler than explained in academic courses
  • Safe space – for all
  • Having two minds: shifting mind to self and to participants
  • Expect the best, to apply AVP’s principle in my life/walk the talk
  • Work together to develop instructions
  • Team preparation and practice everything in advance – everyone in team
  • New facilitators always have power to choose what they want to do and practice at least twice
  • Share personal stories (check-in) in the team – as part of teambuilding
  • Getting good feedback: in team/self/mutual
  • Self-feedback first – there is criteria for feedback – specific feedback
  • Practising I-Messages in team
  • Feedback from the participants
  • Don’t get put in the evaluation
  • Get out of your embedded images and listen to others
  • How to work out the clinic of team when there is difference among
  • Knowing the team member as closely as possible so that team work is more effective
  • Be patient in conflict situations and trust, don’t disappoint me – as facilitator
  • Open to the possibilities that have not shown up, that makes feel safe/comfortable
  • Odd participants

Youth and AVP
Youth are our present and future. Practising AVP values from an early age helps youth to reflect while developing their career paths. We will share experiences and challenges of facilitating youth workshops, followed by discussion on overcoming these challenges.

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Welcome and Agenda
Sharing youth AVP experience from Nepal
L&L: School
Status Cards
Discussion / Sharing
Group photo

Posters we don’t where to assign:

Youth / Schools

1 Separate teacher and children
2 Countering bullying
3 Opening awareness of violence among culture
4 Follow up is important after workshop
5 Breaking the barriers
6 Helping youth finding their voice
7 Listening to each other
8 Helping youth to be leaders, solving their problem
Child friendly government
9 Time constraint in school

Agenda Preview
Gathering: (Introduction) Why are you here in this session? Tell us just one thing…
Video and experiences sharing of Nepal


Community solutions

  1. Flexibility
  2. Establish common ground with partners
  3. Use other names e.g. Peaceful Pathways to Conflict Resolution; Practical Space for Peace
  4. Have both male and female facilitators in workshops
  5. Involve community leaders in workshops

Plenary Sessions

Let’s get to know each other
We continue to build our new community, using the AVP exercises Concentric Circles and In Common to share about ourselves and our AVP work.

Notes from the “In Common” exercise:

    • Things the


    group had in common:

  • AVP programs with Basic, Advanced and T4F workshops
  • certificates
  • bonding with inmate facilitators
  • workshops are more ‘real’, from the heart
  • challenges getting into prison and dealing with administrations
  • searches / security at prison entrance
  • correctional officers / guards
  • need to be flexible
  • feeling safe and comfortable
  • difficult for inmate and outside facilitators to communicate (outside workshops)
  • AVP offers space to be human and forget about prison
  • change of culture from diversity and positive energy
  • fun!
Education Feedback Circles: Workshop Resources
A showcase of resources and projects of the Education Committee to support your AVP workshops.
For example, how the manuals are developed, the work of the Best Practices team, the activities of the AVP Research Team, and check out an online AVP-based course and other online resources.

Peace Process in Nepal
The decade long armed conflict between the government and the Maoists ended in 2006. Now the peace process is almost completed. Why did the armed conflict occur? How did it impact and affect Nepalese society? What are the factors that made the peace process possible? Where is this process going?

Presenters: Hon. Mohana Ansari, Member, National Human Rights Commission, Nepal. Ms. Ansari is one of very few Muslim women who are human rights activists. She has served as the Commissioner of the National Women Commission of Nepal. Krishna Pahadi, Founder and Chairperson, Human Rights and Peace Society. Mr. Pahadi is a key figure in the civil society in Nepal and has been a front line lead of nonviolent protests on various issues. Bipin Adhakari, PhD, Dean, Kathmandu University, School of Law. Mr. Adhakari is a well-known expert in constitutional law in Nepal.

Sustaining Your AVP Group
Is your AVP group sustainable? Reflecting, sharing and learning ideas on growing your group’s sustainability. Looking through the lens of sustainability.

Introductions and aims of the session
Team interviews
Activity: Characteristics of a sustainable organisation
Sustainability continuum
Activity: How can we improve the sustainability of our organisations?

    Aims of the session

  • To understand the degree of sustainability of various groups around the world
  • For groups to reflect on and improve their sustainability
  • For AVP International to learn what the delegates would like AVP International to provide to help them improve their organisation’s/group’s sustainability

Notes collected from the “Characteristics of a sustainable organisation” activity:

A sustainable AVP organisation is …

  • compassionate
  • responsible
  • inclusive and open to new people
  • respectful
  • unified, united and cohesive
  • participatory
  • strategically organised
  • responsive to older and newer members
  • a group that is continually moving forward
  • flexible
  • financially viable
  • fun

A sustainable AVP organisation has …

  • ownership and commitment from its members
  • a clear structure and sense of community
  • good communication and listening
  • cooperation
  • active participation from its members throughout the planning process
  • team building
  • active and dedicated volunteers, social capital
  • a critical mass of facilitators
  • diversity of facilitators, for example age, gender, stage of education
  • transparency
  • energy, passion and zeal
  • vision
  • trained facilitators who are actively engaged and competent
  • resources: friends, capital, location for workshops
  • sustainable human resources
  • strong leadership
  • a coordinator and administrative structure (paid or volunteer)
  • ongoing training for leadership
  • rotating leadership
  • sense of service in leadership
  • a harmonious relationship between facilitators
  • stable funding
  • regular meetings of facilitators and others involved
  • contact with other agencies and AVP organisations
  • support from government decision makers

A sustainable AVP organisation can …

  • take on and carry out actions
  • generate funds and access funding sources
  • make strategic decisions on where to put resources
  • hold annual meetings for planning and facilitator development
  • recruit new facilitators, for example from universities
  • network with communities
  • coordinate with different stakeholders, for example NGOs, government, media
  • make connections with schools, other groups and other countries
  • communicate and resolve problems
  • inspire and influence change and model change

A sustainable AVP organisation …

  • holds workshops regularly
  • develops facilitators
  • sets aims, goals and objectives through strategic planning
  • accepts challenges
  • reviews and evaluates itself
  • responds to the needs of the context
  • continually checks its philosophy
  • walks the talk
  • shares information
  • supports its coordinator
  • manages funds responsibly
  • maintains AVP standards and principles

Notes collected from the Notes from How to Improve Sustainability activity

The Versatility and Diversity of AVP
Discussion of the similarities and differences in AVP workshops with different types of groups we perhaps do not hear about too often, such as AVP with people with disabilities, native tribes, preschool, and sexually trafficked girls.

Presenting Transforming Power in AVP Workshops
Transforming Power is the core of AVP. We each have our own way of presenting Transforming Power in an AVP workshop. Through presentations and group discussions, this session is an opportunity to share how we present Transforming Power and to hear how others do it.

Regional Sessions

Community Building
Meet others from your region, share AVP experiences and challenges, and lay a foundation for imagining the AVP future of the region.

Read more.. Regional Session I - Suggested Agenda

Build a shared vision of what the AVP future in your region could be, and think creatively about practical strategies to achieve this vision.

Read more.. Regional Session II - Suggested Agenda

Let’s Get Together
Building our global AVP community through sharing and discovering the current realities and imagined futures of all the regions.

Read more... Regional Session III - Agenda


One thing I’d like to see in AVP Africa is…

  • Sharing of information and facilitators
  • Networking to support each country
  • Connections between facilitators – vibrant, unifying
  • Organised at country level, linked with communication network
  • Able to address political issues
  • Tapping into resources in our own region – fundraise at home
  • Communication and effective administration – share reports after gatherings
  • Improved networking
  • Sub-regional strategies and plans to extend AVP to other countries, e.g. Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho – systematic
  • Sharing how AVP can be upscaled in a country
  • Extend AVP throughout Africa
  • Sharing good lessons, practices
  • African version of the manual, e.g. Various L&Ls
  • Peace clubs and AVP working together
  • Sharing sub-regional committees to organise gatherings
  • People funding themselves to attend gatherings
    • Spirit of volunteerism
  • African gathering logo

Lack of funds and continued violence in different countries

Bujumbura: schools, leaders, prison

North Kivu South Kivu
Communities Ex-combatants
Demobilized youth Communities
Ex-soldiers Religious leaders

Kenya (Western, Nairobi, Mombasa)
Prisons Police
Churches University students
Youth groups (inter-ethnic) Youth groups (same community)
Boda boda riders Government officials, up to district
Modified into 1 day listening and intercommunity dialogues

Kigali: prisons

Southwest region: communities, prisons

South Africa (KZN)
Schools Peace clubs - learners
Teachers University students
Community NGOs
Some rural reach Prisons

Hosted Southern African Gathering

Khartoum: communities, youth, schools

Lessons learned

  • Students are more passionate about AVP
  • Skills are embedded in everyone
  • Violence is omnipresent
  • Everyone has the power to control their own emotions, with AVP as a tool
  • Every human being has a capacity to heal / forgive / reconcile
  • There is hope for a better Africa
  • AVP breaks barrier differences in society
  • Adjective names given to participants have direct impact on them afterwards
  • Kenya - reduced cases of tribal violence
  • Rwanda - reduced conflicts among inmates
  • Burundi - improved interaction and relationships among tribes
  • Sudan - acceptance and respect

Realising peace is possible. Transformation is a process for AVPers.
Options available for nonviolence

Future strategies

  • Develop self-sustaining fundraising strategy
  • Develop networking strategies
  • Maintaining an effective reporting system
  • A communication committee was formulated to enhance our communication strategy - each country represented
  • Reaching out to areas where AVP is not found locally and regionally

AVP Africa Image Africa Poster

Summary of discussion on regional issues:

1 Publications and social networking

Sharing of information through

  • Publication
  • Social networking
  • Calendars
  • Sharing L&L
  • Emails
  • Translation

2 trainings / workshops: exchanges through AVPI

  • Collaboration projects
  • Regional gathering
  • Facilitation exchange

3 Country coordinators: contact NGO – networking within Asia West-Pacific

4 AVPI to disseminate report formats and database system

5 Research committee to do an impact study in country and regional level, and replicate benchmark and successes

6 Fundraiser for workshops and work



  • Facilitator travelling fund
  • Common challenges: NGOs, prisons, schools, communities
  • How to share information, questions, reports: facebook
  • Apply for funding: EU; department of justice
  • Register as AVP facilitator on website
  • Sustainable AVP organisation
  • Joint projects between countries

Ideas for Funding

  • Quaker groups
  • Partnership with another organisation
  • Crowd funding
  • Donation mechanisms; proposals for donations
  • Refugee centres
  • Erasmus+ programme
  • EU
  • NGOs
  • Government
  • Application
  • Social service
  • Cost of conflicts as argument
  • Quaker service
  • Contact between AVP and prison
  • Cake sales
  • Churches
  • Lotteries?
  • Funds from organisations
  • Travel costs
  • Rent for rooms
  • Food
  • Accommodations
  • Coordination
  • Administration


Colombia: Zonas de conflicto / Conflict areas; Indígenas afros / Afro indigenous

Guatemala: policía nacional civil; jóvenes estudiantes (12-17, 20-30) / national civil pólice; youth and students Grupos mixtos: hombres, mujeres, adultos; semillero, facilitadores / Mixed groups: men, women, adults, facilitators Iglesias y establecimientos educativos / churches and educational institutions

Honduras: cárcel, centros educativos, comunidad, iglesia entras garífunas, tolupan / prison, educational institutions, community, garifuna indigenous groups, tolupan

Nicaragua: talleres a nivel comunitario; grupos mixtos, promotores de salud, jóvenes, mujeres, promotores de derechos humanos / community workshops; mixed groups, health workers, youth, women, human rights activists>

Bolivia: talleres en cárceles / prison workshops, La Paz, Ororo, Santa Cruz, C.B.D., Sucre, Potosí 75%; Población, comunidad La Paz /community workshops in La Paz


  • Contextualizar / contextualize
  • Cárceles / prisons
  • Instituciones educativas / educational institutions
  • Población movilidad humana / migrant population
  • Universidad / university
  • Comunidades / communities
  • Trauma
  • Indígena / indigenous groups


Challenge: Getting Enough Participants for Community Workshops


  • Shortening hours / days to 15-16 hrs / 2 days
  • Tapping religious groups (Quakers, Buddhists, Baha’i, Unitarians, Mennonites…)
  • Flexible scheduling to fit with participants
  • Finding a host organisation / faith group to provide venue, food and participation
  • Team – divide up pre-planning (phone calls, emails)
  • Provide continuing education credits
  • Listed in community college catalog for credit
  • Students may get credit for participation in government
  • Outreach to veteran groups, re-entry groups
  • Renaming workshops “Creating a Culture of Peace”
  • Mixed age workshops
  • Tasters, minis to get people interested
  • Never cancel – team can practice if no one shows
  • Take workshop to group (shelters, group homes)
  • Offer transportation, hospitality…
  • Offer trainings to prison staff, schools, businesses
  • Have a quality program, no matter what!!
  • Approach juvenile facilities, Homeboy Industries

What is North America region’s role in AVP International?


  • One world
  • Equal partners
  • Communicate:
    • Listen
    • Share
    • Clarify expectations
    • Ongoing electronic connections
  • International buddies:
    • Ongoing connections between states, councils, AVP teams?
  • International facilitator exchange?
  • Is our role different or special?
  • Continue this conversation

Overcoming Bureaucracy

  • Be creative
  • Be positive
  • Engage staff to find an internal champion
  • Be understanding
  • Discern when to stand or fold
  • Offer staff training … help them “experience the program”
  • Do as much of the staff / admin work as possible
  • Make personal contact with warden and staff
  • Offer staff training

Time Constraints

Prison - develop relationships with administrations

  • Condense workshop to essence
  • Make workshop smaller
  • Flexibility
  • Flexible schedule
  • Support volunteers with hospitality and gas money
  • Make schedule ahead of time


  • Find funding for and provide meals
  • Flexibility in scheduling
  • Offer child care
  • Promote as conflict resolution not prison
  • Schedule ahead
  • Find progressive companies who will give time off


  • Build activities into classroom schedule
  • One hour a week for multiple weeks
  • Do workshop with in-school suspension


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AVP International Business

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Alternatives to Violence Project International, Inc. (AVP International) is an umbrella organisation for autonomous AVP groups around the world. Its purpose is to develop and offer resources and support to local AVP groups and facilitators, building the global AVP community to spread the reach of our AVP workshops. The AVP International organisation has certain obligations to itself, to its bylaws, and to the AVP International community.

The AVP International organisation is built on a committee structure. Each committee works on activities and projects that are of importance to AVP facilitators, AVP workshops, and the AVP International community and organisation. The clerks or coordinators of each committee come together, along with officers and other roles, to form a board of trustees known as the Coordinating Committee. The Coordinating Committee is responsible for the AVP International organisation and for day-to-day decision making. The Coordinating Committee is held accountable to the body currently known as the World Gathering (in a corporation this would be the Stockholders’ Meeting).

The World Gathering, in terms of a decision making body, is made up of the people present at the business meetings during the gathering and is charged with reaching consensus to approve, accept or confirm items of business brought to the body by the Coordinating Committee. These are items of business that the Coordinating Committee feels are of sufficient importance that they require decision by the larger body of the World Gathering. Also, the AVP International bylaws reserve various decisions to the World Gathering body.

Coordinating Committee brings to the 2017 AVP World Gathering 5 items of business, which are outlined following and described in detail in accompanying documents.

These 5 items of business will be addressed over three sessions at the World Gathering:
Plenary III Monday 4:45-6:15pm - introduce the items of business
Plenary V Tuesday 4:45-6:15pm - opportunity to discuss the items of business in an open forum
Plenary X Friday 4:45-6:15pm - the body will be asked to make decisions on business

Additionally, members of the Coordinating Committee will be available to receive questions, comments and suggestions before and during the World Gathering. These people will be identified in the accompanying documents and also at the World Gathering.

Item 1A
Structure of the AVP International organisation and Coordinating Committee
The World Gathering will be asked to confirm the committees that make up the structure of AVP International and the proposed structure of the Coordinating Committee.
Although the AVP International bylaws allow the Coordinating Committee to create and dissolve committees between world gatherings, this item is being brought to the World Gathering body for confirmation to better inform and involve our community in the AVP International organisation.

Proposed structure of the AVP International organisation and its standing committees:

Coordinating Committee
Education Committee
Finance Committee
Fundraising Committee
Gatherings Committee
Nominations Committee
Organisational Affairs Committee
Public Relations Committee
Technology Committee

For more details on this item, see Business Item 1A - AVP International Organisational Structure or download a pdf copy here

Item 1B
Structure of Coordinating Committee (Board of Trustees)
The World Gathering will be asked to confirm the proposed structure of the Coordinating Committee (or Board of Trustees).
Although the AVP International bylaws allow the Coordinating Committee to modify its structure from time to time, this item is being brought to the World Gathering body for confirmation to better inform our community of the decision making body of the AVP International organisation.

Proposed structure for the Coordinating Committee:
President + Vice President
2 Co-Secretaries
2 Co-Treasurers
Clerks or Co-Clerks of each standing committee named in the organisational structure
Member from each currently recognised AVP region
2 General Members, one serving in an internship capacity to learn about the organisation and the other serving a general role to assist with projects (ongoing and arising) and bringing experience to the discussions at Coordinating Committee.

The current job descriptions for these positions can be found at Job Descriptions

For more details on this item, see Business Item 1B - Structure of Coordinating Committee or download a pdf copy here

Item 2
The World Gathering will be asked to approve the list of candidates presented.

(in development)

Item 3
In-Person World Gatherings
The World Gathering will be asked to approve that in-person world gatherings be held every 4 to 6 years as possible, which means that the next world gathering may be held between 2021 and 2023.

For more details on this item, see Business Item 3 - World Gatherings or download a pdf copy here

Item 4
Annual Meeting of AVP International
The World Gathering will be asked to approve that AVP International hold an annual meeting to address the business of the AVP International organisation reserved to the World Gathering and other items as determined by the Coordinating Committee.
The World Gathering is both an event and a decision making body. The AVP International bylaws reserve some decisions to the World Gathering, including changes in bylaws, approvals of officer nominations and the dissolution of the organisation. Also, terms of service in the AVP International organisation are set according to the in-person world gathering event. By moving the decision making away from the World Gathering, there is greater flexibility in setting the dates for the in-person world gatherings.

Approval of this business item would require minor modifications of the AVP International bylaws.

For more details on this item, see Business Item 4 - Annual Meeting of AVP International or download a pdf copy here

Item 4A
If Item 4 (Annual Meeting of AVP International) is approved, the World Gathering will be asked to approve modifications of the AVP International bylaws.
See AVP International Bylaws 2017 to review the modifications proposed or download the proposed amended documents: AVP International Bylaws 2017 (clean) and AVP International Bylaws 2017 (marked)

Item 5
AVP Core Values
The World Gathering will be asked on which of the Core Values we can find agreement.

The AVP Core Values can be found at Core Values.

For more details on this item, see Business Item 5 - AVP Core Values or download a pdf copy here

Other Sessions

Opening Plenary - Welcome
Official opening of the 2017 AVP World Gathering.
Watch the session here.

Welcoming Social
How many people have you met so far? This social event is an opportunity to meet even more!

Film Night
Enjoy a taste of AVP in various countries through short films shared by different AVP groups.

AVP El Salvador

A World of Light & Livelies
An evening of enjoying and sharing light and livelies from around the world.

Exploring Kathmandu
An afternoon with our new friends, with options to visit different places in our host city

Peace Vigil

Nepali Cultural Program
Enjoy the sounds, colours and dances of Nepal. A showcase of Nepal culture presented by different local indigenous groups.

Multicultural Festival / Farewell Party
Sharing our cultures through dance, music and song, followed by a celebration of our time together.



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