Kumi Method for Conflict Transformation
No further courses of this type are currently planned, but please read more about Kumi and contact us if you are interested in exploring it further
Kumi is a new facilitation method, designed to enable social transformation in situations of conflict. Using meaningful and honest dialogue, participants are guided through a series of steps that start with analysis and move through conflict engagement, to participatory planning.
ICA:UK is part of a learning partnership with organisations in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. With funding from the EU’s Grundtvig Programme, the partnership is designed to bring together people interested in Kumi in order to share experiences, learn from each other and to provide input into the further development of the method.
ICA:UK is currently running a series of two-day events as the first step in a longer term process of introducing Kumi into the UK. Events have already taken place in Nottingham and Bristol, and a third is planned for London in May 2012.
Introduction to Kumi
The purpose of this introductory course is to:
- Provide the history and background to Kumi
- Explore our own experiences with conflict and map these against the Kumi phases and approach
- Explore the role of the Kumi practitioner and how they can assist in conflict transformation
- Explore potential uses of Kumi in the UK, based on participants’ own work and contexts
What we want participants to gain from the event:
- To understand what Kumi is and what it can do
- To have a deeper appreciation of the role of the facilitator in conflict situations
- Be excited by the Kumi method and interested in applying it to their own situations
Who is the course for?
The course is open to all, but it will be of particular advantage to have knowledge of facilitation or knowledge and experience of conflict scenarios. Preference will be given to applicants showing capability and enthusiasm to learn more about Kumi and apply it in their own conflicts. We hope that this introduction will serve as a launch pad for the practical application of Kumi in the UK by people already facing issues of conflict in their own work.
Feedback from earlier phases
"I learnt that peace isn't a dream- it's realistic, and that if there are 1000 meetings like this with different people, we can achieve what we want"
"What has been achieved at the ground level (e.g. shift of positions/ideas/understanding) is groundbreaking"
Who are the trainers?
Jonathan Dudding and Ann Lukens have both been involved in the Kumi project since its early phases. Jonathan was part of the team that designed, developed and tested the method and Ann joined early in the piloting stage.
When and Where?
The course will take place at Roots and Shoots, London SE11 on the 22nd-23rd May 2012 .
How much does it cost?
In order to make the course as accessible as possible, we are offering places at the discounted rate of £120 per person. This includes materials, refreshments and lunch on both days, but excludes any travel or accommodation costs.
Opening and introductions
1. Ourselves and our relation to conflict
Who are we?
Where we come from, what influences us, and what is important to us now.
What type of conflicts are we working in?
Where did they originate, their impact on ourselves and others, and current drivers that fuel and sustain the conflict.
In our conflict work, what have we found works and what doesn’t? Our key lessons and insights.
3. Exploring Kumi in more depth
Using case studies and specific examples, we explore the theory and practice of Kumi. You’ll be introduced to tools used in the Kumi process, e.g. The Wave, ABC Triangles, Goals/Contradictions, planning and approaching identity to enhance your understanding of how the Kumi method works.
(N.B. the focus here is on enhancing understanding of Kumi, not training people how to do it. The full Kumi course takes six days!)
4. The role of the Facilitator in Kumi
Exploring what makes the Kumi practitioner different
2. Introducing Kumi
Mapping the steps between start and end points of the Kumi method
Presentation of the Kumi phases and doorways
Addressing basic human needs
5. Application of Kumi
Given our understanding of ourselves and our conflicts, to what extent can we apply this method? What support is needed? What needs to happen next?
Want to learn more about Kumi?
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