Resilient Together: Cultivating accessible skills for groups’ survival

Resilient Together: Cultivating accessible skills for groups’ survival


“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation” —Thich Nhat Hanh.

It is becoming more and more apparent that effective and sustainable social change, or any kind of activism, requires us to come together, to group. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, we severely lack skills in how to function effectively in groups, so often people either avoid them or persevere in unhelpful and harmful ways. Why is it that so many groups are challenged internally, and what is needed to create a higher level of functioning within groups?

Together with Donal we will explore some key elements of group interaction, such as Shared purpose, Decision making, Information flow, Feedback, Conflict resolution.

In particular, in this inner activism workshop we will focus on several options for responding to conflict and interpersonal tension and we will create simple interactions and dynamics to demonstrate how these tools can work in a practical way, so that the hope for an authentic, empathic and effective communication can be restored!  

Donal Gannon (Bio)

Donal is a nomadic catalyst for personal, social and cultural transformation, dedicated to authentic relating, efficient collaboration, community co-creation and developing leadership and self-responsibility skills. Since 2003, he has been using his tool kit to support individuals and groups in all corners of the world through training, facilitating, coaching and mediation.

He currently works as a  certified trainer at the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and is a member of the Cultural Catalyst Network (USA), Permalab (Portugal), HeartSpace Collective and Arise to Succeed (Ireland).



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