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Introduction
Be the change you wish to see in the world! Famous words of Gandhi with a profound meaning. This is an ideal worth pursuing, though in daily practice it is often challenging. Change requires courage and perseverance, especially when you are confronted with situations that you consider undesirable. Is this something you can endure and can you find the courage to slow down in order to show calm resistance? Meanwhile continuing to see the positive in the other person?

Humans are not solitary animals. We exist and give meaning to ourselves through the presence of others. Development and change are best realised when we recognize everyone’s potential, when we know how to position ourselves and when we dare to express ourselves. Resistance against unacceptable and transgressive behaviour is inseparably linked to our need for connection. Let us never forget the R in Non Violent Resistance.

It’s an illusion that we can control others, but that doesn’t mean that we are powerless. There is the alternative of Non Violent Resistance, which we can hear in our minds, feel in our hearts and express in our words and attitudes. It is often so much easier to be kind and to show our sympathy and compassion, but in some situations this isn’t enough. Saying yes only has meaning if you also dare to say no. By expressing yourself and setting boundaries in a nonviolent manner, you show both compassion and decisiveness, without escalations.

Many preceded us – Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Alice Paul – but we can also draw a lot of inspiration from current everyday examples. Such as a dedicated teacher who makes time every day to meet a student, to call him when he is absent and to answer provocative behaviour in a calm and inviting manner. Or the loving mother who sits with her son day after day, she on one side of the barricaded door, he on the other. She talks for a moment and doesn’t demand an answer. She doesn’t force anything, but she is determined not to accept his isolation by showing her presence. Or the employee who is excluded by his colleagues. The feeling of being excluded is well-known to him. As a child he did not know what to do against bullying. Now he will not be driven away, but he comes to his work every day, showing the courage to ask for help and to stand up for his position.

How can you avoid giving up and giving in? How can you persevere in difficult situations? Many situations in families, schools, organizations, in fact throughout the world, ask for courage, determination, connection and solidarity. During this conference we hope to encourage and inspire with concrete stories and examples of how you can connect and resist at the same time.

Anita Bergman
Carla Stals
Debby Kessels
Eliane Wiebenga
Erik Faasen
Ilse van den Heuvel
Wendy Verspeek
Members from the Dutch Network on Non Violent Resistance and New Authority
www.geweldloosverzetnieuweautoriteit.nl

With the support from the international community:
Austria: Martin Fellacher, Stefan Ofner
Belgium: Greet Lust, Hilde Leonard, Sieska Baert
Canada: Dan Dulberger
Denmark: Rikke Lyngdam
England: Denise Wilson, Margaret Smith
Germany: Bruno Körner, Martin Lemme
Israel: Irit Schorr-Sapir

And with support of the Lorentzhuis, centre for systemic therapy, education and consultation Haarlem the Netherlands.
www.lorentzhuis.nl

 

We’re absolutely delighted to welcome these key-note speakers to our conference. They will certainly inspire you!

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Experienced Speakers

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HAIM OMER

How to become a better Non Violent Resistance-counsellor for parents and teachers?

ELIANE WIEBENGA

The courage of Connecting Authority: with sensitivity and determination

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KEYNOTES

WILLEM BECKERS

6 key attitudes for systemic practice in the field of extreme social withdrawal / hikikomori

MICHAELA FRIED

Not to Go is a No Go: Embracing Nonviolent Resistance and Authority for Global Transformation

Martin Lemme

The power of presence at school: getting and staying connected 

KAThELIJNE VAN DONGEN

Hope anchors the soul.
The healing power of Connecting Authority, based on NVR and DBT, in the prevention of adolescent suicide

MPHO TUTU VAN FURTH

Ubuntu and Non Violent Resistance at home and in the community

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Elke & Christoph Götll

The courage of connecting when the iron is hot – neuro de-escalation in practice.

Courage in schools

A tasting of experiences in schools by various speakers from the Netherlands and Belgium.

ELI LEBOWITZ

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Ticket Pricing

The main conference will take place on April 4th and 5th 2025

Prices are from €425 – €525 depending on the date of registration.

For the participants of the main conference it is also possible to register for a ‘walking dinner’ in Brewery Poesiat & Kater op April 4th 2025 (price € 40,- for food and 2 drinks; tickets limited to 200 persons: full is full.)

In addition to the main conference we organise 3 pre-conference Masterclasses on April 3rd, afternoon only. It is possible to register for these masterclasses in addition to or apart from the main conference. Fixed price € 110,-

Invoicing will be provided by HOEZO! Projectmanagement & Conferences. If you have questions about your registration, please mail to info@hoe-zo.nl

 

We find it incredibly important that everyone feels welcome at our conference. That’s why we have a number of discounted tickets available.
We also invite institutes and other colleagues to purchase a ‘sponsor-ticket’ (extra to their own registration) for other participants who need support.

Would you like to attend the conference but financial constraints make it difficult? Under special circumstances, it’s possible to ask for a one of these tickets or maybe financial support. Please send your request by email to: info@nvr2025.com.
All requests will be reviewed in December 2024 and we will inform you about the support we can provide.

Accreditation:

For the Dutch participants accreditation will be requested at SKJ, NVRG, V&VN, NIP-NVO and Registerplein.

Terms & Conditions

Regular Tickets

475
  • Available until December 31st, 2024

Late Bird Tickets

525
  • Available from January 1st, 2025

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