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Culture work
Share histories, understand conflicts, foster togetherness


An opportunity for further training directed at groups of employees in institutions
(childcare and educational institutions, schools, public administrations and agencies)

For some time, society has been paying greater attention to the physical and psychological suffering of people as a result of violence, flight, displacement, and/or destruction. The consequences of colonization and decolonization are becoming particularly prominent. At the very least, they are reflected in the various demands for reparation and compensation. It becomes difficult when the experts working in institutions belong to different groups of victims or perpetrators and/or have suffered violence themselves as children or youths. They are put into the position of taking responsibility for a past for which they bear no blame.

This multifaceted problem poses a particular challenge for institutions such as daycare centers, schools, youth welfare offices, immigration authorities, employment centers, companies, and even universities. Polarizations or even divisions inevitably arise if these people do not adequately perceive and address the wide range of tensions, which are rooted in experiences from different eras/times and places in such a way that ambivalences and ambiguities can be endured: the most prominent example of this in Germany is the divide between the proponents and opponents of Germany’s handling of refugees at the moment. The way that institutions operate can be severely impaired if such mechanisms are not handled constructively.

Our group coaching workshop entitled Culture work – Share histories, understand conflicts, foster togetherness addresses this situation. The workshop empowers participants to understand the debate surrounding the impact of transcultural and intergenerational experiences of violence as a duty for society as a whole. It offers the framework for everyone to speak out and voice their concerns in a public institution—and to do so as long as possible—until people hear and understand what they have to say. The workshop then offers information regarding specific topics that can help in examining areas of conflict in a new light. The workshop is aimed at anyone who is interested in promoting the civility of a pluralistic democratic society.

Location: upon consultation
Duration: 3 sessions lasting 8 hours each
No. of participants: 8
Price: upon consultation