Invitation to the launch of ICON Australia

I Gambhir Watts, take the liberty of informing you about my recent active participation at the “Roots to Fruits: Nonviolence in Action” conference at Durban University of Technology, South Africa held between 31st July to 2nd August 2012. I am grateful for the chance to meet revered Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and founder and trustee of Gandhi Development Trust, South Africa.

Inspired by and with the support of Ela Gandhi, Gandhi Development Trust and ICON (International Centre of Nonviolence) Durban, we are launching the International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON) Australia. The announcement was made on 2 October 2012 when celebrating theLogo for ICON Australia UN International Day of Nonviolence and commemorating the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.

The main objective of the ICON Australia will be to part education on action in nonviolence at various levels.

Formal launch function will be held on
27 February 2013 at 7:00 pm at The Theatrette, Parliament House, 9Corner Hunter and Macquarie Streets Sydney 2000

Revered Ela Gandhi will grace the launch.

We humbly request your presence at historic noble event. Please confirm your acceptance and support at the earliest.

Best regards,
Gambhir Watts
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The power of nonviolence and peaceful schools

Some of those who came to listen to Dieter Lunse

Some of those who came to listen to Dieter Luense

Dieter Luense is Leader of the Institute of Conflict Management and Mediation, in Hamburg, Germany. He has had a background in nonviolent action, over some decades. He founded the Institute 15 years ago, and set up a programme for nonviolence, civil courage, mediation and violence prevention in Hamburg.

Dieter spoke at an ICON seminar on 24th January 2013, taking examples from Liberia and from the upheaval in the GDR in the late 1980s. Much of his presentation concerned how activists can intervene in even a small way to change the dynamics within a situation. He championed ‘civil courage’, the steadfast resistance to evil.

Schools and other institutions can become places where people choose to recognise things that are wrong and to find creative ways of challenging them. Dieter’s message was one of hope and confidence.

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