Study current topics experientially via “Betzavta – Adam Institute’s facilitation method” on Zoom. 

 

The “Betzavta – Adam Institute’s facilitation method” was created by Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, the Adam Institute’s Executive based on democratic principles. The “Betzavta Method” combines engaging, experiential learning that’s rooted in philosophy, sociology, social psychology—and fun.  It’s suited to every educational background. Adapting to the constraints of the pandemic, the Adam Institute translated the verve of its in-person trainings, taught using the Institute’s unique, prize-winning method, into a format adapted to Zoom that did not sacrifice the vibrancy of the in-person experience. At first, AI converted the traditional yearlong group facilitation course into an online format and subsequently adapted ongoing facilitation in schools, universities, colleges and civil society organizations and programs across Israel to Zoom.  Concurrently, the Adam Institute adapted its shorter courses for trainers into rich and varied international online programs; thus was born the Adam Institute’s “Betzavta” online academy. This slew of shorter courses was offered to the international community trained in “Betzavta – Adam Institute’s facilitation method”, to program graduates, and the general public, drawing participants from Germany, Europe and around the world.
Gratifying has been the feedback from participants who regularly commend the excitement and emotional verve in the virtual classroom, invite friends and colleagues to join courses, and initiate their own course groups to study together. Teaching on Zoom allowed the Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace to circumvent borders, boundaries and checkpoints. Over the past several months, Adam Institute courses have drawn participants from Germany, Australia, New Zealand, England, Holland, Germany, Italy, the United States, India, Sudan, Turkey, Switzerland, Serbia, Cambodia, Israel and Palestinian participants.Testimonials are woven into the course descriptions and can be found here.

Guidance/Supervision for Experienced Facilitators

Graduates of the Betzavta and/or Betzavta+ courses, as well as activists and facilitators who practice alternate democratic methods, are invited to enrol in an online consulting with Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman, Academic Director of AI, and Saber Rabi, AI’s Educational Programs Director and co-author of More than One Democracy. 

 

Upcoming Courses

Educating for Democracy & Democratizing the Educational System

This course is open to teachers/informal educators, parents, civil society activists, Betzavta method facilitators and the general public to explore how to actively teach democracy.

The course will be taught over Six Meetings on Thursdays: February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23th, March 2nd, 9th, 2023,   19:00-21:00 (GMT+2)

Course details can be found here

Please note that this course is full. Please email info@adaminstitute.org.il to be put on a waiting and to receive dates for the next session of this course.

 

Previous Courses

It is essential to develop women/non-binary’s singular voice on peacemaking & the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; its absence has led to the continued stymieing of peacemaking. This isn’t about replacing a war discourse with a peace discourse; it’s an alternative female/non-binary peace discourse.

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Conflict Resolution in the Context of Gender

Conflict resolution models have been primarily crafted and codified by men.
Its theorists. Perspectives. Approaches.
Few and far between are the models that have been fashioned by women*.
The Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace invites you to be part of that much-needed change through taking an experiential and innovative Online Course:
„Conflict Resolution in the Context of Gender. Course details can be found here

Gender in the context of democracy, war and peace

While women suffer tremendously from the effects of war, they’re rarely found at the decision-making table during times of violence—or even during times of peace. This is true also in democratic societies. Course details can be found here

 

 

 

The course will be taught via interactive workshops, employing the Adam Institute’s signature “Betzavta – the Adam Institute’s Facilitation Method” taught by its creator, Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman.

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Courses

 

Feminism and democracy

The pandemic’s influence across the board underscores yet again the status of women around the world as vulnerable, both when life runs business-as-usual as well as during states of emergency. Course topics include: What is the meaning of “gender equality”?; What is the meaning of the concept “the personal is political”, and how can this idea be promoted or advanced? Women in the workforce and work from a feminist perspective; Motherhood, boys and girls in the feminist world; What is feminist politics? What kinds of democratic models can be developed by feminist women?

 

While the Feminist Revolution has scored many achievements, the path to gender equality has a long way to go. This course is the Adam Institute’s modest contribution to thinking about how to move the needle towards gender equality. It will touch upon these topics: Feminism and morality; Feminism and law; Gender and violence; #MeToo: Feminist methods of struggle; What kinds of democratic models can be developed by feminist women?

 

As we continue to strive for gender equality, we find many realms where feminism can inform our thinking. In this course, we will continue exploring to move the needle towards gender equality, delving into these topics: Feminism and family; Feminism and religion; Feminism and nationality; Feminism and militarism; Violence against women; Women and peace.

 

It is essential to develop women/non-binary’s singular voice on peacemaking & the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; its absence has led to the continued stymieing of peacemaking. This isn’t about replacing a war discourse with a peace discourse; it’s an alternative female/non-binary peace discourse. Course topics: Are conflict resolution models offered by men relevant to women/non-binary? What fundamental issues of Israeli-Palestinian conflict are key: women/non-binary perspective? Is there a female/non-binary narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? If so, what is it? What are the implications for women/non-binary in proposed solutions to the conflict? Do women/non-binary have other options?

 

Conflict resolution and democracy

Are democratic methods for decision-making suited to conflict resolution? Are majority-rule and coalitions effective ways to resolve conflict?

In this seminar, we’ll examine how effective democratic tools for decision-making are at resolving conflict, such as compromises. We’ll discuss the essential differences between methods of resolving disputes based on equality versus methods that are not based on this principle. We’ll explore the difference between methods for conflict resolution based on gender equality and those that are not committed to it and other relevant topics. Do they successfully resolve conflicts in accordance with democratic principles? Are these methods effective for conflict resolution?

 

In this course, we’ll dive into the “Betzavta- Adam Institute’s facilitation method” approach to groundbreaking narratives. Discussion topics include: Differences between conflict resolution that is resolved around needs, values, interests, or rights; identifying a breakthrough narrative in conflict resolution – a new way to address how to relate to the past as well as different narratives in conflict resolution; Multiculturalism in conflict resolution; The role of forgiveness in conflict resolution – Is it necessary, and if so, when and; how? Recognition and Reconciliation – What do these concepts really mean?

 

In this course, we’ll explore different approaches to Democracy and Sustainability. topics:  Ideology and Sustainability; Equality and Sustainability; State authority and sustainability; The Right to Vote and Sustainability; Migration and Sustainability; Summary and Conclusion: An eye to the future.

 

This seminar prepares civic educators for pre-election courses and activities. We’ll delve into the following topics: Different meanings of the Equal Right to Vote (equal access); Different meanings of the Equal Right to be elected; Importance of voting; What obligations derive from the aforementioned rights & to whom do they apply?Barriers to exercising those rights; Exclusion of women, immigrants, and more vulnerable populations from the voting process and ways to deal with them; Direct and representative democracy: alternatives to existing voting methods; Methods to encourage voting and remove emotional, legal and structural barriers.

 

Educators around the world are challenged by discussing the effects of war. This is no simple feat. Answering these questions requires formulating principled positions on teaching democracy and peace and examining how to apply these positions in school activities, especially during times of war. Seminar topics: What is political education? What is education for democracy in general and specifically, during times of war? Are educators allowed to express a political position in the classroom in general and specifically, during wartime? What knowledge do students need to gain during times of war and from whom? What are peace studies, and what is their role during wartime? The point of intersection between the emotional needs of students versus exposing them to the reality of war.

 

Racism- Ethnicity-Nationalism and Democracy” 

Race, ethnicity, and nationalism are three very significant and powerful concepts in our world. The fact that these terms, like other constructs, are discursive means that they change their meaning and their significance. But it does not mean that they have lost their meaning. Our world is shaped by constructs that characterize others and us; these constructs ascribe meaning to commonalities and differences.  click here

Democracy is not Rocket Science Or Vice Versa. To listen or not to listen to the scientists.

TScience, Academia and Democracy – an Introduction.
The highly interactive workshop aims to clarify the ties between science, academia and democracy. In each of the six meetings the participants take part in a new activity which addresses specific aspects of how science/academia support or obstruct freedom and equality.
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Dare to Progress – Do you really want a system change?

The workshop is an introduction to the topic of progress and aims at clarifying what progress is by looking at who defines progress and identifying who is responsible for progress. For this, we experientially examine our stances on individual and societal progress. Click here

Violence – Is it a mere continuation of politics by other means?!

The Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace and  Dr.-Ing. André Baier, coordinator of the Sustainability Certificate for Students at TU Berlin university students and recent graduates to register for a FREE online course on Violence, taught on Monday mornings in June and July 2021.

Violence – an Introduction, taught with the “Betzavta- Adam Institute’s facilitation method”

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Money makes the world go round Can the world not turn by itself? 

Technische Universität Berlin and Adam Institute Invitation to an online  Workshop on Money and Private Property:

6 Meetings on the following Tuesdays: April 6/13/20/27   and  May 4/11, 2021 

from 09.30 – 11.00 CET (10:30-12 p.m Israel time)
Application Deadline Sunday 29 Mar 2021

Who can attend? – 20 Students from all over the world – Participation is free of charge

www.n-zertifikat.tu-berlin.de/index.php?id=219366 Click here

JOIN US FOR THIS FREE International Online Workshop on Democracy, Politics and Change.

What’s the difference between democracy and politics? Who and what is governing us? How can we change it, if we want to?

This experiential course meets on Thursdays: 4.2.21, 18.2.21, 4.3.21, 18.3.21, 25.3.21

09.30 – 11.00 CET (10:30-12 p.m Israel time)

Who is eligible? 20 Students from all over the world. Click here

The coronavirus pandemic has upended our lives in untold ways. Things we took for granted like intimate dinner parties, carefree travel, handshakes and hugging our parents & grandparents are no longer permitted.  Social distancing and uncertainty are the new normal. We’ve lost freedom and livelihoods to a virus that’s invisible to the naked human eye.

In the name of health and survival, we’ve acquiesced to quarantines, curfews, and expanded state surveillance of citizens. We’ve relinquished personal liberties that we never imagined we’d be asked, or willing, to do. Important questions arise. As the executive power expands, what freedoms and rights have we surrendered during this pandemic? What are the lingering threats to democracy, such as the risk for political abuse? What are we to make of these intrusions into the public domain? Questions as to who gets to make decisions in a time of crisis will be relevant in our lives long after this pandemic subsides.