We are delighted to be the official host of the 6th International NVR Conference in Linz by the beautiful Danube, Austria, from 20 to 22 May 2020.
The theme of the conference is:
From FEAR to TRUST to COOPERATION
How we can overcome fear, trust each other faithfully and cooperate respectfully
Why are we so fearful?
Fear of change, alienation, loss of status and income, fear of closeness, fear of the future, fear of losing our sense of belonging.
On the one hand, fear is a necessary primary feeling that protects us and secures our survival. On the other hand, fear can paralyze us, it can lead us either to make irrational decisions, and even to retreat from the world and other people because we experience it as threatening or to delegate our responsibility to those who noisily promise us simple solutions.
The aim of the conference is to show ways and means off “depriving fear of its breeding ground”. This formulation, which we have taken from the book “Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers” by Haim Omer and Eli Lebowitz, concludes that the key point is: How can we take fears seriously, overcome them, prevent tendencies of retreat and isolation and ensure that we open ourselves to others and treat each other with consideration?
In addition the essential question in New Authority and in Non-Violent Resistance will be examined concerning how it is possible to build relationships, form alliances and work together for the implementation of goals in the different contexts. And it is our concern to cover a wide range from family, nursery schools and schools through to possible applications in the community and special areas such as the police, youth work, clinical areas and care of the elderly. And we will also investigate our socio-political mission and how we can get involved and achieve non-violent resistance, where this is necessary and meaningful.
The conference aims to bring together and discuss the conditions necessary for cooperation to enable us to connect with each other in a trusting way, to stand up with respect and resolution for values and issues that are important to us.
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