ICON held a two day workshop on 1-2 December 2012 for young leaders from diverse organisations – the arts, the environment, management, schools, community development. 22 young leaders grappled with the issues of leadership for nonviolence. This meant both dealing with the pain and anger from our history of division and violence, and celebrating the hope, optimism and energy of young people who have already had to address major challenges. ICON had support also from WESSA, the environmental organisation, and the workshop related issues of the environment to those of nonviolence.
A major emphasis was on developing a vision of leadership that is not based on domination and fear but on hope and enjoyment of working with people. Another aspect was on overcoming the divisions that prevent that vision becoming a reality.
A popular part of the workshop was a visit to Pigeon Valley, a local nature reserve, to make connections between the challenges of the environment and the challenges of working with people. It provided a way of gaining a fuller perspective for a group that takes leadership at local, national and global levels.
Participants did not want to end the workshop; there is a demand for more time on these issues. We ended with a sense of energy and connectedness. ICON’s aim is in part to build a network of young leaders who take on a major educational role in facilitating such work themselves.
This workshop was made possible through the support of Willowton Oils.