In the process of building the best of all worlds, we make use of a series of methodological tools of which we approve and recommend.
NVC is an ongoing research process developed by Marshall Rosenberg and an international team of colleagues who advocate the use of partnerships and cooperative relationships formed primarily by means of effective communication and empathy. It emphasizes the importance of determining actions based on a common set of values.
A group of folk dances initially collected by Bernhard Wosien (1908-1986), a classic ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher and painter, in the 1950’s and 60’s. In 1976, Wosien presented these dances for the first time to the Findhorn community. Since then, the concept of using circle dances has spread throughout the world. In Brazil, Instituto Elos has counted on Lili Fausto’s knowledge on the subject to introduce the concept and the meaning of circle dances to programs such as Warriors Without Weapons.
An approach for organizing meetings and conferences focused on a specific and important purpose but without a previously set agenda. Utilized in gatherings of five people to 2,000 people, this approach is based on five basic mechanisms. More details about the history of Open Space and an introduction to the subject can be found in the following publication by Harrison Owen: “Open Space Technology: A user’s guide.”
Used exclusively for training young entrepreneurs in the Warriors Without Weapons program by facilitator Kaká Werá, founder of Instituto Arapoty.
A natural way of promoting meaningful conversations that awaken collective wisdom and calls us to collaborative action.
Systematized in the 1950’s in the United States by pioneer Ted Lentz. In the words of Terry Orlick, “the main difference between Cooperative Games and competitive ones is that in Cooperative Games everyone helps and everyone wins, for such games eliminate fear and the feeling of failure. They strengthen self-confidence and our belief in ourselves as dignified and worthy people.” In Brazil the Projeto Cooperação (Cooperation Project) is a reference in the use of Cooperative Games and an important partner in our training programs.
Inspired by the action carried out by artist Ana Teixeira from 1998 to 2006, we began using the activity “A Dream for a Dream” for carrying out the Dream phase, the third discipline of the Elos Methodology, offering typical Brazilian pastries called “sonhos” (“dream” in Portuguese) in exchange for hearing what dreams people have for their community.