- MAP Role: International Advisory Board member
- Institution: Participatory Development Associates
- Position: Director
- Location: Ghana
Kirsten is a family therapist, mediator and certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, through which she has led NVC trainings in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She had more than 100 days studying with Marshall Rosenberg. Kirsten has devoted her life to supporting others in personal development. Her passion is to contribute to the personal development and healing that enables people to move closer to conflicts and to grow the relational competencies that support social change work. She enjoys working with body, mind and energy consciousness that leads to connection beyond words. People who experience Kirsten’s training and facilitation often express enjoyment of how she models what she teaches with a drizzle of humor.
In 2014, Kirsten was on the trainer team for Healing and Reconciliation with NVC in Nepal, which resulted in a documentary “Raamro Aakha Ma (In the Eyes of the Good).”
And through the Danish Association LIVKOM she contributes to NVC in Ukraine, educating “Peace Engineers” through a local NGO – Dignity Space. She leads year-long NVC programs in Denmark and Germany and serves as a consultant and supervisor. She also publishes books on NVC in Danish and films about “Culture of Peace in Schools with NVC” which is now translated into 12 languages.
From her background in therapy Kirsten brings experiences of deep healing and working with transformation processes through body movement and energy work. Together with a colleague she has developed a body movement process: “From Guilt and Shame to Freedom and Joy”.
She holds a passion for transformation processes, and liberating ourselves from what Marshall Rosenberg (founder of NVC) sometimes called “Cultural Crap”.
Kirsten is passionate about NVC because NVC gave her back her life – allowed her to have needs and to want to meet them. It has opened her up to aliveness – a more juicy life. Kirsten sees NVC as a main contributor toward peace in our time, through sharing resources in a fair and adequate manner, so we all can have basic needs met. All children in our world can have love, food, protection and education. She sees how NVC helps families have heart connection and she watches parents regain connection with teenagers in difficulties.
Chaste UWIHOREYE is a PhD holder in Psychotherapy, and 16-years of experience working with children and young people. Have experience with psychological and health care of vulnerable people affected with violence and HIV/AIDS, as well as working with street children and I have tremendous skills with professionals, in program development, planning, management and evaluation; proposal development, training, team building, organization representation at High Lever as Country Director. Result-oriented and able to deliver on assigned tasks within the time frame.
David Stephens is Professor of International Education at the University of Brighton. He has researched and taught in the global South for the past forty years, notably in West and East Africa, South East Asia, and recently, for the past six years, in Peru.
He is the author of many books on the quality of basic education and research methods including recently, International Education: Culture, Context and Narrative (Routledge). He is also a successful novelist. His next novel, The Disappeared (Thinkwell Books) will be published in the New Year.
Ginny Morrow is Visiting Professor at UCL Social Research Institute, University College London, UK and Research Associate, Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford. She was Deputy Director of Young Lives (a study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, see www.younglives.org.uk) from 2011 to 2017.
Previously she held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, Brunel University and the University of London Institute of Education, where she was programme leader of the MA Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights, from 2004 to 2010.
Her research focuses on children’s work, violence affecting children, sociological approaches to the study of childhood and children’s rights, the ethics of social research with children, children’s understandings of family, and children and ‘social capital’. She has published extensively, and has been a member of numerous Advisory Groups and Research Ethics Committees. She also acts as Ethics Advisor on research projects. She was a co-editor of Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research from 2006 to 2016.
RUSTOM BHARUCHA is a writer, director and dramaturg based in Kolkata, India. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a retired Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies which he taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, between 2012-2018. Trained as a dramaturg at the Yale School of Drama, he has published a number of books including Theatre and the World (1993), The Politics of Cultural Practice (2000), Rajasthan: An Oral History (2003), and Terror and Performance (2014). The last publication was researched while he was a Fellow at the International Research Center/Interweaving Performance Cultures in Berlin, Germany, between 2010-2012. More recently, he has published Performing the Ramayana Tradition: Enactments, Interpretations, and Arguments (2021), co-edited with Paula Richman, and The Second Wave: Reflections on the Pandemic through Photography, Performance and Public Culture (2022).
An advocate for the freedom to create and experience art as a right for all, Inés has worked internationally across the academic, cultural and creative sectors since 2008 as a producer, project manager, researcher, musician and creative practitioner. From 2017-2022 Inés was Project Manager of Changing the Story at University of Leeds, a £4 million AHRC GCRF project that looked at how arts and heritage could support youth-centred approaches to civil society building in conflict-affected communities. https://changingthestory.leeds.ac.uk She is co-editor, with Prof. Paul Cooke, of Participatory Arts in International Development (Routledge, 2020), Vice Chair of South Asian Arts UK and Advisory Board Member of Mobile Arts for Peace. In 2022 she joined University of Leeds’ Horizons Institute – a shared platform for tackling global challenges through collaborative and interdisciplinary working – as a Research Manager for Creativity, Partnerships & Impact.
Tim Prentki is Emeritus Professor of Theatre for Development at the University of Winchester where, for many years, he created and ran the MA in Theatre and Media as Development. This programme trained students to become facilitators of theatre and video processes designed to assist communities in addressing issues in relation to their self-development. Students ran projects throughout the world. Prentki has been involved in projects, NGO training and academic collaborations in Asia, Africa and South America.
He is the author of The Fool in European Theatre and Applied Theatre Development; co-author of Political Theatre and Performance & Civic Engagement and co-editor of The Applied Theatre Reader and The Companion to Applied Performance. He has served on the editorial and advisory boards of Research in Drama Education and Applied Theatre Research.
A past winner of a Southern Arts award, he has written and directed for theatre for fifty years, including Shakespeare, contempoary writing and his own scripts, one of which, Half Measures, was recently presented at the Shakespeare North Playhouse.
Vyonne Akoth is the founder and director of Impart Change, a local non-profit organization that empowers children and youth to be sustainable peace champions in their local communities. She is a 2019 Sakharov Fellow with the European Parliament and a 2019 Emerging Leader with the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program.