Strategies for Developing Collaborative Leadership and Restorative Approaches for the Next Generation”

GSE working Towards a grant with Erasmus+

‘feeding the collaborative soil for those yet to come’  a funded (if successful) year long project for up to 20 of us human people to develop our skills in support of what matters in our local communities/groups.  

applications BY JANUARY 30TH 2019  see link here 

further information:  please join one of 3 different ZOOM calls to explore further 25/26/27 jan –  contact gayano for times/link

Hosted through GSE with Jason, gayano, April and others, this is an immersive and committed learning project that supports working alongside one another towards seeding and supporting local regenerative culture within your communities  starting September 2019


WHERE/HOW: a mentorship approach with regular online meetings,  3 x UK residential weekends, 2 x 6 day residential trainings “Strategies for Developing Collaborative Leadership and  Restorative Approaches for the Next Generation” in Denmark details on request.

Learning through  active role modelling, practice, role plays, stretching comforts zones, principle based teaching , peer buddies, looking at issue’s you have to explore what’s needed and re-engaging with the more than human and unseen world.

WHY: to bring us together (SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT),  to learn alongside one another, cascade skills and agency that infuse ourselves and our communities with alternatives to violence, apathy, fear and hopelessness.

WHAT is asked of you:

general: you will want what this offers and be engaged in some way, small or big, within your  local community. In particular you will have a commitment to nonviolence, regenerative culture, open to explore and engage with Dialogical and Restorative system building within small groups, communities and actions.  You may have some clarity or dream about how you want to be a part of your community and what you wish to contribute, you will be willing to learn, and engage others to further grow skills in interdependence and to seed collaborative engagement and actions.

specific:  able to commit for the year, willing to complete a learning agreement  -a basic profile, background and needs this project would meet for you by 30th January 2019 – see link above and affiliate with GSE as the organising hub for this project.

Further details about the Mobility Training:

2 x 6 day training – late Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020 (dates TBC) in Denmark, with possible trainers Carl Plesner, Pernille Plantener and support trainers – 

Draft Content of Denmark training and Proposed Trainers  – TBC

Acknowledgement of who’s in the room and Creating our shared foundation including:

Grieving the Troubles of our times; the impacts of unrest, othering, fear, prejudice and reactions to climate change (eg the impact of XR movement and Brexit consequences).

Dominance and power systems. Agreements about inclusion and disclosure.

The basics of NVC – a lens for cultivating understanding and curiosity

The power of relating – Instrumental vs resonant relationships. A language that connects us, as opposed to labelling, judging and diagnosing. What drives living beings? How can we connect with each other?

Restorative systems – exploring conflict and and local Dialogical systems building

The human neurobiology and how our brains respond, react and connect

Understanding the switch from connectedness to separation – and how to support each other to come back to social engagement

From despair to dignity: Asking for what we want

Connecting to people with opposing viewpoints

How to deal with our anger, rage, fear and hopelessness – and supporting others

How to locate and manoeuvre the invisible barriers in our thinking

Creating a feedback and repair culture

physical confrontations and high-voltage communication

bystander interventions

deescalation training: De-escalating conflicts starts with how we name what is going on. Clear observations are a better foundation for dialogue than judgments.


Carl Plesner is passionate about ending acts of violence through supporting people to practice NVC based dialogue facilitation, crisis negotiation and reconciliation. He has been a certified trainer since 2013.

Carl has primarily worked in the field using NVC in places of violent conflict. His core expertise is to establish a frame of dialogue in which people can recover, restore and maintain their sense of dignity as humans in the aftermath of destructive and painful conflict.

In his experience the fight for dignity is a core issue in any acts of violent conflict. Thus – the key to end violence is often to provide alternative and more attractive ways for people to care for their dignity rather than violence. 

A key component in his work is to continue moving forward toward peace when roadblocks such as demands, aggression and unilateral use of violence disable peaceful dialogue. He does this using the tools from the sphere of Crisis Negotiation combined with NVC. This supports people to restore dialogue and move collaborative forward together – reconciled and strengthened in their relationship and community.

In his trainings he draws on his experience in facilitating peaceful dialogues between parties applying physical violence – stretching from young school kids in the school yard over street-gangs in the suburbs of Copenhagen, domestic violence, reaching also to politicians, police, civilians, rebels and military fighting each other in Ukraine.

Among other things he has worked for several years for the Danish police as a mediator; he has worked for as a Dialogue Facilitation Officer for the diplomatic OSCE mission in the war zone in Ukraine; and today he is lead trainer of the school of Peace Engineers in Ukraine that trains selected people in a full-time programme for one year to become capable of bringing peace to a war torn country.

Pernille Plantener is a certified transformational coach at PCC level, certified Nonviolent Communication trainer, and process consultant. She trains change makers on three continents in empowering conversations, and at home, works as a restorative mediator for the Danish Police. With a background in practical organic farming and agricultural business, she has served as a senior farm advisor, manager, and project architect.

As an activist throughout her life, she has volunteered for causes including nature conservation, wildlife and animal protection, democratic education, and nonviolent communication. She has experienced first hand how idealism both brings people together and separates them. Conflicts arise in the world of NGOs and nonviolent activism as well, and without skills for listening deeply to one another, giving space for people with different opinions and yet, holding the focus and seeking consent efficiently, initiatives spend too much resource on endless discussions, power struggles, and burn-out. It has been her passion for years to boost charitable and green initiatives to improve their efficiency, attraction, and impact.

She has authored a book, ‘At Eyelevel with the Victim of Violence’ for first responders.