"The first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything humiliating."
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The Power of Difference Foundations Certification
Most of us have good intentions across our differences. And our intentions don’t always match our impact. Others of us aren't sure how to have pride without prejudice. Still others can feel stuck and confused by our wish not to offend. To create meaningful change in the world we must begin with ourselves. This certification program is designed to move beyond blame, guilt, and shame, to unleash your unique and noble brilliance, passion, and courage for a life, organization, community and world where no one stands alone.
The Power of Difference Foundations Certification program (PDFC) is a 48 hour, 15-module (~3 hours per module), professional development that can be taken online or in-person. It can be adapted for any field: faculty/staff in higher education, K12, law enforcement, non-profits, government, human services, business, or healthcare.
The online program utilizes both commercially prepared videos (like "Race the Power of an Illusion," "Tough Guise," etc.) as well as content developed by The Sum. Small group meetings and live chats between partners in virtual "rooms" are used for processing learnings, feelings, and ideas. The online program can be run on Blackboard or our system (Moodle). Organizations can join existing co-horts or organize their own.
Our four live workshops are 1.5 day sessions (Friday evening 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and all day Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 12 hours each, 48 hours total for all four). Workshop cost is $150 each ($600 for the whole certification/series, if paid in advance: $550--ask us if you need a sliding scale!). Each requires 2-3 hours of pre-requisite "homework." Each workshop is limited to 15. Participants who complete the certification program may apply for the PDS (Power of Difference Survey) Consultant Certification Program (email us for more detail).
Workshop Titles (email us for more in-depth agenda detail at firstname.lastname@example.org):
1. Internal Tools for Nonviolent Responses
3. LGBTQ, Gender, Disability, Religion
4. Socio-Economic Class, Synthesis and Application
All workshops will be held at our study center in Charlottesville: 914 E. Jefferson St, Suite G4.
1 college credit is available for each 16 hours of workshop (3 credits available for all 48 hours). Credits are an additional $55 each paid to Adams State University ($165 for all 3 credits).
Food/Lodging is not included in this cost.
THE POWER OF DIFFERENCE SURVEY (PDS) AND ONE-ON-ONE CONSULTATION MAY ALSO BE TAKEN TO AUGMENT PARTICIPANTS' LEARNING PROCESS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PDS OR THE PDM (POWER OF DIFFERENCE MODEL) CLICK BELOW: