REAL WORLD ISSUES COURSE
Addressing Hot Global Issues Locally
-Dr. Maja Nenadović
-Dr. Maja Nenadović
When divisive global events take over local discourses
Increasingly, global events spark divisive local reactions — even, in some cases, provoking violence — far from their places of origin.
Explore this troubling “spillover effect” phenomenon and, as a powerful alternative to it, learn how to use more considered, critical responses and constructive approaches in both your own work helping others and your everyday interactions.
This course is for those who seek strategies to cool rhetoric and allow for authentic engagement about complex issues for which there are differing perspectives and no clear-cut answers.
There is growing evidence that major international events, for example those in Palestine/Israel, Ukraine/Russia, do damage not only to those most immediately involved, but also can sow significant discord — and result in unexpected and serious consequences — among those who are far away from the physical centers of activity.
While many of us may feel un(der)prepared to take on global issues, this phenomenon suggests that we ignore them at our peril: What was once happening “over there” is now also a reality to be contended with “right here” and often “right now” — even if the topic seems unrelated to our areas of responsibility.
To help you better navigate global issues that become local hot-button items, this course
- Examines this occurrence and the disruptive impacts (e.g. name-calling, cancelation/shame campaigns, physical confrontations, etc.) that it can have on local realities, and
- Explores effective alternative strategies that multipliers can use to prevent, diffuse and/or counteract this trend in workplaces, classrooms, trainings and community spaces.
Real world issues
1 day/10 July 2024
Senior (20+ years)
Advanced (13-19 years)
Mid (6-12 years)
includes certificate from the University and the Institute
Maja Nenadović, PhD
Political education and human rights trainer Maja Nenadović, PhD, is a Monitoring-Evaluation-Learning and program design consultant, formal debate coach, and facilitator who has worked in 40+ countries.
Over the past 20 years, she has worked with both those who use discriminatory and hate speech rhetoric and those who are targeted by it, to create “Across Divides: Training Workshops for Depolarizing Communication,” a field-tested methodology for defusing and redirecting inflammatory encounters.
Holding a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, Maja’s research explores democracy promotion, post-conflict democratization processes, and dysfunctions in democracy. She is the co-founder of Reflectory, a boutique consultancy in the field of conflict transformation, civic engagement, and social cohesion. She lectures and trains internationally.
“What I appreciated most was Dr. Nenadović’s matter-of-fact, non-apologetic presence, addressing issues head-on yet always from a place of respect and humility. She embodied her multitude of experiences.”
“Fantastic blend of effective models, flexible design, ability to build trust and rapport, and humility. Should be offered twice so everyone can take her course.”
“Maja is an inspiration in her facilitation and the way she synthesizes ideas and allows for the participant’s strengths to be leveraged.”