|A Transforming Violence Travelling Exhibition
The Transforming Violence Travelling Exhibition
will be a new type of public forum that combines:
- a participatory exhibition
with exhibits that tell the stories of
projects around the world that are effectively addressing
issues of violence
- a social intelligence laboratory
that creates a context for intergenerational learning where people can experiment with innovative
approaches to violence and contribute their ideas and feedback
What is a social intelligence laboratory?
IMAGINE a place
where people in your community could learn about successful
ways to stop violence:
- A place to find out how ordinary people have
used their particular talents or interests to create powerful
programs for addressing violence – in their local
communities, as well as internationally.
- A space for exhibits and workshops where
citizens learn how youth, businesses, police, religious
organizations, local government, schools, parents and artists
work together to break the cycle of violence in a community.
- An intergenerational learning center where
people from all backgrounds could experience new approaches
to education, dialogue and citizenship.
- A "Fresh Thinking" café where you could discuss "fresh thinking" instead of the ideas you already know you have a place to engage in
open-hearted communication and think together about how
to create new options for local, national and international
- A place where you could find out
how to use your particular interests or talents to transform
The Transforming Violence Exhibition and Social
Intelligence Laboratory will:
- Provide a space for people
to share their ideas, questions, hopes and dreams.
- Inspire citizens to apply
what they have learned to their own situations.
- Inform people of ways they
can get involved locally, nationally and internationally.
- Disseminate information
and analysis that will contribute to "fresh thinking" conversations.
- Teach skills and behaviors
that encourage democratic participation.
- Offer opportunities for
people to develop their ideas and communicate them in live
discussion and in a variety of media.
- Explore the development
of new types of workshops and exhibitions that foster participatory
learning, respectful communication and citizen activism.
Exhibition materials will include:
- Stories of innovative
methods of addressing issues of violence in a wide range
of situations around the world.
- Photographs, text, web pages
and artifacts that lend depth to the stories.
- Access to databases with
resources for transforming violence.
- Documentation of the ongoing
events of the exhibition, as well as evaluation
and feedback (interviews, questionnaires, and artwork) that
archive and exhibit
the responses visitors make to the programs and exhibitions.
The ideas and feedback of participants in the Exhibition/Laboratory
will become part of the knowledge base for developing new
approaches to transform violence. In addition to participating
in more intensive workshops and discussion groups on specific
topics, visitors will become part of an informal think tank
that will inform the research and development of Transforming
- Through reports on their involvement
in activities to transform violence.
- Through text and artwork they add to the
audience response section of the exhibition. These will
be displayed so that cumulative dialogue can take place
in a dynamic audio-visual visitors’ book.
- Through an expression of a commitment to
transform violence (e.g., signing a pledge, wearing a ribbon,
adding to a mural, participating in a ceremony, sending
a message of peace).
The exhibition/laboratory will offer citizens the
opportunity to explore the concept of a new type of transformative
community space. There will be displays of drawings, designs
and models available for discussion and feedback, as well
as discussions and workshops that explore the research and
development of public spaces that are conducive to open inquiry
and creative activism.
If you would like the Transforming
Violence Exhibition and Social Intelligence Laboratory
to travel to your community, please contact us and request
an application form: