Combining physical, psychosocial and digital elements of security and care with security planning and management into an integrated approach
Activists, human rights defenders, and political organisers often get threatened by both State and non-State actors. This impacts our wellbeing and that of those around us, as well as our effectiveness, and, especially on the long run, it can deter and hinder efforts towards greater social justice and ecological integrity. This training aims to reframe security into community-care and self-care within our contexts, collectives and movements to face different forms of repression and violence.
This training combines physical, psychosocial and digital elements of security and care with security planning and management into an integrated approach. We will build on experiences and best-practices in the room and create a space to think critically and act to improve the security of activists, their communities, and beloved ones with the objective of “well-being in action”.
Combining work developed in the Holistic Security Manual with the resilience trainings developed by the Ulex team over the last decade, this week long immersive training shares an integrated and systematic approach to digital, physical, and psycho-social security for individuals, groups and organisations.
Creating Space: Security and Radical Well-being
This dimension will support participants to reclaim security as a subjective and personal or community concept. We will explore the shrinking space of work for activists in their context (law, violence, technology, and impact through gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.). Starting with defining psychological responses to threats, we will build an understanding of responses to risk and the impact of stress and trauma on well-being, care and security. We will explore self-care, collective-care and well-being as political tools in political struggles, along with the importance of mobilising inner resources and solidarity while improving security in groups and organisations.
Explore, Strategize and Planning: Analysis and Planning for Security
This aspect of the training will enable participants to analyse and unpack threats, which are often multilayered and thus tend to overwhelm. We will analyse and prioritize risks, including situational monitoring and analysis, like political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental trends. Actor mapping help to identify allies and adversaries, and a reflection of different security strategies opens space for strategic planning. Advocacy and network building are often important elements of a prevention work. We will dive into realistic scenarios, prevention and emergency planning, and focus on the needs and topics of the group.
Act: Security and care in Action
This can range from action training or legal training to investing in securing public and internal communication to actively build care and awareness structures within the movements, activist groups or organizations themselves. In our training, we offer space to acquire basic digital care skills as well as the option to focus on how to deal with conflicts within activist groups.
Peter Steudtner is a freelance trainer on Holistic Security and Nonviolent Conflict Transformation as well as a documentary photographer and filmmaker. His engagement in holistic security accompaniment is currently part of the Digital Defenders Partnership (https://digitaldefenders.org) as a Psychosocial Support Facilitator as well as within the Holistic Protection Collective globally for Human Rights Organisations, journalists and activists. He is one of the authors of https://holistic-security.org, https://digitalfirstaid.org and https://coping-with-prison.org.
Marianne is a Holistic Security Trainer and Coach, part of the Holistic Protection Collective. She accompanies activists, human rights defenders and journalists globally. Being an activist herself, she is also a trainer for direct action and civil disobedience, and having a background as a mediator, she trains other activists how to facilitate dealing with conflicts in grassroots groups and diverse teams.
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