Peace Social INnovation LAb ( PSI-LAB)
Activate Labs leads design, peacetech, art, participatory video and transformative leadership workshops that create local capacities for peace and leadership around the world. Using our Frame Design Process of participatory design we create platforms and pathways of engagement. Here are a few examples of our work. We have partnered with organizations, foundations and communities that seek transformation.
Participatory Video and Photography
Participatory video and photography is a methodology with a series of tools that provides any community members with enough technical skills to plan, film, edit and screen a video or gallery walk on their own. Yet, Participatory Video and Photography is also a process in which power is shifted and communities are involved in a holistic and transformational way…in many ways the camera is a tool to spark up dialogue, reflection and empower those directly impacted by any issue, from climate change, stigma, community violence to youth resilience.
Peace Building and Transformative Leadership Training
The Transformative Leadership workshops teach participants how to lead and collaborate in times of conflict and challenges based on affirmation, communication, co-operation, community building and transforming power. The workshops are an intensive, two-day learning experience which teaches interpersonal collaborative problem solving and conflict transformation skills through a series of step-by-step processes. These experiences in small groups and one-to-one interactions build a sense of community and trust through exercises focusing on:
● Affirmation — Building self esteem and trust.
● Communication — Improving both listening skills and assertive methods of expression.
● Cooperation — Developing cooperative attitudes that avoid competitive conflicts.
● Creative Conflict Transformation — Getting in touch with the inner Transforming Power to resolve violence. Role plays provide an opportunity to explore this power and learn new and creative ways to respond to real life conflicts in our lives.
The Transformative Leadership Workshop usually takes place in two consecutive days with a total of 16-18 hours. We also conduct shorter 3-4 hour workshops that focus on a topic such as: resilience, listening, trauma, anger, and building consensus. The program entails level 1, 2, training for facilitator workshops and mini focused workshops. Level 1 focusing on building community through affirmation and communication, active listening and assertive communication. Level 2 workshop is topical and concentrates on building consensus and co-operation with the team around a certain topic. Topics are chosen through a consensus process and then the facilitator team custom creates an agenda for the group. Workshops ideally have up to 20 participants. Mini workshops are topical and usually focus on team building and listening- groups can be as large as 30 people.
Path from Pain to Resilience: Mothers of the Movement for Police Accountability
Activate Labs facilitated a Peace Innovation Lab using Participatory Video with participants that have been directly impacted by police brutality. Mothers Theresa Smith, Rhanda Dormeous, and Laurie Valdez, came together on California’s central coast to design and strategized ways to change the public narrative by sharing stories, learning videography skills, and most importantly, experiencing the powerful and transformative process of Participatory Video.