IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

Now is the time! End the blockade of Cuba!

Cuba scored a victory when President Obama moved to normalize relations.
Does it mean an end to more than 50 years of a U.S. blockade against our
neighbor? How will the changes impact the Cuban people? What can we do to
continue acting in solidarity with the people of Cuba and Latin America?
Speaker: Manolo De Los Santos
Manolo De Los Santos works in the Pastors for Peace program, coordinating solidarity projects in Haiti, Cuba and Central America. He helped lead many delegations & caravans to Cuba in civil disobedience of the US blockade. He currently lives in Cuba where he is studying Theology & Philosophy at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas.
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7pm
At the Institute for Global Education
1118 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids

Workshop on Non-Violent Communication (NVC) this Thursday!

Nonviolent Communication can change the world.  More importantly, it can change your life.  I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
 

Peaceful relationships live in the heart….

….but they can be created by simple, radical steps.

Steps are clearly set out in “NVC”, also called Compassionate Communication, with plenty of real life examples. Pragmatic effective steps reduce stresses in any relationship and enliven passion and compassion that you probably didn’t think possible.

Interested? Come hear about NVC on Thursday, June 23rd at IGE – 7-8pm. Bring your friends and real life examples for a lively discussion!

You will be glad you checked NVC out!

www.igegr.org

What is NVC?
a pragmatic process for identifying, communicating and meeting the often unseen but essential motivating needs of your self and of others;  An NVC practice gradually lessens thoughts and actions based on ineffective systems of guilt, judgment, and manipulation (thru positive or negative reactions), while replacing them with thoughts and actions that address the driving issues in each person with creativity and kindness.
How does NVC work?  You go beyond counterproductive cultural habits to connect genuinely with Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests in yourself and others at the present moment.  Most of NVC is common sense but developing these compassionate ways can make life surprisingly wonderful.   
O – peel off evaluation, comparison, criticism, and judgment to identify objective observations;
F –  develop a vocabulary and awareness of feelings in yourself and others
N – identify one or more basic needs attached to each authentic feeling
R – identify positive actions that you or others can take to meet your needs — requests
E – practice empty-space listening/empathy to hear accurately, paraphrase, reflect;  When appropriate, engage in active “question” empathy to release the ofnr of others;
A – Also apply the above skills to address issues to convey appreciation, dissolve depression, diffuse violence, and work effectively with children and other people at home, work or anywhere;

Non Violent Communication Presentation–Thursday, June 23

June 23 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm

What is NVC?
a pragmatic process for identifying, communicating and meeting the often unseen but essential motivating needs of your self and of others;  An NVC practice gradually lessens thoughts and actions based on ineffective systems of guilt, judgment, and manipulation (thru positive or negative reactions), while replacing them with thoughts and actions that address the driving issues in each person with creativity and kindness.
How does NVC work?  You go beyond counterproductive cultural habits to connect genuinely with Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests in yourself and others at the present moment.  Most of NVC is common sense but developing these compassionate ways can make life surprisingly wonderful.   
O – peel off evaluation, comparison, criticism, and judgment to identify objective observations;
F –  develop a vocabulary and awareness of feelings in yourself and others
N – identify one or more basic needs attached to each authentic feeling
R – identify positive actions that you or others can take to meet your needs — requests
E – practice empty-space listening/empathy to hear accurately, paraphrase, reflect;  When appropriate, engage in active “question” empathy to release the ofnr of others;
A – Also apply the above skills to address issues to convey appreciation, dissolve depression, diffuse violence, and work effectively with children and other people at home, work or anywhere;

IGE supports Loving Day!

IGE supports Loving Day!

We want to ask you to support the Loving Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2016 by bringing photos, children’s drawings, or other images of your family to IGE at 1118 Wealthy St. SE for Loving Day.

This IGE photo wall will be in conjunction with the Ebony Road Players Loving Day Celebration on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 12 Noon to 8pm, between Barth Street and Wealthy Theatre, right behind IGE.

IGE will be open with the Free Thought Café taking place from 12pm to 2pm, followed by an IGE open house from 2pm to 4pm, before everyone moves over to the Wealthy Theater.

Loving Day is celebrated in cities throughout the country in observance of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case of 1967, which struck down the criminality of interracial marriage in the United States.

Ebony Road Players is organizing the Loving Day Celebration so please see the attached flyer for more information or visit Loving Day Celebration 2016 for the details.

Free Thought Cafe field trip to Geek Group on Saturday

Free Thought Cafe field trip to Geek Group  http://thegeekgroup.org/

This Sunday, we’re meeting on Saturday, because it’s summer and time for adventures!

And: We’re meeting at the Geek Group at 12:30, Saturday, June 4, 2016 for their tour.  It’s their birthday and the place is amazing!  The Geek Group is at 902 Leonard NW.

Then after the tour try out the Mitten brewing company down the street at 527 Leonard NW for some coffee, a good pretzel, or a local craft beverage.

There are lots of fun options this time of year.  You might want to mark your calendar now:
June 4    902 Leonard NW   12:30 p.m, Geek Group (food afterwards)
June 12  1118 Wealthy SE   noon-2   The Enbridge Five (potluck)
June 17  1819 Oakwood NE    7 p.m.   Aliens party (dress the part!)
June 19   No Cafe, Father’s Day. Call your dad (you’re welcome)
June 26  1118 Wealthy SE   noon-2
Do not miss the aliens!!  If you want to help with the party, let me know!  Laura Casaletto

Democracy Spring at Freethought Cafe

Freethought Cafe is getting a visit from Democracy Spring this Sunday, 12:00 noon- 2 p.m. at the Institute for Global Education, 1118 Wealthy St SE.

Who are they? Citizens of all parties and none, risking arrest creating the biggest mass events at the capitol in a generation.  Why don’t you know this? There’s been a media blackout!  What are they fighting?  Big money in politics!
Democracy Spring will discuss the importance of citizen activism and the politics of respectability which intertwine with all social movements. The session will conclude with brainstorming about direct actions — small or large — which you can do in your communities.
We have a potluck too–share as you are able.  And if you disagree, that is fine too–we love us some articulate controversy.  This week, cocktails!
With special appearances from Democracy Spring Marchers, The Dome 12, Wolf PAC, the Prison Creative Arts Project, TYT Army, and some stirring chants.
Thank you, Democracy Spring. Now, I’m going to go create an appropriate beverage.  Democracy Stingers, anyone?

A Discussion on Anarchist Decision Making & PRDM

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A Discussion on Anarchist Decision Making & PRDM

May 9 – 7:00pm

at the IGE office

The idea of PRDM (or Decision Making that relates to proximity and resource) is as *a* response to age old questions (in anarchist circles) of power and communication. The perception, and perhaps the attraction, of anarchism for most young people is that it is a way to be involved in the decision making that dictates the arbitrary choices that life is filled with. It is a way to seize power over ones own life by participation. Formal consensus is successful at structuring a method of what purposeful self-determination could look like for a group. Informal consensus is successful at evading what feels arbitrary and collectivist about formal consensus by being more casual and ad hoc about the points in formal consensus that seem arbitrary and bureaucratic.

We are proposing experimentation around a model we call PRDM. PRDM emphasizes autonomy and production rather than collectivity and personal growth regarding our projects. It sketches an idea of an anarchist decision methodology rather than a system of processes. It is also the system that we have been attempting to use at Little Black Cart over the last 10 years.

Benefit for Chester Lowe

BENEFIT FOR CHESTER LOWE!

We are hosting a benefit to cover Chester Lowe’s medical expenses in his fight against blood cancer–multiple myeloma. Chester must now take 31 medications and maintain a C-PAP machine. Chemo treatments can take a year or longer, with monthly hospitalizations. Fortunately, his vital signs are improving, but this will be a difficult fight. We need your help to raise the money Chester needs to live longer.

Film showing: “Where To Invade Next” by Michael Moore

Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:30pm

Institute For Global Education

1118 Wealthy Street S.E.

Grand Rapids MI 49506

 

Serving food and beverages, with a discussion after the movie. Event is free and open to the public.

Please donate generously, make checks to: “Chester A. Lowe Donation Account” at IGE address above.

Sponsored by Friends of Chester Lowe, contact Katie Villarie 616-459-6626