Warriors Without Weapons: How Learning Moves Trans-locally

Patience is crucial. It takes time for the conditions to be cultivated and for the right people to be invited in or find each other. In the case of Warriors Without Weapons and the Oasis Game, those who have had exposure to the idea need to carefully consider how and why they would adapt it to their place. The journey a community takes to determine whether or not to call one of these programs may be at least as significant as actually running the program. Essence may not even be expressed in the same way. How can we come to truly know and understand essence (more than intellectually) so that it can be clearly expressed in a community far from the place it was conceived?

Looking Ahead

New versions of Warriors Without Weapons and the Oasis Game are now manifesting around the world. The idea, methodology and design of these programs are like mighty little seeds. Sometimes the seed might need to germinate for a long while or require specific nutrients to sprout in a new place. Within the network of former participants, facilitators, organizations and communities supporting and experimenting with these methodologies there is an understanding of our interconnectedness.

We recognize one another. In the trans-local learning framework, we trust that even though there may be many diverse manifestations of an idea, we are part of a common movement. It is clear that the many Oasis Games appearing around the world are also connected to larger cultural and systemic changes happening at this time. The trans-local approach may be one way that brilliant ideas can scale across geographic distance and difference, amplifying these transformational shifts in perspective.

One of the most exciting aspects of these communities is that they are open for all to join and participate in! If you are interested in learning more about Warriors Without Weapons or connecting with the network of former participants you can visit the website or Facebook page. For more information about Elos’ methodology visit their website, follow them on Twitter (@Instituto_Elos) or email them (guerreiros@institutoelos.org). To learn about Oasis Games that might be happening next in your area check out Oasis Mundi, a social networking platform.

Aerin M. Dunford is a writer, upcycling artist, urban farmer and yoga instructor. She works with the initiative Walk Out Walk On, a community of people around the world that are walking out of intractable problems and destructive individualism and walking on to create their own future now. Aerin is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Berkana Institute, a non-profit organization based in the U.S. that collaborates with a rich diversity of people around the world. Aerin has a master’s degree in Organizational Management with a focus on leadership and change. Since moving to Mexico in 2009 she has been working with organizations, networks and individuals to facilitate dialogue and create the conditions for authentic collaboration and participative leadership.

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