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Money makes the world go round! – Can the world not turn by itself? – Betzavta Workshop in April and May 2021


Betzavta Workshop on Money and Private Property

6 Meetings on Tuesdays

6/13/20/27 Apr and 4/11 May 2021 from 09.30 - 11.00 CET

Application Deadline Sunday 28 Mar 2021


What is the course about? - Money and Private Property

There is sufficient knowledge about the many inequalities among humans in particular with regard to money and private property in general. These inequalities are to a high extent based on exploitative power relations among humans on a local, regional and global level as well as a respective exploitation of nature. So in the end, there is a strong interrelation between money and power, which all too often comes down to the widely accepted credo of “Money is Power”. Despite this comprehensive knowledge, individuals and groups refrain from acting by redistributing either money, private property or power so that everyone is more equal. This is a prevalent behavior which can be overcome but this requires the capacity and courage to change - which can be learnt collectively.


Which learning outcomes are addressed? - Analyzing and democratizing societal structures

The participants of this workshop will jointly analyse how money and private property form the core of our societal structures including existing habits and actions that help to uphold these structures. In addition, they will experientially examine their stances on money/property and their willingness to change themselves, their groups and their society with regard to money/property. Based on this analysis, the participants develop an understanding of how money/property is constituting our modern societies in almost all aspects and it is this analysis that will enable the participants to identify pathways which induce change within groups and societies as well as across them. Overall, the participants will be able to further democratize group processes and societal structures.


Which questions are addressed? - What can I do with all my money?

How are money and private property constituting each other? - Why is it that money is considered as a source of power? - Who are the rich and who are the poor in a society? - How does money induce or inhibit political action? - How does money contribute to (in)equality among humans? - What place is there for money in a democracy? - How is money able to stand for the inner value of things? - How free is the free market? - Can everything be commodified and does everything deserve a price tag? - How would the world be without money? - Is it money which sets humans apart from animals?


How is it taught? - high engagement and interaction between the participants

The 20 participants of the workshop are actively involved in this digital workshop again and again. Unlike many digital formats, this workshop lives from interactivity - dare to show yourself and contribute to the conduction of the entire course through individual, small and large group work as well as group-dynamic activities - only few lectures will be given. The workshop is based on the Betzavta method of the Adam Institut. Therefore, the participants will unveil the competing tendencies that exist within each of us, both for and against democratic principles - thus transforming an external conflict into an internal dilemma, which enables us to act and to change the context in which we act.


When? - Tuesdays - 09.30 > 11.00 CET - Starting 06 Apr 2021 - 6 Meetings

The workshop takes place Tuesdays from 09.30 to 11.00 CET. It comprises 6 meetings on 6/13/20/27 Apr and 4/11 May 2021. In order to allow for a joint learning process, the participants should be able to attend all meetings.


Where? - International video conference held in English

The workshop will take place through a video conference based on Zoom. Therefore, please make sure that you are able to participate with video and audio. Offering the workshop online allows for an international workshop, therefore the spoken language will be English.


Who can attend? - 20 Students from all over the world - Participation is free of charge

The course is open to students who are currently enrolled at any university or vocational school as well as persons who have recently graduated. The number of participants is limited to 20 as this allows for a good interaction/exercises/discussion within the groups and within the plenary. The participation is free of charge.


How to apply? - Short motivational letter until 28 Mar - Decision on 29 Mar 2021

Fill in the application form until Sunday, 28 March 2021, and describe in a few sentences 1) who you are, 2) why you want to participate, 3) if you will be able to participate at all dates or which dates you will miss and 4) if you have the technical capacity/willingness to show yourself in a videoconference. We will select the participants in such a way as to ensure a broad diversity of all participants and send out the selection results by Monday, 29 March 2021.


Will there be a certificate of participation? - Yes.

We will issue a certificate to everyone who continuously participated in the workshop. For university students: The participation will not be credited with ECTS points.


Who organises the workshop? - Critical Sustainability and Adam Institute

The workshop is jointly organised by Dr.-Ing. André Baier who coordinates the Sustainability Certificate for Students at TU Berlin and offers the course Critical Sustainability as well as Dr. Uki Maroshek-Klarman who has developed the Betzavta Method and who was part of the team that funded the Adam Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently she is directing it.




Adam Institute for Democracy and Peace

The Adam Institute is an Israeli non-profit, educational organization that works to create a culture of peace, mutual respect, tolerance and co-existence across religious, ethnic and national groups in Israeli society and the region. The organization’s Hebrew name “Adam”, meaning “human”, was chosen based on the founders’ understanding that human equality is the basis for leading a life centered on the values of democracy and peace.

The Adam Institute has published numerous books, training manuals, and periodicals, in both Hebrew and Arabic (some translated and published in English, German and Polish). It has received several notable awards for promoting democracy and tolerance including the award of the Speaker of the Knesset and the Shimon Peres Prize from the German Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum (DIZF).





Sustainability Certificate for Students - s certificate

The inter- and transdisciplinary-oriented certification program offers students the possibility to incorporate an individual focus on sustainability into their regular study programs, thus enabling them to acquire the competencies conferred by a higher education program in sustainability. Additionally, the program aims to bring together students within the TU Berlin with a particular interest in sustainability, thus promoting an exchange of ideas beyond the classroom. The course "Critical Sustainability" is the compulsory module of the Sustainability Certificate for Students. The course provides a digital space to learn, reflect, discuss and take action together. The participants will jointly analyze existing power relations as well as society-nature relations and democratize them - the Betzavta Method is incorporated in the course design.




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