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Dare to Progress - Do you really want a system change?


Betzavta / TINS_D Workshop on Progress

Is there progress? - If yes, what is progress and how to achieve it?

6 Meetings on Mondays

03, 10, 17, 24, 31 January and 7 February 2021

09.30 - 11.00 CET

Application Deadline 29 December 2021


What is the course about? - Progress - an Introduction

The workshop is an introduction to the topic of progress and aims at clarifying what progress is by looking at who defines progress and identifying who is responsible for progress. For this, we experientially examine our stances on individual and societal progress. We further focus on the relation between democracy and progress as well as  internal/external resistance to progress and the characteristics of economical/technological progress. We also look at the link of the different gender towards progress as well as how our conceptions of progress are affecting the environment. In addition, we will address the reasons why we are upholding the current system and what makes us leave our comfort zones in order to challenge the status quo by engaging in real-life changes.


Which questions are addressed? - Do you want mere progress or do you really want change?

Is there such a thing as progress? - Is it linear or cyclical or something different? - What speaks for and against progress? - In which direction do you want to progress personally and which societal progress do you call for? - What change do we perceive as progress and which as a threat? - How can you contribute to the progress that you want and what hinders you? - Is the steady rise of the world economy and the constant technological innovation already progress? - Is democratization of society a progress? - What is progress within democracy?


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 for and against progress.


When? - Mondays - 09.30 > 11.00 CET - Starting 03 January 2022 - 6 Meetings

The workshop takes place Mondays from 09.30 to 11.00 CET. It comprises 6 meetings on 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 January and 07 February 2022. 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 and international participants are especially invited to participate.


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 29 December - Decision on 30 December 2021

Please fill in the application form on the website of the workshop and describe in some 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 30 December 2021.


Will there be a certificate of participation? - Yes.

We will issue a certificate to everyone who continually 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 series of TINS_D courses including the course on 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 for more than 30 years.




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 and doing international seminars. 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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