This handbook was produced by Pt’chang in 2003. Pt’chang was an Australian Nonviolent Community Safety Group which conducted a wide range of dynamic and creative violence-prevention, peace-building and community safety initiatives. Although no longer active Pt’chang has left a valuable legacy both through people they trained and materials such as this.
Excerpts from this handbook are also included as separate articles on the Commons. The full manual can be downloaded from the box at the bottom of this page.
Pt’chang Nonviolent Community Safety Group was an amazingly dynamic, independent community organisation. Our work as an organisation was underpinned and informed by the concepts of nonviolence, community development and social justice.
Pt’chang had four major roles:
- Nonviolent Community Safety Teams at events and festivals;
- Legal Observer Teams
- Community Education and Training
- Debriefing for community and activist groups
Whilst Pt’chang did not have membership fees or forms to fill out, membership in Pt’chang was through involvement; coming along to the regular fortnightly meetings, doing a training workshop or volunteering on a Pt’chang peacekeeping project.
This manual aimed to provide volunteers with most of the information they needed to play an active role in Pt’chang.
- welcome to pt’chang 4
- vision statement 5
- pt’chang safety themes 5
- volunteer rights 6
- volunteer responsibilities 7
- pt’chang’s organisational structure 8
- volunteer positions within pt’chang 9
- the office 11
- the egroups 11
- training & participation policy 12
- the community education and training team 14
- pt’chang meetings 15
- consensus decision making 16
- the consensus process 18
- roles in a consensus meeting 19
- pt’chang’s formal consensus policies 21
- on conflict and consensus 22
- confidentiality 27
- roles on a peacekeeping project 28
- internal conflict resolution procedure 31
- references & sources 35