How can we make decisions that take into account the needs of all? And how can we develop solutions that everyone is satisfied with? In everyday life, we often find it difficult to bring different interests together. This often causes tensions, conflicts and implicit hierarchies in the group.

Seminar for youth activists

The "Betzavta" programme developed by the ADAM-Institut Jerusalem offers a way to deal with diversity and decision-making and to reflect upon one's own behaviour.


Betzavta is Hebrew and means "together". It is a seminar programme that promotes democracy and tolerance. It focusses on the question: how can we create a togetherness in which everyone has the same rights? In this seminar we will explore this question through practical, experiential activities. Especially through different decision-making processes.

The outcomes of the activities are not predetermined. There is no desired procedure to solve conflicts and no "correct" democratic behaviour will be taught. Rather, the aim is to open up different points of view and to reflect upon one's own behaviour in a democracy as a way of life. To achieve this, we will look at the group dynamics and the behaviour of the participants in the activities and look at the socio-political context.


  • Diversity of positions and perspectives
  • Challenges to democratic behaviour
  • Majority-Minority Relations
  • Power structures
  • Anti-Racism
  • Joint (democratic) decision-making
  • Negotiation processes
  • Transcultural communication



Participants* get to know the Betzavta programme over the course of a weekend in a small group. The focus is on self-awareness. The participants experience Betzavta from the participants' perspective and explore intensively what a democracy is. They get to know different forms of democracy, their basic values and gain an understanding of the associated power relations.

The central issue is joint decision-making. The participants will reflect upon majority voting, when these are appropriate and what it means for different groups. Besides they get to know alternative decision-making opportunities.


About the trainers:

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Julian is a trainer in diversity, participation and strengths-based pedagogy. He also works on conflicts and common togetherness. Julian is part of the collective Stuhlkreis Revolte and has been working with different groups for over 10 years. More about Julian at or on IG @glittervogel.


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Dilan has been doing educational work for more than 10 years and has dealt a lot with democracy and diversity in the last years. As a Betzavta trainer she works with different groups and deals with the issues of our time.


Date | 25 - 28 November 2021

Place | SAME Headquarter, Fleischhauerstrasse 16, 23552 Lübeck

Costs | Travel costs, accommodation and full catering will be covered by the organisator

Language | English 

Participant number | 20

Application deadline | 23, September



Should the situation around Covid-19 change, we reserve the right to cancel the seminar at short notice or  hold it online. Besides we comply with the current distance and hygienic measurements.