3:15 – 4:00 pm

SESSION THREE: Activism, Organizing—and Hope

Anger as a Voice for Change

Anger is a powerful emotion that can sometimes have destructive effects, but it can also be harnessed to remind us what’s important and to create change in our interpersonal relationships and communities.

Workshop Goals: The goals for the workshop are to equip participants with tools and mindsets that will help them explore anger’s relationship to other emotions, develop skills to process and harness the energy of anger, and identify ways to relate to anger in others. We ask that participants join us with a sense of curiosity, vulnerability, and openness, and that they speak only from their own experience so we can create a safe/brave space.



Bianca Pointner was born in Austria. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Art and Design from the University of Applied Sciences, Salzburg. She continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig, Germany until 2017. She was introduced to Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Practices in 2011 and attended a one-year intensive training in 2016 to become a certified Transformational Coach through the US-based Leadership That Works Program. She has been involved as a Coach as well as an Artist in Jail Projects in Germany and India and transitioned into self-employment as a coach serving/empowering individuals around gender inequality, grief and belonging. She joined the Gandhi Institute in October 2018. 


Jonathon Jones grew up in Rochester and learned deeply about nonviolence in many forms while incarcerated, including becoming a trainer with the Alternatives to Violence project as well as learning and then teaching Nonviolent Communication through the Gandhi Institute. Since his return home, he has continued his study of nonviolence, completing a six-month course with the Metta Center for Nonviolence last rear. Jonathon teaches and speaks on nonviolence in a variety of community settings.