What’s he like then
Passionate, playful, direct and bold.
Also flexible, creative and a compassionate listener. He embodies who he is in a full and authentic way seeking to take on the most challenging of moments and turning them into opportunities for change.
A natural edge walker who accepts that sometimes things can get sticky and that all the same there is always light at the end of the tunnel. He is a true believer in the saying- “The only way is through”
What has he done?
Ben is the UK and European representative of Combatants for Peace, a bi -national movement of Israeli and Palestinian ex Combatants, working non-violently together to bring Peace to the Middle East.
Ben is an ex Combatant himself, having served in the Israeli Army. He has been part of CfP since 2008 where he is the internal community process lead and is developing an immersive programme of work with young people in both societies.
Through work with individuals, organisations and charities on transforming conflict in ourselves and in relation to others, Ben iw delivering transformational change work with individuals and organisations.
Ben teaches Movement Medicine in workshops all over the world. It’s an immersive and transformative Movement meditation. It allows an exploration of conflict, authenticity and gender dynamics through movement, group process and ceremony.
Over the last 20 years Ben has worked as a theatre director, drama therapist, community artist and group facilitator mainly in the Statutory and Voluntary sector working closely with Social services, Youth Offending teams, community organisations and Youth services.
Ben ran a Fathers Project in Sheffield (2000-2006) working with over 1000 Fathers in creative and therapeutic ways.
He has worked with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and ages offering them tailored, creative and therapeutic interventions. He has worked with people for whom the notion of change is vitally needed and yet very far from possible in their eyes. People with drug and alcohol addictions, homeless people, people with mental health issues, families under severe stress, offenders, fathers, men and boys. In these creative therapeutic interventions he utilises creative writing, performance, personal story telling, film and Drama therapy as the means for opening the gateways for change.
Why does he bother?
He is fascinated, passionate and inspired by the human capacity to be active participants in designing our own narrative and contributing to the change we want to see in the world.
He believes in the need for all of us to take responsibility for our actions where and whenever we can.
He is passionate about nurturing strong relational skills in individuals, teams and whole organisations’. He believes that the starting point for any organisational development is the individual and his or her sense of purpose, role and contribution.
He is a strong believer in harnessing the transformational energy of dissonance and disagreement as it signals a moment of reaching an edge and therefore is an opportunity for positive change.
Is he qualified?
Ben is a State registered Drama Therapist, facilitator of personal and group process, A Movement Medicine Facilitator and Teacher, Theatre Director/ Film maker, action learning Facilitator. He is a peace activist and an ex-combatant having served in the Israeli army as a paratrooper in the first Lebanon war (83-86).
See his TEDx talk –
Humanisng the Enemy tedxwarwick.com/talks (2013).
Some quotes to know him by
“We often think of peace as the absence of war, But if we look deeply into the weapons, we see our own minds- our own prejudices, fears and ignorance. “
“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe”.
Gratitude is liberating. It is subversive. It helps us to realize that we are sufficient, and that realisation frees us.