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Fancy finding out more about making positive change through nonviolent people power? Interested in developing, deepening or replenishing your understanding and ideas about nonviolence?

If so, you’re very welcome to participate in our new online course which runs from 3 June to 14 July 2019, facilitated by Turning the Tide UK in partnership with Turning the Tide East Africa and Woodbrooke.

Why participate?

Participants will develop or deepen their understanding of and inspiration about nonviolence. As well as engaging with the course materials, you’ll be able share reflections, lived experience and ideas on the discussion forum.

So by the end of the course we hope you’ll feel more encouraged about the possibilities of making positive change through nonviolent means.

The course includes lots of exciting ideas and input from a range of sources and thinkers. For instance, we are lucky enough to have input from some fantastic folk, including stories from our incredible colleagues at Turning the Tide East Africa. Also, we’ll hear ideas from Rachel Julian at Peace Studies (Leeds Beckett) and a story of recent activism from our new TTT UK Programme Co-ordinator, Lyndsay Burtonshaw.

What will the course include?

Course materials will include things to read, things to watch and questions to explore.

And through the course materials, the following themes will be explored:

  • The heart of nonviolence – principles/qualities of nonviolence & how they relate to our own lived experience.
  • Nonviolence works – the value and effectiveness of nonviolence and civil resistance.
  • Waging peace – inspiring stories of nonviolence.
  • It’s good to have a plan – key ingredients of strategic campaigning. (And some space to imagine the world as you’d like it to be.)

What’s the time commitment?

In a nutshell, the minimum time you would need to set aside each week is 2.5-3 hours. So that works out at roughly 1.5 hours to engage with the the course materials and another hour to get involved in the discussion forum and any other course activities. But we reckon we’ve compiled at least 30 hours of materials, for those that want to delve deeper.

What’s the cost?

Woodbrooke’s fees are £36 for the whole course but fee waivers may be possible if this is an obstacle for anyone. If this is the case, please let Woodbrooke know when you register.

Do I need any special equipment?

You will need access to a computer and wifi connection.

Is this just for experienced activists?

No! No prior activist experience is necessary. You just need an interest in nonviolence and social change.

Is this just for people who are new to nonviolence?

Also, no! There will be lots of useful materials to engage with and space to deepen or replenish your existing wisdom and experience.

How do I sign up?

So, you can register for the course by visiting: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/non-violence/

What if I have further questions?

If you have any questions about course content, please contact Lisa Cumming from TTT UK at lisac@quaker.org.uk

But if you have questions are about registration, logistics, clever technical stuff, access requirements, fees etc. then please contact Woodbrooke https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/item/non-violence/.