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Dreaming of a more peaceful and just world? Join us as we share ideas and inspirational case studies about collective action through nonviolent means.

Join our 2020 ‘Inspiring Nonviolence’ online course designed and developed by Turning the Tide GB (Quakers in Britain) and delivered in partnership with Woodbrooke.

24 February – 5 April 2020, £36

The course includes a diverse range of materials, discussion forums and webinars.

Webinar Speakers

We are excited to announce our 2020 webinar speakers:

  • Betty Atieno (TTT Kenya), Daniel Nteziyaremye (TTT Rwanda) & Aloys Ningabira (TTT Burundi) – all from TTT East Africa.
  • Aderonke Apata & Lyndsay Burtonshaw – both involved at different ends of the Stansted 15 action. Lyndsay is also the Programme Coordinator for Turning the Tide GB.
  • Rachel Julian – academic researcher, writer and activist based at Leeds Beckett.
  • David Gee – activist, researcher, author and poet.
  • George Lakey – activist, scholar, writer, trainer.

Places are limited, to register for the course please visit: www.woodbrooke.org.uk/inspiring-nonviolence

More detailed course info below

Overall goal: to develop and/or deepen participants understanding about the possibilities of positive change through nonviolent means.

Aims of the course:

➢ To share some key concepts and ideas about nonviolence and civil resistance.
➢ To share examples and encourage reflection about positive change through nonviolent means.
➢ To provide an online space for participants to inspire themselves and each other about nonviolence.
➢ To provide a facilitated online space for participants to engage with the course materials and also engage with each other through the forum and webinars. We hope that participants will help each other understand and explore ideas and concepts in the course and think about how to apply ideas to real world situations.

Key course content
This course is for people interested in finding out about nonviolence or reflecting further on nonviolence. The course will include inspiring ideas about creating positive change through nonviolent campaigns, actions and movements. By the end of the course we hope participants will feel more encouraged about the possibilities of making positive change through nonviolent means.

The main themes the course explores include:

  • Definitions nonviolence and civil resistance
  • The principles and qualities of nonviolence
  • Inspiring stories of imaginative nonviolent campaigns from across the world
  • A glimpse at some of the research into nonviolence
  • Space to think about what sort of hope we might need to sustain ourselves
  • Idea about some of the ingredients needed to build strategic and effective campaigns.

Course Tutors

Maud Grainger is Faith in Action Programmes Coordinator at Woodbrooke. She has experience of and passion for environmental, social justice and interfaith work. She is interested in how we live our witness in the world and community activism.

Tracey Martin is Faith in Action Tutor and prepares Ecumenical Accompaniers in Israel/Palestine and Quaker peaceworkers and interns for their service. She has experience of and a passion for international peace and social change work. She is interested creative approaches to social change and living our witness in the world.

Lisa Cumming is Programme Manager of Turning the Tide GB. She in passionate about finding small ways to build peaceful relations and undermine violence (in all its forms). Lisa was based for many years at Peace Studies in Bradford as a community peacebuilding practitioner.


How much time commitment does this course require?

The course is large self-directed study. We’d suggest you put aside at least two hours a week to engage with the materials, one hour a week for the weekly webinar & one hour a week to reflect and participate in the online forums.

What sort of materials does the course include?

Each week has core materials which includes things to read and things to watch. There are additional materials for anyone who would like to engage further.

What if I can’t attend the online webinars?

All webinars will be recorded and shared with participants.

What equipment do I need to participate?

You need a decent internet connection and either a computer, tablet or phone to join the webinars.

How much is the course?

The course costs £36. If you are absolutely unable to pay this, please contact Woodbrooke.

Do I need to be a Quaker to participate?

No – as long as you are interested in change through nonviolent means you are welcome to join us.

Any additional questions?

Please contact Woodbrooke.