Nonviolence Course 2011/12 | Turning the Tide

Nonviolence Course 2011/12

Our year-long course is coming to its final phase, so hurry up and join us while you still can. Our next and last sessioni is on Saturday 16 June, Celebrating Nonviolence. Book now to avoid disppointment.


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Self-study Resouces

Each month we'll suggest reflections, resources and what you might think about to prepare for the up-coming workshop. The information is to support your learning and stimulate thinking before and/or after the workshop. Read them. Share and discuss them with others. Make nonviolence (more of) an everyday habit.

June - Celebrating nonviolence

May - We can do that! Empowerment for social change

April - Inner and outer: spirituality and activism

March - Building the Constructive Alternative (BCA)

February - Group-process

January - Nonviolent Direct Action

December - Campaign Strategy

November - Power 2

October - Power 1

September - Violence & Nonviolence

Directions to the Huddersfield Quaker Meeting House

TTT key concepts for facilitating group-learning for social change  






16 June: Celebrating nonviolence

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” (*)


celebrate Nonviolence


Join us in our tenth and last of the year-long series of workshops about using nonivolence effectively to bring about social change. The year-long group is organising the day in a way that will share new skills, present opportunities for learning more, as well as imparting a sense of the whole course. The day will wrap up with cake and a celebration of all we've learned and achieved and they invite you to come and find out more before this course is over ...

The goals of the day are 

  • celebrate the group's learning journey and accomplishments over the past year with a one-day event, which will be decided and shaped by the group/members of the group 
  • give direct and indirect feedback on the course -- what worked well, could ahve been different, other


Booking is required. Workshop fee: any donation that is right for your pocket and we'll put that towards Turning the Tide continuing this work. 






(*) quote from T.S. Eliot



18 - 20 May 2012: We can do that! Empowerment for social change

When we think about what it is that politicises people, it is not so much books or ideas, but experience. (*)


One of the greatest challenges and joys of our time is joining together with others to work on healing our world and ourselves. Many of us with concerns sometimes can feel powerless to know what to do. This weekend workshop looks at what is personal and group empowerment and what are the conditions that help people take action. We'll also review the year-long group's learning journey and push along the process of deciding how to organising June's workshop. This is a residential weekend for year-long course members only. 


May's workshop goals

  • Understand what personal/group empowerment is and the conditions necessary for taking action

  • review the learning journey and push along the process of deciding how to organising June's workshop

Pre-worshop reflection questions

  • What does empowerment mean to you?
  • What empowers you?
  • What disempowers you?



Suggested resources:  We can do that! Empowerment for social change

Hammer of Justice - 3-page article about activists' protest of export of British Hawk jets to Indonesia

With my Hammer - Music group Seize the Day tells the activists protest story through song, video at the bottom of the page

Collective Identities: Trap or Tool for Empowerment?

That's how I like to see a woman

In the Tiger's Mouth: an empowerment guide for social action

The Corporation

The Oracles of Pennsylvania Avenue (video in two parts, each about 50 minutes long)

The Women of Tahir Square (video, about 27 minutes)

Shadow Dance: Liberating the power and creativity of your dark side, a book by David Richo

May Summary of the training activities





(*) quote from Irene Peslikis


21 April 2012: Inner and outer: spirituality and activism

If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. (*)

swirl of two circles


Whether you call it spirituality, faith, religion, social consciousness, values or nothing at all, 'Inner and outer: spirituality and activism' invites people to reflect upon the importance of inner work and its connection to outer change.


A few words from this month's facilitators...

1. We would like to invite you - if you wish - to bring along something which represents something about your deep inner beliefs or spirituality.  We will share these together at the start of the workshop.


2. Below are two short "readings" - if you would like to look at them before the workshop.  We won't be directly basing any part of the workshop on these, but they are intended to help get your "juices flowing" - thinking, questioning, agreeing or disagreeing about aspects of spirituality and activism.


3. Two questions you may like to ponder -

- What does “spirituality” (or “deep inner values”) mean to me ?

- How does this affect my approach to action for social change?   


(*) quote from Joanna Macy

Suggested resources: Inner and outer: spirituality and activism

Workshop summary April 2012

Wage Peace

The Shambahla Warrior

Hieroglyphic stairway Drew Dellinger

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Some additional spirituality quotes 1

Inner and outer suggtested resources

Spirituality quotes

Starhawk on spirituality

What has spiritiuality got to do with politics? 








17 March 2012: The Living Revolution: building the alternative

Another world is not only possible, she's on her way. On a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can her her breathing. (*)


network of nodes

March's pre-workshop reflection question

  • What does 'building the alternative' mean to you?
  • What examples of the building the alternative do you see in your life, or around you? 
  • How does building the alternative fit into social change campaigns?

Suggested resources: The Living Revolution: building the alternative

TTT taster sheet on building the constructive alternative

Paths through utopia

Construcive programme 90%, Obstructive 10%

Totnes: what the past can teach us about the future

The story of the magic chocolate rabbits

Walk out, walk on

Living on Low Carbon (first person account)

Story-tellers for Good

A farm for the future (video, about 48 minutes)

Seeding Democracy - Vandana Shiva (video, about 6 minutes)

Christiania, you have a my heart (video, about an hour)

The Age of Stupid (same director as the McLibel film)

The Happy Planet Index

The Great Turning: from Empire to Earth Community

Tinkers' Bubble

Monopoly presents the problem. Co-opoly offers the solution. (with interesting short videos embedded in the article)

ecodharma - radical ecology radical dharma

Transition Towns Network and the original Transition Towns Totnes

The Land - an occasional magazine about land rights

Schools for Chiapas

Soma -- (article follows brief description) Soma is a series of workshops using body games to build a group dynamic. Created in Brazil as a therapy for activists fighting the military dictatorship, Soma focuses on challenging hierarchical relationships, observing the body as material to talk about collaboration, trust, self-esteem, emotions and feelings. 


(*) quote from Arundhati Roy








17 - 19 February 2012: Is everybody happy?  Tools for effective group work

'I believe that slowness is an act of resistance, not because slowness is good in itself but because of all that it makes room for, the things that don't get measured and can't be bought'. (*)


Groups are very powerful bodies and each of us in the group plays a role in contributing to the group's ability to work together. Groups have their own character, moods, ways of behaving, and self-generated rules that influence the individual members. This session will consider how we work together in groups, we'll look at group-process and group-dynamics. This is a residential weekend for year-long course members only.. 

February's pre-workshop reflection question

  • What role do you normally play in groups?
  • What helps you feel able to participate equally with other group members?
  • What can be a barrier to your participation?

Suggested resources:  Is everybody happy? Tools for effective group work

Conflict in the peaceable kingdom: Quaker identity, silence and virtue ethics

The Tyranny of Structurelessness

Participatory Workshops: A sourcebook of 21 sets of ideas and activities

Rhizome guide to Consensus Decision-making

Seeds for Change consensus information

Rhizome guide to Active Listening

Finding Value in our Ignorance

Becoming versus Belonging:  Psychology, Speech and Social Class

You just don't understand!

I hear what you didn't say

Who's really violent? Tips for controlling the narrative

Arnold Mindell on Democracy and World Work (audio + still images)

People's History Museum (in Manchester)

February's Summary of the weekend

Self-reflection A5-booklet

Roles People Pay in Groups

Mainstreams and Margins

Processing Questions

(*) Quote from author, activist Rebecca Solnit







21 January 2012: Don't just sit there! Exploring direct action

'Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue.' (*)


Nonviolent direct action (NVDA) targets property, infrastructure or groups or person(s) deemed to be doing harm, or perpetuating a system of injustice. It may mean breaking the law and risking arrest, but as well it may not. Discerning what role in the action is right for you is an important part of the process. In this workshop we talked about these questions as well as 

  • how to prepare for taking action, and the role of affinity groups
  • the role of direct action -- when is the most effective time to use direct action in a campaign?  What campaigning activities might preceed and follow direct action?
  • Summary of January's session here

January's pre-workshop reflection questions

  •     What does nonviolent direct action mean to you?
  •     How does it fit in to your view of working for social change (if at all)?
  •     What makes an effective action?

Suggested resources:  Don't just sit there! Exploring direct action


G8 can you hear us? - BBC4 'documentary' exploring the diferent roles social change activists tak, much like we tried to do with our fishbowl exericise we worked as a group to taken on different personalities involved in making change happen. The BBC4 trailer says: 'A film about three very different protesters who headed to Gleneagles in 2005 to persuade the gathered world leaders to take steps to help save the planet from destruction.'

The World Against Apartheid: have you heard from Johannesburg? (video about 1 hour)

Happy Australia Day 2012 - (video, about 4 minutes), continuing our conversation about the media and activism

2 articles from past Making Waves -- Anger Alternatives and Me, My Wheelchair and Direct Action

Stick it to the man: How the web spurs political change (a bit of a fluffy but interesting article)

Starhawk's Webs of power  -- good on diversity of tactics in the protest movement

Tim Gee on 'Counter Power'  (video interview here

Philippe Duhamel's blog on New Tactics

War Resisters League, Handbook for Nonviolent Action

CT UP New York’s Manual for Civil Disobedience

Seeds for Change's briefing on affinity grous

Organizing for Power, Organizing for Change

hell no, we won't glow: nonviolent occupation of a nuclear power site, Seabrook April 1977 by Sharon Crown

Preparing for Nonviolent Direct Action by Howard Clark, Sheryl Crown, Angela McKee and Hugh MacPherson (1984). A small book written for and by activists in the 1980s British nuclear disarmament movement, placing nonviolent direct action in a wider strategic framework, urging a small group approach to organizing nvda, describing a range of tools and exercises, and offering short success stories. Fanny Tribble’s cartoons provide a humorous commentary on the text.



(*) Quote from Martin Luther King Jr's 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail




17 December:  Campaigners do it together! How we make change

This session looked at how the strategic and creative use of tactics add up to effective campaigning, and how all our contributions add up to make change. 

'I feel enthusiastic about what I've learnt about campaigning tools and am inspired to pick up with a group I've pulled back from.' -- December workshop participant

two hands of co-operation

December's pre-workshop reflection question

Think of campaigns you've been part of, what has been the overall goal of the campaign? What actions have you taken to reach those goals? How do you know your actions are effective? How have you grown and changed through these campaigning experiences?


Suggested resources: Campaigners do it together! How we make change


WTO versus democracy banner

'Democracy to the right, WTO to the left' banner as Hannah described when she gave the example of the Smart-eme story-telling framework for strategy.


With my Hammer , video by Seize the Day, about the smashing of the fighter jet action that inspired the GenetiX Snowball Campaign.

Turning the Tide's page of campaign strategy planning tools. Here you'll find guidance notes for several of the tools mentioned at the workshop such as SWOT/BEEM, Force Field Analysis, Pillars of Power, and many more.Here is further information about NAOMIE .


As mentioned in the additional strategy tools session near the end of the day: article describing the social change framework of the Living Revolution (1. cultural preparation, 2. organisation + movement-building, 3. confrontation, 4. mass economic and political non-cooperation, 5. new/parallel/alternative instituions), the definition of backcasting a campaign vision tool.


Common Cause: The case for working with our cultural values (very long, but valuable report)

Communicating your Campaign Message

Developing Strategies for Abolishing War

Indymedia - If you you haven't ever read 'Indymedia' news, please discover this campaigning tool. Be the media.

Interview with Counterpower Author Tim Gee (video, about 5m)

McLibel (video, about 84min)

Mixing it

Re-inventing Democracy

Roots to Resistance (website about arts + activism campaign)

Ten Tactics - From the Tactical Technology Collective video, further information, tools and advice from rights campaigns around the world

The Bank of Ideas - (public repossession of bankrupted bank now community space)

The Movement Action Plan

The Ruckus Society (website with tools)

The Village Green (video, about 9min)




19 November: Playing with power 2: changing The System

How does change happen? What role have you played in change? What do you need to help you make change?

   dirty factory becomes sunny sky homes

November's pre-workshop reflection question

In this training, the facilitation team asked people to think about how change happens, and what role do you usually play in making change happen. We looked at successful campaigns to grain inspiration for today's challenges.


Handouts given on the day (and archived below) include: How change happens (part 1 & 2), Noticings, Break the rules: how ground rules can hurt us, The Great Turning, The 100th Monkey; a participant has also archived below is a summary of the day's activities written up by a participant. 

A few words about empowered learning

This is a course which aims to take participants on a deep transformational learning journey. We strive to create the conditions and opportunities for you to challenge your self-limiting beliefs and discover your inner power.  We aim to build a safe environment which nurtures 'empowered learning' by which we mean awareness of your needs and taking personal responsibility to find ways to meet those needs, while not interfering or creating obstacles for others' learning'. To this end, we offer you a d-i-y guide to help you understand more about your learning intelligences.


The notion of 'learning intelligences' can also be broadly interpreted to mean the way we process and tend to present information to others. The greater our awareness about our preferences and the ways we deal with information, the easier it may be for us to develop other areas and recognise different preferences in others. If you have time for this learning intelligences assessment, it may help you to become more aware about yourself and others, and potentially improve your ability to work effectively in, and with groups.


Suggested resources: Playing with power 2: changing The System

Strategizing for a living revolution

Collective identities: trap or tool for empowerment?

The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

Nonviolent responses to assault

Training Pro-Democracy Movements: a conversation with Colonel Robert Helvey

Human nature isn't inherently violent

Caffeinated Community Comeback: A small Ohio town discovers the power of networking

The NGOs of Development in the South: Neo-liberalism's instruments or popular alternatives?

A short history of enclosures in Britain

Defend life: what does a forest mean to local people?(short animation)




15 October Playing with power 1:  understanding The System

What is power? How do you grow it? How do you connect with and unblock your own?

In Playing with power 1: understanding The System we explored our understanding of different types of power and disempowerment. We worked on cultivating and nurturing ourselves and skills and ways of growing the transformative power of nonviolence to emerge.

A few of the questions we asked ourselves were --  

  • What is power?
  • How would you describe power?
  • How do you grow power?

Suggested resources: Playing with power 1: understanding The System

October workshop suggested resouces include articles, a couple of websites and hand-outs and documents (below) from the actual day. These are Taster sheet on power, 2 case studies about nonviolent power, patterns of responding to violence, Arnold Mindell's 4 types of rank and learning zones.We also offer a summary of October's workshop written by one of the participants.



Be realistic, demand the impossible!

1968 The Mysterious Chemistry of social change

Hannah Arendt on the concept of power

White Privilege: unpacking the invisible knapsack

That's how I like to see a woman

I am right, you are wrong: power dynamics in NGOs

Heteropatriachy and the pillars of white supramacy

Class Matters - a website, a book, and more about working across the class divide

Dear Diary - Over 3 years from 30 June 2001 to 30 June 2004, Alana Jelinek's 'Dear Diary' recorded day to day experiences of racism - as observer or bystander, as a victim of racism and as a racist.

Barbara Deming: An activist's life

A resource from Pace e Bene about Deming's concept of two hands of nonviolence

Mork versus the KKK (video, about 7 min)


24 September 2011 Nonviolence, a dangerous idea

 Workshop reflection

Think about everyday acts and practices that you observe and to ask yourself, 'Is that violent or is that nonviolent? What are the characteristics or qualities of violent and nonviolent acts?'

 Workshop resources

What is your understanding of social change? Participatory ways of work? In ''TTT key concepts' (see archive below) we explain briefly what these notions (and a few others) mean to us. 

September workshop hand-outs and documents (below) include: September Summary, Active Listening, Transforming us versus them thinking, De-escalating violence, Nonviolence taster, and What is violence, what is nonviolence (Galtung), Myth of redemeptive violence.


We also welcome resource suggestions including inspiring case studies recording and sharing the good news of nonviolence. See our case studies section for more. 


Suggested resources: what is violence, what is nonviolence?

So you want a revolution?

The global spread of active nonviolence

Arms and the Movement

Maximizing Participation


Nonviolence: does gender matter?

The Seville Statement on Violence

Cultural Disobedience and the power of the margins



Resource Archive

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Summary_May.pdfSummary_May.pdf65.58 KB
Hammer of Justice.pdfHammer of Justice.pdf110.6 KB
Summary_March.pdfSummary_March.pdf63.62 KB
Workshop summary April 2012.pdfWorkshop summary April 2012.pdf95.97 KB
Wage Peace.pdfWage Peace.pdf8.25 KB
The Shambhala Warrior.pdfThe Shambhala Warrior.pdf52.51 KB
Hieroglyphic stairway drew dellinger.pdfHieroglyphic stairway drew dellinger.pdf25.47 KB
Clarissa Pinkola Estes.pdfClarissa Pinkola Estes.pdf30.29 KB
Some additional spirituality quotes 1.pdfSome additional spirituality quotes 1.pdf54.02 KB
lnner & outer suggested resources.pdflnner & outer suggested resources.pdf59.82 KB
spirituality-quotes.pdfspirituality-quotes.pdf288.36 KB
Starhawk on Spirituality.pdfStarhawk on Spirituality.pdf1.65 MB
What has spirituality got to do with politics.doc28.5 KB
Taster Building the Alternative Society.pdfTaster Building the Alternative Society.pdf142.28 KB
Paths through Utopia Hand-out.pdfPaths through Utopia Hand-out.pdf128.97 KB
Constructive 90 Obstructive 10 Hand-out.pdfConstructive 90 Obstructive 10 Hand-out.pdf116.34 KB
tfc_processing_questions.pdftfc_processing_questions.pdf255.05 KB
ttt_mainstream and margins draft 9.pdfttt_mainstream and margins draft 9.pdf161.82 KB
Roles People Play in Groups Tip Sheet.pdfRoles People Play in Groups Tip Sheet.pdf162.76 KB
Self-reflection_A5.pdfSelf-reflection_A5.pdf48.79 KB
February_Summary.pdfFebruary_Summary.pdf81.23 KB
January Summary.pdfJanuary Summary.pdf299.76 KB
Wheelchair_and_directaction.pdfWheelchair_and_directaction.pdf103.85 KB
anger_Alternatives.pdfanger_Alternatives.pdf106.26 KB
NAOMIE handout.pdfNAOMIE handout.pdf28.22 KB
December_summary_CAMPAIGNERS DO IT TOGETHER.pdfDecember_summary_CAMPAIGNERS DO IT TOGETHER.pdf347.86 KB
Summary_November.pdfSummary_November.pdf101.47 KB
100th monkey.pdf100th monkey.pdf127.72 KB
no_ground_rules.pdfno_ground_rules.pdf143.53 KB
Noticings handout_14_nov.pdfNoticings handout_14_nov.pdf110.75 KB
Great Turning handout.pdfGreat Turning handout.pdf125.39 KB
Taster Change1.pdfTaster Change1.pdf121.73 KB
Taster Change2.pdfTaster Change2.pdf135.5 KB
learning intelligences d-i-y.pdflearning intelligences d-i-y.pdf255.34 KB
Summary_October.pdfSummary_October.pdf98.88 KB
Taster Power.pdfTaster Power.pdf90.98 KB
3 NV power stories 16_oct.pdf3 NV power stories 16_oct.pdf154.21 KB
tfc_learning_zones.pdftfc_learning_zones.pdf111.88 KB
patterns of violence_responses.pdfpatterns of violence_responses.pdf106.57 KB
mindell 4 types of rank (power).pdfmindell 4 types of rank (power).pdf134.59 KB
Transforming Us versus Them Hand-out.pdfTransforming Us versus Them Hand-out.pdf160.65 KB
September_Summary.pdfSeptember_Summary.pdf98.66 KB
V_NV new_05.pdfV_NV new_05.pdf120.77 KB
Taster Nonviolence.pdfTaster Nonviolence.pdf545.92 KB
Myth of Redemptive Violence hand-out.pdfMyth of Redemptive Violence hand-out.pdf121.33 KB
De-escalating Violence hand-out.pdfDe-escalating Violence hand-out.pdf117.48 KB
active listening grid and diagram.pdfactive listening grid and diagram.pdf215.01 KB
Directions_Huddersfield Meeting.pdfDirections_Huddersfield Meeting.pdf106.3 KB
TTT key concepts.pdfTTT key concepts.pdf209.5 KB