Welcome to Turning the Tide | Turning the Tide

Welcome to Turning the Tide

Latest news

Turning the Tide is recruiting trainers to join our volunteer training team. The deadline for applying is Monday 2 November 2015. More information >>   


Quaker Activist Gathering | 21 November 2015, Friends House London

An action-focused day for Friends who identify as activists, framed in worship. An opportunity to meet with others, connect, learn, plan and be energised and inspired. More information and booking >>   


rows of activists blockading

If you are interested in

  • positive change through nonviolent action,
  • nonviolence training,
  • information and resources on nonviolence,

then we hope you’ll find our website useful.


We are discovering new material and workshop activities all the time, so keep checking in with us.




Nonviolence for a change

All over the world, people join together to challenge injustice, overcome oppression and make a more just and peaceful society.


Turning the Tide promotes the understanding and use of nonviolence to help us become more effective.


Nonviolence is a way of doing conflict better, so it's not about being passive, doing nothing, responding violently or running away.  It is about actively confronting injustice, struggling creatively to transform the situation and bringing change without doing harm.  


Turning the Tide takes its inspiration and learning from effective nonviolent movements like those of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Greenham Women, environmental and economic justice movements, land rights nonviolent activists and many more. We offer workshops, speakers, resources, a journal and advice.


Principles of nonviolence

We don't have a definition of nonviolence because we've learned it means different things to different people, but we use the following principles as the basis for our work:

  • being willing to take action for justice without giving into or mimicking violence
  • respecting and caring for everyone involved in a conflict, including our opponent
  • refusing to harm, damage or degrade people / living things / the earth as a means of achieving goals
  • acting in ways consistent with the ends we seek
  • being prepared take suffering on ourself without inflicting it on others
  • believing that everyone is capable of change and no-one has a monopoly of the truth
  • recognising the importance of training so that nonviolence thinking and behaviour become part of our everyday lives.

Turning the Tide is a programme of Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW). QPSW works with and on behalf of the Quakers in Britain [off-site link].