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Welcome to Turning the Tide

Campaigning Support -- workshops, advice, accompaniment and more!


Going to the source, an ongoing Quaker initiative to trace the routes of activist nonviolence training in the UK Read our article in Peace News about the pre-history of Turning the Tide.


Making Waves 26 out now!

Autumn 2014: Turning the Tide's latest journal focuses on Kenya, where we've helped establish a vibrant and effective nonviolence programme. Read about one of the many successful campaigns supported by TTT people in Kenya. Hear the experience of our transformational training from participants who are now highly effective leaders, trainers and activists. Our friends in Kenya give us a glimpse of what can happen when we take the decision to make a change. Read it here. Or request a paper or electronic subscription - just send us an email to join our Making Waves mailing list.


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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].