about our workshops
We believe that nonviolence is the most powerful tool for change. And we want to share this with everyone who wants a better world.
Click here for practical details about setting up a workshop.
In general we offer 4 types of workshops:
We offer introductory workshops on nonviolence and can help you set one up in your area. It might include
And if a social change local group emerges out of it we are of course available to help keep it going!
We also offer workshops tailored to the needs of specific groups. Participation in these workshops is usually restricted to the group members.
In 2010 we ran 1-day taster workshops in different parts of the country to establish working partnerships with Quaker meetings and local activists. We are keen to help people become more effective in their use of nonviolence for social change and connect with activists and concerned citizens. For this reason we asked that the hosts of the workshop represent at least 2 different organisations. This might be a Quaker Meeting and a local group like Friends of the Earth, a local Amnesty International group or peace group. In 2010, we ran five of these workshops and will continue these in 2011.
Through the Nonviolence networkshops we wanted to find the right partners and place for running our comprehensive nonviolence course in 2011. We've now done this and will be holding our next year course at Huddersfield, starting in September.
In 2007 and 2009 Turning the Tide ran two highly successful year-long courses in London based on monthly 1-day Saturday workshops. We can offer other models such as 4-weekend modules and an 8-day intensive. A core group of participants goes through the whole course, gradually taking on greater responsibility in organising and running the workshops. Space is also reserved in each session for one-day participants.
Our next 1-year course starts in September 2011 in Huddersfield. More details soon.
How do I set this up?
Just get in touch with us to discuss it. We figure you know your local area and people best so we'll leave you to hire the venue and do the recruitment, but we can help with more general publicity.
At Turning the Tide we have over twenty dedicated activist trainers who can help you and your group become more effective campaigners, using the tools and thinking of nonviolence. The breadth and scope of expertise amongst our volunteers range from group-process and building consensus to campaigning, power, conflict and preparing for nonviolent direct action. All our workshops are experiential and based on the practice of participative co-working.
How much does it cost?
We don't usually charge for our workshops, but we ask groups to make a donation that is within your means to Britain Yearly Meeting so that we may continue this work. You'll need to cover travel and accommodation expenses of our volunteer facilitators, which workshop fees may help off-set. You’re also responsible for hiring the venue and food arrangements.