Nonviolence uses philosophies and strategies for social change that reject the use of violence. Nonviolence is a positive force that is an alternative to passive acceptance of conflict (flight approach) and armed struggle against it (fight approach). There are always two aspects in this form of action which are inseparable and make it authentic:
- a specific view of a human being, a certain attitude toward human beings and society,
- certain techniques and methods that correspond to this attitude and that give life to the positive force of nonviolence, in a given conflict.
Several websites with information and resources on nonviolence include:
- The Albert Einstein Institution
- A Force More Powerful
- International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict
- Nonviolent Peaceforce International
- Training for Change
- Centre des ressources sur la non-violence [English translation]
- Charter for a World Without Violence
The Ploughshares library has several books and films on nonviolence including a resource that we have created to highlight current and historical use of nonviolent tactics and strategies in conflicts and struggles; Practitioners of Nonviolence.