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Other training manuals and web resources on nonviolence

  • Nonviolent Action Handbook, Beck, Sanderson, Goleta, California, (World Peace Communications, 2002, 95 pages). Introductory texts, downloadable or as print copies from World Peace Communications, 495 Whitman St. #A, Goleta, CA 93117, USA.

  • The Ruckus Society, website offering manuals on action planning and media among other topics, plus numerous links to other websites:

  • Handbook for Nonviolent Action, designed as a tool for learning about different aspects of nonviolent civil disobedience actions. Most of it can be downloaded as part of ACT UP New York's Manual for Civil Disobedience: (War Resisters League, Donnelly/Colt Graphix, 1989, 36 pages).

  • Seeds for Change: A British-based network that provides training resources including: consensus and facilitation, groups and meetings, practical skills for campaigning groups:

  • Rant Collective: A trainers' collective that offers resources on action planning and structures, anti-oppression, media, and strategy:

  • Training for Change, USA. Resources on diversity and anti-oppression, team building, organising and strategy, meeting facilitation, and nonviolent action:

  • Turning the Tide: positive change through nonviolent action, nonviolence training resources, information and resources on nonviolence:

  • Nonviolence Trainers Resource Manual, (Nonviolence Training Project, Melbourne, Australia, May 1995, 211 pages). Wide-ranging manual with sections on defining nonviolence, power and conflict, learning from other movements, strategic frameworks, nonviolence and communication, working in groups, and preparing for nonviolent action.

  • Resource Manual for a Living Revolution, Virginia Coover, Ellen Deacon, Charles Esser, and Christopher Moore, Philadelphia, (New Society Publishers, first edition 1977, latest 1985, 351 pages). Familiarly known as the ‘Monster Manual’, this was the comprehensive source book for English-speaking nonviolence trainers in the 1970s and 1980s, produced collectively within the United States by Movement for a New Society.

Nonviolent and direct action

  • The Albert Einstein Institution: nonviolent action, 198 methods of nonviolent action, applications of nonviolent action, case studies, publications on nonviolent action in many languages:

  • Beautiful Trouble: a printed book and online resource, with a wide range of articles on different forms of activism and campaigning. Also available in Spanish.

  • Skillshare: a collection of resources covering consensus and facilitation, strategy, anti-oppression, and direct action. In many European languages.

  • The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Gene Sharp, Now classic analysis of the theory and dynamics of nonviolent action and an exhaustive list of methods with examples. Includes extensive bibliographical information (Porter Sargent, 1973, 3 volumes).

  • A Guide to Civil Resistance: a bibliograhy of people power and nonviolent protest, Edited by April Carter, Howard Clark and Michael Randle (Green Print, 2013).

  • 'Backfire Manual: Tactics Against Injustice': A guide to using an opponent’s violence to your benefit

  • Security in a Box: an online resource in multiple languages, explaining a variety of different ways of keeping electronic equipment secure:

  • Network for Climate Action: Guides to Taking Action. A range of practical manuals for different types of direct action, like blockading, climbing fences, running street stalls and making props.

  • Starhawk's Resources for Activism Trainers: Resources for nonviolent direct action and anti-oppression trainers/preparers magical activism workshop facilitators and consensus decision making: see

Campaign development

  • How to Win Campaigns: 100 Steps to Success, Chris Rose, (Earthscan 2005).

  • The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense, Robert J. Burrowes, (State University of New York Press, 1996).

  • Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire, Brian Martin, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

  • New Tactics, online resource to help human rights defenders work more effectively – explores a wide range of different strategies and tactics:

  • Doing Democracy: The MAP Model for Organizing Social Movements, Bill Moyer (with JoAnn McAllister, Mary Lou Finley, and Steven Soifer), (New Society Publishers, 2001, 228 pages). Includes MAP – a tool of strategic analysis for nonviolent movements. Resources on the MAP can be accessed at:

  • How to Research Companies, Corporate Watch guide to researching companies

Organisation, facilitation and decision-Making (including consensus)

  • A Consensus Handbook, Seeds for Change, (2013). Over a decade's worth of experience of facilitating, training and skillsharing consensus by the Seeds for Change co-operatives has been distilled into this 180 page: handbook
  • Papers on Nonviolent Action and Cooperative Decision-Making, Randy Schutt. A nonviolence trainer’s sample agendas and workshop notes dealing with preparing for nonviolent action, nonviolent action strategic planning, cooperative decision-making, and interpersonal behaviour:

  • INNATE: Irish Network for Nonviolent Action Training & Education, Consensus for Small Groups: an introduction and worksheets. More resources on nonviolence training available at

  • The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy, Marianne Maeckelbergh, (Pluto Press, 2009). Explores the radical forms of democracy used by alterglobalisation movement,

Dealing with emotions and trauma (fear, burn-out, anger)

Both of these websites have resources in many languages and links to other good resources.

  • Activist Trauma Support: This website is primarily for political activists who may be injured during or by their political activities, and/or who are struggling with other mental health issues related to activism. Resources are available in many different languages:

  • T-team: a collective of activists in Tel Aviv, historical Palestine, who've come together to support activists going through intense emotional (and post-traumatic) experiences as a result of their work:


Each of these resources is deeply connected to a particular country and cultural context, but as examples, they can provide ideas and inspiration for people everywhere.

  • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, Paul Kivel, (New Society Publishers, 2002). A book written for white activists working against racism in the United States.

  • Confronting Racism in Communities: Guidelines and Resources for Anti-Racism Training Resources, David Hollinsworth. A training manual produced for groups addressing racism in Australia. The document is available as a pdf on the Web from the Change Agency Education and Training Institute:

  • Soulforce: an organisation committed to using nonviolence to end violence against the LGBTQ community in the United States. The mission of Soulforce is to cut off homophobia at its source: religious bigotry. It applies creative direct action to peacefully resist injustice and demand full equality for LGBTQ citizens and same-gender families. Their website includes videos, articles, handouts, and action campaign ideas:


Working with traditional and social media

Others: news, networks and educational resources

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