What then is nonviolence?

I am very excited. A number of things have given me a nudge and I am now in the process of applying for a postgraduate qualification in Peace and Conflict (with plenty of scope to study nonviolence). Oh, so impatient and I have to wait till nearly March to start!

SO for now I will have to satisfy myself for now by collecting what I already know/believe/understand about nonviolence together… to start building a conceptual frame …

What is nonviolence?

  • passive resistance to force
  • a personality trait
  • a disposition/dedication to resolve conflict peaceably
  • a dedication to causing no harm to self or others
  • a journey (for me)
  • a set of practices/skills used to resolve or circumvent conflict
  • a philosophy to guide your life
  • a value
  • a commitment
  • other things I don’t know!

I can’t wait to be reading and writing and talking to other people about all this 🙂



Published by Rowena McGregor

I am an educator, librarian, & researcher interested in how a transpersonal approach can transform communication and create connections even when we are in conflict. I also love snails -- little metaphors I use to remind myself to take some time to dwell on an idea, to revisit it, to circle around it, for as long as I need before I 'get' it.

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  1. Hello Rowena,

    thank you for liking my goals for 2016. It is delighting to read something about nonviolence around here. Your question and proposals sound interesting. Like Socrates said, it would be better to suffer injustice than to practice it. All the best for your studies on the conceptual framework and your personal journey.

    Greetings and wishes

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