Category Archives: nonviolence

New training courses: transform work relationships into partnerships, lead a group into shared power

I’m excited to announce two new training courses under the #dareconf banner:

For the last 18 months I’ve been offering evening courses on techniques that encourage a mindset of abundance—eg, active listening and peer coaching. (If you’re interested you can read the story of how they came about.)

Based on what I’ve learned from running these courses, I’m now offering daytime courses with the intention that employers will pay for them. They each consist of 4 weekly sessions of 2½ hours in central London. Registration closes on 7 April. Continue reading New training courses: transform work relationships into partnerships, lead a group into shared power

Positive peace is the presence of love, as expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr.

At that time both Negroes and whites accepted the well-established patterns of segregation as a matter of fact. Hardly anyone challenged the system. Montgomery was an easygoing town; it could even have been described as a peaceful town. But the peace was achieved at the cost of human servitude.

Many months later, an influential white citizen of Montgomery was to protest to me:

“Over the years we have had such peaceful and harmonious race relations here. Why have you and your associates come in to destroy this long tradition?”

My reply was simple: “Sir,” I said, “you have never had real peace in Montgomery. You have had a sort of negative peace in which the Negro too often accepted his state of subordination. But this is not true peace. True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice. The tension we see in Montgomery today is the necessary tension that comes when the oppressed rise up and start to move forward toward a permanent, positive peace.”

I went on to speculate that this was what Jesus meant when he said: “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Certainly Jesus did not mean that he came to bring a physical sword. He seems to have been saying in substance: “I have not come to bring this old negative peace with its deadening passivity. I have come to lash out against such a peace. Whenever I come, a conflict is precipitated between the old and the new. Whenever I come, a division sets in between justice and injustice. I have come to bring a positive peace which is the presence of justice, love, yea, even the Kingdom of God.”

Excerpt from: “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story” by Martin Luther King, Jr.