Nobody is born nonviolent

World without Wars and without Violence aims to develop a worldwide commitment to nonviolence as a methodology of action, as a social system and as a lifestyle. Its objective is to achieve a world free of wars as well as physical, economic, racial, religious, sexual, psychological, ecological and moral violence. “Human beings are historical beings whose mode of social action changes their own nature” (Silo). This is the root of both our responsibility and our freedom. And it opens our future.

Nobody is born violent... Or nonviolent for that matter. So Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world" is a great invitation to get rid of the rubbish this violent system has fed us and transform ourselves into the intentional beings that can create the world we all want. See the
Active Nonviolence Training (ANVT) exercises. World without Wars and without Violence international site is on

Monday, 30 May 2011

ANVT 4 Pasive Resistance Video

I am sharing here a video from 1938, done by Disney, of all people, a rather uncharacteristic piece of work different from most other cartoons by him or others. Cartoon violence is so well satirised in the Simpson's Itchy and Scratchy. Instead this is a masterclass in Passive Resistance, great for the young and the not so young. Some may find it too hippy, but this is 1938, well before flower power! 
It can be watched in Youtube with better definition.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

ANVT 3. Course 1 General Scheme

Course 1 General Scheme
We shall develop in this blog some Workshops dealing with different aspects of nonviolence training. The principle of "personal change as a function of social transformation" guides the design of these exercises in which we learn by observing ourselves and discussing these issues with others.  

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Active Nonviolence training (ANVT) 1


A man and his son have a car accident.
The father dies at the scene and the son is taken urgently to hospital for surgery. 
At the Operating Theatre the surgeon says: "I cannot operate on this boy, he is my son."

How is it possible?