Sustainable Security

Rethinking security / Media - workshops for Quakers and others

Rethinking Security – ideas to action

What is security? Where does it come from? Does my security provide you with security? Indeed, does security secure peace? What are the implications for building peace through non-military means, from local to international levels? This workshop will look at security and insecurity both from the experiences of participants and their communities, as well as from some of the ideas that a range of individuals and groups have developed in recent years. The workshop will provide space to re-envision what security means and consider the practical opportunities and challenges arising from this.

Engaging with the media – changing the narrative for peace

What is the role of news and other media in reflecting and shaping attitudes to peace? This workshop will explore different aspects of engaging with news and other media on peace concerns. It will be a chance to reflect on the change of narrative that is needed and to explore practical ways the skills
and approaches that might be used to this end.

Our workshops

We have created a general framework for each of the four workshops listed here but will plan the content with particular areas of concern, interest and need in mind as appropriate. The aim is to provide support to Quakers and others in reflecting and taking action for peace.
Workshops will be facilitated by voluntary members and paid staff of Northern Friends Peace Board, for between 12 and 25 participants. Our priority is to run workshops in the North of Britain.
We envisage that these will typically take place on a Saturday, in a Quaker Meeting House or similar venue. We are happy to discuss other timings and even other themes.
We suggest a donation of £100 from the hosting group to cover some of our costs, but please contact us if finance is an issue

Download workshops leaflet here

If you would be interested in inviting us to do a workshop, please contact the Northern Friends Peace Board (NFPB) Coordinator, Philip Austin, via

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Health Through Peace Conference

Monday, September 4, 2017 to Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tackling public health crises in a changing, unstable world – Medact – University of York – details

Workshop on populism

A workshop with a focus on populism was facilitated by NFPB members for Westmorland Regional Meeting at the end of April. Although the term is used in a variety of ways, populism has in some ways become a shorthand term for some of the less desirable aspects of civic and political life, both in the UK and further afield.

UK General Election 2017 - peace concerns

voting for peace

Our society and our planet need politics that will enable people to live sustainably, with respect for differences and diversity, promoting human rights for all. These are some of the foundations for peace. We offer these comments during the period leading up to 2017 general election, as pointers and prompts for conversations with candidates and others, and in considering how you might use your vote.

Global Campaign on Military Spending

A week ago the Ministry of Defence proudly announced that the UK is “stepping up across the globe: the 5th largest defence budget in the world and largest in Europe, rising by around £1Bn a year” How will this promote sustainable security with research and investment into those things that will keep us truly safe?

Rethinking Security

Thursday, May 4, 2017

one-day workshop in London to identify ideas for action to advance the ‘rethinking security’ agenda,

NFPB members' meeting

Saturday, October 14, 2017

in Darlington. Contact the NFPB office for further information.

NFPB Members' meeting

Saturday, June 17, 2017

in Dumfries. Contact the NFPB office for further information

One World Week.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 to Sunday, October 29, 2017

Theme: GOOD NEIGHBOURS: My World Depends on Us.

Peace News Summer Camp

Thursday, July 27, 2017 to Monday, July 31, 2017

Nr DISS, Norfolk. Peace News Summer Camp. Join people from across the broad spectrum of the British peace movement for five days of exploration, celebration and empowerment.


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