Ideas and resources

If you agree that the current approach to security isn’t working and that we need to build support for a more just and sustainable alternative, please get involved! Here you can find out more about what can be done and how. Please use these resources to introduce others to the debate – and send us your feedback too.


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Organise a group conversation

We think a fresh approach to security will need to emerge from a much wider civic conversation about what security means.

Use our resource for facilitators to organise a group conversation. It includes ideas from previous local events, resources from Rethinking Security member groups and some ideas about aims and content. Have a look, and if you have any questions or comments, email us:

‘Re-imagining security’: a TEDx talk (2016)

Celia McKeon asks the audience to consider what we mean by security and how we build it. Does it depend on automatic weapons and razor wire, or are there are other ways in which we can build a more peaceful and just world?

General election 2019: Questions for your candidates

This card was created for the 2019 general election to help you ask questions of your MPs. Although that election has long past, the issues are still relevant and you can still take your concerns to your MP.


Podcast: More about why we need a new approach (2017)

Listen to this podcast for Quakers in Britain to find out more about Rethinking Security: who we are, what we’re doing, and why…

Rethinking Security: A discussion paper (2016)

This long discussion paper (90 pages, with separate executive summary) provides an evidence-based critique of the UK’s national security strategy. It analyses the features of an outmoded narrative, and suggests the principal reasons for this failure to adapt. The paper goes on to outline some principles for a new approach to security, the shift in priorities that would be required, and the practical ways in which a new approach might be applied to current security challenges. We welcome feedback.

The Ammerdown Invitation

In 2014 the Rethinking Security group (then called the Ammerdown Group) set out to start a public conversation to build a new vision of security. The Ammerdown Invitation, the first document of the project, set out some initial thoughts about what this might involve and invited the public to join the conversation. The summary version is followed by questions for reflection, and is a useful resource for starting a group discussion.

Download the Ammerdown Invitation (summary)

Further information and ideas

‘Universal Basic Income, Human Security & Grand Strategies’ (2018)

This paper by Prof Andrew Rigby explores the potential role of universal basic income (UBI) in contributing to the everyday security of citizens. It considers dynamics of domestic insecurity in the context of ‘grand strategy’ and provides an overview of historic and current proposals relating to UBI. It cites cases of UBI pilot projects, as well as reviewing the main critiques, arguing that consideration of such ideas and models are vital to our efforts to rethink security. More…

‘Redefining security: Lessons from public health’ (2015)

In this article published in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Prof Andrew Rigby asks what the history of the Public Health Act of 1848 can teach today’s movement for a new approach to global security. More…

Article: ‘Stop Trump – definitely! But then what?’ (2017)

This article, published by openDemocracy on 21st February 2017, argues that resisting Trump should include asking the UK government to review its global security alliances. More…

Article: ‘UK National Security Strategy: Security for whom?’ (2016)

This article, published by openDemocracy on 15th December 2016, considers the flaws in and omissions from the UK government’s recent annual report on its National Security Strategy and Strategic Security and Defence Review. More…

Article: ‘Uncomfortable assumptions on security: the UK vote on support for Saudi Arabia’ (2016)

This article, originally published by openDemocracy on 3rd November 2016, analyses the assumptions, interests and priorities that drive the UK establishment’s responses to the crisis in Yemen, and to contemporary security challenges more generally. More…

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