The Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence commences on January 30 and marks the 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4.
On Sunday January 22, 2017, Glenn D. Paige passed away in Honolulu after struggling with illnesses at the age of 87. Founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling, his is a life that has given so much with his firm belief that the world could change for the better; and that killing could end with the advent and advances of the nonkilling knowledge.
Patrick Hiller, in response to the incoming administration, suggests ways in which peace education can play a central role in training people to resist injustice and participate more effectively in society.
A rash of nationwide protests against president-elect Donald Trump have brought out thousands of demonstrators. Tucson students are participating in a two-day introduction to the Kingian Nonviolence training program, which aims to “institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence.”
This report highlights key strategic functions and outcomes of education and training in nonviolent civil resistance movements around the world. Funded by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), it draws on findings from research, trainer and participant interviews, and the author’s experience with nonviolent civil movements.
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is launching its first ever grant program for high school educators from around the world to support development and implementation of the civil resistance education for high school students in 2017 and beyond. Application deadline: October 9, 2016.
Terrorism is a serious concern for people and communities all around the world. But, do we have to accept it as “the new normal”? No. We can end it. This short animation by the Metta Center for Nonviolence is a tool for starting conversations about nonviolent solutions to terrorism.
- 16th May 2016
- #civic participation #culture of peace #nonviolence #peacebuilding #political engagement #youth
The book “122 easy (and difficult) actions for peace” is a useful tool for peace educators that aim for social change. Author Cécile Barbeito Thonon notes that Peace Education should not be an aim in itself but a mean to get more peaceful societies, it should change minds, attitudes and behaviors. More than that, these new attitudes and behaviors should be meaningful and strategic enough to transform the local or global context.
Released in May 2016, Civil Resistance: The Power of the People is 51-minute radio documentary that is airing on the show America Abroad on National Public Radio stations around the United States. It includes interviews and on-site reporting with practitioners, scholars, and experts on civil resistance.
The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict’s (ICNC) Doctoral and Junior Faculty Research Fellowship enables eligible applicants to carry out research on civil resistance and/or conduct a study that can benefit from a civil resistance perspective, as part of their dissertation or for an upcoming book, journal article or book chapter. For 2016, $20,000 in total has been allotted for this program. Each Fellowship award ranges between $2,000 and $10,000. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2016.
(Louisville, KY) For young people who have been shot or stabbed, that key moment for change can occur while they are in the hospital, recovering from their injuries. This brief window of time — of vulnerability and rethinking their lives — is when an innovative new initiative called Pivot to Peace will offer the respect, skills and resources to strengthen participants, supporting them in a crucial pivot to a healthier, nonviolent way of life.
The Metta Center for Nonviolence strives to help people from all walks of life to discover the power of nonviolence, and to understand how to use nonviolence safely and effectively. One of the educational resources they have developed to this effect is the Roadmap model, and the latest addition to the model is the Roadmap online course. This free online course is self-paced, so you can start anytime and go at your own pace.
The lessons of nonviolence were the focus of two separate educational discourses in Kohima and Dimapur recently. Two professors from the United States were in St. Joseph College of Kohima recently on January 25 to conduct an introductory training in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation. Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, joined by his wife and fellow nonviolence co-trainer, Professor Kay Johnson-Bueno de Mesquita, instructed more than 500 students in the philosophy and principles of Dr. King, who was heavily influenced by Mahatma Gandhi.
- 3rd Feb 2016
- #community building #conflict transformation #nonviolence #peacebuilding #political engagement
The journal Nonviolent Change (NCJ), in its 31st year, is an open access online practical journal on getting to peace and the barriers to doing so at the community through the international level. NCJ carries articles; opinion pieces (“dialoguing”); news and analysis of world, regional, country and environmental events, and of peace justice and environmental organization activities; a calendar of “Upcoming Events”; reviews; media notes; and announcements.
From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto our television screens, the media consistently portrays them as being spontaneous and unpredictable. Yet, in this book, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of protest, examining core principles that have been used to spark and guide moments of transformative unrest.
The International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is launching the third edition of its popular Curriculum Fellowship program to support and advance both classroom-based and online teaching on civil resistance. In 2016, up to eight curriculum fellowships, each in the amount of $1,300, will be offered on open, merit and competitive bases to university and college faculty and instructors to develop either a curriculum unit on civil resistance that will be incorporated into the existing classroom-based, elective or mandatory, semester-long course at the applicant’s home university or an online seminar on civil resistance that will be offered to students and interested participants from applicant’s university, town, district, country or the region.
Since 2011, the world has been a deeply contentious place. Although armed insurgencies rage across the Middle East, the Sahel and Southern Asia, violent civil conflicts are no longer the primary way that people seek to redress their grievances. Instead, from Tunis to Tahrir Square, from Zuccotti Park to Ferguson, from Burkina Faso to Hong Kong, movements worldwide have drawn on the lessons of Gandhi, King and everyday activists at home and abroad to push for change. (In 2011) when we drilled into the data, we found that nonviolent resistance campaigns don’t succeed by melting the hearts of their opponents. Instead, they tend to succeed because nonviolent methods have a greater potential for eliciting mass participation — on average, they elicit about 11 times more participants than the average armed uprising — and because this is the source of major power shifts within the opponent regime. That was 2011. Now it’s 2016. What have we learned about nonviolent resistance in the past five years? This article sketches some of the key empirical takeaways from political science, some of which have rather surprising implications for skeptics of nonviolent action.