ICNC Curriculum Fellowship for Classroom-Based and Online Teaching on Civil Resistance

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.

Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman (right, white scarf) was awarded the Nobel Peace Price for her nonviolent activism for women’s rights. (Photo: Sudarsan Raghavan)

How the world is proving Martin Luther King right about nonviolence

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.

Refusing to Choose Between Martin and Malcolm: Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, and a New Nonviolent Revolution

(Matt Meyer, Natalie Jeffers & David Ragland) 2015 was not only a year of fear, brutality and injustice, it was a year of sustained resistance that honoured not only a strong national Black radical politics of organising, but also helped cultivate a new and thriving, nonviolent international movement for Black Liberation. As we enter 2016, the Movement for Black Lives must navigate itself in uncharted territory and hazardous spaces, but is accompanied by a vigourous knowledge of self, a thriving and committed community of activists and organizers who are cognizant of the need for guiding principles and the creation of a Black Radical national policy platform. Liberation educator Paulo Freire noted that “violence is the tool of the master,” and feminist poet Audre Lorde reminded us that “You cannot dismantle the Master’s House with the Master’s Tools” So, let us reimagine new ways to build a society where Black people can live freely and dream, and let’s find, as Barbara Deming implored, “equilibrium” in our revolutionary process.

Pre-deciding About Violence

Elizabeth and Lionel Traubman (2015) argue that pre-deciding about violence, beginning at home and then rippling out globally, is the most urgent need of our time. It is our best hope in this era of widespread atomic, biological, and chemical weapons when even a few people can do a lot of harm. Whether with physical punishment or all-out war, the stunning paradox of our time is that rejecting violence and dignifying our adversary – not humiliating, harming, or excluding – is the response that gets the best results.

Call for Chapters: Creating a Sustainable Vision of Nonviolence in Schools and Society

This would be an edited book giving non violence a contemporary face. Nonviolence philosophy embraces all circumstances where there is no desire (natural or acquired) to kill /harm humans, animals, all forms of life and their environment. This viewpoint is based on moral and spiritual principles where there is complete absence of violence in all […]

Nonviolence and Terrorism: What can WE do? Where do we even begin?

The Metta Center for Nonviolence hosted a live webinar on December 5, 2015 featuring Dr. Michael Nagler (The Metta Center for Nonviolence) and Dr. Johan Galtung (Transcend).  A recording of this session is now available. For additional information and resources visit The Metta Center for Nonviolence website.   Follow-up Q&A with Dr. Nagler is also […]

"Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives" by Shaazka Beyerle

Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements,Campaigns and Civic Initiatives

Following the release of her groundbreaking book, Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice, Shaazka Beyerle has just published a free curriculum for members of civil society, activists, organizers, and concerned citizens about how to effectively struggle against corruption from the bottom up. Download the Freedom From Corruption curriculum here. “Freedom From Corruption: A Curriculum for […]

Students are protesting against racial injustice across campuses. Image: Max Goldberg, CC BY

Here’s how history is shaping the #studentblackout movement

(Original article: Marshall Ganz, The Conversation) Students are protesting over racism across campuses in the United States. We asked Marshall Ganz, who dropped out of Harvard as an undergraduate to be an organizer in 1964 and now teaches organizing and leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss the significance of these protests and the […]

8 ways to defend against terror nonviolently

(Original article: George Lakey, WagingNonviolence.org, Jan. 22, 2015) One of my most popular courses at Swarthmore College focused on the challenge of how to defend against terrorism, nonviolently. Events now unfolding in France make our course more relevant than ever. (The syllabus was published in “Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide” in 2009.) […]

Learning from Gandhi, a Campaign against Untouchability, and Human Error

The International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) offers a regular series of academic webinars, online talks and visual presentations on critical ideas, cases, and questions related to civil resistance and nonviolent movements. This ICNC Academic Webinar was presented on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 by Mary King, author, whose works include, among others: “Freedom Song: A Personal […]

Promoting Culture of Peace Through Dialogue

(Original article: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Inter Press Service News Agency) Sep 7 2015 (IPS) – This week, for the fourth time in a row, the annual gathering of the apex intergovernmental body of the United Nation deliberating on peace and non-violence will take place at the U.N. headquarters in New York.   President of the […]

“An education in solutions-thinking” – Metta Center Podcast

(Original article: Metta Center for Nonviolence) “Education is the root system underlying all other systems. Given the grave and potentially catastrophic problems we face, it is critical that we provide young people with the knowledge, tools and motivation to address our pressing challenges in order to transform unsustainable and unjust systems into ones that are […]

Remembering Nelson Mandela on the first anniversary of his death: wisdom for peace

Vaughn John University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa(Featured article: Issue #116 December 2014) I write this piece as we approach the first anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratic president. Madiba, as he was affectionately known, died on 5 December 2013, at the age of 95. He will be remembered for many […]

September 11th: Still a Teachable Moment?

David Potori Co-Founder, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (Featured article:Issue #75 August/September 2010) Like the proverbial tree, if a teachable moment occurs and no one hears the lesson, is it still a teachable moment? If you’ve been paying attention to the controversy, real or imagined, over the so-called “Ground Zero mosque” you may have found […]

Learning from our Students’ Creative Nonviolent Actions: Lessons on Human Rights, Peace and Democracy

Anita Yudkin-Suliveres and Anaida Pascual-Morán UNESCO Chair for Peace Education, University of Puerto RicoCátedra UNESCO de Educación para la Paz, Universidad de Puerto Ricoemail: [email protected]: http://unescopaz.uprrp.edu/ (Welcome letter:Issue ##73 May / June 2010)   As peace educators we seek to develop understanding of the interconnections between peace, democracy, human rights, and nonviolent action. This is the […]

Election Victories: The Power of People, the Strength of Nonviolent Action

Vanessa Ortiz Director, Civic and Field Relations, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (Welcome letter: Issue #60 – Nov./Dec. 2008)   (With admiration and gratitude for contributions from Shahindha Ismail, Coordinator of Maldivian Detainee Network, Male, the Maldives) “We did it!  I received this simple email message on October 30th, one day after presidential elections – not the […]