Acting as a catalyst to stimulate interest in nonviolent conflict, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict collaborates with like-minded educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations to:
Educate the Global Public
The Center uses television broadcast networks, the internet, and off-air and offline media to disseminate video programming and books, as well as learning materials for schools and universities. All these resources help promote the history and ideas of nonviolent conflict in open or closed societies where rights, justice, or self-determination are at issue.
Influence Policies and Media Coverage
The Center conducts meetings and briefings, co-sponsors conferences, and makes available articles, books, and films to encourage international institutions and decision makers to facilitate the activity of civilian-based, nonviolent movements. These same tools are used to assist media producers and reporters to expand and improve coverage of nonviolent struggles.
Educate Activists and Organizers
In response to requests, the Center provides support for seminars and workshops in nonviolent conflict attended by activists and citizens who are considering civilian-based, nonviolent action as a way to seek democracy, justice, or human rights. Such workshops impart conceptual knowledge and help develop skills in applying nonviolent strategies devised by such activists.
In managing this work, our operating guidelines include:
ICNC will not assist activists in planning, organizing or conducting any actions; it will not provide political or strategic advice to those contemplating or engaged in nonviolent conflict; and it will not furnish funds to subsidize their operations.
ICNC will support research and other educational projects by other nongovernmental organizations and individuals, if they are directly related to expanding understanding of the principles and skills involved in nonviolent conflict. It does not furnish philanthropic grants or gifts to individuals or organizations.
ICNC accepts no grants, contracts or funding of any kind from any government or government-related organization, or from any foundation, corporation or institution, public or private. It is funded entirely by the family philanthropy of the founding chair.
ICNC observes the right to privacy of those who contact it, for the protection of people who may face repression or intimidation for exercising their rights. Accordingly, ICNC abides by requests for confidentiality from individuals who communicate with it.