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Fletcher Summer Institute

FSI 2014

The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the only executive education program in the advanced, interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict, taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields.

Organized in conjunction with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States, the program offers a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict that draws upon its multi-disciplinary approach to global affairs.

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When: June 14-21, 2014
Where: The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, MA
Cost: Registration fees for participants are listed below.
Scholarships are available for accepted applicants. Information about registration and scholarships is included below.
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          Why should you apply?
FSI 2014 DatesThis year, there are important civilian-based campaigns using protests and other methods against corruption and for political rights in Ukraine, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and elsewhere. Since 2011, the Arab Spring and nonviolent movements in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania have seized the world’s attention as never before. Movements against evictions in Spain, campaigns for environmental justice in China, anti-corruption struggles in Africa and Asia, and struggles for indigenous rights and women’s rights around the world are all evidence that citizens are engaging in civil resistance to make their voices heard and hold powerholders accountable.

It is therefore increasingly important for international professionals, journalists, policy analysts, civil society leaders, activists, organizers, scholars, and educators to understand this phenomenon. It is not taught in most schools or university programs, it is under-recognized in most history books and contemporary news media, and there are widespread misconceptions about its use. FSI brings together the most prominent scholars, the most experienced veterans of previous nonviolent movements, and the most well-informed journalists and civil society observers of such events. This is an opportunity for you to directly obtain the most accurate and useful knowledge about the most important phenomenon in the world.
 Costs and Scholarships:
$500 – Media, business, government
$350 – Nonprofit international organizations, foundations
$200 – Nonprofit local organizations and educators
$100 – Non-institutionally affiliated organizers or activists

The FSI registration fee is the only charge requested. Accommodation, all meals, and learning materials for the entire course are paid by ICNC. Accommodation is in the dormitories at Tufts University and meals are arranged through Tufts University.

In addition to the FSI registration fee, participants or their sponsoring organizations are expected to cover their own travel expenses to and from Boston, MA. However, if an applicant or sponsoring organization cannot afford to pay these costs, need-based scholarships are available and can be applied for in your FSI application.
Some Topics Covered at FSI:

Fletcher SchoolThe Fletcher Summer Institute (FSI) is an advanced, week-long seminar dedicated to teaching about how grassroots civil resistance movements form, organize, strategize, mobilize, build coalitions, communicate, select tactics, negotiate, and create change. Diverse movements for diverse causes are discussed, and complex issues such as the role of external actors in supporting or suppressing civil resistance, civil resistance movements and the challenges of democratic transitions, and strategies that movements use to respond to violent repression and armed insurgency are also addressed.

The aim of FSI is to increase understanding of civil resistance so that participants can integrate that knowledge into how they do their professional work. International professionals will come away with a better understanding of how civil resistance movements function and the dynamics of nonviolent power and change. Journalists will come away with a better understanding of how to analyze and cover civil resistance movements. Thomas Schmidheiny Lecture HallCivil society leaders and other practitioners will come away with rich ideas about strategy, tactics, communications and a variety of other areas that movements must consider. Educators will come away with new ideas about how to teach and share knowledge about civil resistance. All participants will come away with new information about case studies, comparative analyses, and the global scope of civil resistance taking place in the world today.

In addition to the knowledge imparted through the various presentations during the week, a great deal of knowledge is contributed by FSI participants, who are expected to actively share their experience, perspectives, and ideas to enrich the discussions. Historically, FSI has been place where interdisciplinary learning, creativity, networking and new friendships have flourished.

Since its first edition in 2006, over 350 participants from over 90 countries have come together to learn and share experiences from their respective struggles or work in the field.