ICNC leads a number of editorial programs including a multi-author blog and a nonviolent conflict news site, and has developed multimedia resources for journalists and media. Click below to skip to a section of interest.
Since 2002, ICNC has been the world’s premier provider of civil resistance research and education. We have educated thousands of activists, movement leaders, policy makers and fellow NGO’s about the various strategies, tactics, issues, actors, dynamics and outcomes of civil resistance struggles across the globe. We widely share publications, online courses, news and analysis about civil resistance with all audiences and make our academic publications, produced by some of the world’s leading scholars, readily available for free or at nominal costs.
We invite journalists worldwide to explore our website to:
- LEARN WHAT CIVIL RESISTANCE IS…AND ISN’T
Although it is historically effective and growing in popularity, civil resistance is often misunderstood. Some are tempted to insert “nonviolent” as a modifier, but ICNC believes that’s redundant. As we see it, “civil” means not only citizen-based, but also civilized, which by definition, precludes violence.
Too, civil resistance is not a synonym for protest demonstrations. For sure, it can be one way to enact civil resistance, but there are also scores of other ways – boycotts, work stoppages, sit-ins, mock elections, to name a few. Famously, political scientist Gene Sharp identified 198 such tactics in his 1973 book, The Politics of Nonviolent Action.
- SOURCE YOUR STORIES WITH EXPERTS
ICNC is happy to help journalists explain civil resistance so that their readers, viewers and listeners have a more accurate and clearer understanding of the discipline generally and of particular developments in the news.
Our staff experts and academic advisors are among the world’s leading authorities on civil resistance and the many movements powered by ordinary people in the quest for freedom, justice and rights.
- ACCESS OUR PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES
ICNC Press regularly publishes a Monograph series, Special Reports series and select non-fiction books about civil resistance or individual movements.
In addition, we publish a popular blog, “Minds of the Movement,” featuring high-profile interviews and observations of scholars and activists from around the world; and we curate the latest news in civil resistance around the globe on our NVCNews.org site.
- CONTACT US
For more information about ICNC, our academic and field initiatives, and resource library; or to arrange interviews or background briefings with our civil resistance experts, contact Deborah Mathis, Director of Communications at +1 202 416 4736 or by email at dmathis [at] nonviolent-conflict [dot] org.
From a work stoppage in Chile and a boycott in South Africa, to a sit-in in Pakistan and a protest march in the U.S., civil resistance matters. It shapes societies, nations, and our world.
But deep coverage and analysis of nonviolent movements, the courageous people who organize them, and the research that sheds light on this phenomenon are rare.
ICNC is proud to present Minds of the Movement. We write for those interested in the ideas and experiences of people on the front line of civil resistance, and those who seek to understand the art and science of nonviolent struggle. Ours is a forum for people interested in this growing field, including activists, scholars, students, journalists, and members of the INGO and policy community.
Our stories, interviews and commentary give readers insight on particular developments and tactics. They highlight lessons learned and courses altered. And they convey implications for all of us, whether we’re on the ground or external to a particular movement.
Along with our Nonviolent Conflict News site (NVCNews.org), the blog will keep readers up to date on the latest developments in civil resistance around the world.
Minds of the Movement stories do not necessarily reflect the policies and practices of ICNC—nor do they have to—so readers can expect a range of voices, topics and approaches.
While most of ICNC’s blog contributors are familiar names and faces within the civil resistance community, we also aim to identify and elevate new voices, and will consider unsolicited submissions based on our criteria. You can read the submission guidelines here.
We hope you will be a frequent visitor to the site, which will be continually updated with new posts. As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments at editor [at] nonviolent-conflict.org.
Nonviolent Conflict News (NVCNews.org) compiles news coverage of civil resistance around the world — focusing on trends, ideas, and the actions of movements and campaigns nonviolently struggling against oppression, dictatorship, and the denial of rights. Interest in civil resistance has increased dramatically over the last decade, and yet there is no single source of news that covers this phenomenon globally. NVCNews aims to be this source.
The site consists of news stories that have already been published in a wide range of independent and mass media outlets in which objective information can be found. Each story is accompanied by a summary drawn from articles’ original text, prepared and edited by the site editors, that highlights the story’s relevance to the dynamics of civil resistance, to a specific movement or campaign, or to the larger context of such events.
In addition to being a significant resource on civil resistance campaigns and movements taking place around the world, NVCNews can also serve as an educational resource for researchers and students; an informational resource for practitioners to learn from struggles going on around the world; and a practical resource for journalists, bloggers and other writers to provide incisive coverage of civil resistance. Professors of civil resistance courses often invite their students to sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter to stay up-to-date on related news.