Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

Cómo el levantamiento por la democracia de Sudán sacude los mitos prevalecientes sobre la Resistencia Civil

Una poderosa insurrección civil por la democracia en Sudán que ha derrocado a un dictador que ha permanecido por mucho tiempo en el poder, y con el sucesor aún en proceso de designación los sudaneses están esperanzados de obtener una completa transición a la democracia. […]

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Scholarship & Research

The “Strategy Web”: The Little-Known Tool for Visualizing Civil Resistance-Led Conflict

The strategy web of vulnerabilities and resiliencies is a tool that, to my knowledge, has not been used in the civil resistance field despite its direct relevance to practitioners’ work, as well as the insight it can provide to movement and campaign analysts. […]

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Ideas & Trends

The Activists’ Creed: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

This summer will bring the 400th anniversary of enslaved Africans’ first landing in the United States. As their numbers grew, so too did the oppression they faced and, increasingly, its cruelty was codified as law. Colonial oppressors had their laws then, and modern despots have theirs today. They can ban the meetings, shut down Twitter, and burn the books. But the indomitable, immutable human spirit always finds a workaround. […]

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Ideas & Trends

Three Ways Faith and Spiritual Leaders are Shaping Movements Today

Throughout history, civil resistance movements in North America have included preachers, healers, spiritual leaders, and creative artists who have helped to rouse the public out of complacency while providing nourishment, inspiration, and consolation to those on the frontlines of the struggle. […]

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Ideas & Trends

“Fake News”: A New Weapon against Dissidents in Southeast Asia

In response to dwindling public trust in their officials and institutions, authoritarian governments in many Southeast Asian countries are exploiting “fake news” as a political tool against their critics. This growing trend can be understood as systematic attempts to undermine the men, women, and organizations behind these dissenting opinions […]

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Movement Commentary

North Macedonia’s Colorful Revolution is Over. What’s Next?

On the Minds of the Movement blog, Sonja Stojadinovic comments on the 2015-2016 nonviolent movements for freedom from corrupt government that have set the people and politics of North Macedonia on a new historical path.

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Movement Commentary

How Can Movements Effectively Counter Co-optation?

A natural response to suspected co-optation may be for activists to name and shame persons who were bought out, labeling them as traitors who cannot be trusted. Yet there might be a more shrewd way of handling co-optation: discreetly isolate, then disarm, then show them the exit. […]

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