Minds of the Movement

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How Sudan’s Pro-Democracy Uprising Challenges Prevailing Myths about Civil Resistance

A powerful pro-democracy civil insurrection in Sudan which has ousted a longstanding dictator and his successor is still in progress, but Sudanese are hopeful for a full democratic transition. This uprising challenges a number of prevailing myths many people have in the West regarding unarmed civil insurrections. […]

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Ideas & Trends

“The Way Between”: Principled Fiction at an Exciting Tempo

The Harry Potter bug never bit me. Glancing at the back cover of Rivera Sun’s The Way Between (Rising Sun Press Works, 2016) last month, my first thought was “I’m not sure this is my genre.” But I had noticed the novel making its way around my professional circles for some time, so I was curious to see for myself what the buzz was about. […]

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Movement Commentary

Algerians Adopt Civil Resistance to Push for Political Change

The record of civil resistance in Algeria so far is impressive: In just six weeks, the people have not only forced their long-term serving president to renounce pursuing a fifth term in office, but have also obtained his resignation before the end of his current mandate. Equally remarkable, Algerians have reclaimed ownership of public space to voice their political demands.

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Scholarship & Research

How Can Civil Resistance/Social Work Integration Enhance Social Change?

“Building a two-way street between civil resistance and social work could have many benefits on individual, interpersonal, and societal levels. What could those benefits look like? Perhaps social workers could be helping clients connect with local groups doing work around issues impacting clients’ lives… .”

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Movement Commentary

Venezuela’s National Conflict Platform: Building Unity to Challenge Oppression

“One year ago, the Venezuelan people were disheartened and apathetic. Since then, we have built the foundations of a broad-based opposition to the regime—and one with a powerful, peaceful, and organized agenda for pushing for change. […]”

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Movement Commentary

How Can Movements Bounce Back from a Harmful Media Narrative?

Last month, Kenyan media undermined a nonviolent movement against extrajudicial killings by propagating a harmful news story involving an activist. The media attack forced the movement to deal with humiliation, shame, and social polarization, instead of focusing on its struggle for justice. But the movement is now picking up the pieces and finding ways to bounce back from the attack. […]

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Scholarship & Research

Defection as Therapy? A Closer Look at the Trauma of Repressing

Would suffering from Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress (PITS) symptoms make agents of repression more likely to defect, or less? Do those suffering from PITS find defection to be a good therapy, and if so, is there a way of using this knowledge to encourage defections? […]

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Ideas & Trends

Protest is Not Enough: Nonviolent Struggles against Corruption in Nigeria and Romania

Anti-corruption movements, campaigns, and civic initiatives have become a familiar phenomenon in civil resistance and reform-oriented uprisings in many countries, particularly in the Global South. But what specific tactics and broader approach can people utilize to turn an anti-corruption movement into real change?

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Ideas & Trends

How Online Courses on Civil Resistance Can Make Real Impact

With the growth of online courses on civil resistance comes the challenge of measuring and assessing their impact. To this end, ICNC developed and conducts different surveys to evaluate its online courses that may serve as a useful template to others. This blog post shares the instruments we use to measure the impact of online education and the real changes we can discern from this work.

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Ideas & Trends

Five Tips for Building an Organization that Supports Movements

Since 2012, Solidarity Uganda has grown from a local volunteer collective in a remote farming community to an international network supporting grassroots resistance movements in over 70 countries. I hope the below tips—derived from Solidarity Uganda’s victories and shortcomings—can assist those walking similar paths, and help progressive funders understand what to look for in movement-minded organizations. […]

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