Presenter: Kim Wilson / Lecturer in International Business, Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Description: This session exposes participants to the idea of economic (financial and non-financial) self-organization in the context of strategic nonviolent conflict. We explore how civil resistance movements engage in and benefit from alternative economic organizing, what impact this type of self-organization has on mobilization and sustainability of nonviolent resistance, and what the challenges and obstacles are for pursuing grassroots economic independence in order to gain a greater strategic advantage in a civil resistance struggle. We look to specific examples from Haiti, Poland, South Africa and India to inform our thinking. We will pose a theoretical framework on self-organizing in civil resistance in general and specifically in economic and financial spheres and ask participants to respond and help reshape the framework.