Presented by George Lakey on Thursday, February 21 at Noon (Eastern-US)
In this webinar, George Lakey, a long time social movement organizer and the author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, will share some of the key lessons he’s learned about how to organize powerful, strategic, and effective movements.
As George notes, the nonviolent direct action campaign is an art form that includes not only strategy and tactics but also the organizational culture of the initiating/leading campaign group, which needs to be a “learning organization.” In many situations the goal is not only the campaign’s own “win,” but also stimulating a social movement and even a movement of movements for fundamental social transformation.
The first half of this one hour webinar will be George’s presentation and then followed by an engaged Q & A discussion with participants.
Activist: George Lakey’s first arrest was for a nonviolent civil rights sit-in in the 1960s. Since then, he has been active in a number of social movements and campaigns, including co-leading a sailing ship with medical aid to Vietnam in defiance of the U.S. war, campaigning with others in the LGBTQ community, organizing Men Against Patriarchy, and leading a statewide cross-race, cross-class coalition to fight back against Reagan. He has served as an unarmed bodyguard for human rights defenders in Sri Lanka, and recently walked 200 miles in a successful Quaker direct action campaign against mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia. In March 2018, he was arrested in the Power Local Green Jobs campaign demanding that the regional energy utility start a community solar program targeting poor neighborhoods.
Educator: George also recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. He created and managed the Global Nonviolent Action Database research project that includes over 1100 campaigns from nearly 200 countries. George has also held teaching posts at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 he was named “Peace Educator of the Year.” As a long-time activist trainer, he has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, and he founded and, for fifteen years, directed Training for Change.
Writer: Since the 1960s, when he co-authored Manual for Direct Action, George has published ten books on how to make progressive social change. In 2010, he published his authoritative text on adult education, Facilitating Group Learning (Jossey-Bass). More recently, he wrote Viking Economics (Melville House, 2016) on the Nordic model of political economy, and How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning (Melville House, 2018). In addition, George is a columnist for the online magazine Waging Nonviolence.
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