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Fletcher Summer Institute

FSI 2015

The Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI) is the leading executive education program in the world focusing on the advanced, interdisciplinary study of civil resistance.

Civil resistance campaigns for rights, freedom, and justice are capturing the world’s attention as never before. Campaigns to protect democracy in Hong Kong, for women’s rights in India, for indigenous rights in Latin America, for police accountability in the United States, against violence in Mexico, against corruption in Cambodia, against growing autocracy in Ukraine and against dictatorship in Burkina Faso are all examples in the last year of a profound global shift in how political power is developed and applied.

Since 2006, over 400 participants from more than 90 countries have gathered at FSI to learn and share knowledge. The program is taught by leading international scholars, practitioners, organizers and activists from past and current struggles. It provides both a firm academic grasp of the subject of civil resistance as well as a practical understanding of the use of nonviolent struggle in a variety of conflicts for a wide range of goals.

Organized in conjunction with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the program offers a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict.

You can stay up to date with all the news on FSI 2015 on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Download the FSI 2015 flyer. To learn about past FSIs, you can watch presentations from FSI 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 or 2010.

When: June 7-12, 2015
Where: The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cost: Registration fees for participants are listed below.
Scholarships are available for accepted applicants. Information about registration and scholarships is included below. You will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships covering travel and registration on the application form itself (available via the button below).
          Why should you apply?
Who should apply?Over the last decade, people have increasingly waged civil resistance for rights, freedom, and justice in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania.  Movements struggling for democracy, environmental preservation, anti-corruption initiatives, women’s rights, indigenous rights, labor rights, an end to violent conflict, or other causes are actively shaping societies, nations, and international affairs.

Accordingly it is increasingly important for journalists, policy analysts, civil society leaders, activists, scholars, and educators to understand this phenomenon. Civil resistance movements are not studied in most schools or university programs, are under-recognized in most history books and contemporary news media, and there are widespread misconceptions about what they are and how they work. FSI brings together prominent scholars, experienced veterans of previous civil resistance movements, and well-informed journalists and civil society observers of such events to provide in-depth knowledge.
Costs and Scholarships:
ICNC covers food, accommodation, educational materials, and other expenses. Participant registration fees help offset costs of the institute, and are based on a scale ranging from $500 to $2000, depending on the annual budget of the organization or department with which you are affiliated. Please refer to the following scale to determine your registration fee. The figure on the left represents the organizational or department annual budget. The figure on the right represents the respective registration fee.

                      Budget                      Registration fee
$0* - $100,000 USD
 $500 USD   
$100,000 - $500,000 USD $1000 USD   
$500,000 – $1 million USD $1500 USD   
$1 million USD + $2000 USD   
*Includes unaffiliated individuals.
The FSI registration fee is the only charge requested. Accommodation, all meals, and learning materials for the entire institute are paid by ICNC. Accommodation is in the dormitories at Tufts University and meals are arranged through Tufts University.
In addition to the FSI registration fee, participants or their sponsoring organizations are expected to cover their own travel expenses to and from Boston, MA. However, if an applicant or sponsoring organization cannot afford to pay these costs, need-based scholarships are available and can be applied for in your FSI application.
Some Topics Covered at FSI:

Fletcher SchoolFSI is dedicated to teaching about how grassroots civil resistance movements form, organize, strategize, mobilize, build coalitions, communicate, select tactics, negotiate, and create change. Diverse movements for diverse causes are discussed, and complex issues such as the role of external actors in supporting or suppressing civil resistance, civil resistance movements and the challenges of democratic transitions, and strategies that movements use to respond to violent repression and armed insurgency are also addressed.

The aim of FSI is to increase understanding of civil resistance so that participants can integrate that knowledge into how they do their professional work. International professionals will come away with a better understanding of how civil resistance movements function and the dynamics of nonviolent power and change. Journalists will obtain a better understanding of how to analyze and cover civil resistance movements. Thomas Schmidheiny Lecture HallCivil society leaders and other practitioners will acquire rich ideas about strategy, tactics, communications and a variety of other areas that movements must consider. Educators will discover new ideas about how to teach and share knowledge about civil resistance. All participants will come away with new information about case studies, comparative analyses, and the global scope of civil resistance taking place in the world today.

In addition to the knowledge imparted through the various presentations during the week, a great deal of knowledge is contributed by FSI participants, who are expected to actively share their experience, perspectives, and ideas to enrich the discussions. Historically, FSI has been a place where interdisciplinary learning, creativity, networking and new friendships have flourished.