Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

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Amber French

Amber French is Senior Editorial Advisor at ICNC, Managing Editor of the Minds of the Movement blog (est. June 2017) and Project Co-Lead of REACT (Research-in-Action) focusing on the power of activist writing. Currently based in Paris, France, she continues to develop thought leadership on civil resistance in French.

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Sarah Sheik Ali

Sarah Sheik Ali is a feminist human rights defender from Lebanon and academic researcher on gender, social movements and activism.

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Hardy Merriman

Hardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), and led ICNC as President & CEO from 2015 until 2021. He has worked in the field of civil resistance for over 20 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers; speaking widely to scholars, journalists, and members of international organizations; and developing educational resources.

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Steward Muhindo Kalyamughuma

Steward Muhindo Kalyamughuma is a Congolese activist with the nonviolent, non-partisan citizen movement LUCHA (Lutte pour le Changement, Struggle for Change), and a researcher on human rights and armed conflict at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Environnement, la Démocratie et les Droits de l’Homme (CREDDHO).

Steward Muhindo Kalyamughuma est activiste Congolais du mouvement citoyen non-violent et non-partisan LUCHA (Lutte pour le Changement) et chercheur sur les droits humains et les conflits armés au Centre de Recherche sur l’Environnement, la Démocratie et les droits de l’Homme (CREDDHO).

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Peter Tindborg

Peter Tindborg is a guest editor for the REACT series powered by ActionAid Denmark. He has been engaged in youth organizing and activism for more than a decade out of Denmark, Bolivia, Kenya, Nepal and El Salvador. He is currently at the Global Centre for Social Movement Support as part of ActionAid Denmark and serves as co-editor of Minds of the Movement’s REACT blog series, powered by ActionAid Denmark.

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Araceli Argueta

Araceli Argueta is a guest editor of the REACT series, powered by ActionAid Denmark. She is an organizer and anthropologist from El Salvador. She has organized with women, youth, and indigenous people, protecting human rights, and supporting biocultural defense. Araceli is the Advocacy and Organizing Director at the Immigrants Rights Program with the American Friends Service Committee.

Araceli Argueta es una organizadora y antropóloga de El Salvador. Ha organizado con mujeres, jóvenes y pueblos indígenas, protegiendo los derechos humanos y apoyando la defensa biocultural. Araceli es la Directora de Incidencia y Organización del Programa de Derechos de los Inmigrantes de American Friends Service Committee.

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Mostafa Fouad

Mostafa Fouad is an Egyptian human rights lawyer and Legal Researcher who shapes justice through extensive research, including co-authoring the “Advocacy from Exile” guide. With a decade in MENA civil society roles, he leads as HuMENA’s Head of Programs, fueling impactful change.

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Ivan Marovic

Ivan Marovic is Executive Director of ICNC. He was one of the leaders of Otpor, the student resistance movement that played an important role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia. After the successful democratic transition in Serbia, Marovic began consulting with various prodemocracy groups worldwide and became one of the leading practitioners in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict.

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