Presenter: Dr. Maciej Bartkowski / Senior Director for Education & Research, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Date: Monday, June 17th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Description: When repression persists, it is often mistakenly believed that a regime is durable and mass-based resistance is not feasible. As soon as the people rise up and the regime falls, the prevailing view quickly shifts: the popular upheaval is seen as inevitable and the collapse of the system unavoidable. So movement emergence is neither impossible nor can it be easily predicted. Yet, nonviolent movements come to life and in places and times few predicted. This session will aim to explain why people rise up even if the risks are high and success uncertain. This will be linked with other questions: How are people able to break the barrier of fear and apathy? How do action-takers build their case for change? How do they gain greater recognition and how do they use an adversary’s counter measures to strengthen or maintain their own momentum?