“If you asked me about the movement I was part of, Otpor, and the campaigns we ran, I could tell you about tactics all day long. I could also talk about the Declaration on the Future of Serbia, Otpor’s strategic document. But I couldn’t name a single campaign from our first year. Why? Because there were none. Campaigns are difficult to plan and implement.”
Ivan Marovic, one of the leading practitioners in the field of strategic civil resistance, shares these reflections in the opening lines of his just-released book, The Path of Most Resistance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Nonviolent Campaigns (ICNC Press).
Presented by Ivan Marovic
Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:00pm – 1:00pm US-Eastern
Book Description of The Path of Most Resistance
The Path of Most Resistance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a Nonviolent Campaign is a practical guide for activists and organizers of all levels, who wish to grow their resistance activities into a more strategic, fixed-term campaign. It guides readers through the campaign planning process, breaking it down into several steps and providing tools and exercises for each step. Upon finishing the book, readers will have what they need to guide their peers through the process of planning a campaign. This process, as laid out in the guide, is estimated to take about 12 hours from start to finish.
The guide is divided into two parts. The first lays out and contextualizes campaign planning tools and their objectives. It also explains the logic behind these tools, and how they can be modified to better suit a particular group’s context. The second part provides easily reproducible and shareable lesson plans for using each of those tools, as well as explores how to embed the tools in the wider planning process.
Ivan Marovic was one of leaders of Otpor, the student resistance movement that played a significant role in the overthrow of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic on October 5, 2000. After the successful democratic transition in Serbia, Marovic began consulting with various pro-democracy movements around the world and became one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field of strategic nonviolent resistance