The International Center on Conflict in 2023 launched a collaboration with ActionAid Denmark entitled, "Research In Action" or REACT for short. The project was conceived as a global research program with the goal to create useful knowledge from and for nonviolent movements. The collaboration is based on four key principles:
Writing is a central building block of our collaboration. We—the REACT team alongside a dozen activist-authors from all world regions—will use Minds of the Movement as a space to explore, express, exchange and elaborate. Over the coming weeks, keep an eye out for a series of posts by these activists ("REACT Series, powered by ActionAid Denmark"); you can read the first few posts below. We are aiming for about a dozen before the end of 2023.
Our activist-writers are engaged in nonviolent movements for diverse causes, but they all have one thing in common: A relationship to writing that transcends the personal and ventures well into the domain of collective power.
By: Peter Tindborg and Amber French, May 4, 2023
What is your relationship to writing and how is that related to your activism? We received the above responses when we discussed this question with activists we met this past February at the Global People Power Forum (Tanzania), a space where movements and movement-minded organizations shared, learned and advanced collective wisdom.
As ICNC and ActionAid Denmark embark on a new collaboration this year, we are going straight to the source. Even in this first phase the approach has brought forth a true wellspring of ideas. [...]
By: Araceli Argueta, May 23, 2023
Whenever I listen to Quintana's Cancion Sin Miedo, I feel the urge for change. As pointed out by Marshall Ganz, narratives are the art of creating emotions that translate values into actions. When I began participating in movements in El Salvador, every march and action was accompanied by songs from Torogoces de Morazan, Violeta Parra, Residente, and many others. I noticed that the idea of another world in Latin America has always been accompanied by music and creative languages of resistance that create new meanings, make the invisible visible, and invite us to dream, fight, feel, and change. […]
This article is also available in Spanish:
"Una visión para el mañana: Narrativa en Resistencia en las luchas por la justicia y los derechos en América Latina"
Por: Araceli Argueta, 23 de mayo 2023
Cada vez que escucho la Canción Sin Miedo de Vivir Quintana, siento el impulso de generar cambio. Como señala Marshall Ganz, las narrativas son el arte de crear emociones que traducen los valores en acciones. Cuando empecé a participar en movimientos en El Salvador, todas las marchas y acciones iban acompañadas de canciones de los Torogoces de Morazán, Violeta Parra, Residente y muchos otros. Me di cuenta de que la idea de otro mundo en América Latina siempre ha ido acompañada de música y lenguajes creativos de resistencia que crean nuevos significados, hacen visible lo invisible y nos invitan a soñar, luchar, sentir y cambiar. [...]
Esta entrada de blog también está disponible en inglés:
"A Vision for Tomorrow: Narrative Resistance in Struggles for Justice and Rights in Latin America"
Peter Tindborg 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, engaged in a range of research initiatives, among them the REACT collaboration with ICNC where he serves as co-editor. As a former rapper he is particularly interested in artistic activism and has been collaborating with political artists across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East as part of the collective Rapolitics.
Ivan Marovic is an organizer, software developer and social innovator from Belgrade, Serbia. He was one of the leaders of Otpor, a youth movement which played a critical role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic, Serbian strongman in 2000. Since then he’s been advising numerous pro-democracy groups around the world and became one of the leading educators in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict. In the last two decades Ivan has been designing and developing learning programs on civil resistance and movement building, and supporting the development of training organizations, such as Rhize and the African Coaching Network.
Ivan started his activism journey as a student organizer in the Otpor movement which played a critical role in mobilizing voters in historic 2000 election and the subsequent nonviolent mobilization which pressed Slobodan Milosevic to accept defeat and step down.
Amber French is Managing Editor of Minds of the Movement and Editorial Advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. She is currently based in Paris, France, where she teaches classes on nonviolence, politics, and diplomacy at two universities and serves on the editorial board of Alternatives non-violentes. Amber is also a French to English translator and frequent contributor to Minds of the Movement and a number of French journals.
Since joining ICNC in 2014, Amber French has led in developing and managing ICNC’s editorial and media initiatives. Amber led the development of the Minds of the Movement blog. In 2016, she oversaw the launch of the Nonviolent Conflict News website, a news aggregator site on civil resistance around the world (now discontinued). She also launched and managed ICNC Press, overseeing the production of its first nine books and reports in online and print editions. Previously, Amber served as editor of the Migration Policy Institute’s Migration Information Source and the UNESCO/Max Planck Institute journal New Diversities.
Bruce Pearson is Program Manager at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), where he supports online learning, field work, fellowships, and writing and publishing on the use of civil resistance by movements to win rights, freedom, and justice. With ICNC Press, he has coordinated the publication of twenty monographs, special reports, and resources for practitioners—fourteen of which he was volume editor. He also manages the moderated and participant-led online courses and supports courses by ICNC partners and teaching fellows.
Araceli Argueta is an organizer, anthropologist and campaigner from El Salvador. She has organized across Latin America with women, youth and indigenous people, creating tools to mobilize people from different backgrounds. She has worked on gender rights, migration and biocultural protection. Araceli has solid experience in political education, advocacy, nonviolent campaigning, digital campaigning and strategic planning in local and international organizations. She has researched nonviolent movements and political mobilization, especially using language, symbols and cultural means to create social change. Araceli work as Advocacy and Organizing Director at the Immigrants Rights Program with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).