ICNC organizes Regional Institutes on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action in partnership with local organizations in different parts of the world. These Institutes offer activists, practitioners, educators and academics opportunities to engage in structured and applied learning on civic organizing, mobilization and dynamics of nonviolent struggles for rights, freedom and justice.
The goals of the Regional Institutes are:
• to build a vibrant network of grassroots activists and scholars from the region who are interested in studying and/or involved in the practice of strategic nonviolent action;
• to offer structured learning about effective nonviolent organizing;
• to generate knowledge and share information about nonviolent campaigns in the region, including key lessons from case studies that inform more strategic approach to nonviolent actions; and
• to establish and expand the network of practitioners in the region and build partnerships between practitioners and scholars, to foster information exchange related to nonviolent organizing and mobilization for social justice, human rights and democratic rule of law.
Upcoming Regional Institutes
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Dates: September 15 – September 20, 2019
**Application deadline extended to July 5, 2019. Apply today.**
Research has shown that effectiveness of nonviolent movements depends on the scale of people’s mobilization and participation and this, in turn, is influenced by the degree to which a movement is able to maintain nonviolent discipline. So how can ordinary people come and work together to win rights, democratic reforms, and social justice without resorting to violence? What are creative nonviolent actions that movements deploy to achieve their goals? How can lobbying, litigation, and elections (when available) be combined with powerful, nonviolent civil resistance strategies and tactics for maximum effect?
The Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action offers both practitioners and academics access to global knowledge and experience in the theory, history, and practice of effecting needed political change through nonviolent means.
This course is designed for those unwilling to tolerate injustice and human rights violations who are committed to finding evermore effective nonviolent strategies for change. It is meant for activists, scholars, and professionals who want to better understand how to change their communities, cities, countries, and even the world.
If you want to make history, the Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action will help you use the power of strategic nonviolent action campaigns to counter outrage and fight for truth, democracy and liberty.
In six days you will learn:
- How strategic nonviolent action works – and its theories of power and change
- Why nonviolent civil resistance campaigns either succeed or fail
- The record of civil resistance compared to armed struggle and movements with organized violent flanks
- Innovative nonviolent strategies and tactics and how they can be used to reach your goals
- Key lessons from a wide range of cases of civil resistance movements and campaigns from Eastern Europe and around the world.
Participants: The Eastern European Institute is designed for activists, organizers, scholars, teachers, civil society professionals, as well as civic and political leaders across Eastern Europe.
Presenters: Local, regional and international experts will present at the Institute and a field trip will offer an opportunity to listen to local organizers and learn about a local social justice campaign. Participants will also have an opportunity to present on the local campaigns and movements that they have been involved in.
Institute Language: This is a tri-lingual institute with simultaneous interpretation in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
For more information about the Eastern European Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action and the application, please click here.
Extended Application Deadline: Friday, July 5, 2019
(11:59 PM Eastern European Summer Time GMT+3)
Second Latin American Regional Institute, 2019
Quito, Ecuador, April 7-13, 2019
Fifty-two civic activists, organizers, educators, and practitioners from 12 Latin American countries, as well as France, Ukraine, and the United States met together in Quito for the second annual Regional Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action to learn about the history, theory and application of nonviolent civil resistance. The Institute’s program was developed in partnership between ICNC, Factultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) Ecuador, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), and CEMPROC. The program covered, among other things:
- Nonviolent struggles for community safety and peace
- Nonviolent struggles against authoritarian regimes
- Strategies and tactics to develop a movement and wage successful nonviolent resistance
- Case studies of nonviolent movements and campaigns from Mexico, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America
- How to avoid, deter, and reduce the impact of repression
- Conflict analysis tools
- Small-group work on designing campaign strategies and nonviolent actions
- Overview of available education programs and opportunities in the field of civil resistance
- Field trip to a local community to learn about grassroots organizing and efforts to promote social and economic justice
Some participants joined a radio show and discussed their experiences. You can listen here.
You can also watch the video below to hear from some of the participants and organizers.
South Asian Regional Institute, 2019
The Institute brought together close to 40 practitioners, activists, organizers and educators. They came from more than 10 countries from the region and beyond, including Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Korea, Ethiopia, Netherlands, the US. Some participants have been part of the ICNC educational network and have also completed ICNC online courses.
“As Dalit people (untouchables), we have faced oppression for three thousand years. We also still have a long way to go to win full equality. Yet, by setting specific, achievable goals and using nonviolent methods of struggle we have won victory after victory. We think it is important to recognize the successes we’ve won on our journey toward justice. Never give up.” A Nepal community organizer.
- generic content on civil resistance that ICNC delivered together with its regional collaborators;
- case studies of movements and campaigns from the region presented by local speakers;
- participants’ presentations on the campaigns they were involved in;
- a group strategy project where participants worked on devising a nonviolent campaign and a viable strategy and tactics; and last but not least
- a field trip to local communities and groups that shared stories and insights on nonviolent campaigns and civil resistance actions that the communities have been engaged in to press for specific political, social and economic goals.
The program integrated effectively theoretical and analytical learning and lecture-based type of education in the field of civil resistance, with case study-based approach that brought in practical insights and lessons learnt from local nonviolent organizing and campaigns and, finally, hands-on, strategic planning exercises where participants focus on devising relevant nonviolent actions and campaigns for rights.
Eastern European Regional Institute, 2018
Kyiv, Ukraine. August 19-August 26, 2018
Institute Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, & English
The Eastern European Institute on the Practice and Study of Strategic Nonviolent Action offers both practitioners and scholars access to global knowledge and experience in the theory, history and practice of effecting needed political change through nonviolent means. It is designed for those who are unwilling to tolerate injustice and human rights violations and who are committed to finding more effective nonviolent strategies for change. It is meant for activists, scholars, and professionals who want to better understand how to change their communities, cities, countries, and even the world. The Institute will help attendees utilize the power of strategic nonviolent action campaigns to fight for truth, democracy and liberty. It is organized by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, the Taurida National Vernadsky University, Free Russia House, and the Laboratory of Democratic Transformations.
Latin American Regional Institute, 2018
Flasco, Quito, Ecuador. February 19-24, 2018
Institute Languages: English & Spanish
This Regional Institute offers practitioners and scholars alike a great opportunity to learn about, and reflect on, ways to achieve social change nonviolently. Participants will learn how strategic nonviolent action can shift the existing balance of power and increase awareness of issues of injustice with the goal of bringing about positive change. Case studies of nonviolent movements throughout Latin America and the world will also be explored, including a field trip to a local community mobilized and engaged in nonviolent actions. The Institute is organized by FLACSO Ecuador, CEMPROC, Pontificia Universidad Católica del and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and will take place in Quito, Ecuador from February 19 to 24, 2018.
“Weaving Transnational Activist Networks: Balancing International and Bottom-up Capacity-building Strategies for Nonviolent Action in Latin America”
by Jeffrey Pugh, Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies, 2018 Vol. 2, No. 1, 130-144