2nd Annual Regional Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action in the Americas

April 7-13, 2019

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
— Nelson Mandela

The Regional Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action in the Americas offers practitioners and academics alike a great opportunity to learn about, and reflect on, ways to achieve social change nonviolently. Join us to 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 change. Come and learn from case studies throughout Latin America and the world.

This course is designed to equip activists, scholars, teachers, professionals, and other future peacebuilders from all countries in the Americas with practical tools, knowledge, and hands-on experience to understand the power of nonviolent action to transform the state and society and improve social justice.

 June 2015, Guatemala City. Findings of the post-war anti-impunity international council triggered mass mobilization against government corruption and impunity. Photo courtesy of Tomas Ayuso.

June 2015, Guatemala City. Findings of the post-war anti-impunity international council triggered mass mobilization against government corruption and impunity. Photo courtesy of Tomas Ayuso.

Strategic nonviolent action is a powerful way for people to fight for their rights, freedom, justice, and self-determination without resorting to violence. 

It can be carried out through tactics such as strikes, boycotts, mass protests and various forms of non-cooperation. As large numbers participate in these actions in a unified, organized, and disciplined way, they disrupt the capacity of their opponents to control events.  When a movement sequences its tactics to strategically escalate pressure on its opponent, while remaining resilient and avoiding or withstanding repression, it can impose dramatic costs and force change by undercutting the existing system’s base of support, shifting the loyalties of its defenders and causing bystanders to side with the movement.

Many nonviolent action campaigns and movements have created these dynamics and changed history as a result.  Even violent adversaries have been susceptible to nonviolent challenges.

-ICNC

Topics

  • What is strategic nonviolent action

  • How nonviolent action works

  • Why nonviolent campaigns succeed or fail

  •  Nonviolent strategy and tactics

  • Movement and campaign communications and media

  • Case studies of movements and campaigns from Latin America and around the world, including field trip

  • How strategic nonviolent action shapes societies, national, and international affairs

  • Work in groups to create strategic and tactical action plans

  • bilingual curriculum with simultaneous translation from Spanish into English and English into Spanish

Impact

  • 97% of participants recommended the Regional Institute to other people.

  • 89% reported having greater knowledge about civil resistance and nonviolent organizing than before

    they joined the Institute.

  • 100% of participants reported that they learned about strategic nonviolent action from other course participants, highlighting the significance of collective horizontal learning that took place at the Institute.

Testimonies

  • The program on nonviolent civil strategies was very nourishing, both for its content and for forming a space of connection among peers, a space to meet, get to know each other, connect, and start working together.

  • Attending the Regional Institute was an incredibly enriching experience both on the intellectual and practical levels. The experiences, passion, and humanity of the facilitators and participants moved me every moment of the institute and give me the strength to continue fighting for a just and equitable world.

  • The institute enriched our knowledge about the importance of nonviolent actions. The experiences of nonviolent movements and campaigns in Latin America that were shared allowed us to reflect on the needs and challenges that we face, and how we can adapt or replicate these initiatives, methods, models and dynamics in order to achieve our goals.

  • I have participated in two very good online courses about civil resistance, and I can say that nothing compares to the experience of learning in real life, building community with other participants and facilitators. From the academic point of view, the institute was absolutely excellent; from the personal point of view, it was unforgettable. The human quality, the openness to dialogue and the richness of the experiences that all of the facilitators and participants contributed, made this institute one of the most nourishing and enriching experiences that I have ever had.

Costs 

  • YOU will need to PAY A $ 50 DEPOSIT ONCE ACCEPTED TO CONFIRM YOUR Spot ON THE PROGRAM

  • YOU will need to PAY THE remaining BALANCE BEFORE February 6, 2019

  • THE PROGRAM HAS A TOTAL COST OF $300, INCLUDING: ALL ACTIVITIES, FIELD TRIP, LUNCHES, AND COFFEE BREAKS, PLUS MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS

  • There are a limited number of partial and complete Scholarships available, especially for activists in grassroots organizations that do not have any institutional financial support available.

 Photo courtesy of Tomas Ayuso

Photo courtesy of Tomas Ayuso

Video of the 2018 Regional Institute

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Meet the Organizers

The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) focuses on how nonviolent action movements struggle effectively and succeed. They develop and share knowledge and educational resources related to civil resistance with interested recipients throughout the world.

FLACSO Ecuador builds and disseminates knowledge in the field of social sciences and humanities through teaching along with critical and creative research. They strive to contribute to the development of the diverse currents of Latin American and Andean thought, and to promote justice, equity, and social inclusion.

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) is an academic community that rigorously and critically contributes to the protection and development of human dignity and cultural heritage through research, teaching, and the various services offered to local, national and international communities

CEMPROC aims to reduce destructive conflict and promote global peace, with a special interest in education and prevention.

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 Dr. Maciej Bartkowski from ICNC teaching from case studies.

Dr. Maciej Bartkowski from ICNC teaching from case studies.

 Mary King from ICNC helping a work group in a course on nonviolent action.

Mary King from ICNC helping a work group in a course on nonviolent action.