Activists, Organizers, and Practitioners

I was an independent contractor in the field of civil resistance from 2007-2012, and this section of my website is a legacy from that time period and therefore is no longer current.  As an independent contractor, I offered services (such as those listed below) to a variety of constituencies.  I still offer many of these services, but now through the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

I offer the following services to activists, organizers and practitioners:.

  • Presentations on specific topics related to grassroots movements, strategic planning, organizing and mobilization.  See below for a selected list of topics.
  • Workshops of one or more days length.

Selected presentation topics:

The list below is a sampling of topics on which I present to activists, organizers, and practitioners.  If there’s a topic you’re interested in learning about that is not on this list, contact me and I will tell you if I can present on it or try to direct you to someone who can.

  • Historical overview of civil resistance movements
  • Case studies of specific civil resistance movements
  • The record and outcomes of civil resistance movements
  • Understanding how nonviolent movements wield power
  • Movement development and formation
  • Strategic planning for civil resistance movements
  • Strategic principles of effective nonviolent resistance
  • Tactical selection, innovation, and sequencing in civil resistance
  • Developing a unifying vision in a society
  • Communications and message design
  • Developing and maintaining unity in a movement
  • Movement leadership and organizational structure
  • Movement capacity building
  • Coalition building
  • Strategies for dealing with repression
  • Making repression backfire
  • The role of negotiations in nonviolent conflict
  • Nonviolent resistance in international context
  • Consolidating victory

Selected past presentation and guest lecturing venues*:

I respect the confidentiality of activists and organizers with whom I’ve worked and therefore do not furnish a list of activist and organizer workshops that I have led.

More generally, I can share a list below of selected presentation and guest lecturing venues for public events.

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual conference (2009)
American University
Amherst College
Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Queensland University
Cambridge University (UK)
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney (Australia)
Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Central Connecticut State University (2010-2014)
Central European University
Colorado College
Community of Democracies
Dartmouth College
European Humanities University (Lithuania)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2006-2015)
Watch presentation
George Mason University
Georgetown University (2013, 2015)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Golden West College
Harvard University (2011, 2013, 2017)
Read related article
ICNC Summer Institute at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
International Peace Research Association Annual Conference (2006)
International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education (2011, 2014, 2015)
The James Lawson Institute
James Madison University
Kadir Has University (Turkey)
Middlebury College
Read related article
Monterey Institute for International Studies
New York University
Oberlin College (2007, 2012)
Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Norway)
Portland State University
School for Authentic Journalism (Mexico)
Sonoma State University
Stanford University (2010, 2011, 2015)
Swarthmore College
United States Institute of Peace
University of Amsterdam
University of Basque Country (Spain)
University of Chicago
University of Denver (2016, 2017)
University of Deusto (Spain)
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
University of San Francisco
University of Sarajevo (Bosnia)
University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
University of Toronto
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) (2010, 2017)
Wesleyan University

* Note: Videos of some of these presentations are available for viewing here.