I am an independent consultant in field of civil resistance. I also am Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), where I was President & CEO from January 2015 until June 2021.


About my work

I present, write and develop programs to support nonviolent movements fighting for human rights and political change around the world. This includes leading workshops for activists and organizers; speaking about these movements with scholars, journalists and members of NGOs; developing educational resources; and engaging in grantmaking.

My primary interest is in how ordinary people overcome adverse conditions and win rights, freedom and justice. I often focus on "the tough cases" where conventional wisdom assumes that civil resistance would not be effective. Yet history is replete with cases where ordinary people used nonviolent tactics—such as strikes, boycotts, protests and other acts of noncooperation—to succeed against powerful adversaries. The questions that guide my work involve understanding what makes such cases successful and how to apply these lessons to nonviolent movements today.