Monday, May 24, 2010

The Power of Non-violence from both a principled and strategic perspective

"Civil Resistance as a Foundation of Democracy to Be: The Legacy of Nonviolent Struggle in the Democratization of Poland"

Dr. Maciej Bartkowski, Senior Director for Education and Research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict presented a talk on the long term impact of civil resistance after a nonviolent struggle ends and a democratic transition is launched. Some of the questions addressed in his presentation: Does civil resistance create a long lasting effect on the society and politics? Do earlier practices of civil resistance have an impact on later processes of democratic transformation? How exactly is a propitious effect of civil resistance on democratization and democratic consolidation generated and visible in practice? What analytical tools can be used to study the residual impact of civil resistance? The full presentation is available below:

Civil Resistance as a Foundation of Democracy to Be - Maciej Bartkowski (Webinar) from ICNC on Vimeo.

Michael Nagler, author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future, from the Metta Center for Nonviolence speaks on principled non-violence at Sonoma State University in December 2009.

Both presentations offer important insights into the nature of nonviolent civic resistance and its prospects for laying the groundwork for both a just and free democratic order.

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