“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
– Nelson Mandela

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 disciplineviolence limits a movement’s effectiveness. 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.

September 15 – September 20

Kyiv, Ukraine

Number of participants

Institute Language: This is a tri-lingual institute with simultaneous interpretation in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.


The organizers cover the full cost of participation, accommodation, meals and logistics of the 35 strongest candidates. These participants will only need to pay $50 before the event, to confirm and secure their participation. Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the event.

If you are not selected as a sponsored participant the cost of participation is $150 plus logistic costs.

Deadline for applications is 23:59 (Kyiv time), June 20, 2019.

Who Should Apply
Those of you who study or are engaged in civil resistance and activism, representatives of civil society organizations, specialists from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, journalists, and all concerned citizens who are curious about how nonviolent civil resistance movements and campaigns are especially welcome to apply.

In case you have any questions, please write an e-mail to actioninstitute2019@gmail.com.


The International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is an independent, non-profit educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies aimed at establishing and defending human rights, democratic self-rule and justice worldwide. The purpose of ICNC is to develop and share knowledge related to nonviolent civil resistance and its practice with interested recipients throughout the world. This includes citizens and activists living under conditions of repression, injustice and corruption, and also educators, nongovernmental organizations, media professionals and members of the policy community.

The Taurida National Vernadsky University is the leading higher educational and scientific institution in Crimea, founded in 1918. In 2014, the university was evacuated from the territory of the annexed Crimea to the Ukrainian capital, together with a significant portion of its students and teachers.

Free Russia House in Kyiv is an independent and open platform for dialogue and research on modern Russia and its influence on the international community, Russian-Ukrainian relations, the conflict in the Donbass, and the annexation of Crimea.

The Laboratory of Democratic Transformations is a Ukrainian NGO whose mission is the development of a society of responsible citizens and accountable authority in Ukraine.