Activism

Titlesort descending Author Abstract
10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action 10 Tactics provides ways for rights advocates to garner public opinion and to communicate their cause to the masses. It includes a 50-minute film documenting stories from around the world and a set...
198 Methods of Nonviolent Action Gene Sharp This is a categorized list of methods of non-violent action, first published by Dr. Gene Sharp in his 1973 book, The Politics of Nonviolent Action, Vol. 2: The Methods of Nonviolent Action.
A Dance That Creates Equals: Unpacking Leadership Development Denise Altvater, Bethany Godsoe, LaDon James, Barbara Miller, Sonia Ospina,Tyletha Samuels, Cassandra Shaylor, Lateefah Simon, Mark Valdez This is a guide on how to create the space and opportunities for individuals to recognize themselves as leaders and develop leadership skills.
A Discussion of Vaclav Havel's Ideas about Fear for Today's Iran Ladan Boroumand Havel published his letter to Husák just a few months before the passing of another great mind, Hannah Arendt (1906-75). In this webinar, the content of this letter is examined. This resource is only...
A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) A guide to the planning, conduct, and evaluation of strategic nonviolent conflict. The material covered includes time-tested analysis of power, different methods of nonviolent action, and ways to...
A Nonprofit's Introduction to Google's Online Mapping Tools Chris Peters and Mano Marks This TechSoup article discusses how to use Google Maps and Google Earth for outreach and advocacy, and shows how to select an online mapping project that meets your needs and fits within your budget...
ACT UP Civil Disobedience Training ACT UP This training manual details the history and theory of civil disobedience. It includes advice on creating nonviolent campaigns, setting goals, group decision making, legal advice and information on...
An Introduction to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) Management Ali Mostashari This resource serves as an introduction to non-governmental organizations which are a growing sector in Iranian society. The guide focuses on the structure of NGOs, how to form one and their role in...
An Open Letter to Gustav Husak Vaclav Havel "An Open Letter to Gustav Husak," was written by Vaclav Havel in the mid-1970s. Gustav Husak was then the general secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party. This letter is Havel's first major...
Applications of Nonviolent Action Albert Einstein Institution This hand out reviews different circumstances in which nonviolent action can be very effective in bringing about change, including under dictatorships and coups, against foreign invasions and...
Aziza Chaouni: How I brought a River, and My City, Back to Life The Fez River winds through the medina of Fez, Morocco—a mazelike medieval city that’s a World Heritage site. Once considered the “soul” of this celebrated city, the river succumbed to sewage and...
Blog for a Cause: A Guide to Blog Advocacy Mary Joyce This manual explains how activists can use blogs as part of campaigns against injustice around the world.
Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news) Human beings have been campaigning against inequality and poverty for 3,000 years. But this journey is accelerating. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of...
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single...
Civic Participation Terminology National Democratic Institute (NDI) This glossary, developed by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and translated to Persian by Tavaana, provides Persian translations and definitions of key civic participation terms, in order to...
Civil Disobedience Henry David Thoreau This essay, published in 1849, argues that people should not allow governments to overrule their consciences and make them the agents of injustice. Therefore, it proposes that citizens object to...
Civil Society and Civil Fight Gene Sharp, Robert Helvey In this book the best methods for civil disobedience are discussed. This resource is only available in Persian.
Clint Smith: The Danger of Silence "We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart,...
Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs Cheyanne Church and Mark M. Rogers This manual addresses the many challenges faced by conflict transformation practitioners in their attempts to measure and increase the effectiveness of their work with practical tips and examples...
Developing a Text Messaging Based Community Domestic Violence Response System Using FrontlineSMS Anthony Papillon This paper explains how Anthony Papillon utilized Frontline SMS software to develop "FamilyFirst," a text messaging based system to provide a safe, reliable, way of reporting, recording, and...
Digital Media in Conflict-Prone Societies Ivan Sigal This report examines how the growth of citizen media has changed the information space around conflict, providing more people with the tools to record and share their experiences with the rest of the...
Economic Activity and Civic Participation Active civic participation is the main topic of this article. In addition, the article examines the moral aspect of economic activities. This resource is only available in Persian.
Empowering Young Women to Lead Change World YWCA and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) This is a manual authored by the World YWCA and the UN Population Fund, designed to enable young women to prepare and facilitate workshops. It includes general tips as well as educational materials...
Erzsebet Szekeres Assistance for the Disabled in Hungary Majid Mohammadi Szekeres has created a network from 21 centers throughout Hungary that offers career training, career opportunities and assisted life to more than six hundred disabled individuals with multiple...
Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping MapAction This field guide was produced to help humanitarian organizations to make use of mapping methods using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies.
For Change, by Majid Tavakoli Majid Tavakoli Majid Tavakoli, a prominent student leader in Iran, was arrested in December 2009. On May 23, 2010, he began a hunger strike in protest of his move to solitary confinement. He wrote this letter,...
Freedom of Association Under Threat: The New Authoritarians' Offensive Against Civil Society Freedom House This Freedom House report details the state of civil society and in particular, its right to assemble, in authoritarian countries.
Guide to Action Taking IT Global This how-to guide provides insight and actionable tips for citizens looking to create change. Its six steps to action include: Reflect and Get Inspired, Identify and Get Informed, Lead and Get others...
Guide: SEO Tips for Advocacy Bloggers The Sudanese Thinker The aim of this guide is to explain the importance and details of search engine optimization and how advocacy bloggers can use it to increase their traffic, readership and influence.
Habermas and Playing Chess with a Gorilla Mohammad Reza Nikfar This article analyzes the trial of Habermas, an intellectual who was accused by the Iranian government of attempting to overthrow the regime. This resource is only available in Persian.
Historical Examples of Nonviolent Struggle Albert Einstein Institution This document contains examples from history of nonviolent activists groups beginning with the plebeian resistance in Rome in 494 BCE up to the "People Power" movement in the Philippines in 1986.
How Freedom is Won: From Civic Resistance to Durable Democracy Adrian Karatnycky and Peter Ackerman This Freedom House study examines the role of civil society movements in the process of democratic change. It purports that civic movements account for “decisive change” in the transition process,...
How Nonviolent Struggle Works Gene Sharp This small book off ers the principal contents of the 902 pages of the original 1973 The Politics of Nonviolent Action to anyone who wants to learn the substance of how nonviolent struggle works....
How to Blog Safely Electronic Frontier Foundation This training article discusses different ways to maintain anonymity when writing a blog.
How to Browse Facebook More Safely by Enabling HTTPS Alliance for Youth Movements Recognizing the importance of social networking in creating change, the Alliance for Youth Movements has compiled this short guide with step by step instructions on how to browse Facebook more...
How to Build a Good Small NGO Fadumo Alin, Sjaak de Boer, Gordon Freer, Lia van Ginneken, Wim Klaasen, Jean Robert Mbane, Khathatso Moxoetle, Maeve Moynihan, Peres Odera, Saraswati Swain, Mirza Tajuddin, Amleset Tewodros This manual offers important tips for managing an NGO effectively.
How to Change the World David Bornstein What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are, writes David Bornstein, the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new...
How to Choose a Blogging Platform Alliance for Youth Movements This step by step guide walks the user through the pros and cons of various blogging platforms.
How to Hold a Successful Offline Event Alliance for Youth Movements A how-to guide by the Alliance for Youth Movements focuses on traditional forms of offline communication and offers guidance on safely mobilizing citizens.
How to Remain Connected If Your Internet Gets Shut Off Alliance for Youth Movements This step by step guide on staying connected when the internet gets shut down becomes ever more important in light of recent protest events in which the internet, while becoming and increasingly...
I Am Not Willing to Trade the Freedom of People Ammar Maleki This resource is only available in Persian.
Innovative Use Of Internet-Based Collaboration Tools And Methods In An Institutional Context Andrew Lachkovics, Thomas Metz, Elizabeth Goldberg, Krishna Allluri, Paul Quek This article lays out how to encourage members of an institution to work collaboratively using a wiki. It first argues why wikis are suitable for collaboration, citing them as a process-oriented...
International Institute of social History The International Institute of Social History (IISH) conducts advanced research on the global history of work, workers, and labour relations and to this end gathers data, which are made available to...
Introduction to Conflict Analysis USIP Education and Training Center This resource provides an introduction to the theory and practice of conflict analysis. It includes two extended case studies on Kosovo and Rwanda.
KaBOOM!: Playgrounds that Build Communities Knight Foundation This report looks at a community building project in the United States. KaBOOM! can be used as a model for other community building projects. KaBOOM! is an initiative that partners with local...
Letter from Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote this letter in 1963 from the city jail in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was confined after being arrested for his leadership in a nonviolent civil rights campaign. In...
M.L. King: A Way of Nonviolence Center for the Study of Strategic Nonviolent Defense This handout for teachers is useful to understand others who have a principled belief in nonviolence. King's work also provided a tested framework and steps for nonviolent action that campaigners...
Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for...
Mirroring a Censored WordPress Blog Sami Ben Gharbia, Rebekah Heacock & Jeremy Clarke The guide is for bloggers with self-hosted  WordPress blogs who believe their sites may be blocked by government filters. Its goal is to help bloggers use a mirror site to make censored content...
Moral Status of Violence in Nonviolent Civil Rights Movement Arash Naraghi The main question is whether or not the victims of violence can resort to violence to reach their goals? This resource is only available in Persian.
New Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders Enrique Eguren Fernández and Marie Caraj This manual contains an overall framework as well as a step- by- step approach to draw a security plan (product) and to manage security (process) for human rights defenders. It includes some thoughts...
New Tactics in Human Rights Strategy Toolkit New Tactics in Human Rights New Tactics in Human Rights' online Strategy Toolkit is a collection of resources and tools for building strategic thinking and tactical innovation. This resource has been developed primarily for...
New Tactics in Human Rights: A Resource for Practitioners Tricia Cornell, Kate Kelsch, Nicole Palasz A manual on the ways new media, communication technologies, and campaign strategies inspired by human rights advocacy and activism from around the world can be leveraged to strengthen the protection...
New Tactic’s Database of Tactics New Tactics in Human Rights New Tactic’s Database of Tactics offers a collection of resources in several tactical areas that include physical protection, resistance, building constituencies and seeking redress.
Nonviolent Activism Glossary Center for the Study of Strategic Nonviolent Defense This glossary includes key terms and expressions used for non-violent activism. This resource is only available in Persian.
Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points Srdja Popovic, Andrej Milivojevic, Slobodan Djinovic This book is a field guide for waging a strategic nonviolent struggle, covering topics ranging from daily management techniques to strategic planning. It is designed as a ready-to-use tool for front-...
Online Community Building Susannah Vila This seminar focuses on tactics for engaging people online in the context of emergency response. It begins with the basic building blocks: audience analysis, content strategy and action ladders, and...
Only Young Once: An Introduction to Nonviolent Struggle for Youths Christopher A. Miller Youth have played crucial roles in numerous nonviolent struggles, which require, among other things, well-formed strategies. This practical guide is geared for university or secondary school students...
Participation and Integration Translated by Parviz Dastmalchi This resource is only available in Persian.
Parto School This online school offers training to help citizens improve the economic and social situation in their communities. This resource is only available in Persian.
People Power Primed: Civilian Resistance and Democratization Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall This article by democratization experts, Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall examines people power, the ability of ordinary citizens to overthrow undemocratic regimes. Includes a historical timeline...
Pocket Guide: Cooperative Problem Solving Search for Common Ground This guide offers insights on how to resolve conflicts with others in a way that leads to mutual agreements and stronger relationships.
Prevention and Treatment of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infection Among Men Who have Sex with Men and Transgender People World Health Organization This guideline provides recommendations for regional and country partners on appropriate interventions designed to address needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people. It also...
Prison in Iran, Where There is Neither God nor Law Iranian Political Prisoners To honor the courage and resilience of Iran's political prisoners, Tavaana has published a selection of their letters written from prison since the 1979 revolution. The collection’s title -- “...
Protesting Terror in Colombia: One Million Voices Against FARC Tavaana This exclusive Tavaana case study explores the Colombian peoples’ desire to stop the FARC from proliferating terror in the country. Oscar Morales, a former engineer, began a one million person...
Reclaiming Sicily from the Mafia: Rita Borsellino and the Addiopizzo Movement Tavaana This exclusive Tavaana case study analyzes how Rita Borsellino stood up to the Mafia in Italy after her brother, an anti-mafia judge, was murdered. Her work, along with the youth-led Addiopizzo...
Service as Strategy: Promoting Democracy Brett Alessi This Innovations in Civic Participation Report argues that through local service, youth participants become more invested in national and international service. Using examples from Pakistan, the West...
Service to Civics The Grantmaker Forum on Community & National Service This study and guide produced by Innovations in Civic Participation outlines the key characteristics of active citizenship. It then provides twelve U.S. case studies including program design and...
Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensuality “If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms," says Shereen El Feki, who traveled through the Middle East for five years, talking to people about sex. While those...
Small and Exemplary Acts of Civil Resistance - Part 15 John Jackson & Steve Crawshaw; Translated by Ammar Maleki Here you can find part 15 of this series. This resource is only available in Persian.
Small and Exemplary Acts of Civil Resistance - Part 3 John Jackson & Steve Crawshaw; Translated by Ammar Maleki This is part 3 of this series. This resource is only available in Persian.
Small and Exemplary Acts of Civil Resistance - Part 6 John Jackson & Steve Crawshaw; Translated by Ammar Maleki This is part 6 of this series. This resource is only available in Persian.
Solidarity, Pope John Paul II, and the Orange Alternative: Bringing Down Communism in Poland Tavaana This case study describes the mass movement that ended Communism in Poland in 1989, under the leadership of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity trade union, Pope John Paul II, and the Orange Alternative.
Statement of "Iranian Women’s Movement Coalition" to Propose their Demands for the Coming Presidential Elections The Coalition of Several Women and Civil Rights Activists and NGOs   A statement from a coalition of several women’s movement and civil rights activists on their demands for the 2009 Presidential Elections and how they intend to accomplish their goals. 
Strategic Use of IT in Youth Engagement for Global Citizenship Canadian Council of International Cooperation This article is intended as a resource to help stakeholders involved in public engagement develop an effective IT strategy for youth engagement in civic activities and select the right tools for...
Successful Social Change Leading and Its Values: Discovery Through Cooperative Inquiry Susana Almanza, Mónica Byrne-Jiménez, Michelle de la Uz, Stan Eilert, Theresa Holden, Mary Houghton, Linda Smith, Deborah Warren This study examines eight well-known social leaders and their efforts to form interpersonal relationships, create coalitions and engage in internal dialogue.
Tech-Savvy Communications: A Toolkit for Nonprofits NPower Seattle This toolkit provides an overview of effective message development for nonprofits, and offers a survey of tech-savvy communications channels such as RSS feeds, blogs and podcasts.
The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organizations and Social Change Barefoot Collective This practical, do-it-yourself guide includes tried and tested concepts, approaches, stories and activities for leaders and facilitators of social movements.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines: How One Woman's Vision Created an International Network Tavaana This exclusive Tavaana case study examines the growth of the movement to ban landmines from a small effort to an international network.
The Ladies in White: Marching for Change in Cuba Tavaana This exclusive Tavaana case study describes a nonviolent movement of Cuban women who hold weekly marches in Havana calling for the release of political prisoners and greater freedom in Cuba.
The Power of the Powerless Vaclav Havel Vaclav Havel was a prominent democracy activist and one of the leaders of Czechoslovakia’s 1989 Velvet Revolution, which ended the country’s oppressive Communist regime. In 1978, he wrote “The Power...
The Quantum Leadership: The Power of Community in Motion Jennifer Milewski Based on research generated from ISC's Leadership for a Changing World program, this book illustrates the methods and strategies that leaders use to catalyze and strengthen their communities.
The Tree Mother of Africa and Her Green Belt Movement Tavaana This exclusive Tavaana case study details the work of Wangari Muta Maathai, a Kenyan woman who started an environmental preservation NGO in Kenya. Her project began in an effort to plant trees to...
There are Realistic Alternatives Gene Sharp This Albert Einstein Institute book purports the importance of alternatives to violence and war, giving advice on strategic planning for nonviolent campaigns against repressive regimes.
Threaten but Participate: Why Election Boycotts Are a Bad Idea Matthew Frankel Using a comprehensive study of 171 threatened and actual election boycotts, Matthew Frankel explains why election boycotts typically yield unsuccessful results for the boycotting party. He argues...
Train-the-Trainer Manual: Civic Education and Community Mobilization Civic Education andCommunity Mobilization (CIVCOM) Partners This guide provides tools and advice on holding civic education workshops, civic participation in democracies and community mobilization efforts. It specifically focuses on the preparation for and...
Using the Internet for Outreach and Organizing NetAction A guide to using e-mail for action alerts, tips for effective online media, and a cyber-security checklist.
Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design John Emerson This helps NGOs and advocates strengthen their campaigns and projects through communicating vital information with greater impact. The booklet aims to raise awareness, introduce concepts, and promote...
VoIP-4D Primer: Building Voice Infrastructure in Developing Regions Alberto Escudero Pascual, Louise Berthilson The free guide, which is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, is an effort to disseminate the use of telephony over the Internet in developing regions. The first part presents the...
Women in the Iranian Election Campaign and Protest Wilson Center Middle East Program This Woodrow Wilson Center Middle East Program Journal includes a special report on women’s role in the 2009 Iranian elections as well as other reports on Iranian civil society including: Quiet...
Zak Ebrahim: I Am the Son of a Terrorist. Here's How I Chose Peace. If you’re raised on dogma and hate, can you choose a different path? Zak Ebrahim was just seven years old when his father helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. His story is shocking,...
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I learned that even a small change in one person can lay the groundwork for sparking big changes in society. If I can share my knowledge with even one person and get them to change their mind, I'll have done something important.
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