Throughout history, social and political movements have had a significant impact on the world– shaking and shaping our society. In recent years, new social movements have stunned the world with their ability to spawn conversations, shape politics, and serve as a conduit for change. Many believed such accomplishments and results were impossible.
Leading an effective nonviolent struggle demands new ways of thinking and strong collaboration among many diverse groups. The Leading Nonviolent Movements for Social Progress executive program explores the conceptual frameworks for effective leadership through learning modules focused on building collaboration, strengthening the strategic capacity of leadership teams, tactical flexibility and innovation, and negotiation.
This course is a unique opportunity for those involved in social movements around the world to interact with their peers engaged in similar efforts. The cohort includes leaders and activists from social movements, communities building alternative institutions, and those working at both local and national levels to affect social change. Highly interactive, this program will challenge you to think strategically and help develop the skills necessary to lead a successful campaign.
*CANVAS, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, is an educational organization that trains activists from around the world in the strategies and tactics on nonviolent struggle.
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Leading Nonviolent Movements for Social Progress is a 5-week online program organized into 10 modules, each with a specific learning and/or project outcome. The curriculum will encompass lectures, reading, films, discussion, and workbook applications focusing on the following themes:
This program is designed for those engaged in nonviolent social movements around the world who wish to deepen their understanding on the subject and collaborate with others who pursue like purposes and efforts. Recommended participants include:
The course is particularly recommended for those where non-violent training is discouraged or forbidden, but which can safely engage in an online setting, and for those working through the dilemmas of leadership in currently active campaigns.
Because the participants’ own experiences are critical to the learning process, a class that is professionally and geographically diverse with be chosen.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Schedule IELTS
Admission to this program is competitive and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. The program is highly curated to provide a balance of organizational sizes, structures, and issues as well as a variety of experiences. There are no formal educational requirements, but fluency in written and spoken English is a necessity for the program.
Early submission of applications is encouraged. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited and the course will fill to capacity. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains in the class.
As a program participant, you are responsible for securing the appropriate visas (B1 Visa) and travel documents you need to travel to the country in which your program is located.
Once admitted to a program, the Program Director can provide you with a letter as documentation for your visa application.
Please note that you should request a B-1 visa and not an F-l student visa for attendance to a program. Program participants are not considered full-time enrolled students at Harvard University, and they are therefore not eligible for Harvard’s F-l student visa sponsorship.
Because the time required to obtain a visa can be lengthy, we encourage applicants from outside the United States to apply at least 12 weeks before the start date of each program.
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