Fletcher Summer Institute (FSI) – 2011

Posted: January 15, 2011 in News and Views

Fletcher Summer Institute (FSI)for the advanced study of Nonviolent Conflict -June 19-25,2011 @ The Fletcher School-Medford- Massachustes. JUNE 19 – 25, 2011 · THE FLETCHER SCHOOL · MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS

The only executive education program in the advanced, interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict, taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields.

Around the world, in places as diverse as Belarus, Egypt, Palestine and West Papua, nonviolent movements and campaigns are enabling people to resist oppression and injustice. Such civilian-based struggle involves the use of diverse tactics including strikes, sit-ins, boycotts, protests and other disruptive actions. In recent years, newly creative tactics using digital technology, humor, and cultural resistance have also been used to undermine authoritarian control.

Ultimately, nonviolent action that is strategically planned and implemented raises the cost of repression and saps the legitimacy of undemocratic rulers. Civil resistance also generates popular, grassroots participation. It embodies the idea of “local ownership” of society. Bottom-up civic movements have driven a vast majority of the transitions from unjust rule over the past 35 years. Whether the goals are democracy, indigenous rights, social justice, or ending corruption,  they can be achieved through cumulative, persistent “people power.”

As cases of civil resistance multiply, it is essential that NGOs, journalists, scholars, and policy makers understand how this form of struggle works, the strategies that make it effective, and the skills involved in its execution.

This institute will address these and other critical questions: What are the most important strategic factors in civil resistance? What roles do communications and new technology play in nonviolent struggles? How do the actions of the international community affect indigenous nonviolent movements? Historical and contemporary cass of civilian-based struggles will be examined, including issue-based movements as well as popular struggles against foreign occupations, and authoritarian governments.


Members of local and international NGOs, journalists, staff members of international institutions, think-tanks and research groups, and interested policy analysts and advisors.


Participants or their sponsoring organizations will be expected to cover their own travel expenses to and from Boston, MA.

Registration fees are as follows:


Corporations, government, media


Nonprofit int’l orgs, foundations


Nonprofit local or community based organization


Not institutionally affiliated activists or organizers


Over 240 individuals have participated in these Institutes since 2006, including For more information please contact the Pacific region governance director of a UN agency, an Argentine television fsi@nonviolent-conflict.org reporter, the head of a Mongolian NGO, a technical advisor for the World Health Organization, a Nigerian human rights lawyer, a BBC producer, an editor with a UK-based internet forum on democracy, a citizen journalist and blogger from Egypt, the founder of an NGO fighting child executions, a member of the UN Mission in Sudan, a human rights lawyer in Tunisia, a campaign coordinator for a movement of ethnic peoples in India, and the director of a cultural center in Palestine.As the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the Please send all materials to United States, The Fletcher School is pleased to offer a certificate in the fsi@nonviolent-conflict.org

Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict that draws upon its multi disciplinary approach to global affairs.Only a limited number of applicants will be invited to participate in the Summer Institute. Applicants should send: Copy of CV Completed application form. Applications are due no later than March 15th. Only those who are accepted will be informed.

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