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1 Centre for Applied NonViolent Conflict and Strategies (CANVAS) is non-profit, non-governmental international network oriented to educational work related to strategic nonviolent conflict. Our mission is to reach widest possible international audience, in order to share experiences and learn more on Strategic nonviolent conflict and examine related knowledge transfer Methods for spreading this knowledge in the future. Website: CANVAS: Who we are?

2 From CANVAS organized or participated in 106 workshops or conferences with more than 1800 participants coming from 59 different countries trying to empower non-violent movements or help international organizations to act in more efficient manner. Together with its partners CANVAS has developed Curriculum for transferring knowledge on nonviolent struggle and has published two books. Together with Belgrade University CANVAS has developed graduate studies on methods of Nonviolent social change, which has started in February 2008.

3 524 working days EXAMPLE CANVAS ACTIVITIES Where we are? In CANVAS has organized or participated in: 62 workshops, transferring knowledge to groups from 46 countries with total of

4 NORTH AMERICA USA (2006,2008) AUSTRALIA&OCEANIA West Papua, Fiji, Tonga (2006) EUROPE Ukraine (2002) Belarus (2002, ) Georgia (2003, 2007) Turkey (2007) Ireland (2007) Spain (2007) ASIA / MIDDLE EAST Azerbaijan (2004) Lebanon (2004, 2007) North Korea (2005) Iran (2005,2006,2007) Palestine (2004,2006) Uzbekistan (2006) Kazakhstan (2006) Kyrgyzstan (2006) Maldives (2006,2007) Vietnam ( ) Jordan (2007) Egypt (2007,2009) Syria (2007, 2009) Iraq (2009) SOUTH AMERICA Colombia (2004) Venezuela (2005) Cuba (2005) Guatemala (2007) Bolivia (2008) AFRICA Zimbabwe (2002, 2003, 2006, ) Eritrea (2006) Siera Leone (2007) Liberia (2007) Ivory coast (2007) West Sahara (2007) Nigeria (2007) Ghana (2007)

5 1. GEORGIA, 2003: knowledge transfer to “Kmara” movement which has launched “Revolution of Roses” and replaced Kuchma. Shakkashvilli sworn president 2. UKRAINE:, 2004: Knowledge transfer and trainings for “PORA” movement who was a leading engine of “Orange Revolution” 3. LEBANON: Training initial groups who has performed “Ceddar Revolution” in 2004, launching million-people sit in after Harriri’s assassination with the effect of Syrian troops leaving Lebanon after 35 years of conflict 4. MALDIVES: October 2008 Electoral victory of MDP and its democratic allies against dictator Gayoom. Mohamed Rasheed Anni elected as first democratic president of this tiny and 100% Muslim country. CANVAS – success list:

6 CANVAS – key ongoing references: 1. ZIMBABWE – Ongoing projects with coalition of opposition and NGO sector 2. BOLIVIA, VENEZUELA – successful preparation of 2008 GOTV and “NO” referendum campaign and forthcoming elections with groups from Santa Cruz. Official statements of president Chavez pointing “OTPOR as main troublemakers in Venezuela” 3. BELARUS- Ongoing program with student groups and NGO`s 4. BURMA, VIETNAM TIBET – trainings with activists from inside countries, including meetings with Central Tibetan Administration and Dalai Lama 5. MIDDLE EAST – ongoing projects in Syria and Iraq, consultation with Iran pro-democracy groups

7 Freedom house International Republican Institute (IRI) United States institute for Peace (USIP) Albert Einstein Institution International centre on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) TUFT (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), Boston, MA Colorado College (CO) Grinnell College (IO) Rutgers College (NJ, NY) Kings College (London, UK) Belgrade Faculty of Political Science CANVAS- Cooperation and Partnerships:

8 CANVAS Target audiences GROUPWE WANT THEM TO NVS VETERANS FROM COUNTRY Become part of our educatonal network PRO/DEMOCRACY GROUPS FROM THE REGION Discover part of our snvc and express interest for learning more ACADEMIC SOCIETY AND MEDIA Learn about snvc INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Help us spread our message And educate target audiences

9 METHODS for knowledge transfer Workshops Tools (existing tools, curriculum and reference list of books and articles, A Force More Powerful video game, movies and DVD’s) International Network of trainers and consultants (7 trainers from Serbia, 3 from Georgia, 2 from Lebanon, 1 from Philippines and one from South Africa) Educational content upgrade – New modules, University course, Specialized courses

10 TOOLS for spreading and transfering knowledge

11 Curriculum on nonviolent struggle for activists (Complete Teacher`s book, Student`s book, Basic and Advanced course Handbook manual for activists “Nonviolent struggle – 50 crucial points” (available in 5 languages) Three – Subject Master studies (Strategy, methods and tactics of nonviolent social change”) on Belgrade University Together with its partners and other international organizations we have successfully developed: TOOLS for spreading and transfering knowledge

12 Know-how on strategic non-violent struggle can be effectively transferred Every single group practicing strategic nonviolent action adds to knowledge and list of methods Revolutions cannot be exported/ Imported Oppressors tend to learn as well! There is a rising interest and request for this type of knowledge transfer BASIC CONCLUSIONS:

13 Tools for disseminating this knowledge produced and distributed by international organizations (Albert Einstein Institutions, ICNC, CANVAS) tend to be distributed all over the world, and activists find a way to translate it and distribute it within countries, which results in rising interest for dissemination of this type of knowledge as well as number of requests for workshops Systematic upgrade of tools as well as building international cohort of educators able to transfer this knowledge is an activity which can help non-violent movements worldwide in future SUMMARY: Rising interest and request for this type of knowledge transfer


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