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Online Course

In recent years, CANVAS has been working to advance online learning. Beyond giving online lectures to many universities, CANVAS is developing complete online courses to share the knowledge and skills of nonviolent struggle with various groups and individuals all over the world.  

CANVAS is expanding its online community of activists, change makers, and fighters for democracy, freedom, and human rights.


October 15 – November 16, 2018

The online interactive course “Leading Nonviolent Movements for Social Progress” is the result of a collaborative endeavor between CANVAS and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education to create a dynamic and wide-reaching resource for those interested in nonviolent change.

This 5-week course brings together theory and practice of strategic nonviolence to evaluate the nature of nonviolent social change. Students analyze historical and contemporary cases of civilian-led struggles, including movements for civil and political rights, struggles against dictatorships and authoritarian regimes, and movements for self-determination against foreign occupations.

The aim of this interactive online course is to equip young leaders from around the world with the skills necessary to lead a successful social movement in order to bring about sustainable change.

The program will focus on:

  • Developing the frameworks and skills essential to a successful nonviolent struggle
  • Examining the tactics and strategies needed to build numbers in a non-violent struggle
  • Providing a systematic opportunity for nonviolent social movement mid-level leaders to learn from the experiences of peers and through the coaching of Harvard/CANVAS faculty

This is a unique opportunity for those involved in social movements around the world to interact with their peers engaged in similar efforts. The course 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.

This program is part of the Nonprofit Leadership or Public Leadership Executive Certificate series.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2018


To see a brochure and apply, click here.