Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism: a strategy game

This strategy game explores ways of navigating difficult scenarios and gain perspective from multiple angles of an issue through a fictional country Eslandia, whose economy is faltering, ethnic tensions are high and terrorism is on the rise.

Street Speaking

Street Speaking takes participants out of the training space and into the street to make a real time soap-box style public speech! In it we face our fears and practice the art of public speaking.

Upside-Down Triangle: Understanding the Consent Theory of Power

By themselves, rulers cannot collect taxes, enforce repressive laws and regulations, keep trains running on time, prepare national budgets, direct traffic, manage ports, print money, repair roads, keep markets supplied with food, make steel, build rockets, train the police and army, issue postage stamps or even milk a cow. People provide these services to the ruler though a variety of organizations and institutions. If people would stop providing these skills, the ruler could not rule. - Gene Sharp, The Politics of Nonviolent Action

Quick Decisions

A classic nonviolent training tool: quick decisions. In one minute, groups are challenged to reach a decision of an action to take based on some situation. Great for action basic workshops, consensus training, and affinity group preparation.

Nonviolence Sociograms

An updated version of the commonly used "nonviolence spectrums." Use this tool to help a group looks at its diversity of opinion on issues related to nonviolence along with see unexpected commonalities and similarities.

Chair Power: Three Types of Power

Those who most benefit from oppression want to convince us that they have the power and we don't. Nonviolent activism requires understanding that -- thankfully -- all power does not reside in the government or in multinational corporate power. So here's a tool adapted from Theatre of the Oppressed that offers a new perspective on power.

Mattress Game (Pillars of Oppression Exercise)

How could young activists nonviolently overthrow Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic? This experiential tool shows the dynamics of mass noncooperation, and can be used by any group that wants to learn more about democratic power.

Voice Barometer

A political group we work with has a slogan, "Speak up before your silence is misunderstood." This tool gives participants a chance to practice confidence-building skills, especially concerning voice. It is easy to lead and we've had great success every time we lead it. A great tool to counter voicelessness!

Vision Gallery

"Without a vision the people perish" | This tool has worked in every culture where we've tried it so far, for increasing unity in a group, opening its creativity, and assisting protest groups to say what they're for as well as what they're against.

Frameworks for Social Change

Not exactly a training "tool," but these three frameworks can assist us in thinking about what's next for us and our movements. 6 Stage Campaign Planning Framework by Dr. King, 5 Stage Revolution Movement Framework by George Lakey and 8 Stage Reform Social Movement Framework by Bill Moyer.

Village Game

This simulation/exercise serves to build community and give groups an experience of nonviolent action. Participants report it as a powerful tool to help them understand more fully the challenge and strategy of nonviolent action.