Learn how to build a nonviolent movement in under 45 minutes!

What are the main components for a successful nonviolent movement? What should you be aware of, how should you start, what should you use? Learn about the basic components and practical tips (from how to achieve unity to the importance of planning) from CANVAS’ cartoon training.

Vision of Tomorrow

Articulating a shared vision of tomorrow, which transcends individual differences, is the necessary initial step in your struggle for change. We give you suggestions on how to become more receptive to the specific needs and grievances of the people you want to mobilize and respond by creating a message which diverse groups can identify with.

Unity

Undertaking non-violent struggle requires finding a common goal which resonates with virtually everyone in society, but sustaining cohesion and solidarity within your movement is about more than that: learn about the importance of fostering a sense of community, creating a distinctive group identity and leaving no one behind in the video below.

Propaganda

Once your movement becomes a force to be reckoned with, the opponent will surely attempt to discredit you and likely resort to propaganda. The best tactics you can employ are creative mockery of the allegations and truthful, compelling communication. See how you can win by effectively targeting the four main subgroups of your audience, applying the two golden principles of crafting a good message, and choosing an appropriate messenger.

6 Pillars of Support

How do governments stay in power and how can you turn their allies against them? In this video, we consider the six key pillars of support on which all governments rest and a few ways in which to go about toppling them.

Planning

Every successful movement needs a plan, but how can you balance long-term goals with short-term demands? In this video, we consider this dilemma by exploring the difference between strategic and tactical planning.

Oppression

What is the nature of oppression and how does it work? In this video, we consider the role of fear and the manifold ways in which non-violent protestors can help to overcome it in both themselves and others.

Obedience

Few people truly support oppressive regimes, but why do so many continue to follow orders? In this video, we explore the psychology of obedience and what this might mean for growing your movement.

New Media

New media dramatically transformed the environment in which movements operate, for both better and worse. See the video to gain a better understanding of the new opportunities you can seize upon, as well the less obvious pitfalls you need to avoid in using this novel tool.

Laughtivism

Turns out, cheerful, silly-looking troublemakers who have fun on the job are much more likely to succeed in bringing change about than conventional sombre revolutionaries. Watch this video to learn about the immense potential benefits of humor, but be warned that the shelf- life of jokes is short and laughtivism will constantly test your creativity.

Always Finish What You Start

Once you have made strides towards bringing down the old oppressive regime, your work is still far from done. Here are five important lessons to take away from the shortcomings of movements which overlooked the vital principle of always finishing what you start.