Tactics are concrete activities designed to serve strategic purposes. Each tactic should be chosen based on requirements of strategy, with clear ideas of which pillar (institution) is being targeted and what the intended goal is. This session will explain how the purpose of each tactic employed by nonviolent movements should fulfill one of the following three purposes:
This module goes into detail about both mobilization and disruption tactics. It discusses what these tactics are, highlights elements like “dilemma actions” “laughtivism” and the “cool” factor, and explains how they relate to mobilization of support and disruption of an opponent’s “business as usual”. As part of the session, participants will look at successful examples of tactics and use them to conduct cost/benefit analyses of the tactics they brainstorm later on.
At the end of the session, participants will be instructed on how to prepare/present a cost-benefit analysis for selected tactics. Sample PowerPoint slides will be provided in order to prepare more uniformed presentations. The goal of this exercise is to create either a disruptive tactic for your opponent, a mobilization tactic for members and supporters of your movement, or a tactic by which your movement will weaken a pillar of support important for your opponent.