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Whether we are campaigning on civil rights, environmental justice, refugee rights or LGBTQIA and women’s rights, the first prerequisite to success is a theory of social change that guides our methods. The range of potential protest tactics is so plentiful—from direct action in the streets to silent prayerful vigils, self-organized worker cooperatives to electoral ballot initiatives—that every activist, whether consciously or not, relies on a theory of change to decide their actions. If the theory of change underlying our activism is false, then our protests are bound to fail.
At the same time, social change is constant and complex, involving factors both within and beyond human control. Often, an unexamined set of assumptions govern—and limit—our attempts to make change. This course intends to refresh and expand our thinking about activism by studying theories of change.
Course includes a revolutionary discussion with Alicia Garza, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Dr. Lenora Fulani, the first woman to run for President and get on the ballot in all 50 states, and Souta Calling Last, the founder of Indigenous Vision on the question, “Why do protests fail?”
Online students will develop campaign proposals on an issue of their choice.
Become a more effective activist as you follow your learning path through the sessions of this online course:
Session 1 How does change happen?
Session 2 Violence or Nonviolence?
Session 3 Symposium on Why Do Protests Fail?
Session 4 Structures vs. Agents
Session 5 How does inner reality impact external reality?
Session 6 Can the gods save us now?
Session 7 What is the future of activism?