NVI Books & Educational Materials

Interested in learning about the power of nonviolence?

It is a vast and exciting field for study and action. Here are some great resources to get you started. 

Michael Beer, NVI's long time Director, has released his first book and it's an important one. Michael has updated Gene Sharp's seminal text training the world in the value of nonviolent tactics. We are pleased that our friends at ICNC, who published this book, have now translated it into both Spanish and Farsi. Get your free copy here. 

Beyond The Two-State Solution, by Jonathan Kuttab, is a short introduction to the current crisis in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism have been at loggerheads for over a century. Some thought the two-state solution would resolve the conflict between them. Jonathan explains that the two-state solution (that he supported) is no longer viable.

Truth is Our Only Weapon: The Tibetan Nonviolent Struggle. A history of nonviolent struggle in Tibet and has been used for years in Tibetan classrooms in India and elsewhere. It has a Foreword by the Dalai Lama.  It is a free PDF.

Don’t miss our Shared Resources for People and the Planet where we collect the best nonviolent resources built by our vast and powerful movement. 

Reading About Nonviolence

The University for Peace also has a helpful list of research and periodic publications relevant to nonviolence and conflict resolution. Find great resources on their virtual library. 

The International Center for Nonviolent Conflict has an amazing searchable database relating to civil resistance with resources in multiple languages. Their resource library can be found here.

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Professor of Political Science, Thammasat University, Thailand and Director of the Peace Information Center, Foundation for Democracy and Development Studies, is the 2012 winner of the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. The prize recognizes Prof. Satha-Anand’s contribution to the field of Peace Education. His most notable work is titled, The Nonviolent Crescent: Eight Theses on Muslim Nonviolent Actions and can be found here.

Films on Nonviolence

Check out this awesome chart on films about nonviolence, designed by Mischa Gabowitsc, a sociologist and contemportary historian specializing in the study of protest and social movement in Russia as well as Soviet war memorials. Mischa originally designed the list while he was preparing for workshop, but he continues to work on the graph and rest of his blog. 

Here's a Classic! 

From War to Peace: Summary of  Findings: From War to Peace: Lessons learned from achievements and failures of peace agreements over the past decade: a strategy for peace process optimization Caroline Guinard. Forward by Oscar Arias.2002 NVI SE Asia

A review of peace agreements shows that civic engagement and support are key criteria for success! Download the 12 page summary here.


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